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Record City

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60 minsFirst aired 4 May 2018Next Counter Intelligence Tomorrow at 11:00am EDT
Calli Higgins

Explore the cozy Brooklyn shop boasting an impeccable selection of soul, disco, rock and some of the deepest reggae crates in NYC.

Located on a side street just off bustling Flatbush Avenue, Record City (est. 2016) rests in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, the Brooklyn neighborhood that’s long been a home to NYC’s Caribbean immigrant communities. It makes complete sense then that a perusal of the shop’s racks yields one of the strongest selections of Jamaican sounds — roots reggae, rocksteady, dub, dancehall, et al. – available in New York. It also makes sense given owner Ian Clark’s pedigree as a longtime partner in revered reggae reissue label DKR (AKA Digikiller Records, AKA Deeper Knowledge Records). But as Clark will be the first to tell you, Record City isn’t a shop confined by his area of musical expertise; groove-based music generally informs the store’s stock, and you’re as likely to pull gems from the jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco 12” or rock sections as you’d nab a vintage pre-release blank culled from an old soundsystem selector. Clark shares a few tracks that tell Record City’s story – from Studio One essentials to Curtis Mayfield and the finest Sade reggae cover version you’ve never heard.

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Interview by Jeff Mao
Produced by Jeff Mao and Jordan Rothlein
Engineered by Denis Hürter

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