Letter #93

16.08.19
Hello, hello, hi, how are you,

I hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks. Judging by the reaction to the last letter, I think you enjoyed it – which makes this whole thing worth every second ❤️.

The last few weeks I’ve been busy catching up on work, reading loads, and I’ve even found time for playing records and a bit of painting (thanks to Shiv). This week’s TL;DR is marginally less bumper than last week’s, but it’s still pretty bumper compared to usual, and after theming the last letter, I’ve had a months worth of new (new, but not necessarily new new) music to filter through to find the perfect thirty tracks for you this week.

This week in London the weather has been a bit inclement, as TfL would say, so walking to work has been a pretty soggy affair. That said, I bloody love walking in the rain, and I think this week’s music feels a bit like a soundtrack to walking in the rain. It’s not maudlin. Remember how I said I love walking in the rain. One song I listened to this week particularly stood out – Lex Amor’s Pink. To me, it just sounds like walking to work in London in the rain. Maybe it’s the rumble of sub with delicate percussion over the top. Maybe it’s Amor’s accent. Maybe it’s the beautiful, heart-wrenching lyrics. Anyway, sorry, I’m rambling.

I probably spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about how, when, and where you listen to this mixtape. I try to picture the scene, and it definitely helps how I build out the order (remember: please don’t listen with shuffle turned on). This week I imagined you walking home on a late Friday afternoon in the London rain. It starts with puddle skipping, and just ramps up from there. It’s probably one of the most ‘dancey’ mixtapes I’ve put together in quite a while, now I think of it. Check the tracklist below, it’s brilliant.

I’m away for the next couple of letters, so for the next two you’ll be in the very capable hands of two of our most ardent and seasoned Love Will Save The Dayer’s, and having listened to both mixtapes already, you’re in for a real treat.

Also, you may notice that this week there are no extensive rambling notes. I’ve been listening to a shed load of spiritual / astral jazz, as well as reading a lot, so I’m working up a big set of notes on being in the moment, mental health, and creativity. More to come when I’m back, but I’ll leave you with this pearl from Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson’s epic Earth;

“Yesterday was, tomorrow never is, time is now. Time, time is only love.”

PS. The posters are back from the printer, and they look so good. Email with the link to buy going out in the next few hours… (If you’re not on the list and want one, shout quickly, as we’ve already got 46 people for 50 prints…)

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🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
  1. Before you do anything, give this brilliant article on design in clubland a read. It’s from Gabriel (one of us, one of us), and it threw me back to being thirteen and collecting TRADE and Cream stickers from Mixmag to plaster my record box with ❤️
  2. If you’re one of the few people that haven’t yet watched the excellent Jeremy Deller documentary, Everybody in the Place, then please do – it’s excellent. Then after you’ve watched it, go read Joe Muggs’ (one of us, one of us) interview with Deller, which is also excellent.
  3. Once you’ve read Joe’s great interview, get yourself on the pre-order for his upcoming book (Bass, Mids, Tops), and once you’ve finished listening to this weeks letter, give the playlist that accompanies the book a whirl too.
  4. If Everybody in the Place hasn’t quelled your documentary urges, then maybe try five hour epic NYC House documentary, Back in the House.
  5. Bjork’s new video for ‘losss’ is, as you’d expect, utterly mesmerising.
  6. The Donna Leake Boiler Room show at Dekmantel was insanely good. (Ignore the dickheads in the comments.)
  7. Don’t forget to have a listen to Jazz I Like 002 by longtime reader Jack White.
  8. Inside Tony Wilson’s record collection.
  9. Ahead of We Out HereGilles P put together a great show for Worldwide.fm. Makes me immensely jealous of everyone there this weekend.
  10. I’m slowly getting more into the idea of podcasts (I’m sorry, I’m late, as ever, but headphones means music for me!), and the next series I have lined up is Spotify’s excellent Who We Be Talks series.
  11. Kendrick meets Quincy.
  12. Why is Giant Steps such a feared song? Vox has a great explainer video.
  13. The new album from KOKOKO! (not to be confused with KOKOROKO) is epic, and this interview on The Vinyl Factory was great.
  14. Three pretty rare Prince albums are being reissued on vinyl and have gone up for pre-order (although the bundle for all three is pretty ‘spenny).
  15. There’s a new documentary coming on Tupac and Afeni (his mother), who was a high profile civil rights activist.
  16. Here’s a great history of Peter Croce’s label, Rocksteady Disco.
  17. Dengue Dengue Dengue have announced a new album, which makes me intensely happy after the excellent Semillero came out last year on On The Corner.
  18. I loved this interview with trailblazing skateboarder, Alexis Sablone.
  19. Listen to Frank Zappa’s first ever studio recording.
  20. The autumn / winter program for Printworks looks like utter madness.
  21. NYT has a great introduction to Blue Note in fifteen records– nice to see Blacks and Blues there, after I finally bought a copy last week.
  22. REJOICE! Atlanta is coming back for a fourth season.
  23. Get yourself down to Somerset House to see the Kaleidoscope exhibition– it features Teresa Eng’s excellent Elephant exhibition, which captures photos of the impact of gentrification on Elephant and Castle. It’s Nice That has a good collection of some of the photos too.
  24. tQ has a great feature on artists that have covered songs you like, that has then lead you to get into the covering artist too – click here for that sentence to make more sense…
  25. finally finished Dick Hebdige’s Subculture, and can highly recommend it (just push passed the first chapter, it’s a bit heavy going). Now I’m on to Val Wilmer’s 1977 classic As Serious As Your Life, which so far, is absolutely excellent. Like one of the best things I’ve read in ages.
  26. And finally, please please please listen to Toni Morrison’s acceptance speech for her 1993 Nobel Prize, her words are breathtaking.
📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Lex Amor – Pink
  2. Moonchild – Too Much To Ask
  3. Dego – A Strong Move For Truth
  4. Tee Mango – No More Tears
  5. Khruangbin – A La Sala
  6. Biig Piig – Sunny
  7. Chic – Soup For One
  8. Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting’ Down)
  9. Executive Suite – When The Fuel Runs Out
  10. Voyage – Souvenirs
  11. Clyde Alexander & Sanction – Got To Get Your Love
  12. Blue Boy – Sandman
  13. Joe Cleen – And This Is
  14. Rich Medina – The Sickness
  15. Henrik Schwarz – Mozart Balls
  16. Girls Of The Internet – Take Back
  17. Jaco Pastorius – Part 2
  18. Moodymann – I Think Of Saturday
  19. Prince – Make-Up
  20. Double 99 – Ripgroove (Fixate remix)
  21. East Man – Horse Mouth
  22. Headie One – Back To Basics (feat. Skepta) (Floating Points remix)
  23. Homeshake – All Night Long (Ciel’s Daylight Saving Mix)
  24. Thom Yorke – Not The News (Equiknoxx remix)
  25. Ras G – Been Cosmic
  26. Lone – How Can You Tell
  27. Soundbwoy Killah – Pang
  28. Not Waving – Lights of Canopus
  29. Leif – Myrtus
  30. Young Marco – The Beginning And End
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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