Hello Friday, hello friends,
I hope you’re all well. This week has flown by in a blur of summer sun and showers. But come rain or shine, Friday always happens on the same day, and that means it’s time for another instalment of our letter ♥️.
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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Now, usually each week I start things off pretty calm, and slowly ratchet up the pace. This week it’s straight in. There are two things to blame: 1) Dekmantel, and 2) my obsession with arranging and then rearranging record shelves. You’ll see.
The playlist runs all the way from an Eddie Kendricks classic, to Four Tet, to some amazing new South London jazz, right through to a Fatboy Slim classic.
I’m getting better at cutting the rambling down in this bit.
You’ll find this week’s playlist – HERE.
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As I mentioned above, this week has a fair bit of electronic music in it. When I first starting buying records it was mainly house and techno, so it’s probably more surprising that there’s not usually a more electronic aspect to this letter.
Anyway, last weekend I was sorting through records and put on Four Tet’s Pink. I’m a huge fan of Four Tet, both his productions, but also his approach to (and skill at) DJing. He has introduced me to so much new music – and not just tracks, entire genres and in some cases eras – that I feel a total debt of gratitude. More on him here, in here, and here. His Plastic People closing party with Floating Points is also (arguably) one of the best recorded mixes of all time. I’m maybe biased. Listen here. So, this is why Jupiters is in this week.
On top of digging through records, I also found this lovely little collection of 200 track IDs at Dekmantel from Mixmag. A brilliant collection of breaking new dance music, and well worth pouring over. This is where Larry Heard classic Missing You came from. I’ve had that track since I first started buying records. I think I was 14 when I bought it, and I distinctly remember playing it at home and feeling like 1) nothing really happened in it, and 2) there was probably enough jazz influence in it that it was more suited to my dads tastes. I’m glad I kept hold of it. A couple of years later the penny dropped. The Dekmantel playlist also had an amazing new(ish) Bonobo track on it that I hadn’t heard before. It’s a beaut.
This week has been a bumper week for new jazz. Specifically new jazz from South London. Long time family will have clocked my borderline obsession with the jazz coming from South London (and, to be fair, mainly Peckham). This week has been like Christmas for me. Moses Boyd released a new EP (here), I remembered about the Jordan Rakei album I’d bought (still in shrink wrap), I had a second listen to Henry Wu’s Negotiate EP with Mo Kolours (who also has new music out here), and AND I found a new artist. Emma-Jean Thackray released WALRUS this week (here and available at Sounds of the Universe on limited run). WALRUS is particularly amazing.
Speaking of Sounds of the Universe (again, long time family will know), this week was great. I found a copy of BB Boogie’s album Standing On The Wall (on a letter a few weeks ago), as well as a mint copy of Herbie’s Headhunters. However, this weeks real finds were the Bill Withers album ‘Bout Love, which has the absolute phenomenal You Got The Stuff on it. Pure joyful funky soul. I’ve been searching… I picked up a copy of the latest Melodies repress Disco Baby (picking out the Floating Points & Red Greg edit for the list). I also preordered the Actress and London Contemporary Orchestra collaboration Audio Track 5.
Double points go to anyone who can spot the track that Armand van Helden absolutely pillaged for U Don’t Know Me. I stumbled on it. The original is better 😃.
The final song on this week’s playlist is a Fatboy Slim classic from Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. This was, almost always, the last track that we used to play after having a party. Someone the album this week at work and remember those opening bars (and the closing crescendo) took me right back to a grubby flat in Dalston. Love Will Save the Day. As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.
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- Rain Sounds & White Noise – Dripping Rain
- Eddie Kendricks – Date With the Rain
- Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
- Bill Withers – You Got the Stuff
- T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do
- Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica
- Y. Gershovsky – Disco Baby (Floating Points & Red Greg Edit)
- Carrie Lucas – Dance With You
- Tony Aiken and Future 2000 – Unity Sing It Shout It
- Shina Williams – Agb’oju L’ogun
- Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda
- Four Tet – Jupiters
- Tom Trago – Hidden Heart of Gold
- S3A – Antois Benime (Austral Parc)
- Larry Heard – Missing You (instrumental)
- Todd Terje – Alfona Muskedunder (Mungolian vs Tangoterje dub)
- Henry Wu – Expensive Ghetto (feat. Mo Kolours)
- Moses Boyd – Absolute Zero
- Actress – Audio Track 5
- Emma-Jean Thackray – Morley Bottoms
- Morphine – You Look Like Rain
- Joey Bada$$ – Love Is Only A Feeling
- Shabaka and the Ancestors – The Observer
- Hampshire & Foat – The Solar Winds (& Cadenza)
- Sun Ra – Nuclear War
- Karl Hyde & Matthew Herbert – We All Hurt
- Kid Koala – 6 Bit Blues
- Jordan Rakei – Sorceress (acoustic)
- August Rosenbaum – Credo
- Fatboy Slim – Talking Bout My Baby
See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day.
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