Letter #97

Hello, hello, hi, how are you,

Have you had a good couple of weeks? I bloody hope so. I’ve been really busy at work (so there’s no Notes this week, as I didn’t have chance to finish them), but I’ve got a treat for you this week. Now for most letters the mixtape is based on stuff that I’ve found (new and old) over the past two weeks, but this week’s is kind of different. This week is a tribute, and I’ve only done one tribute before (Quincy, here), so it’s pretty special. In case you haven’t guessed, it’s the purple one. The artist formally known as. Joey Coco. Christopher Tracey. IT’S PRINCE!

Now, I’ve got a confession. I liked Prince. I knew a few songs, I had some favourites. But I didn’t really know Prince. So I decided to read the Matt Thorne biography. I’m only half way through, and so far it is excellent. Like can’t-put-it-down excellent. So I decided to put together a mixtape of Prince and Prince-related songs. Lots of originals, artists who’ve been in the band, or he’s famously toured with, some covers, lots of obvious samples, some hidden ones, and also a band who were frequently mistaken as Prince (shout to Ready For The World).

Two things have made me a little nervous about this week’s mixtape; 1) there is such much music to choose from, I’ve definitely missed some pearls, and 2) there are some mad Prince fans who might take displeasure in some of the tracks I have included. So be kind, I’m trying 😂.

As I said, no Notes this week, but next letter they’ll be back and extensive (you’ve been warned). The TL:DR section has some brilliant stuff in, so dig in.

Anyway, on with the show!

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🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
  1. The first release on Natural Frequency Records is out and it’s a belter – listen to Void Complet’s EP here
  2. The excellent label Wolf celebrates it’s ten year anniversary this year, and they’ve put out an amazing compilation
  3. Read Phil Adams’ excellent love letter to the Last Poets love letter to Prince
  4. Check out Dan Hillier’s work (thanks to Ainsley for the tip!)
  5. Long time listener, Nick Callaghan, has published the latest instalment in his excellent mix series, Surface Noise
  6. Shiv introduced me to David Sedaris, and I think he’s great, here’s an interview
  7. Next instalment of the DJ-Kicks series is Kamaal Williams– the tracklist is filled with bangers
  8. Check out this collection of amazing Adama Jalloh photos from her work documenting blackness in Britain on WePresent
  9. An ad agency has created a pretty great interactive video of Dali’s Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus painting. Trippy.
  10. Jeremy Deller, again. Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode
  11. HNNY’s new EP has got a really laid black vibe to it – this is why
  12. There’s a new Robert Glasper mixtape and it’s amazing – featuring the likes of Herbie, and Yasiin Bey
  13. Damon has a new project in the works – inspired by a John Clare poem, and the landscape of Iceland, of course
  14. Pitchfork has a collection of touching tributes to drumming god Ginger Baker
  15. There’s a trailer out for new Tricky biopic, Hell Is Round the Corner
  16. Definitely read this interview with Paul Wright of the Instagram must-follow British Culture Archive
  17. Old school sci-fi (and Detroit techno inspiration) Metropolis has been redubbed and colourised
  18. I’ve only just started, but it’s already good – the New Yorker has a piece on why Isaac Hayes changed soul music
  19. Lady Phyll has created a soundtrack to Black History Month
  20. The ever brilliant Huck have published Arlene Gottfried’s excellent photos that document New York club scene in the late 70s
  21. BandCamp has published a piece on Ronin Arkestra’s latest album – one of my favourite albums I’ve bought recently, and from one of my favourite labels, Albert’s Favourites
  22. Boiler Room is changing. I’m holding my opinions back…
  23. Dave Haslam is giving talk on Keith Haring in London in December – register here, don’t sleep
  24. Check out this huge list of Stanley Kubrick’s favourite films
  25. I really enjoyed this interview with Tyler, The Creator in the Guardian
  26. And finally, after the absolute sh*tshow that was the Washington Post article, read this Dazed interview with Debbie Harry, it’s much better
📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Prince – Muse 2 The Pharaoh
  2. D’Angelo – Africa
  3. Prince – Come
  4. Prince – Anotherloverholenyohead
  5. Dam-Funk – 17 Days
  6. Morris Day – The Oak Tree
  7. Rick James – Ghetto Life
  8. The Time – 777-9311
  9. Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
  10. Andre Cymone – Neon Pussycat
  11. The Time – Jerk Out #3
  12. Ready For The World – Oh Sheila
  13. DJ Mehdi – I Am Somebody (ft. Chromeo)
  14. Flash And The Pan – Midnight Man
  15. Prince – Erotic City (Make Love Not War)
  16. Moodymann – Lyk U Use 2 (ft. Andres)
  17. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
  18. Actress – Purrple Splazsh
  19. Traxman – Sexy M.F
  20. Prince – All The Critics Love U In New York
  21. Frankie Knuckles – Baby Wants To Ride (ft. Jamie Principle)
  22. Rick Wilhite – Dreams Of Yesterday (Rick Will Never Forget mix)
  23. Andre Cymone – The Dance Electric
  24. Afrika Bambaataa – Funk
  25. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
  26. Stevie Nicks – Stand Back
  27. Prince – Take Me With U
  28. Prince – Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
  29. Prince – Mountains
  30. Prince – The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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