Deadly Dragon Sound, Manhattan

by Michael Kucyk

Reggae, roots, dancehall, ska and rocksteady specialists in the skirts of Chinatown. A shop for the heads, the small space has 45s packed floor to ceiling, stocking current releases and tracing all the way back to the 1950s. Daunting for infrequent dabblers like myself though the staff are more than happy to pile up suggestions based on your interests.

Prices are perhaps marked for their Japanese collector market which is a little disheartening given the city’s large Jamaican population and NY’s close proximity to Jamaica and the UK, but deeper diggers are destined to uncover some gaps here. I’m surveying the non-purist disco reggae sound at the moment so at least walked out with a free knowledge expansion. Worth checking out if you’re in the neighbourhood eating dumplings. The crew also run regular parties at a bar around the corner called Happy Ending.

 Deadly Dragon Sound, 102 Forsyth St # B, Manhattan, NY 10002