Letter #83


It feels like ages since I last wrote to you. How are you? I hope you’re good.

As ever, there’s loads of brilliant music, and this week I’ve chosen most of the songs on the tape from music I’ve bought on record over the last two weeks. What I love about putting this together each week is having the opportunity to play / get you to play music in a way that puts two songs together that wouldn’t usually be anywhere near each other. Paul Simon and Francis Bebey. Cosey Fanni Tutti and Lorn. The warped traditional Iranian music of Maral next to David Hanke.

Hopefully it works ❤️

This week’s mixtape is for playing as the sun is going down. It starts with funk, soul, and disco, and takes it from there. Have yourself a little dance. It’s good for you.

🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
  1. This Buzz Bissinger essay in GQ is absolutely exceptional. It’s about addiction (to clothes), finding a sense of self, and culture. Stick with it, it’s worth it.
  3. The latest RA podcast is with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, so it’s almost certainly going to be brilliant.
  4. I’m reading a few books at the moment, but one that I’m really, really enjoying is Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. It’s much better than it sounds.
  5. Bang Face has gone overground.
  6. For those that are at the weirder end of record collecting – a collection of records made on x-ray film are all up for grabs. They feature exclusive and unreleased work from the likes of Massive Attack, Pussy Riot, Chomsky, and the brilliant Magid (the Mayor of Sheffield).
  7. This piece in Port on Diane Arbus’ early work is good – and there’s an exhibition of her work at the Hayward until May.
  8. I’m about halfway through this RBMA piece on Walter Gibbons – and it’s excellent so far.
  9. This piece on Jake Phelps (long time editor of Thrasher), who sadly passed away recently, is a great read.
  10. Dancing makes you happy. Science says so #1. On top of that, music has incredible therapeutic powers too. Science says so #2.
  11. A dear friend James told me yesterday that Dali was responsible for the Chupa Chups logo. And it’s true, and now I don’t know what to think.
📃 The tracklist 📃
  1. Skull Snaps – All of a Sudden
  2. Loose Change – Straight from the Heart
  3. Giovanni Damico – Italians in a Line
  4. Quantic – Atlantic Oscillations
  5. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Bourgie’, Bourgie’
  6. Fresh Band – Come Back Lover
  7. Mekongo President – Angona Mana
  8. Me and My Friends – You Read My Mind
  9. Paul Simon – I Know What I Know
  10. Francis Bebey – The Coffee Cola Song
  11. Axel Boman – Not So Much
  12. George Fitzgerald – Passing Trains (Kornel Kovacs & Matt Karmil remix)
  13. Atjazz – Overshadowed (Jullian Gomes perspective)
  14. Chaos in the CBD – Luxury Motivation
  15. Hidden Spheres – Words Can’t Explain
  16. Wayne Snow – Nothing Wrong (Byron the Aquarius live mix)
  17. Souleance – La La La
  18. HNNY – Frankfurt
  19. Project Pablo – Rent Day
  20. David Hanke – Impala Roundabout
  21. Maral – Ey Nazanin
  22. KOKOKO! – Azo Toke
  23. Off The Meds – Belter (Joy O Belly mix)
  24. Clara! – Acero
  25. Lorn – FORECAST
  26. Cosey Fanni Tutti – Tutti
  27. Flat Maze – Dick Dunker
  28. Ben LaMar Gay – O Desfile Da Madu
  29. Vanishing Twin – KRK (At Home In Strange Places)
  30. Duval Timothy – First Rain
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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