29.1.16

New York Noise Volume 4






It must have been 2008 when I decided that I really wanted a stab at the compilation market. I liked the Soul Jazz New York Noise series and because my pal Stuart Argabright had just compiled the third volume I thought I should give that a crack.

As a result I compiled this selection of very special music, personal faves, records from my collection which they had omitted to include in any of the previous three volumes. I took a lot of care over it. Needless to say, despite dropping the CD by the shop and eliciting a vague promise that the particular person in question would get it, I heard nothing from them.

Combing through my gigantic box of CD-Rs, the best stuff of which I'm drip-feeding into mixcloud, and I came across the CD. I didn't even have a track-listing for it. I was pleasantly surprised how great it is so I've cobbled together a cheeky cover and here below is a more extensive breakout with covers and release information.

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8.1.16

I Wanna Go Zip Pow

About three hundred thousand years ago I wrote a big piece on Todd Terry. At the same time I was feverishly rounding up my old Todd vinyl and going on a binge picking up stray bits and pieces that I had omitted to purchase when they came out. At the same time I must have compiled a CD from vinyl rips of my fave rekkids. I say that because going through a massive box of CD-Rs I found said CD. I think I mailed a copy to one or two people and left it at that.

Having rediscovered it - it has been on constant rotation. It's truly an embarrassment of riches. Todd's drum programming is a total revelation. There is a really tactile sense of these grooves actually being played by a fiercely militant drummer. The sounds are all incredibly raw too. The old woodblock drum machines have an alarmingly organic quality. In retrospect one has to wonder what possibly objections the "turn-off-that-fax-machine-oh-it's-your-music" crew could possibly have had to Todd. Interesting always to hear the same integers that made Jungle and their manifestation in New York.

I have misplaced the track listing. (scratches head) I guess I could probably figure it out but it doesn't really matter. Head over to mixcloud to enjoy this very special treat.