Released: 1995

Danny Tenaglia never enjoyed the pop success of contemporaries like Armand Van Helden or Deee-lite, but to this day he remains one of the seminal figures in New York house music. The prolific DJ and producer began his career in Brooklyn, DJing at roller discos in the late ’70s and early ’80s and later became a resident at legendary downtown dance spots like Twilo, Tunnel, and Vinyl. Hard & Soul is his debut full-length, and it helped define the sound of “tribal house” (as it was called at the time), a percussion-heavy style that often veered into darker, more ominous territory than the feel-good tracks coming out at the time. You can still catch Tenaglia playing all-night sets at spots like Output in Brooklyn or Space in Ibiza.