Letter #111


How are you? I hope you, and your family and friends are all happy and healthy. I know it’s tough right now, but please look after yourselves and each other. I’m sure that Love Will Save The Day, but only if you have a go too. Stay safe, and stay home. If you’re an essential worker, then holy moses I cannot send you enough love – thank you, not a day goes by where I don’t think about you and everything you’re doing for us. You’re the best.

Before I get started, I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that got in touch last week – it might sound selfish, but knowing I’m not alone in how I felt was really nice. It also turns out that a lot of you love wallowing as much as I do too 😂.

Now, as a way of paying you back for last week’s mixtape, this week I’m taking you on holiday. You heard me. In a sort of cruel twist of fate, the UK (well, the south east of the UK) is currently experiencing what feels like the beginning of summer. The sunshine is out, despite the fact that we can’t be. So, this week I’ve put together a mixtape that should help you sit with the window open / on your balcony / roof / in your garden / courtyard and close your eyes and drift away to a sun-kissed beach, with the ocean lapping at your feet, and cocktails flowing.

I owe a debt of gratitude to the crew on the Love Will Save The Day WhatsApp group who helped pick some of the music this week, so thank you. I must also, however, let you know that I opened a real can of worms when I called the theme of this week’s mixtape ‘balearic’. Usually the 50+ people on the group are considered, balanced, and kind-hearted, but the mere mention of the world ‘balearic’ caused absolute uproar amongst some of them. My favourite response was that balearic was a term used by “old soul boys who banged some doves but were scared of a kick drum”. (Let me know if you want to join us 😂.)

Notwithstanding that conversation, this week’s mixtape is pretty ‘balearic’. And by that, I mean it’s music that you’d like to listen to on holiday, in the moments between having a beer on the beach as the sun goes down, and going out for a dance. Music to watch the sun set, and the moon rise (and most probably the sun rise) to. I spent most of my formative years in the Midlands, reading Mixmag and DJ Mag and dreaming of going to Ibiza for the sunset (and sunrise) – so there’s also a lot of early years faux-stalgia going on for me in some of the songs this week.

This week there’s no notes (I’ve written a lot of lengthy documents this week at work – and the last few letters I’ve written have been long – so I’ve got no more words left in me), and the TL;DR Section is light too, but hopefully all the energy that’s gone into the mixtape will make up for it. Open the window, pour a glass of rose, hit play, and close your eyes ❤️

And finally, please stay safe, stay home, and stay in touch xxx

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PPS. If you’re wondering why you’re getting Love Will Save The Day so soon again, then it’s because I’ve taken it back to being weekly while we’re on lockdown – we all need more music, more culture, and more of each other ☺️

🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
This week’s TL;DR Section is a little lighter than the last two, but they were real bumper editions, so if you’re still looking for interesting stuff, then give the last couple another read here, and here.
  1. Be SURE to download the first episode of a great new podcast – What Goes Around? – from Love Will Save The Day crew Eamon Murtagh and Anne Frankenstein. The first episode is an interview with The Wrongtom (hi mate!), and the series looks at the stories of music lovers, rather than those of music makers. It’s going to be excellent
  2. There’s new music from Richard D. James
  3. Faith is coming back!
  4. On a Balearic note, I’m gutted to have missed out on this. Anyone know where I could find a copy?
  5. Gilles P’s 6 Music show last week was incredible
  6. Radiohead are adding loads of old concert footage to their YouTube channel (thanks Stopforth for the nod on this)
  7. On another podcast note, the new series from Melissa Harrison – The Stubborn Light Of Things – would, at first, appear to be massively off topic (it’s about nature), but I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. It’s a lovely medicine for these times
  8. Watch this classic Boiler Room Collections interview with Daniele Baldelli
  9. The excellent jazz I like series is on it’s seventh edition
  10. Erykah Badu is hosting a series of interactive lockdown gigs (the next one is this Saturday)
  11. Eliza Rose’s Diggers Directory entry (and mixtape) for STW is great – UKG vibes all the way
  12. Gormley, Perry, and Deller have put together a little activity pack to keep your brain whirring along while we’re in isolation
  13. There’s a new mixtape from Octo Octa that’s excellent
  14. On a final but important note, I’m massively dwelling on this fantastic essayfrom Jeremy Larson for Pitchfork. More (properly thought out) notes next week…
📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Cantoma – Early Till Late
  2. Terry Callier – Love Theme From Spartacus
  3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Castles Made Of Sand (Four Tet remix)
  4. Space Raiders – Beautiful Crazy
  5. Gaussian Curve – Impossible Island
  6. The Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
  7. Todd Terje (ft. Bryan Ferry) – Johnny and Mary
  8. Michael Shrieve – Transfer Station Blue
  9. Maze (ft. Frankie Beverly) – Twilight
  10. The Cure – Lullaby (extended mix)
  11. The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
  12. Wham! – Nothing Looks The Same In The Light
  13. Carly Simon – Why (12″ version)
  14. Rae & Christian (ft. Veba) – Spellbound
  15. Soul II Soul – Back To Life
  16. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew Weatherall remix)
  17. The Grid – Floatation (Subsonic Grid mix)
  18. Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (extended mix)
  19. Orange Juice – Rip It Up
  20. Paul Weller – Mayfly (The Reflex remix)
  21. Chris Rea – Josephine (French edit)
  22. Larry Heard – Summertime Breeze
  23. Secretsundaze – Gigantic Impossible Large (NYC dub)
  24. The Beloved – The Sun Rising
  25. CeCe Rogers – Someday
  26. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
  27. Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon remix)
  28. Gat Decor – Passion (Do You Want It Right Now)
  29. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In)
  30. New Order – Elegia
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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