Words by DJ Theory and Jesse Serwer—
Deadly Dragon Sound, NYC Vibes Vol.2: At the nucleus of those keeping foundation reggae—and vinyl itself—breathing are proud New Yorkers, avid record collectors, retailers, radio hosts, and reggae music purists Deadly Dragon Sound. We shared their NYC Vibes Vol. 1 right here last year, and had to give you the follow up for some hotstepping NYC deejay education as only Deadly Dragon could deliver. They dig deep into the styles that were ruling NYC in the ’90s from Bushwick to the Bronx to the clubs of Manhattan, and ultimately the world, via the breakout sounds of Signet Records and their crew of Sting International and DJs like Shaggy, Mad Lion, Screechy Dan and Red Fox. The mixes touch on some of the other NYC labels of the time like Tan Yah, Secret Rival and Massive B, specifically artists like the late Sluggy Ranks, Private P, Trouble, Daddy Sylva and more. As always, the mix is comprised of 100% vinyl, with no long talking or gimmicks, just straight vintage juggling at its finest. Pree the mix below, get the track list here and check out more wicked DD mixes here.
Stereo Steppers x Super Cat, The Wild Indian: Swedish sound Stereo Steppers compiled this mix of classics from their favorite deejay of all-time—and pretty much ours, too. Starting off with an intro from the one and only Joe Lickshot, the mix runs through all of the Don Dada’s early classics from “Boops,” “Big & Ready” and “Cabin Stabbin,” plus the freshly Nas-sampled “Dance Inna New York” and later hits like “Girlstown” and “Scalp Dem.” In all, there’s 49 tracks from the Wild Apache mixed here. Stream and download below, get the track list here.
DJ Rory T, Bay Badness: DJ Rory T is the New York-based son of famed Jamaican producer/engineer Errol “E.T.” Thompson, so we’re not sure what the”Bay” in the title Bay Badness refers to, but the mix consists largely of up-to-the-minute dancehall from Aidonia, Assassin, Popcaan, Elephant Man, Konshens, Tommy Lee Sparta, Tifa and more. Stream and download below.