Letter #88


I hope you’re well. As I write this to you, I’m sat in the back of an Addison Lee car, it’s just after 1am, and I’ve just left the office. For those of you in advertising, you may recognise this as Pitch Life™️. To complete the picture, the very lovely driver is playing Magic FM, and we’ve just had some Never Gonna Give You Up.

Before I start rambling on, I wanted to say a massive thank you to Eamon for his guest letter last week – it was the perfect soundtrack to a sunny weekend.

Now, I’ve not written to you for a few weeks, so I had loads of music to choose from this week. I also had loads of interesting links saved up too – so this week’s is a bumper edition of TL;DR. I’d intended to write an essay on music and mental health, but Pitch Life™️ has taken over a bit, so it’s half written and half randomly scribbled notes. You can have it next time, I promise.

The spark for wanting to write about mental health was an instrumental song, weirdly, and it’s the song that inspired the mixtape. It’s Carl Stone’s Banteay Srey, a beautiful experimental track from the Electronic Music From the 80s and 90s EP. I first heard it a few months ago, and it’s not really left me. I bought in on vinyl a few weeks ago, and I’ve barely taken it off the platter since. I’ve found myself telling everyone about it… It’s beautiful. I played it to my four year old daughter, Effie, one morning and she asked me to describe it (this is a regular question, and either ends with us both describing it, or us both trying to interpretively dance to it). Later that day I was thinking about it more, and the best description I could think of (that I definitely didn’t give to Effie) was that it sounded like I’d imagine a machine from the future sounds, a machine that was made to literally suck out the feelings of anxiety and depression from your brain. In my head, the sounds that the machine made as it was whirring away, would sound like Bantaey Srey. It’s an odd description, but maybe you’ll see what I mean when you hear it.

Anyway, that thought lead me to think more about mental health, kick starting a warren of thoughts about our journey through life, and how the seemingly small decisions make massive differences, changing the course of our direction in sometimes enormous ways.

So I decided to use that song to build out the whole mixtape. While it’s built from that song, when I look at it now, all of the songs have a certain quality and tone to them. I think they sound like music from a different future. There’s something uncanny and futuristic-sounding about all the music. It’s moody in places, light in others, and while it’s not a full soul-and-disco-kitchen-dancing-workout, hopefully it’ll still get you moving.

Anyway, I have to go now before I fall to sleep. Enjoy ❤️

🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
  1. Kate Hutchinson (one of our crew), has written an excellent guide to the emerging urban music scene of Spain, in a feature for WePresent. I’m a big fan of Rosalia’s El Mar Querer, so be sure to give it a spin, and read the feature
  2. The Guardian has a really interest article on how Helsinki is radically solving homelessness – its scrapped the traditional ‘ladder’ system and instead focused on giving people a proper permanent home and base to build from
  3. The ever brilliant Tim Lawrence has a new show up on Worldwide.fm, with guest appearances from Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele (NY party promoters, DJs, and the duo behind the excellent Love Injection magazine)
  4. There’s a great photoessay on Dutch subcultures in the Guardian from photographer Ed van Der Elsken
  5. I loved this piece by Joe Muggs (another one of our crew) on the Geordie Makina scene – in particular, I thought the idea of an intentionally insulated subculture was really interesting
  6. Someone has gone to the painstaking effort of recreating Berghain in Minecraft – seems pretty legit too
  7. The Guardian has a lovely collection of people remembering Keith Haring
  8. I watched this awesome RBMA lecture with legendary Frankie Knuckles again this week
  9. For some reason this photo of Joni Mitchell and David Hockney melted my heart
  10. Man tries to fix 1960s classic Moog. Man accidentally doses on acid.
  11. Cosey Fanni Tutti is the latest and greatest star of tQ’s Bakers Dozen feature
  12. The Vinyl Factory has a feature on the artist behind some of the best Fela album artwork
  13. I’m still working my way through it, but so far this epic oral history of legendary breaks and samples is great
  14. Jade Jackman has written a great article on sneakerhead culture for HUCK
  15. I’m a massive fan of Rhythm Section and Bradley Zero, and this interview in DJMag (which seems to be regaining its former glory) is more proof that he’s a pioneer and lovely, lovely man
📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Four Tet – Castles Made of Sand
  2. Nick Cave – Last Ride Back to KC
  3. Spirituals – Here I Am, Two Warships
  4. Carl Craig – At Les (Versus Beatless Versions)
  5. Jon Hassell – Dreaming
  6. Carl Stone – Banteay Srey
  7. Mark van Hoen – February 29th, 1956
  8. Holly Herndon – Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
  9. Polynation – Muriatic
  10. Loidis – The Floating World (& All Its Pleasures)
  11. Photek – T’Raenon
  12. Luke Slater – Love (Burial remix)
  13. Machine Woman – Have You Been To Salford Shopping Centre, Have You Seen Argos?
  14. Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – Niagra (Laurel Halo “Lilith” remix)
  15. Flying Lotus – Fire is Coming
  16. Interstellar Funk – Caves of Steel (Convextion remix)
  17. Mall Grab – Moogie
  18. Feater – Time Million (Pepe’s Hardclipping remix)
  19. FFT – Regional
  20. Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
  21. Zaumne – Missin’ M
  22. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Nenuphar
  23. Laura Misch – Glass Shards
  24. Kelsey Lu – Down2ridE
  25. Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft – Hanging Glass Structure
  26. Flying Lotus – Land of Honey
  27. Jai Paul – All Night
  28. ((( O ))) – One, Two
  29. FKA Twigs – Cellophane
  30. Windy & Carl – Forest Trails
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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