Letter #11

Hello long weekend, hello friends,

I hope you’re all well. This week is a bumper week for two reasons; 1) it’s a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, and 2) tonight is our first Love Will Save the Day party!

As such, it’s been a busy week, so the letter this week is a little thinner on the ground. In text, not in music 😃 .

As always, you know the drill. The first section; the playlist. The second; the rambling notes. The third; the tracklist.

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❤️  Our first ever Love Will Save the Day party is happening TONIGHT. If you’d like to attend please sign up here ❤️

There are two seats spare for the bus back to London, so please reply to this email if you’d like one.

–  🎼 –

This week is a little out of the ordinary. I’ve found lots of interesting music this week, but it’s mainly stuff I’ve found from digging through my collection to get ready for tonight. So I thought that given many of you won’t be able to make it tonight (we’re a big old family now), that I’d build this weeks playlist from tracks that I’m taking with me tonight.

Even if we’re not together in person, at least we can be listening to the same music ❤️

You’ll find this week’s playlist – HERE.

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Did you think you’d escaped the rambling notes? Pffft. As if.

I’m writing this sat on the floor in the back room at our house. I am surrounded by stacks of records, and I’m not going to lie, I’m panicking a little bit. I’ve DJ’d at parties, nights run by other people, and run my own events before. I’ve played for two, three, and even four hours. Tonight I’m playing for six. SIX. I’m also playing to a group of people who have no idea (really) what to expect, and it’s our first live night. This is what the French call temps de bourdonnement. Fortunately I’ll be playing alongside a dear (and talented) friend, which always helps. But still, squeaky.

I’ve stacked up about 500 records that I think will help me. They run from Arthur Russell’s World of Echo, to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, all the way to Larry Levan’s edit of Is It All Over My Face, and Midland’s Final Credits. I’ve decided to structure the records around the same principles I use here – calmcircusre-entry. Good old Timothy Leary.

So, this week’s playlist is made up of thirty tracks taken from the stacks in our back room. Maybe pop this playlist on about 8pm, and raise a toast to the hundred or so people having a dance down in a balloon-filled basement by the sea 😃.

As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.

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  1. Darkside – A3
  2. Arthur Russell – Tower of Meaning
  3. Deep Jazz – Mystic Sky
  4. Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
  5. A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)
  6. The Isley Brothers – Footsteps in the Dark (pt. 1 &2)
  7. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody
  8. Nina Simone – See-Line Woman
  9. Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
  10. Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
  11. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man
  12. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
  13. Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight to Mention
  14. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up, Part 1
  15. Fatback Band – Street Band
  16. Gregory Porter – 1960 What?
  17. Universal Togetherness Band – Ain’t Gonna Cry
  18. Michael Jackson – Burn This Disco Out
  19. Azimuth – Dear Limmertz
  20. Diana Ross – The Boss
  21. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face
  22. Midland – Final Credits
  23. Session Victim – Good Intentions
  24. Romare – Roots
  25. Daphni – Cos-Ber-Zam Ne Noya (Daphni mix)
  26. Four Tet – Lion
  27. u-Ziq – XT
  28. Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know
  29. Alice Coltrane  – The Sun
  30. Alice Coltrane – Rama Rama

See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day.

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