Top 54 New York Tracks 34-25

Check out the previous 10 here

34. Phreek – Weekend

Produced by the self-styled ‘heavy weight champion producer of the world’, Patrick Adams.  Adams worked with people like Loreatta Holloway, Sister Sledge and Bumblebee Unlimited.  He also later worked with Coolio, but we’ll ignore that.  Raucous and totally ridiculous.

33. William Basinski – Disintegration Loops D|P 1.1

Mystical tape loops.  Preposterous (yet probably true in the way that these things usually are in New York) back story.  Awe inspiring piece of music.

32. Wolf + Lamb – If U Had (Shaun Reeves Edit)

Off the Brooklyn EP.  This is apparently Zev and Gadi’s ode to all the “cute girls” they see around Williamsburg.  I haven’t been to Williamsburg but I imagine the girls there to be exactly like the ones in Shoreditch except even better at networking.  Killer Gladys Knight sample.

31. D Train – Keep On

Lesson No. 235:  ‘Before House became House it was simply called Progressive Music.’  Francois Kevorkian on the mix here.

30. NY’s Finest – Do You Feel Me

Classic Victor Simonelli.  Samples ‘Moment Of My Life’ by Inner Life and Zhana’s ‘Sanctuary Of Love’, fact fans.

29. Harry Nilsson – I guess the Lord must be in New York City

On the surface Nilsson seems a bit more LA than NY, running around embarrassing himself with Lennon as if Liam Gallagher would need any more encouragement. Yet, he was actually from Brooklyn. This song dates from before the glorious Pussycats and the totally weird The Point! and is a Joel Wright selection. Read more of Joel’s New York favourites here.

28. House of House – Rushing to Paradise (Walkin’ these streets)

This did only come out 18 months ago but we’re not Mojo magazine. Saying that, this does sound pretty classic. If Classic Rock magazine had a sister publication detailing the ins and outs of the 80s New York club scene then this would make the cover. Easy.

27. Blondie – Rapture

Not the best song in the Blondie oeuvre, not even the best Blondie song on the Rapture 7-inch, but this is probably still the most New York Blondie song. If, like me, you like to romanticise early 80s New York as a unique moment of heterogeneous societies and cultures slowly slipping into homogeneity, where Laurie Anderson might have composed an opera with a spray can or Rakim might have ran for mayor, then Debbie Harry trying to rap seems a pretty suitable emblem for the city.

26. Walkmen – The Rat

Because even if the city is a big multicultural interdisciplinary party (not party) it can still be lonely. In fact, one of the defining aspects of any city at the dawn of modernity is the fact that you could be surrounded by people all day without recognising any of them. It’s what professional smart alec Anthony Vidler calls spatial estrangment. Instead of writing books about it, when the Walkmen see the unheimlich in the heimlich, they play guitar really really fast, which is also cool.

25. Eric B & Rakim – Paid in full (coldcut mix)

Bit o’ rap.

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