Our latest featured chart comes courtesy of two of the Big Apple’s finest: Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. The men known as Mr Saturday Night have developed a peerless reputation as party hosts du jour, inviting the cream of the electronic music crop to their Brooklyn parties; Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Kyle Hall, Omar S and DJ Harvey have all graced the decks at Sunday Best.
The ‘you had to be there’ stories that emerge from these events have become stuff of legend, such as the time when Liquid Liquid frontman Sal P got on the mic whilst Glaswegian duo Optimo dropped their namesake track, or when Egyptian Lover rocked up, plugged in an 808 and jammed with Moodymann (the catalyst to the former remixing the latter’s “Freeki MF”). Of course they wouldn’t be good hosts if they couldn’t DJ – and we’re pleased to report that they can, very well – with a Mr Saturday Night set a vinyl-only affair that touches on hands-up disco, raw house, classic US garage and more besides.
For this chart, the chaps took the democratic approach, selecting five tracks each (Eamon the first five, Justin the second). They’ll be embarking on a whistle-stop UK tour this week, firstly holding court with Floating Points at London’s favourite sweat den Plastic People on Saturday February 26, followed by a Sunday night date with the Hung Up! crew in Glasgow.
1. Losoul – Nuin (Immer/Kompakt) (Track 2)
Eamon: “I slept on this when it first came out and only just recently picked it up. Propulsive soulful machine music as we’ve come expect from Losoul.”
Eamon: “I was surprised to see Roman Flugel appear on Dial. But this track makes perfect sense for them and a bit of a departure for the man himself. A perfect late night track.”
Eamon: “Another fine Clone release. An analogue house track with a great vocal hook. It never fails to get the floor going.”
Eamon: “I’ve picked up a lot of the Kink and Neville Watson stuff in the past year. This track sees Kink by himself taking things beyond the retro-house sound in futuristic territory.”
Eamon: “I don’t know too much about Lemos. I also cant remember how I stumbled across this track! But it’s great.”
Justin: “Omar S always has a way of making tracks that turn rooms on their heads, but this one is especially transcendent.”
Justin: “Slap bass jazz fusion torqued for the floor, coming to a Justin Carter set near you.”
8. Moodymann – Freeki MF (Egyptian Lover’s Mix) (KDJ) (Track 4)
Justin: “This one was born at one of our first parties. The Egyptian Lover came down to the room where Kenny Dixon was playing, plugged in his 808, and they did a double-freaky, on-the-spot rendition of Freeki MF. A few months later, we found out from Mister Dixon that he’d commissioned a remix.”
9. Jimi Bazzouka – Don’t Hammer (Tigersushi) (Track 3)
Justin: “Beginning of the night, end of the night, after the night is over and you’re back home: pretty much perfect for all the above. Jimi’s Jan Hammer edit is a beauty.”
10. Ooft! – Just Peachy (Wolf Music) (Track 3)
Justin: “We could’ve just as easily chosen the KRL or Fantastic Man tracks off this EP as a top pick. It’s not a rarity to play one track, flip the record over, and play another immediately thereafter. Wolf Music is on a roll.”