streetwise was one of the seminal dance labels of the eighties, responsible, with its subsidiary imprint partytime, for several important and influential examples of the dance genre. several of its releases were indicative of the directions that both dance and r&b would take over the next few years. the signing of vocal group new edition and their resulting hit candy girl is generally acknowledged as the beginning of the boy band phenomenon, and the labels last hit, music is the answer, was also a key element in the rise of house music. the label lasted for only a few years before falling victim to its own success and the related success of its owners, especially revered producer and remixer, arthur baker. here is a selection of streetwises greatest 12inch mixes, gathered from the archives during streetwise reign over the dance market presented on this vinyl.
as one of the most influential house labels of the 80s sleeping bag has stood the test of time with its releases. 25 years on and the tracks still provide the dance world with a regular source of sample material. here on this double lp compilation are some of sleeping bags most seminal records released during a ten year period, which brought to attention the sublime production talents of the labels cofounder arthur russell and a&r skills of curtis mantronik. the collection contains the track dinosaur l produced by russell, remixed and subsequently made famous by francois kevorkian. the sleeping bag family also extended to legendary producer and dj todd terry, who re mixed several of sleeping bags tracks. also featuring on this release is joyce sims with two tracks taken from her hit album come into my life. after the death of russell in 1992 the label limped on for awhile but finally shut its doors the same year.