“Landscape!” by Todd Roberts, URB, July 1992

Roberts, Todd. “Landscape!” URB, July 1992.

This is the travelog of the URB staff’s adventures in New York City during the 1992 New Music Seminar. The URB staff described the various parties they have attended as well as shared some of the misadventures they had on their way to and from those parties. They also provided some observations about the differences between the music and club scenes in New York and in Los Angeles. Among their observations, the house music scene is bigger in New York than in Los Angeles, with deep soulful house being the dominant sound. New York techno tends to be harder and less emotive than in Los Angeles. Between their observations of the NYC club scene and of NYC in general, this travelog provides a good snapshot of New York City in the early nineties.

Back issues of URB (unfortunately not a complete run) are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

“Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like Its 1975” by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, July 10, 2001

Reynolds, Simon. “Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like Its 1975.” Village Voice, July 10, 2001. http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-07-10/news/disco-double-take/ (accessed June 10, 2013).

Simon Reynolds examines New York house music parties that are inspired by parties of yesteryear like The Loft and the Paradise Garage including Bang the Party and Body & Soul. Reynolds notes that while this subscene of parties may have been inspired by these legendary parties they lack the musical progressiveness of these older parties. Instead of embracing leftfield musical choices like Liquid Liquid and Nina Hagen, this form of NYC house solidified into a genre called “garage” characterized by soulful, “organic” sounds that are often marked by Latin percussion and a jazzier sound. Reynolds feels that this “retro” New York disco-house tradition has been too conservative by its emphasis on “musicality” and has prevented the New York’s dance music scene from having the musical breakthroughs that other cities with thriving dance music scenes had made in recent years.

“Gimme Shelter” by Andy Thomas

Thomas, Andy. “Gimme Shelter.” Straight No Chaser, September 2007. DJhistory.com. http://www.djhistory.com/features/gimme-shelter-2007-0 (accessed June 4, 2013).

Originally appearing in the final issue of Straight No Chaser, this article is a spotlight on The Shelter. The Shelter originally started as a one-off Paradise Garage reunion party in 1991, it immediately became a weekly party where dancers reigned. “The Maestro” Timmy Regisford provides a mix of house, disco, Afro-beat, and jazz to dancers who are ready to surrender to his mix. Andy Thomas talks to some of the dancers and dance music professionals who make Shelter their home.

DJhistory.com

DJhistory.com. http://www.djhistory.com/ (accessed June 4, 2013).

Curated by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, DJhistory.com is an archive of dance music history. It contains interviews, feature articles, media reviews, mixes, forums, and much more. Most importantly, it is a community of dance music enthusiasts who are interested in all aspects of its history. Relevant articles will be summarized on this blog.