Letter #64

Good morning / afternoon / evening,

I hope you’re well. Autumn is nearly upon us, and that means that there’s been an influx of new music released this week (August is always a quiet month for new music). My musical education, like most, is filled with influences, but there are a handful of people who’ve had a significant impact on me. David Mancuso, John Peel, and Theo Parrish are three of my musical idols. All three feel particularly pertinent this week, as it would have Peel’s birthday, there’s a new in depth interview on Mancuso and NY nightlife (part onepart two), and also an oral history of Parrish’s Sound Signature record label – so this week is dedicated to them.

In true tribute, the mixtape is uncompromising. You’re going to love it ❤️.

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It’s been a busy week, so the notes are short this week. However, I’d like to draw your attention to a few books I’m reading at the moment; the first is John Peel biography Margrave of the Marshes (which I’m reading for the third time), the two absolutely brilliant Matt Haig books – Notes on a Nervous Planet, and Reasons to Stay Alive, and the brilliant book on Basquiat that my dad bought me (thanks dad).

I wanted to share a few short notes too. There’s a feature on the NY Times on pop music that seems to have been shared loads this week, if you haven’t read it already, then I’d recommend it, but expect to be frustrated (at least that’s how I felt. The writer seems to have a completely binary view of the ‘mainstream’ and the edges. I think it totally fails to grasp that the critic, the curator, and the artist’s job is to draw lines between different parts of the cultural map – they all very literally help us navigate the new and understand the old, by making it more comprehensible and pointing out the connections.

I wouldn’t usually share something that I felt so negative about, but I really feel that this type of snobbish bullshit causes more damage than it fixes. It creates a them and us, and forces people to pick a side. It lacks sophistication and understanding that the world isn’t two different colours, but shades on a spectrum, and in doing so it loses the nuance of what makes art beautiful. There is something for everyone.

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

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

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