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Album of the Day: Various Artists, “Turntables on the Hudson 20 Year Anniversary”

Wonderwheel Recordings founder Nickodemus has always viewed New York City as a multicultural playground—a place where some of the world’s most interesting, thought-provoking, and compelling artists come together to creatively connect. It’s a beautiful vision that he, along with accomplices Mariano and percussionist Nappy G, turned into one of the city’s most celebrated outdoor dance parties, Turntables on the Hudson. The club night, which debuted in 1998, quickly became known for its daring, eclectic, no-holds-barred aesthetic; in a single set, you could hear an obscure Puerto Rican salsa track, Spanish flamenco, a brassy Balkan beat jam, a batucada-inflected MPB track, and a sultry, New York house classic. Over the years, the party expanded, holding events in Barcelona, Ipanema, the Caribbean, and the Nile, and absorbing the sounds of those regions and pulling them into the Turntables universe. In that sense, Turntables on the Hudson 20 Year Anniversary is not just a historical document, but a celebratory set in its own right, capturing the party’s ethos and heralding its launch into the future.

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Nickodemus on His Love Affair with New York City


It’s been a while since Nickodemus has spent more than a few weeks at a time in New York City. The constant coming and going has left him with a bit of a conundrum when it comes to his relationship with the city. New York is where he grew from being a 14-year-old hip-hop head, playing block parties with turntables, to becoming a globetrotting DJ, one with famous club nights of his own—the Turntables on the Hudson parties—as well as his own forward-thinking record label, Wonderwheel Recordings. He’s developed a wide swath of musical tastes and skills along the way, first through his high school peers—who introduced him to everything from hip-hop to house music, reggae, and classic rock—and then from his friends at the famed Giant Step parties, where he became a resident DJ early in his career.

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