In between all the things Justin mentioned, I managed to read a lot of books (and, of course, buy a lot of records) in 2015. It was the year that the realities of racial injustice in America and the threat to our species from climate change became all the more stark. My list starts with those two topics and takes a less serious turn towards the work of some of the greatest artists of our times, a recent vacation and then and onto some of the best dancefloor jams of the year, the latter of which I’ve compiled into a playlist here. I hope you enjoy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates This man is a national treasure. No one else seems to articulate so succintly, accurately and honestly the truth about race relations in the USA today. His book, Between the World and Me, and his essays on mass incarceration and the case for reparations are essential reading. Nicholas Kristof wrote early in the year in the New York Times that White People just don’t get it, and he’s right. We don’t. We owe it to ourselves and our communities to make an effort to ‘get it’. Ta-Nehisi Coates can help us better than anyone else. Plus he loves the GZA. . . . Read on
Harvey Sutherland “Bermuda” I think I have played this at every party since it came out. Musical, dynamic, groovy, unpredictable. An instant classic of the Mister and I’m sure of many, many other parties. Don’t stop, Harvey! . . . Read on
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.
Back in 2012 we released the first EP on Mister Saturday Night Records. It was a collection of three songs from a young guy named Anthony Naples, a regular on the Mister dancefloor. He’d never released a record; and in fact, he’d never even finished a track before he gave us the final tunes; but they were excellent, and when we released them, people got really excited.
Flash forward a few years, and Anthony’s become an important music maker for a lot of people. He released a second EP for us, a couple EPs on Trilogy Tapes, a cohesive and mature LP on Four Tet’s Text label; and he built up his chops as a DJ. In fact, he moved out of the city for a couple years to play gigs all over the world.
But now he’s back in New York (for good, we hope), and to celebrate, we’ve decided to do something we’ve never done before: hand the reins of an entire Mister Saturday Night party over to someone else.
On Saturday, November 21st, Anthony Naples will control the Mister Saturday Night soundsystem from 10pm to 4am at Silent Barn, one of our favorite places for a party in New York City. Not only does our system sound great in the room; there’s a barber shop in the back, a vintage clothing stand, crates of records to dig through, a nice outdoor patio, and a bar with inexpensive drinks.
We can’t wait to hear what Anthony pulls out of his bag, and we can’t wait to have a dance with you. Until then…