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I’ve been reading Zadie Smith’s collection of essays FEEL FREE over the last month. The book – which pulls from her work published in magazines, journals, as introductions to other books and more – steps so enthusiastically between genre. Philosophical looks at indie films rub up with love letters to community libraries. There’s a small but beautiful piece on bathrooms that says everything you’ll feel about parents (or being a parent). My copy is full of post it notes of new books to read, films to reconsider and beautiful turns of phrase whether it’s discussing Prince in the context of dancers and writers “Prince represents the inspiration of the moment” or ‘Joy’ (my personal favourite essay), which I won’t type out as I’d need to share the full thing.
Which brings me to this months playlist, with moods and ideas all over the place. Some of it might sound unusual at first – artists who are playful or outliers or in Four Tet’s case just decide to use symbols – but repeated listens bring big rewards.
Dive in (and buy that book).
Cleo Sol – Miles Song
Nubya Garcia – When We Are
Smerz – Bail On Me
1010 Benja SL – Wind Up Space
Four Tet – Symbol Song
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Not In Love We’re Just High
The Weeknd – Call Out My Name
Ross From Friends – John Cage
Kacey Musgraves – Love Is A Wild Thing
Christina Vantzou – Some Limited and Waning Memory
Big Piig – Flirt
Haley Heynderickx – Drinking Song
Ama Lou – Wire
Sunflower Bean – Any Way You Like
Serpentwithfeet – Bless ur heart
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