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Various Artists, Turntables on the Hudson 4 (Giant Step)
Giant Step, as a club, record label, and website, are on a mission to unite all the threads that make up the best contemporary club and dance music. Teaming up with the formidable Turntables on the Hudson DJs is a logical development. Nicodemus and Osiris have been ploughing the same field for a while now. Happily, the result is the best "Hudson" outing yet and one which sums up the nu-NuYorican ethos perfectly. It's a poly-ethnic, multi-cultural trip through cosmopolitan New York and if it is representative of TOTH's club and party nights, then get down there as soon and as often as you can. African, Latin, Caribbean, and deep house grooves form the basis for what has to be one of the most diverse and satisfying DJ "journeys" this year. A stunning hip-hop mix of Plastic Buddha's "String Theory" and a wonderfully inventive Afro-beat extravaganza from the Plebs ("One for Senegal") are perhaps the highlights, but, with the likes of Antibalas, Baby Mammoth, Local 12 (watch for them), and Marzebian all coming up trumps, it's a close call. Summery and sumptuous, don't miss this vibrant "Urban Soundtrack".