Letter #80


How are you? I hope you’ve had a lovely week. As you read this, I’m in Bangkok getting some much needed rest and vitamin D – if you’ve got any recommendations, please let me know!

This week (well, last weekend to be specific), we hit a bit of a landmark. Now, I know the numbers don’t matter, and I shouldn’t really pay any attention to the number of people subscribing, and instead I should only really be thinking about making sure you’re all still enjoying what I send out, but but but… Last week we hit 1,000 subscribers. 1,036, to be precise. Along with some of the nice things you’ve said along the way, it’s a nice validation that I must be doing something right.  Anyway, I’m rambling. What I’m trying to say is thank you 😍.

This week’s mixtape covers a lot of ground. It starts off soothing, hits some hefty peaks, and then (hopefully) it’ll bring you back down in one piece. It’s one of the best I think I’ve put together in a while. There’s also some brilliant stuff to read in the TL;DR section.

Finally, if you’re new here, this is how it works.

🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
  1. Gabriel Szatan (one of us) has written a great article for the Economist on CTM, and the importance of having an emerging, diverse, and truly global techno culture
  2. Tim Adams has interviewed the absolutely fascinating Amanda Feilding – New Scientist calls her the ‘queen of consciousness’ – for the Guardian on her lifelong campaign to legalise LSD for use in brain and mental health treatment
  3. This feature from a few years ago on Joni Mitchell is great – and from another one of us, this time Joe Muggs
  4. Oyinboy (Ian McQuaid, founder of Moves Recordingshas written an important article for Dummy on the impact that handing prison sentences to drill artists for the sole act of performing a song could have on culture at large. Scary times
  5. Elijah (Butterz co-founder) published a history lesson on grime with loads of links to early mixes that’s 100% worth listening back to
  6. Marvin Gaye is back
  7. really enjoyed this mix from esteemed DJ (and again, one of us) Darryl Butcher – covers a lot of ground, but has jazz at its core. Definitely worth a follow on Mixcloud too
  8. The University of Iowa has put together a digital archive of more than 30 Dada books and leaflets – although you’ll need to be up to scratch on your French and German for some of them…
  9. I really enjoyed (ok, maybe ‘enjoyed’ isn’t the right word, but you get me) this New Yorker biography of William Burroughs
  10. I liked this piece on early anti-video game propaganda – something to think of now, when we talk about the dangers of too much screen time
  11. Nancy Andreason (a neuroscientist and neuropsychiatrist at University of Iowa) has written a lengthy but incredibly interesting article on the connection between creative ‘genius’ and mental health issues – 100% worth your time. I promise
  12. This is maybe a bit niche, but this article in the Paris Review on the never-ending puzzle of Marcel Duchamp’s final work is great
📃 The tracklist 📃
  1. Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead
  2. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  3. Ben E. King – Street Tough
  4. Momie-O – Stop On By (Mr. Scruff edit)
  5. Eugene Tambourine – In The Good Life
  6. Chip Wickham – (Soul) Rebel 23 (Reginald Omas Mamode IV remix)
  7. Folamour – After Winter Must Come Spring
  8. The Main Ingredient – Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
  9. KC & The Sunshine Band – I Get Lifted
  10. Leon Haywood – Don’t Push It Don’t Force It
  11. Orgone – Easy Love
  12. Smith & Mudd – Nether (Bjorn Torske extended version)
  13. Fruit – If You Feel It, Say Yeah
  14. Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
  15. Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
  16. Crazy P – Walk Dance Talk Sing
  17. Tornado Wallace – Warp Odyssey
  18. Spiral Deluxe – The Paris Roulette
  19. DJ Nature – Everyone
  20. Haelos – Kyoto
  21. Leon Vynehall – Ducee’s Drawbar
  22. SJ Tequilla – Untitled 119_K2 (SW. remix)
  23. London Modular Alliance – Volatile State
  24. Demdike Stare – Sourcer
  25. Slikback – KYOKAI
  26. IVVVO – Forever Your Mouth
  27. These New Puritans – Inside The Rose
  28. Anchorsong – Majesty (Sandunes remix)
  29. Roberto Musci – Lullabies… Mother Sings… Father Plays…
  30. Andrew Wasylyk – Trough The Field Beyond The Trees Lies The Ocean
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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