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The Booty Dance


Nu Groove Records
NG002D | 1988-06-03  
Nu Groove was one of the pioneering house music labels out of New York, originally active between 1988 and 1992, and its mark on the scene was to be felt for years to come. Originally set up by Karen and Frank Mendez as a vehicle for the Burrell twins, Rhano and Rheji, who were signed to Virgin at the time under the name Burrell, Nu Groove allowed them to explore the more underground and avant-garde nature of their musical minds. Nu Groove also became an outlet for many up and coming producers, including Kenny Dope, Bobby Konders, DJ Smash, Frankie Bones & Lennie Dee, Joey Negro and Joey Beltram to name but a few. They covered a variety of styles, from deep, jazzy and minimal house, through to soulful vocals, bumping grooves and jacking sample tracks, all a reflection of New York’s house sound of the time. These releases fuelled the explosive dance scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Warehouse rave culture and UK pirate radio all relied heavily on Nu Groove’s steady output of underground grooves to inspire a generation of house music lovers, dancers, DJ’s and producers. Almost 30 years on, the spirit of this seminal New York label lives on.

Rhano Burrell’s debut for Nu Groove comes in the form of this head-nodding, hip shaking groove under the pseudonym K.A.T.O. (Keyboards Above The Ordinary). Inspired by the Chicago house sound as well as New York’s rich heritage of dance tracks from producers like Larry Joseph and Paul Simpson, this release comes hot on the heels of the Burrell twins slightly more accessible Virgin Records output. This release would set the tone of what to expect from Nu Groove Records, providing inspiration for the house producers of the future, and the DJ’s and dancers of the underground club scene.

K.A.T.O. ‘The Booty Dance’

1. The Booty Dance (High-Knee Mix)
2. The Booty Dance (How 2 Mix)

Written, Produced & Mixed by Rhano Burrell
Engineered by Tommy Musto
Recorded at NCP Studios
Executive Producer: Mystarz Ltd
Published by Rhano Burrell Music (ASCAP)
P&C 1988 Nu Groove Records/Burrell Brothers

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