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beat:repeat NYC delves into some of the Big Apple's most influential tunes and tells the story behind the beat. The likes of Blondie's Chris Stein, hip-hop pioneer Arthur Baker, Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman and Ninja Tune's Lee Bannon dissect the tracks that paved their reputations.

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Heart of Glass
8. Heart of Glass
July 7, 2014
Blondie guitarist and man about downtown NYC, Chris Stein, reminisces about turning an old song into a pop music touchstone thanks to a little help from the just-released Roland CR-78 drum machine.
Boogie Down Bronx
7. Boogie Down Bronx
June 30, 2014
Man Parrish was one of early hip hop and electro's most eccentric characters.The song that got him started, "Boogie Down Bronx," was created in one wild weekend at Man's apartment on 14th & 9th in Manhattan.
Deceptacon
6. Deceptacon
June 23, 2014
Many use the drum machine because it sounds like the future, the utopian promise of technology. Le Tigre used it because it sounded cheap. In this episode, Johanna Fateman talks about the liberating quality that came from the not-so-future-perfect presets of the Alesis HR-16B and shows the hand-drawn notes that provided the basis for a dance punk classic.
Looking for the Perfect Beat
5. Looking for the Perfect Beat
June 16, 2014
Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force's Looking For The Perfect Beat was a warning shot to those who thought they had the producers of Planet Rock pegged. The track re-imagined what was possible, a sample-ready symphony that has spawned a thousand styles.
I Am The Law
4. I Am The Law
June 9, 2014
In 1986, Anthrax unleashed the thrash metal monster "I Am The Law." In this episode, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante meets with Ninja Tune producer Lee Bannon to transform the track from its core: The beat.
Juicy Fruit
3. Juicy Fruit
June 2, 2014
Mtume was one of the most colorful funk and soul groups to emerge in the early 80s. Their classic tune "Juicy Fruit" has been sampled often, most notably in Notorious BIG's "Juicy". In this episode, Mtume talks about the tune and Evil Dee provides some new samples.
Frankie Teardrop
2. Frankie Teardrop
May 26, 2014
In this episode, Martin Rev meets Xeno and Oaklander to talk about Suicide's track "Frankie Teardrop." Four decades prior, Alan Vega & Martin Rev used a cheap drum machine, fevered screams and a murder to create this classic.
Don't Make Me Wait
1. Don't Make Me Wait
 
By the late '70s, disco had become too big for its bell-bottoms. In 1981, the legendary New York club gave birth to its' first band, Peech Boys. A year later, they scored their first hit with the LinnDrum-enhanced, gospel-tinged "Don't Make Me Wait." In this episode, we go to Albany to visit Michael de Benedictus of Peech Boys, where he talks about creating music with Larry Levan.
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beat:repeat NYC delves into some of the Big Apple's most influential tunes and tells the story behind the beat. The likes of Blondie's Chris Stein, hip-hop pioneer Arthur Baker, Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman and Ninja Tune's Lee Bannon dissect the tracks that paved their reputations.