It has been more than 20 years since Johnny “D” De Mairo set up his deep house label Henry Street Music in New York. Still going strong, the label is now celebrating this anniversary with a new compilation box set of five seven-inches, Henry Street Music, out through BBE.
In an interview with house title 5 Magazine, De Mairo said the label, “took the disco thing to another level.”
Henry Street Music and its artists took a new approach to creating disco tracks. The pioneer was the Bucketheads’ 'The Bomb!' (1995), a track that featured cut-up disco grooves and marked a breakthrough for house. It was widely mimicked by producers and DJs in the years that followed its release.
Since then, the label (named after De Mairo's neighbourhood in Brooklyn) has released tracks from the likes of Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, Marshall Jefferson and Scotti Deep, all of whom feature on Henry Street Music: Twenty Years of Fierce House Music.
“I’ve always said that the label is fat-free,” continues De Mairo. “I could listen to 95 per cent of the label today and feel they haven’t lost any of their magic. I can’t say that about most other labels from the same era.”