Channeling the spirit of Marie Kondo, New Yorker critic Hua Hsu joins host Chairman Mao to run through a set of records that spark joy.
It’s been said that when something happens once it’s an accident, twice a coincidence the third time a pattern. At this point however, it’s safe to regard New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu’s unprecedented third guest appearance on Across 135th Street as hallowed tradition. As originally conceived, these annual January episodes have revolved around the theme of “staying positive” in the face of ever-increasing uncertainty, as Hsu mines his record collection for moments of oddball brilliance and beauty. While the finer discussion points here explore the relationship between procrastination and consumption, and discovering poignancy in online comments, the tracks encompass faith-based disco and garage gospel, ’80s French xylophone pop and the most beautifullest UK reggae covers of Soul II Soul and Sister Sledge classics your ears have ever been blessed by.