Letter #8

Hello Friday, hello friends,

I hope you’ve had a cracking week. The weekend is here, and this week the playlist should have you dancing your way into the weekend. It starts… NOW!

As ever, the letter is split into three parts. The first; the playlist. The second; the rambling notes. The third; the tracklist.

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PARTY #1 Klaxon: we have a party coming up at the end of the month, so make sure you’re signed up here. Invitations will be going out this weekend…

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This week has a serious New York slant to it (hence the image of Nicky Siano dressed as the Statue of Liberty as the playlist cover – you’ll see).

The playlist goes from Balearic-tinged soul, to Otis Redding, all the way through to CAN, and Steve Reich. With some surprises to make you smile in between ❤️.

There’s definitely less rambling this week.

You’ll find this week’s playlist – HERE.

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I found absolutely loads of new music this week, and I think I must’ve been through close to 600 tracks to whittle down to these thirty (I make a series of lists – I won’t bore you with the ridiculously methodology). There were a few things that had a tremendous influence over the final thirty.

First things first, as I said, this week’s list is very, very New York. The first reason for this is that I started reading Hold On to Your Dreams, the Arthur Russell biography, written by Tim Lawrence (who also wrote Love Saves the Day, and Life and Death on a New York Dance Floor). I’m only a few pages in, but already it’s brilliant. Tim is also one of our members, so worth seeking all three books out and supporting our family ❤️.

Anyway, starting Arthur Russell’s biography lead to me going back to a few of his albums – and finding the track Lucky Cloud, from World of Echo. Russell is an unsung hero. While some of his work is probably a bit of an acquired taste, he had a massive influence over so many artists – including the New York art rock / avant garde scene. This lead me down a rabbit hole and back into an album I bought back in my late teens (NY No Wave), which is where both the Suicide and the Lizzy Mercier Descloux tracks came from. Then I remembered CAN. If you like these tracks, try the NY No Wave album, look up James Chance and the Contortions too, and if you’re feeling brave then try this New York Noisealbum I bought a few months ago on Soul Jazz.

On a further New York tip, I rewatched the brilliant DFA Records documentary again this week (Too Old to be New, to New to be Classic). It’s only twelve minutes long, but it’s incredible. Please watch it. It perfectly captures everything that’s special about DFA, and if you’re anything like me, will make you want to set up a record label. Right now. (Incidentally, if you watch it and fancy setting up a label, please get in touch. Seriously.)

After watching I went on a DFA binge, so my favourite LCD Soundsystem track is included this week, as is a 00s classic from the Rapture. Both tracks feel like natural progressions of what Arthur Russell started, and both throw me back to a hazy nostalgia for university life. On that note, Steven Dodd, the Aeroplane remix of Paris is for you ❤️.

Having spent much of the week listening to discordant trumpets and saxophones over drum machines, I decided to trace the jazz side of No Wave back, and ended up in a world of amazing jazz funk. Specifically, I ended up in the basement of Sounds of the Universe, and the playlists of one of our members – Rob Waite (who’s jazz funk playlist is excellent). So, there’s quite a few jazz funk classics this week – including a big track by Herbie Hancock that I didn’t know was by him (and once again had been looking for for years). It was a special moment finding that.

I had a weird moment this week when I randomly heard a Jamiroquai track in a shop (a favourite), and realised it fit perfectly in this weeks playlist. Another one for smiles.

I finished reading the Glyn Johns biography Sound Man this week. Johns was the engineer / producer on some of the 60s and 70s greatest music. He produced for Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Faces, Jimi, The Beatles, and the Stones. He had golden ears. So, he’s the reason Under My Thumb and Third Stone from the Sun are on this week. Well, that and the fact that they’re both brilliant songs.

Finally, my partner told me about a Paul Weller track that she used to play over and over again in her teens (on her Walkman, no less). And that, of course, had to go in. It’s beautiful ❤️. Thank you Shivvy x.

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

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  1. Quincy Jones – Summer in the City
  2. Dusty Springfield – Spooky
  3. Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew
  4. Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You
  5. Otis Redding – It’s Too Late
  6. Paul Weller – Broken Stones
  7. The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
  8. Jacques Renault – Piano’s On The Beach
  9. Jimi Hendrix – Third Stone from the Sun
  10. Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes – Peaceful Ones
  11. Herbie Mann – Hi-Jack
  12. CAN – Aspectacle
  13. Atmosfear – Dancing in Outer Space
  14. Jamiroquai – Alright
  15. Harvey Sutherland – That’s the Fact, Jack
  16. Gino Socio – Try It Out
  17. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa
  18. Suicide – Radiation
  19. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My edge
  20. The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
  21. Cut Copy – Going Nowhere
  22. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
  23. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind
  24. Arthur Russell – Lucky Cloud
  25. Roberto Musci – Water Music
  26. Steve Reich – Drumming (Four Tet remix)
  27. Monic – Deep Summer (Burial Remix)
  28. Crewdson – Saxbell
  29. Pharaoh Sanders – Astral Traveling
  30. Laurel Halo – Do U Ever Happen

See you on the dance floor.

Love Will Save the Day.

PS. Last Saturday I was supposed to live stream some music for an hour, it ended up being nearly four hours. Find it here.

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