Part one, a double-LP, is out this week, with a second volume (and a CD edition) following in January.
The release will come in two double-LP volumes on vinyl, one out this week, and the other in January. (A double-CD version will also be released in January.) The soundtrack features key tracks and artists profiled in Lawrence's book, which chronicles New York's Downtown music scene in the early '80s. Among those included are Alan Vega, David Byrne, James White & The Blacks, Loose Joints, Material, Peech Boys and Arthur Russell projects Dinosaur L and Loose Joints.
Lawrence is starting a new label, Reappearing Records, in order to release the compilation.
"This is the first time I've had the opportunity to release a record in tandem with a book," Lawrence told Resident Advisor, "and I'm pretty thrilled with how the Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor compilation has turned out. It was never going to be easy to reproduce the insane range of mutant sounds that took root in New York City during the early 1980s, but the compilation captures some of the startlingly creative developments that came about as the post-disco, art-punk and nascent hip-hop scenes came into contact with each other and started to collaborate. This was the period when NYC—cheap, raw, community-minded, vibrant and open for partying—finally realized its melting pot potential. The music still sounds radical today."
Listen to the "Dance Mix" of David Byrne's "Big Business."
A1 Dinosaur L - Go Bang! (LP Version)
A2 Tuxedomoon - Desire
B1 Gray - Drum Mode
B2 Alan Vega - Saturn Drive
C1 David Byrne - Big Business (Dance Mix)
C2 New York 88 - Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
D1 Rammellzee vs K-Rob - Beat Bop (Original 12-inch Single)
D2 3 Teens Kill 4 - Hold Up
A1 John Robie - Vena Cava
A2 James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Mix)
B1 Quando Quango - Love Tempo (Mark Kamins Mix
B2 George Kranz - Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)
C1 Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk (Instrumental Version) (7-inch B-Side Mix)
C2 Material - Bustin' Out (Long Version)
D1 Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (Extended Version)
D2 Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper
Reappearing Records will release Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor Part 1 on November 30th, 2018 and Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor Part 2 on January 25th, 2019.