New York Noise
Released in the middle of the punk funk revival, the first volume of the New York Noise serie is probably the best compilation ever devoted to resurrect New York forgotten underground heroes of the 80's. Often imitated but never matched, Soul Jazz genius gathers tracks everybody must possess. From the seminal Optimo, by Liquid Liquid, a song James Murphy listened really a lot, to Baby Dee by Konk, a mix between electro and Manu Dibango, from the proto techno of Material to the noisy sound of Glenn Branca, from the afro disco of Dinosaur L created by Arthur Russell to the amazing sisters of ESG, all those artists were announcing the Yk music scene twenty years before. A compilation that made me immediately forget all the shitty acts that emerged in the 80's (remember Dire Straits?) and disgusted me from this decade.