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New York - The Sex, The City, The Music

Various Artists (Petrol Records)

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   New New York Tes MP3 sample
  2   Rock (Unplugged) DJ Spinna MP3 sample
  3   Crocodiles In the Sky I-F MP3 sample
  4   I Need Your Love The Rapture MP3 sample
  5   Street Gang - Atoc remix Are Weapons MP3 sample
  6   The Only One DM & Jemini MP3 sample
  7   Melting Pot Boris Gardiner MP3 sample
  8   Deceptacon Le Tigre MP3 sample
  9   F*** Me On The Dancefloor Disco D feat. Princess Superstar MP3 sample
  10   TV Slut Black Moustache MP3 sample
  11   Ghostwriter RJD2 MP3 sample
  12   Here We Go Again DM & Jemini MP3 sample
  13   New York USA Serge Gainsbourg MP3 sample

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Compilation albums are one of those annoying contradictions, a great way to hear a range of music on one album or a way to sample a label or artist, however they also currently dominate the market and are often poorly selected with many almost sounding the same. The City series from Petrol doesn't suffer from these weaknesses though, bringing together Hip-Hop, New Rock and Electronica, with the relevance being they are all New York based artists (previous volumes in this series have included Paris, Tokyo & Sydney). New York is such a hotbed of contemporary culture that you'd expect the music to be representative of that unique setting, and thankfully the music contained here is impressive throughout. Hip-Hop comes in the form of DM (Dangermouse) & Jemini's "The Only One" & "Here We Go Again" - beats in an old school format but comepletely futuristic - RJD2 delivers a DJ Shadow-like melding of beats and indie rock elements on the melancholic "Ghostwriter" - while Brooklyn based DJ Spinna gets all rare groove on the fabulous "Rock (Unplugged)". The new school of New York rock are represented by The Rapture, whose "I Need Your Love" successfully combines the best of the raw eighties with a modernist attitude to production, while both Le Tigre and ARE Weapons blend punk, funk and even a touch of disco on "Decaptacon" and "Street Gang" respectively. The electronic spectrum is also touched upon, with ex-pat German I-F bringing electro into the future with "Crocodiles In The Sky", a track full sleazy synths and sexy vocals. The compilation's biggest success is in its portrayal of the multi dimensional nature of most New York artists, with most willingly blending art with fun. The results not only work in the mind but on the dance floor as well, making this album constantly arresting yet never indulgent. A fine compilation from the folks at Petrol, this is for those who have enjoyed New York's vibrant and varied nightlife, or those who simply have a varied and kind of left-of-centre musical palate. It will sound great in any adventurous cafe or retail setting too. Recommended.

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Artist: Various Artists (Petrol Records)
Album: New York - The Sex, The City, The Music
Cat #: PETROL045
Date: 18/03/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Petrol Records
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Compilations , Dance
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