Letter #75

Good morning / afternoon / evening,

I hope you’ve had a great week. There’s quite a few new people this week, so if you’ve got no idea what’s going on, click here for an explanation as to how this works.

This week hasn’t gone as expected. There is loads of brilliant music out this week, and I’ve got a long list in excess of about 200 tracks, and as I was starting to filter through it all, an email dropped into the Love Will Save the Day inbox, from Steven Doherty. I met Steven more than a decade ago, when he was working at Discovery Channel (he was one of my first agency clients!). I was pretty sure at the time he thought I was annoying. I’m not sure his views have particularly changed, but we bonded over a shared love of music and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. He was very literally one of the first people to sign up, and I asked him to write a guest letter last year.

It was worth the wait. Having had a sneaky listen yesterday, I can hand on heart say it’s one of the most complete mixtapes I’ve ever listened to. The tracks are well considered and balanced, there’s a great mix of the familiar and the unexpected, and there’s a huge variety of different genres. What I’ve found most fascinating is that while there’s so much variation, the mixtape has a certain tone to it. I think you’ll see / hear what I mean.

The letter is also brilliant, with loads of interesting thoughts and links, and he’s even covered off the first five TL:DR links this week too!

You’re going to love it ❤️

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🌪 TL;DR section 🌪
Interesting things this week:
  1. Watch this short film celebrating 25 years of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers
  2. Listen to this great interview with DJ Sprinkles on RA
  3. Watch New York, the film on Bill Cunningham (and get the story behind that French workman’s jacket everyone wears) – trailer here
  4. It’s just a scam to take away the land from the Barbudans so they can give it to people like Robert de Niro”
  5. The original James Murphy.
  6. I really enjoyed this interview with David Byrne
  7. Lydia Lunch had lunch with Anthony Bourdain.
  8. Bleep has opened a record shop in Dalston (well, a pop up shop until the end of the year)
  9. The Quietus’ Bakers Dozen feature stars Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs – it’s great
  10. Finally, you’ve probably seen this already, but this metal band scammed a world tour.
📚 The notes 📚

I met Jed in the late 00’s. He was about seven years old. At the time he spoke of his searches for vinyl from a far-off time he’d heard village elders call the ‘nineties’. He approached his quest for grungy britpops with an energy and passion like no normal human. Now, ten years later, aged 14 ½, Jed puts the same energy into a ridiculously good, generous, and comprehensive weekly newsletter. Thank you, Jed, and thanks for letting me join in this week.

To make this mix, I just played records all weekend, picked them in as arbitrary a manner as I could. Then I looked for them on Spotify and put them in an order. It’s funny hearing it back on Spotify as some – like Marcos Valle, or the Staple Singers, for example – are maybe too compressed, or not particularly well mixed for streaming. Check them on vinyl, or even CD, if you can.

Joyce Heath kicks things off with a track I’m sort of obsessed with from the Sky Girl compilation. I find it inescapable. Lynne Ramsay had it on the soundtrack of her last film, and I really liked hearing her on the radio this year – if you can find a repeat of this anywhere, check it out.

I’m a massive, completist fan of Colleen. The track selected is from her latest album, but calls back to her early music box work I reckon. Here’s a nice videoof her current live set up (heart the chart!) and a link to a great mix she did a couple of years ago.

The Naum Gabo edit is an enduring favourite, and a record I was kindly given in a meeting at work. It turned out an account director I was working with ran the record label that was about to put it out, and we had talked about a club I used to go to where Jonny Wilkes (half of Naum Gabo) DJ’d at. The remix is by the real talent behind DFA. Thanks for the record, Simon, it’s still being hammered ten years later.

Mission Control is from a perfect mix CD I bought back in from ‘Y2K’ (when Jed was born). I now have the vinyl pack too. It’s all timeless stuff. Buy the CD. I’ll refund you if you don’t like it *Boris Johnson pinkie promise*.

Skipping ahead (a lot), it turns out that the Staple Singers cover of Talking Heads was more of a collaboration than a cover, it seems. I bought this about 15 years ago, expecting something like the Curtom Staple Singers. I hadn’t read the credits, and obviously it was nothing like it. I fluked an all time banger, and you should definitely buy the 12″.

The penultimate track is buy a wholly unique act from DRC. The groove is unlike anything else I have in my collection, and a friend of mine made a belter of an edit of it – pitched high with a squelch added in!  He runs another generous and interesting blog. Download the free EP!

Last up is Sylvester. It’s the instrumental I have and love – but the vocal version available on Spotify is great too. Here’s the original demo as a treat – another brilliant Dark Entries release. If you get into this track, you might want to check treatments by Eli Escobar, Pyschemagik, Smagghe & Cross. But I know what you’ll go back to everytime…

Anyway, thanks for listening. And thanks Jed for the comprehensive and generous effort every week. Futures.

📃 The tracklist 📃
  1. Joyce Heath – I Wouldn’t Dream of It
  2. Julia Holter – Whether
  3. Ninos Indigo – Luna
  4. Colleen – November
  5. Bing & Ruth – TWTGA
  6. Marcos Valle – Democustico
  7. Damon – Don’t You Feel Me
  8. Edan – Promised Land
  9. Maya – Distant Visions
  10. David West – Dream on Dreamer
  11. High Places – On Giving Up
  12. Material – Ciquri
  13. Ruth – Polaroid / Roman / Photo
  14. Isolee – My Hi-Matic
  15. Naum Gabo – Pictur (The Loving Hand remix)
  16. Omar S – Seen Was Set
  17. Dukwa – Thoughts
  18. Adesse Versions – That’s What Friends are For
  19. Mission Control – Outta Limits (Shelter remix)
  20. Lee Gamble – Kali Wave
  21. LA Vampires – Supercool
  22. John Talabot – Families
  23. Steve Summers – Lucid Fingers
  24. LNRDCROY – I Met You on BC Ferries
  25. Move D – Eastman
  26. Manicured Noise – Metronome (Cousin Cole remix 5-2)
  27. The Staple Singers – Slippery People
  28. Solange – Losing You
  29. Mbongwana Star – Malukayi
  30. Sylvester – I Need Somebody to Love Tonight
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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