Since we started the label, every record (except for our two early Anthony Naples releases) has been from a different artist. This year we’re planning to release music from some artists we’ve already featured, and we’re starting that push with General Ludd and Archie Pelago. Both of their releases are out now.
The first, which you can preview above, is from Archie Pelago, who did the second Mister Saturday Night Records release. They’re a trio made up of a cellist, trumpet player and saxophonist; and all of them works the knobs. The A Side, Clammy Customer, takes dozens of twists and turns, weaving in vocals by the always excellent Gabriel Garzon-Montano; and the B Side, Madame Suede Nightshade, was apparently made with us in mind (check the initials). Both sides are tried and tested on our dancefloor and cut at 45rpm for maximum oomph.
The second, which you can preview below, is by General Ludd, a pair of guys based in Glasgow (though one is originally from New Jersey, and the other is originally from Canterbury). This record is a more left field turn than their first, but, we can assure you, both tracks will break discerning dancefloors wide open.
You may have heard that there was a fire at Silent Barn this past weekend. The folks there are still working hard to make the space ready for events, but unfortunately that won’t happen before this weekend, which means we’ll have to postpone the forthcoming Mister Saturday Night with Justin, Eamon & Gunnar Haslam.
We’ve been trying to locate an alternative venue to keep the party happening, but it was just too tricky at such late notice so we’re going to take a rain check on this one and hopefully make it happen again at some point down the line. If you bought a ticket in advance expect to see a refund from Resident Advisor before the week is out.
The good people at Silent Barn are experiencing some hardship as a result of the closure so if you’re interesting in helping them out there’s a couple of channels you can use:
– To volunteer and get involved in person go here.
– To make a financial contribution go here. (Financial contributions will help with the resident’s material losses and to cover Silent Barn’s loss of income until they can reopen to the public).
Otherwise, Mister Sunday at Industry City continues for 3 more weeks so we’ll see you there this coming Sunday.
This Sunday Eamon open’s up the Mister with a full airing of a record called ‘Palace of Wind’ by Battle Trance a band he came across last winter at Winter Jazz Fest here in New York. Battle Trance are comprised for 4 saxophonists who concoct a dense wall of sound using an impressive and exhausting circular breathing technique. It’s trance music of the right kind.
Every week of this outdoor Mister Sunday season, the party begins with the airing of an entire album. This week our special guest, JD Twitch, a Glasgow resident who is one of our favorite DJs in the world, selects. He’s chosen Super Ape by The Upsetters. This is what he has to say about it.
At the first hint of summer, one of the records I most want to hear is Super Ape by The Upsetters, the 1976 Lee “Scratch” Perry album recorded at the height of his powers. This summer in Scotland summer pretty much went awol, but I’m optimistic I’ll get to experience a bit of a late summer in New York, so I chose this perennial favourite of mine. While the entire album is bathed in a murky dread, there is an inherent golden warmth to it. Familiar rhythms are revisited and reworked with chanting vocals, distant melodicas and mystical flutes rising up in the mix. It is a gentle ride that leaves me feeling as if I am wrapped in cotton wool. It also holds off on giving away all its joys too soon with side two in particular being just about a perfect side of music. I’ve never heard this played on a proper sound system so am very much looking forward to spending forty minutes basking in its sonic rays of light.
JD Twitch, one of our DJ heroes, joins Justin Carter** behind the turntables for this weekend’s edition of Mister Sunday. Twitch runs the excellent Optimo Music label; he DJed and ran the long running Optimo parties in Glasgow for thirteen years (and still does the occasional Optimo party); and he is one of the world’s finest DJs. He played for us last year, and it was lovely. Tickets are here, and if you come down early, you’ll probably be able to get them at the door.
**Both will be less somber than in the pictures above, and Justin will be about ten years older.