New York party Mister Saturday Night usually hangs its hat in temporary spaces in Brooklyn, having shunned Manhattan's clubs because, in the founders' own words, "There's no New York City club that really does it right." But when DJs & co-founders Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter guested at Floating Point's residency at Plastic People, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was the perfect venue for a Mister Saturday Night outside their Brooklyn home. First impressions always count, so when we heard Norma Jean Bell's "I'm the Baddest Bitch (In This Room)" as we walked in at around midnight, we took it as a statement of intent from the two jocks.
It's always hard transplanting a party from one location to another—the right venue can be just as important as the right wax when you're trying to get a vibe going—but Plastic People's newly renovated audiophile sound system did no harm to the duo's tunes, which varied between disco and house, with a distinctly deep Chicago and Detroit flavour. It was a relief to encounter a night where the residents play all-night—no guests, no live shows, just a real attempt to bring Mister Saturday Night's underground-but-danceable sound to one of London's most dedicated dance floors.
The dance floor was buzzing from midnight onwards and, while most of the club seemed blissfully unaware of who exactly Mister Saturday Night were (aside from a smattering of NYC loyalists who were in attendance, plus London DJs like Horse Meat Disco's James Hillard and Severino), it didn't stop the Plastic People faithful going hard, particularly when Harkin played A Critical Mass' "Chicago," which really notched up the pace around 1:30 AM. The doors were then well and truly kicked in by Still Going's "Spaghetti Circus," before DJ Le Roi's 2011 re-edit of "I Get Deeper," which got the whole crowd into things courtesy of Roland Clark's vocals.
It went in a few different directions after that. Even the 12-inch remix of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" was aired, but not before Carter took us on a few Chi-town style interludes (even allowing Harkin to briefly have some time on the dance floor), while a few afro-disco tracks took us deeper into more beat-driven territory. A particular highlight was hearing Four Tet's jacking "Pyramid." The track bought the house down, fittingly, as Four Tet is no stranger to the venue, as well as being the next of Mister Saturday Night's infrequent guests at their Brooklyn bash in February.