Letter #124

17.07.20
Hello,

How are you? I hope you and your friends and family are healthy, happy, and staying safe.

Me? I’m a bit frazzled, but in a good way. After a really busy few months with work (new clients, big projects, launching our latest State Of UK Culture report, and making plans for next year), taking on some new responsibilities, new mentees, upping my reading, upping my running, moving to writing Love Will Save The Day on a weekly basis, and researching and writing that insanely long letter on afrofuturism for last week’s letter… I am empty. And it feels great. Deeply satisfying, even.

But it means I need a little break to recharge.

So next week I’ll be off camping, but I might come back for a letter the week after. I’m also thinking about taking some time off writing and compiling mixtapes during August. I know that doesn’t really give you much certainty, and I know that a lot of you have enjoyed the increased frequency during lockdown. I’m going to have a think about how I / we could sustain that going forward, without it dropping in quality. On that note, if you’d like to contribute a guest letter, please let me know – I’ve already got a couple of great guest letters to share soon, but I’m always looking for interesting people with interesting musical taste and stories.

So, this week I’ve got some stuff to tide you over. There’s no letter (but if you missed last week’s then that should give you your fill, and there’s loads of old letters in the Old notes too), and a very small TL;DR Section, and a mixtape of music pulled from what I’ve bought over the last month or so that I’ve not shared yet. It’s sunshine music, so dig in. Also, before I let you go, the first link in the TL;DR Section is an essay that is absolutely must read.

Right, see you in a few weeks, if you need me, you know where I am.

As ever, please stay safe, and stay in touch xxx

PS. If you’re new then this is how it worksHere’s what you’ve missed so farAnd this is me.

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 in the UK – we all need more music, more culture, and more of each other ☺️

PRESS ME TO PLAY (Spotify)
🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
It’s a small but perfectly formed TL;DR Section this week. These are all must clicks. 
🙋🏻‍♂️ Driving change 🙋🏻‍♂️

  • Platforming; If you are black, a POC, or you’re a person that has been marginalised, and you would like to guest edit an edition of Love Will Save The Day, please get in touch with me. I want to ensure that your voice is heard. Just reply to this email.
  • Mentoring; As a senior white man in a media agency, I hold a very privileged position. If you, or any one that you know, is interested in a career in advertising or media and needs a mentor and/or a leg-up, please contact me / get them to contact me at jed.hallam@initiative.com
📖  Old notes  📖
Notes on culture
Notes on music

Notes on mental health

📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Jeff Bridges – Feeling Good
  2. Matthew Halsall (ft. Josephine Oniyama) – Badder Weather
  3. Dee Dee Bridgewater – People Make The World Got Round
  4. Rick Holmes – Remember To Remember
  5. Voilaaa – Bark
  6. Ann Peebles – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
  7. Milton Wright – The Silence That You Keep
  8. Love Affair – You’re So Good To Me
  9. Calendar – Comin’ On Strong (Jamie 3:26 edit)
  10. Sheila & B. Devotion – Your Love Is Good
  11. Incognito – Nights Over Egypt (Masters At Work remix)
  12. Nenor – Carefree
  13. Chez Damier – I Never Knew Love (MK remix)
  14. Keita Sano – Party Vibes
  15. Kat Mandu – The Break
  16. Circle – Disco Break
  17. Rheji Burrell – Epiphany
  18. Felipe Gordon – Jupiter
  19. K15 – Elemental
  20. First Floor – Rhodes
  21. Graham Van Pelt – Sense Appeal
  22. Jackmate – Werk
  23. Velour – Pose (Mr. Fries remix)
  24. Ruby Rushton – Sun Khosi
  25. Tenderlonious & Jaubi – Impressions
  26. 4hero – Star Chasers
  27. Cleveland Watkins – Kamikazi
  28. Kutmah – Stoned In Brixton
  29. Vibration Black Finger – Only In A Dream
  30. Angel Bat Dawid – No Space Fo Us
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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