Piotr, a former colleague from Rhapsody, recently surveyed various purveyors of New York cool (Tim Sweeney, Star Eyes, Rich Medina, etc) for the quintessential list of New York party starters. Note that these aren’t songs by New Yorkers, per se, but rather tracks that the selected tastemakers felt were the key bangers. The results aren’t terribly surprising — lots of DFA, Jay-Z, and Dip Set — but it’s a really fun list with a lot of very enjoyable music. The Escort track “Cocaine Blues” is a satisfying mix of electro pop and nu-disco, with appropriately vaguely ironic lyrics about everyone’s favorite boogie powder, and the samba/afrobeat hybrid “Revolution Poem” is taken from a cool afro-beat compilation by Rich Medina and Bobbito that I wasn’t familiar with.
This article originally came out in June, but has gotten a second life thanks in part due to The Rub kicking off a new night at Williamsburg club Verboten with a mix inspired by Piotr’s list. You can listen to the mix here.