A Lost Era In NYC 1987-1992


Remastered 2002 release. The beginning of that lost era in New York is marked by the end of maybe the most important, but surely the most legendary club of all times: Manhattan's Paradise Garage, the place where disco got turned into a religion named "garage house" by DJ Larry Levan. In 1987, the Garage closed its gate forever. The Garage sound and its believers had to go deeper, way deep. Down there, deep house started to materialize. The househeadz only started to resurface when The Shelter opened, the downtown deep house institution where DJ Timmy Regisford carried the torch. In its holy halls, DJs like Francois Kervorkian and Danny Krivit still celebrate the spirit in a pure fashion. But for five long years, deep house was homeless. In the underground in secret locations that were only known to the initiated, the contemplative sound found a temporary refuge. The most important of them all was called Wild Pitch. Here, the hard core of the first deep house DJs played. Names that still get whispered respectfully: Viktor Rosado, David Camacho, Kenny Carpenter, Nicky Jones, John Robinson. Also DJ Pierre, who had just moved from Chicago to New Jersey, sometimes played there and even dedicated a whole track principle to those legendary sessions: the "Wild Pitch Mix." One DJ, however, epitomizes more than any other the massive sounds and the unique spirit of the Wild Pitch parties: Brooklyn's Bobby Konders. In his spectacular mix he threw in everything from reggae, hip-hop, house to disco. He aimed directly at the common factor, the true soul of those blood-related styles. At Konders' Wild Pitch sessions everything was possible, as long as the bass moved in deep enough, the beat was ruff and rugged and the vibes soothed the tortured souls of the headz. Konders practically invented a school of intros, many times starting instrumental tracks with reggae MC-sloganeering. But he also roamed into other styles, throwing them into his melting pot of all 'tings conscious. Though strictly dedicated to the deep, the raw, and the soulfully nice, he produced one of the most slamming acid tunes of all times, "Nervous Acid," which still gets rocked massively to this day. Until the invention of his own Massive B imprint, his productions went under his street name Massive Sounds and were released by Frank and Karen Mendez on Nu Groove. On Nu Groove the whole classic, nice Konders shit appeared -- long-deleted material that gets assembled almost completely on this massive compilation, compiled by DJ Hell and remastered and ready to be discovered by a new generation of headz, to be sucked in like a nice blunt. Includes a 16-page booklet.