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Founded in 1989 by Mark Finkelstein and Gladys Pizarro, New York house music label Strictly Rhythm quickly established itself as one of dance music’s most successful and influential record labels of all time, and one which defined house music right throughout the ’90s. Home to such significant artists as Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, Josh Wink, Ultra Nate & DJ Pierre, Strictly Rhythm was without doubt the leading US house music label of the decade.
Taking you on a journey through arguably the label’s finest hour – from shortly after its inception up to the late ’90s – for this compilation, we have deliberately stayed away from its biggest hits, though no less an important part of the Strictly Rhythm story, in favour of the biggest club classics and overlooked gems. Over three CDs, it’s almost – though not quite – a history of New York house music itself.
Includes a number of the label’s most notable tracks from the producers Josh Wink, Masters at Work, Danny Tenaglia, Armand Van Helden, Li’l Louis, Roy Davis Jr and Satoshi Tomiie to name but a few – plus a plethora of Strictly Rhythm’s essential underground club favourites and hidden treasures, many of which have never before been released on CD, and several only ever previously available on pretty-tricky to source vinyl!
All tracks have been fully restored and remastered for the best sound possible.
Co-compiled and with full sleeve notes by Fabric DJ and author of the essential Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Bill Brewster.
Strictly Rhythm relaunched in 2007 and continues to be one of the innovators in house and dance music, regularly releasing pioneering tracks from big-hitters such as Bob Sinclar, Quentin Harris and Chocolate Puma.
1. THE WARNING (INNER MIX) – Logic
2. LUV DANCIN’ (IN DEEP MIX) – The Underground Solution
3. JUST A TOUCH (JAZZ ELEMENT MIX) – Essence
4. TWO NOTCHES (WARFARE MIX) – Rhythm Warfare
5. WATERFALLS (4 A.M. MIX) – After Hours
6. THIS BEAT IS OVER – DV8
7. “LIL” LOUIE’S ANTHEM – The Untouchables 8. BOOM (HARD MIX) – House 2 House
9. THAT STRING TRACK – U.P.I.
10. CAN YOU FEEL IT (IN HOUSE DUB) – CLS
11. RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE (HARD HEAD MIX) – Phuture
12. MASTER BLASTER (TURN IT UP) (THA WILD PITCH MIX) – Joint Venture
1. EQUINOX (HEAVENLY CLUB MIX) – Code 718
2. MUZIK IS LIFE (LIFE LONG MIX) – DJ Pierre
3. STOMPIN GROUNDS (STOMPIN GROUND MIX) – K.C.Y.C.
4. DEEP INSIDE – Hardrive
5. NEED YOUR LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX)- Groove Patrol
6. WHO DARES TO BELIEVE IN ME? (ORIGINAL MIX) – The Believers
7. NORTHERN LIGHTS (OLD SKOOL RE-EDIT) – Caucasian Boy
8. I COULD BE THIS (TRANSY TRIBAL MIX) – Androgeny featuring Michael M
9. LOVE & HAPPINESS (YEMAYA Y OCHUN) (12” CLUB MIX) – River Ocean featuring India
1. THE THEME (THE LEGEND) – Loop 7
2. WITCH DOKTOR (DARK AGES MIX) – Armand Van Helden
3. HIGHER STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS (TWEEKIN ACID FUNK) – Wink
4. FREAKY (THE BAR HEADS MIX) – Lou 2
5. BREAK NIGHT – The Mole People
6. REACH (“LITTLE” “MORE” MIX) – Lil’ Mo’ Yin Yang
7. DEMON DREAMS (GRAVEDIGGIN MIX) – Hardhead
8. ALL FOR YOU – Dan Curtin
9. KEEP ON GROOVIN’ (IAN’S FIERCE MIX) – DJ Sneak