Letter #17

Hello Friday, hello friends,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. It’s been a strange week for me, so lots of joyous music this week. As ever, the email is broken into three parts; the link to the playlist; the rambling notes; the tracklist.

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As the seasons change, so does my mood (apparently), so this week I’ve fought the creeping of the autumn with music. Northern Soul, Motown, afrobeat, Nigerian disco, and jazz, of course. Oh, and HOT CHOCOLATE too 😃.

HERE’S THE PLAYLIST.

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If you hear anything you’d like to share, please drop it in here (the link works this week!), our Love Will Save the Day record pool. If you know someone who you think would enjoy the letter and the playlist, please send them this link ❤️.

So each week I go through an increasing volume of songs (this week was more than 1,000) to get to the the thirty that I include in the playlist. There’s always loads of stuff that doesn’t make it because it doesn’t quite fit in with that week’s list, so I keep them in a ‘for another letter’ playlist. Over the last 17 weeks that playlist has grown to 700+ songs, so this week I decided to go through it, and a lot of the stuff on this week’s letter is from there – the Northern Soul and afrobeat in particular. This week felt like it needed the sunshine and happiness of those two genres 😃.

There’s new jazz from favourite new band Nérija, who’s EP / mini-album is worth checking out (here). As well as Sarathy Korwar, and mega-percussive Makaya McCraven (who’s album from last year is worth checking out – here). Also a Stones cover from Ananda Shankar that I heard from the excellent soundtrack to Master of None (season one soundtrack here, two here).

William Onyeabor also gets his first outing. Which is shocking, as he’s a favourite of mine. Fantastic Man, the documentary on Onyeabor is well worth thirty minutes on a sunny Friday afternoon 😃.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been reading the Captain Beefheart biography (here). For the first time in ages, I’m not going to finish a book. Turns out that the Captain wasn’t a very nice man to his band (and a lot of other people), and rather than destroy the image that I have in my head of him, I thought it’d be better to try and preserve it.

Other things that have been good this week; there’s a new edition of Freedom, Rhythm, and Sound from the guys at Sounds of the Universe and Gilles Peterson (here). It’s a great book on art in jazz record covers. Speaking of Gilles, there’s a great post from WeTransfer (the sponsor of Worldwide.fm) on culture, creativity, and music (here).

Finally, anyone with an interest in the emergent electronic music scene in the late 80s / early 90s – I BEG you to watch the Sky Arts series The Agony & The Ecstasy – it’s excellent, here.

Tonight I’m going to watch The Last Pirates: Britain’s Rebel DJs, the BBC pirate radio documentary, here. I’ll report back next week.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this garbled ramble, but missed some of the other letters, they’re all available (including playlists) here.

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

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  1. Ian Hubball – Evil Laugh
  2. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
  3. Al Wilson – The Snake
  4. Marlena Shaw – Let’s Wade In The Water
  5. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
  6. Stevie Wonder – Uptight
  7. The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go
  8. Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll Be There
  9. Al Green – Love and Happiness
  10. Chocolate Milk – Girl Callin’
  11. Hot Chocolate – You Could’ve Been A Lady
  12. Roy Ayers – Can’t You See Me
  13. Talking Heads – Moon Rocks
  14. Rim Kwaku Obeng – Love Me For Real (Nik Weston edit)
  15. Maajo – Okudu
  16. Dele Sosimi – Too Much Information
  17. William Onyeabor – When The Going is Smooth & Good
  18. Usio – Hadithi Fupi
  19. Kokoko! – L.O.V.E.
  20. Sudan Archives – Come Meh Way
  21. Makaya McCraven – Just Stay Right There
  22. Vanishing Twin – Telescope (Tom Furse remix)
  23. Henri Texier – Les “La-bas”
  24. Nérija – Pinkham V
  25. Sarathy Korwar – Dreaming
  26. Ananda Shankar – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  27. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – Hard  Times
  28. Donovan – Get Thy Bearings
  29. Rodriguez – Sugar Man
  30. Ramsey Lewis – Dear Prudence

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

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