Hello Friday, hello friends,
I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. I’m going to sound like a broken record, but we’ve had more than 100 people join us this week, so for everyone new; welcome to the family. I hope you enjoy it ❤️.
If you’re new, the playlist works in three stages; calm, circus, and then re-entry. Click here to read more about it (and for more about David Mancuso, my inspiration for this letter). Here are the previous 15 letters.
As ever, the email is broken into three parts; the link to the playlist; the rambling notes; the tracklist.
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This week has Captain Beefheart. Small Faces. Fatboy Slim originals. Chic. Sun Ra doing disco. Brilliant jazz drummers. A couple of suprises. James Murphy solo material. And some amazing stuff in-between. You’re going to love it.
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If you hear anything you’d like to share, please drop it in here, our Love Will Save the Day record pool. If you know someone who you think would enjoy the letter and the playlist, please send them this link ❤️.
This week was a week of sadness, as Charles Bradley passed away after a long standing illness. His voice was a thing of pure joy, and the track included (No Time for Dreaming) is modern soul at its best. This piece in the New Yorker is a brilliant testimony to him. RIP.
In better news this week, Boiler Room has the worlds first exclusive stream of seminal disco and DJ documentary, Maestro. Here. It has been so difficult to get hold of (legally), but is an amazing account of the emergence of disco, DJing, and dance music in 70s New York. It focuses on Larry Levan, Nicky Siano, and David Mancuso. It should be compulsory viewing for anyone with an interest in music. This is also where the T-Connection, Bohannon, and CHIC tracks came from this week.
This week’s playlist opens with an early Beefheart track. I’m reading his autobiography at the moment, and finding it fascinating. The man was a genius and a menace. This is early Beefheart, but my favourite work of his is without a doubt Trout Mask Replica. My dad introduced me to it. It’s totally crackers, and it’s everything that I love about music. Shame it’s not on Spotify yet, but one day… Listen to the whole album here.
There’s also a Faces track called Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, which Shiv (my partner) used to reference all the time, and I thought she was winding me up. Turns out it does exist, and it’s great. Again, it’s totally crackers.
There are a few tracks in this week that you’ll spot as having had samples lifted from them. In some cases, shamelessly, in some cases graciously 😃.
There’s also been a whole bunch of you adding me to groups on Facebook for new music – thank you! Special thanks this week to Em and Adah for adding me to a group, and adding in a simple, but effective belter from Nomine.
I’ve no idea where I heard the Roberto Musci and Sibusile Xaba tracks, but they just seemed to fit together, and lead into Starless and Bible Black, by Stan Tracey Quartet (one of my favourite songs), and a new one from the Jordan Rakei album really nicely.
I’ve also finally found the perfect moment to put Moses Boyd’s Rye Lane Shuffle into the list. From his second release. SO good.
Finally, there’s been a song following me around the office at work for weeks now, and I finally found out today it’s by Redbone. So that’s on too.
As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.
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- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Yellow Brick Road
- Funkadelic – No Head, No Backstage Pass
- Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
- Jacques Dutronc – Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous
- Just Brothers – Sliced Tomatoes
- Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
- Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
- Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
- Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out
- Lord Echo (ft. Mara TK) – Just Do You
- T-Connection – At Midnight
- Bohannon – Let’s Start the Dance
- CHIC – Everybody Dance
- Mind Enterprises – Idol
- Donny Benet – Konichiwa
- The Souljazz Orchestra – Dog Eat Dog
- Sun Ra – UFO
- Moses Boyd – Rye Lane Shuffle
- Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag
- Adam F – Circles
- Nomine – Blind Man
- Anchorsong – Ceremony
- Roberto Musci – Claudia, Wilhem R and Me
- Sibusile Xaba – Open Letter to Adoniah
- The Stan Tracey Quartet – Starless and Bible Black
- Jordan Rakei – Eye to Eye
- James Murphy – Plenty of Time
- Andy Mac – 10
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Fam/Famine
- Nat Birchall – A Prayer For…
See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day.