I hope you’ve had a lovely week. Hopefully this week’s list will ease you nicely into the weekend.
As usual, the letter is split into two parts. The first section is the link to the thing that you’re here for – the playlist. The second section is the thing that we’re here for – the rambling notes, links, and explanations on why certain tracks were chosen.
Our group is growing at a phenomenal rate (at the moment we at least double in size every week), but I’d love it if you’d forward or share this email with anyone else that you think might enjoy it. Love Will Save the Day, always. Let’s spread that message far and wide.
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I thought it might be worth explaining a little how this list is put together each week. Right now, as you’re reading this, I’m starting to collect music for next week. It comes from a whole range of places, some of which I talk about in the letter. Each week there’s usually around 70 tracks to choose from. This week there were 158 tracks to whittle down. It’s been a good week. A very good week.
As ever, there’s plenty of disco and soul in the list, but this week there’s some slightly more experimental stuff, some rock and roll, and a little more singing than usual. An unusual amount of piano too. It’s been a hard week to program, because there’s such variety in the selection, but hopefully if you play it in sequence, it’ll still make sense. I’ll put the ramble on hold, though, as that’s for below.
You’ll find the playlist this week – here.
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This week music comes from Buddhism(!), wedding DJ preparation, Craig Charles, a written history of the Creation record label, my Discog’s wantlist, a number of friends, more work conversations, Love Vinyl record shop in London, and a few different music blogs.
After last week’s bumper letter, I’m going to try and be a little more succinct this week. Well, at least try.
This week begins with a beautiful track from the Dalai Lama collection from Chris Hinze. Each week I try to find something that frames the whole playlist to open with, and given this week at work has been tough (in a good way), Workers Song felt apt. I’m also a big fan of both meditation (if you haven’t already, I’d urge you to try Headspace – it has genuinely changed my life), and Buddhism in general. Any of the Thich Nhat Hanh books are a good place to start, if you have even the vaguest passing interest. As you’d expect, I’m a massive fan of anything that puts love, peace, and happiness at its heart. A David Lynch track is also included this week, and he’s arguably one of the most famous advocates of transcendental mediation (also the track is a belter, as is his book on meditation – here).
My partners best friend is also getting married in the next few weeks, and has very kindly asked if I’d play records for a few hours. Both the bride and groom have varied taste, but the bride-to-be is a singer songwriter herself, so I’ve spent most of this week planning what I might play – and guitars have featured heavily. I’m also reading the Creation Records history too – which is where the excellent demo version of Just Like Honey came from. Weirdly, the CEO of the company that I work for was in the original Jesus and Mary Chain line up (drummer, before you ask).
A very good friend of mine introduced me to Clutchy Hopkins a few months ago and I’ve been utterly obsessed since (thanks Professor Waite). Another friend (George – part of our Love Will Save The Day collective) sent me the BB Boogie album this week. I also had an amazing chat with someone in our team at work (thanks JT) about a recent Sink The Pink night and an appearance by Hercules & Love Affair – the track I’ve included is one of my favourites, but Blind (if you haven’t already) is absolutely exceptional too – featuring Anthony from Anthony and the Johnsons (now Anohni).
The Omar track (The Man) has been shamelessly stolen from Craig Charles’ BBC 6Music show. I religiously listen to three radio shows each week, Gilles Peterson, Tony Blackburn, and Craig Charles. So much soul. In every sense.
The track from Cortex is on an album I’ve been trying to track down for ages and recently found a mint second hand copy at Love Vinyl in London. During the same visit, I also found a super rare (and mint condition) copy of the Bileo track I’ve included. Definitely worth the visit. Brilliant shop.
I have a playlist on Spotify that I use as a sort of holding pen for my Discogs wantlist, and a number of tracks came from there this week – Les Sins (crazy expensive), Alphonse Mouzon (most in terrible condition), and Jane Weaver (also crazy expensive). I’m sat tight waiting for represses. All three are amazing songs!
There’s also a brilliant feature on The Vinyl Factory this week looking at the best albums of 2017 so far – this is where I came across the Kelly Lee Owens album (self-titled). It’s stunning.
The final track is from Broadcast, and hopefully, a proper show stopper, and the perfect way to end the list. I daydream of playing this at 8am one winter morning as the sun comes up, to a room of elated people. Love Will Save the Day ❤️.
As always, if you’ve got this far, thanks for indulging my ramble.
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- Dalai Lama – Workers Song
- David Crosby – I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here
- The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey (demo)
- David Lynch – Star Dream Girl
- Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar remix)
- Clutch Hopkins – 3:06
- Roman GianArthur – I-69
- Dip In The Pool – On Retinae (West Version)
- Kaytranada – Hot Jazzybelle
- Cortex – Mary et Jeff
- Omar – The Man
- Marc Moulin – Balek
- The Comet Is Coming – Final Eclipse
- Cro-Magnon – Patchwork Jazz
- Paul White – Where You Gonna Go
- Les Sins – Grind
- Hercules & Love Affair – Raise Me Up
- BB Boogie – Tonight We’re Gonna (BB Boogie Remix)
- Booker T. Jones – Don’t Stop Your Love (Special Extended Version)
- Bileo – Let’s Go
- C. Henry Woods Troupe – The Stranger
- Alphonse Mouton – Everybody Get Down
- Dollkraut – Rollercoaster
- The White Lamp – It’s You (Ron Basejam Remix)
- Kelly Lee Owens – Bird
- Elsa Hewitt – Breathing SpaceX
- Jane Weaver – Don’t Take My Soul
- Carlos Nino – Into Eternity
- Ben Zimmerman – Life Without Liz
- Broadcast – Tears In The Typing Pool
See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day.
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