Counter Intelligence

Record City

60 minsFirst aired 4 May 2018
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.


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

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