Hello Friday, hello friends,
I hope you’re all well. I have been off on my holidays this week. It’s involved the zoo, a great surprise birthday party, some fancy gardens, a theme park, and most importantly my lovely fam. I hope your week has been as wonderful as mine.
This is our tenth letter, so you should know the drill by now. 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 NEXT FRIDAY. The 25th of August, in Southend. If you’d like to attend please sign up here. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be amazing ❤️
There will also be a bus back to London, please reply to this email if you’d like a seat.
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This week runs from an unfinished track from The Beach Boys, through to a Tribe classic, to the Fatback Band, onto Four Tet, and finishing with Vangelis. Weird week. Great week.
Given it’s a slightly more eclectic selection than usual, I’d highly recommend playing it in order!
You’ll find this week’s playlist – HERE.
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I’m spending a lot of time getting ready for next week, so this weeks rambling commentary will have breadth, but probably not depth. Forgive me.
I don’t feel like I’ve ever really explained why there’s usually a weird introductory track as the first song. This is not because I struggle for music, but more because I like to start with something that sets a tone. That could be tone in terms of lyrics, or in terms of actual sound. The other week it was matching a weird frog noise to the sound of a bass synth. Another week it was an accapella track that an artist later in the playlist had sampled. This week it’s a spoken word track from Jack Kerouac. I don’t feel any need to justify why Kerouac is on here.
Following Kerouac, there’s a brilliant rehearsal recording from the Beach Boys. I accidentally heard it listening to an album of theirs on shuffle (it was a bonus track), and there was something so intimate about it that I had to include it. It also reminded me of the excellent (but haunting) essay from Nick Kent on Brian Wilson. Kent’s book The Dark Stuff should be compulsory reading for anyone with a passing interest in guitars, excess, and the 70s.
This week we were sorting out the loft (bear with me). We had to do this as the loft floor was bowing with the weight of seventy million CDs and DVDs. The DVDs have gone, but we sorted through a host of CDs and decided to keep them all. Too many memories. One of the CDs I got all bleary eyed about was (weirdly) a ‘chill out’ compilation I bought when I was about 14. Probably didn’t have much need for a chill out compilation back then, but it introduced me to some excellent music. Namely; Fila Brasilia’s At Home in Space, Space Raider’s Beautiful Crazy, and Hairy Diamond’s Givin Up. It was a good compilation.
The Fatback Band track Wicky Wacky has been on repeat all week.
Peven Everett’s Stuck has been a mainstay now for ages (I’ve avoided the obvious pun, it was hard though). His most famous work is almost certainly garage classic Gabriel (with Roy Davis Jr.), but his whole back catalogue is worth digging back through. Some absolute belters.
There are also appearances from two new faces this week – Laurence Guy and Hidden Spheres. I came across both through the South London scene that orbits around Rye Wax and Rhythm Section International, and both are worth following up on. Guy has a new album out (the track included is from said album), and Hidden Spheres has just released a new EP on Phonica’s home label.
Sorry that this week is less rambling, lots on getting ready for next week, but as always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.
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- Jack Kerouac – Old Angel Midnight
- The Beach Boys – Lavender (rehearsal – take 3)
- Broadcast – Tears in the Typing Pool
- Devendra Banhart – Fig in Leather
- Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
- A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
- Quasimoto – Am I Confused?
- Mos Def – May-December
- Eric Lau – 4 De La
- Hairy Diamond – Givin’ Up
- Fila Brasilia – At Home in Space
- Willie Hutch – A Love That’s Worth Having
- Fatback Band – Wicky Wacky
- Roy Ayers – Running Away
- BB Boogie – Let Love Grow
- MFSB – Mysteries of the World
- Risco Connection – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
- Mim Suleiman – Nyuli
- Monika – Secrets in the Dark (Juan Maclean remix)
- Georg Levin – In Your Car
- Even Everett – Stuck
- Terrence Parker – Deuteronomy
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- Laurence Guy – Saw You for the First Time
- Hidden Spheres – Beachy
- Pete Josef – Colour
- Phil Ranelin – Vibes from the Tribe
- Yaw – Where Would You Be
- Space Raiders – Beautiful Crazy
- Vangelis – Prelude
See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day.