Most people don’t know this, but before I ever put a record on a turntable, I was a singer and songwriter. Over the past fifteen or so years, as I’ve gone down the DJing path, my singing and writing have ticked along quietly in the background, a secret to pretty much everyone.
This Friday, though, I’m releasing a song. It’s called “Know It All”. I recorded it with Cosmo D, the cellist from Archie Pelago, and Jason Lindner, the keyboardist on Blackstar, Bowie’s final album. It was mixed by Benjamin Tierney, who also worked his magic on Kamasi Washington’s The Epic.
Nathan Melja is the same young Frenchman whose debut EP we released under the name Melja late last year. Since then, he moved to New York and worked at Mister HQ for a few months, manned the light booth at the Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday parties (DJs make the best light guys), and spent most of his time outside that making music. Leo Draws is the culmination of that music-making, two murky but beautiful tracks centered around vocal samples and one off-kilter number aimed at the dark corners of the dancefloor.
Atlus is a young man with the world in his hands. He shoulders it from the mighty and misty tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, where he spends most of his time in the halls of Rubadub. In the three songs on this mystical EP, he lifts up party-melting disco house, clanging ambience and bubbling techno – and it all makes sense. The first of many, many records from him, we hope. This kid’s a titan.
You can grab this release (and pretty much all the other ones) on digital and vinyl on the Mister Store.
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.
It’s been over six months since we released original music on Mister Saturday Night Records. We’re making up for lost time by releasing two records at once.
The first, above, is an EP from a music-maker that we’ve admired from afar for a long while – Nebraska. His 2011 album, Displacement, is a longtime Mister favorite.
About a year ago, we started to wonder, “Where is this Nebraska guy?” He hadn’t released any new music since the LP, and we wanted to hear more. We searched high and low an found his contact. When we got in touch, he responded by paying us a visit at a Mister Sunday, bringing us a couple pieces of vinyl (one of which made its way onto Eamon and Justin’s Weekends and Beginnings Mix) and, thankfully, sending us a steady stream of unreleased music.
A couple of those songs have become regular dance floor contenders, and we’re very happy to say now that we’ve cut them to wax, and we’re officially welcoming Nebraska into the Mister Saturday Night family.
The second album is from Gunnar Haslam, a Mister alumnus who released the first and only ten-inch on the label. This is his first twelve-inch for us. The loud cuts on the vinyl do these tracks proud. A bit more charged than his previous output for us, this EP, Margareten, is as heady as usual, but it aims straight for the dancefloor all the same. You can listen to clips down below.