Letter #73

Good morning / afternoon / evening,

I hope you’ve had a bloody lovely week. I’m back! I’ll try not to bore you too much, but Sri Lanka was absolutely amazing. It was without a doubt the best holiday I’ve ever had, I cannot recommend it highly enough ❤️.

After having such a relaxing week, this week’s mixtape is one to lose yourself in. It’s blissful (while still having some serious funk to it).

Big love! ❤️

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🌪 TL;DR section 🌪
Interesting things this week:
  1. Floating Points, Four Tet, Daphni, and Jamie XX went back to back (to back to back) this week on NTS – and, naturally, it’s brilliant
  2. After a recommendation, I’m reading M Train by Patti Smith – so far, it’s amazing
  3. Moodymann’s iconic Soul Skate party is the subject of a great documentary from Dazed and Carhartt (who are smashing it at the moment)
  4. I’m so excited for the upcoming Beastie Boys biography – this interview in the Guardian is amping me up even more
  5. My Dad sent me this brilliant album on Mr Bongo by Spaceark – it’s filled with bangers
  6. Apparently Avalanches used more than 3,500 samples on classic album Since I Left You
  7. Huck has a brilliant feature on the history of BOY
  8. The New Yorker has a great long read on Debussy
  9. Jay Rayner wrote a glowing review of Träkol (part of a cultural movement in Gateshead mentioned a few letters ago), so get yourself booked in
  10. Finally, I read Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels –  it’s brilliant, and definitely worth a read. I’m trying to write something a bit more detailed, but for now get reading. I read Champagne Supernovas too, and that’s filled with brilliant stories (and insight into the cultural revolution that took place in fashion in the 90s)
📚 The notes 📚

This week’s mixtape is heavily influenced by my holiday. It starts with songs I heard on the beach, watching the sunset in a Sri Lankan Buddhist hippy surfer bar (yep), moves towards some seriously laid back funk (from bits I was listening to, and references to tracks from the Snowboy book I mentioned last week), and finishes with some of the music I’ve found this week.

The laid back feel definitely comes from watching the sea roll in and out. I’ve always been obsessed with the sea, and it has an intensely calming effect on me. It’s one of the reasons we live by the sea, and it’s why I need no excuse to escape on holiday to a coast. When most people think about the sea, they think of blissful sunshine and heat, and I love that, but I also love the sea in the bleak depths of winter too. So this last week I’ve been spoilt by the Sri Lankan sea, and coming home to the British coast in the midst of winter.

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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