Back in 2009, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin started their Mister Saturday Night loft party in New York City. Almost a decade later, the party has become an institution, spinning off the all-walks-of-life Mister Sunday and in the summer of 2017, Harkin and Carter mark their 250th party under the Mister banner. To commemorate the moment, the Mister Saturday Night residents have compiled and mixed Mister Saturday Night: Then and Now, a selection of songs that have come to define the party – as well as some recent discoveries that reflect Eamon and Justinʼs ongoing commitment to unearthing and sharing music they love.
The mix begins with Menelik Wossenachewʼs stunningly beautiful, highly sought-after version of "Tezeta," arranged, written and performed on by Mulatu Astatke. Eamon and Justin then move on to Soul Bros Inc.'s "Pyramid," another grail record, before flipping into deep territory with the slept-on "On Cue" by ESB. This leads to songs by Baba Stiltz and Marcellus Pittman that have become ubiquitous at Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday. Then the climb to the partyʼs peak begins, making way for a number of Mister anthems: Kerrier Districtʼs "Letʼs Dance & Freak," reissued for the first time ever outside of the LP; Dennis Ferrerʼs "The Red Room"; and Oni Ayhun, Rroxymore, Jaguar Woman and Aquarian Jugsʼ collaborative "DR-1." The 3LP-set closes with some early-80s New Jersey disco gold from the obscure Bourbon and Maxx.
Justin Carter and Eamon Harkinʼs Mister Saturday Night: Then and Now is a perfect encapsulation of one of their parties and a fitting celebration for a pair of DJs that have painstakingly formed so many moments over the course of 250 parties.