New York's Plant Bar is long gone; the Lower East Side hangout and de facto clubhouse for DFA's early years was shuttered in 2003, a victim of Giuliani and Bloomberg's years-long, Footloose-like crackdown on dancing, a pogrom that sent underground clubbers scurrying for warehouses in the outer boroughs and, in doing so, helped accelerate the process of gentrification that has left us with the Condoburg we know and fear today. (A Dance Truther might tell you that the whole cabaret-law thing was all part of a vast real-estate conspiracy, and she might be right.)
But Plant Music soldiers on, because, duh, house music can't be stopped. To wit: Plant Music: Love Me Too, a new compilation showcasing the New York label's deep, midnight-hued take on the genre that features tracks from acts both local (Whatever/Whatever, Beto Cravioto) and international (German house veteran Ian Pooley, Diynamic staple Stimming). New York's Son of Sound (Henry Maldonado) sums up the idea best with his "Floor's Yours": A shuffling disco break, bordering-on-ambient vocals, some deep-in-the-basement keys, and a veritable coal chute of a bass line, as greasy as they come. You can get priced out of your neighborhood, but you can't take the (old) neighborhood out of house.
Love Me Too is out March 25 (Beatport exclusive; full release April 8). For now, listen to "Floor's Yours" in full below.