Letter #26

Good morning / afternoon / evening everyone,

I hope you’re all well and looking forward to the festive break. This is our 26th letter, and marks six months of music and rambling notes. I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all – what started as a little project for me to share what I thought was interesting that week, has grown far beyond what I ever expected. Here’s to the next six months 🎉 .


Next week we’ll have a guest letter, then the following week will be a Christmas letter, then to mark the end of the year, we’ll have a ‘best of’ which will be my favourite track from each of the previous letters ❤️ .


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The TL:DR section…

Some of the music this week comes from; Goldie, Jackson 5, Fruit, Blood Orange, Gloria Ann Taylor, Amon Tobin, Thundercat, Tom Browne, and Fleetwood Mac(!).  

Interesting things things for you to click this week; look at your year on Spotify, read this Bill Brewster interview, watch this BadBadNotGood gig from the Brownswood Basement in  2014(!), and follow these playlists from Broadwick Live. 

If you have music to share (and please do share!), drop it in here in our Love Will Save the Day record pool – much appreciated. 


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This time of year, music becomes all about lists. Lists of the best. The most slept on. Best single. Best album. Best new artist. The most obscure. “This is the best” is insanely subjective, and for me a bit counter-intuitive to what music should be about. That said, the lists are interesting for finding new songs and artists, so I shouldn’t moan too much 😃 .

If you look at one list this year, make it your personalised Spotify 2017 wrap (here). Spotify have done this (I think) for a few years now, and it’s marvellous. It’s a great way of looking back at what you’ve listened to over the year, and for me has been a great way of spotting tracks that I’ve loved this year, but didn’t make it into a letter. In fact, I have a private playlist of everything that didn’t make it in – and over the last year it’s grown to more than 1,400 songs. The lack of inclusion isn’t to do with quality (they’re all brilliant songs), but more that they didn’t fit at that time. I revisit the playlist each week, but still it grows. To stop it growing too ridiculous, I’m going to start a new one every six months. So, if you’d like, here’s the overspill playlist of Love Will Save the Day from the first six months. (It’s in no order, and there’s lots of random bits on there, so put it on shuffle and be forgiving!)

This week has a lot to do with Kerri Chandler, who’s DJ Kicks compilation is now on its third week of heavy rotation. A few tracks from the compilation have made it onto the last two letters, and this week I’ve included a brilliant track from Fruit (which, incidentally, was repressed a few months ago, and SOTU still have copies). 

I also stumbled upon a Colin Stetson track which is phenomenal. I’d never heard of him before, but I’m not going through everything he’s ever done before. He’s a sax player, but is relatively unconventional in how he plays. Now, as a rule, in both music and art, technique is the absolute least of my interest. This is why I can appreciate the Impressionists, but it does nothing for me. The same goes for a lot of technically brilliant music – sure, it’s a technical achievement, but if it doesn’t make you feel something, then for me it’s a bit empty. Between Water and Wind is insane. There’s more in his interview with Pop Matters here.

There’s also a great interview with Bill Brewster here, talking about his new compilation of 90s house gems. If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, I’ve just started reading this piece that was recommended to me, on Billie Holiday.

Also, I’ve been listening to this wonderful MJ Cole Back to Mine session from 2002 (thanks Tom!), as well as James Denman’s excellent recent set at Spiritland. If that’s not enough, then it’s worth having a watch ofBadBadNotGood’s Brownswood Basement (Gilles Peterson’s basement) session from 2014. It’s EPIC. 

Oh, and after six months of trying, I’ve finally found an (appropriate) way of including a Fleetwood Mac song 😃 .

As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.

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  1. Goldie – Inner City Life (Baby Boy’s edit)
  2. Washed Out – Burn Out Blues
  3. Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares for Me (Reflex edit)
  4. The Rapture – It Takes Time to be a Man
  5. BCUC – Yinde (short version)
  6. Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda (analog version)
  7. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Higher Consciousness (Simbad remix)
  8. Tom Misch – South of the River
  9. The Jackson 5 – Hum Along and Dance
  10. Was (Not Was) – Wheel Me Out
  11. Fruit – If You Feel It, Say Yeah
  12. Aeroplane – Love On Hold (ft Tawatha Agee)
  13. Blood Orange – E.V.P.
  14. Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White – Look At What The Light Did Now
  15. Geater Davis – My Love Is So Strong for You
  16. Gloria Ann Taylor – What’s Your World (7” version)
  17. Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama
  18. Thundercat – Show You The Way
  19. Hello Skinny – Crush
  20. Amon Tobin – Bridge
  21. Emma-Jean Thackeray’s Walrus – Walrus
  22. Colin Stetson – Between Water and Wind
  23. Boof and Farlz – Me and Music
  24. Fatima – Somebody Else
  25. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
  26. Funkadelic – Music 4 My Mother (Underground Resistance mix)
  27. Tom Browne – Fungi Mama (Bebopafunkdiscolypso)
  28. Space Dimension Controller – Journey to the Core of the Unknown Sphere
  29. Tornado Wallace – Today (ft. Sui Zhen)
  30. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere

See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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