📚 The notes 📚
30 tracks. Three bardos. And I can’t pick tracks that have already been played on previous Love Will Save The Day mixtapes. And they have to be available on Spotify. Not the *most* impossible challenge, but a fun puzzle nonetheless. Hello, I’m Peter Croce, and I’m a Detroit-based deejay, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and head of Rocksteady Disco, and this week I’m your guest editor.
First and foremost I wanted to commemorate two legends who are no longer in their bodies. The first is Óscar Romero, the Salvadoran mystic and prophet who was gunned down in San Salvador while giving mass by a military dictatorship on March 24, 1980. The second is Cameroonian-born France-based Manu Dibango, who sadly died of COVID-19 this week. Many say his “Soul Makossa” was one of the first “disco singles”, purchased at the African Record Center by David Mancuso, who then championed it at The Loft.
For the rest of the mix I did what I always try to do – take people on an emotional ride from deep contemplation to ecstatic childlike dance. Sonically it’s soaked in heavy drums and big basslines; with jazz as the bedrock for most of the cuts. At least one version of the tracks selected had to be available on Spotify, but I included some rarer versions on the mixed version. For the mixed version I recorded it very loudly alone in my music cave, mostly with recently purchased vinyl. There’s a little bit of beatmatching, but I wanted to keep the mix a little more pure in form.
I hope this mixtape brings you joy and comfort in these particularly strange times. I’m a working musician who has had *a lot* of gigs canceled. But this involuntary timeout has forced me really go deep and figure out what is important to me. After a few days in an existential depressive episode it has forced me to cut some mental and emotional fat out of my life. I’ve also never been more grateful to be a music maker and dreamer of dreams. We color the world, in good times and in bad. It took a pandemic to remind me of that.