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Sunday Soul – The Very Best of the Fourth Nine

Year 11 – Playlist 40/52 – Art, Essay and music for the week of January 18th 2014

Oh hey. Can you believe that this is the 40th issue of year 11 for Sunday Soul already? I can’t. It’s like when I start mixing and I think maybe I’ll just play a few and see how it goes and then I come out of this amazing vision and I’m all sweaty and empty and full of love and relief and it feels like maybe it’s been 30 minutes, but then when I look at the clock 5 hours have passed. There is something about house music that sends my soul off into the deepest places, and makes my body move. It’s like I’m fully realized in two opposite directions at once. It’s better than oblivion, or meditation, or the more transcendental yoga experience, it’s way better than being stoned or drunk, it’s like being truly and beautifully present, and yet completely gone in the same space and time. It’s the best thing in the world and I love it.

It’s not for everyone, and I like that. I think that it’s like way too easy to poke or take pot shots at how self centered and disassociated people seem to be these days. I’ve been angry about it, and I’ve been heartbroken over it, and I think I just decided that I don’t care anymore. I think that people should be free to be whomever they want to be, and dress and do whatever it is they want to do. In the past we took so much inspiration, culturally, from television that it’s almost a pleasure to observe a completely new generation of people who came up without radio, or television in the traditional sense. Social media, curated advertising, and curated content has generated a lot of immature behavior – read that as three people sitting at a table together and everyone is looking at their phone, and talking with people who are not really there. Now put that table at Burning Man, or Lightning in a Bottle and you see what I mean, right? – but these are passing fads, and the behavior will shift as we grow up and learn once and for all that if you’re looking at instagram while I’m sharing my heart with you that you really aren’t listening. So we’ll either put down the phone, or I’ll put you down and move on. Simple. We’ll build into our lives what we need to have in them, and we will let fall away what is mere novelty, and marketing. But the internet, social media, television, marketing, advertising, and our relationships to these avenues have changed, and are changing. The old “stick it to the man” ideas of “big business” or “big” anything doesn’t even seem valid anymore. To me it seems to boil down to content, character, and intention. This takes more work on my part, to see who you are, what you’re about – because I can’t trust your hair, or your taste in media anymore – but give me three minutes looking into your eyes and I’ll know if I’m home or not.

Enough about all that. Sorry.

I am already looking ahead toward year 12. There are only 12 more issues of Sunday Soul, year 11 left and that means only one more mix for you. I have something really cool planned to bring the year to a close and I’m talking with a lot of people about a variety of ideas for the coming year. I’ve transformed this idea a number of times, but this time I want to preempt the volumes of each year, and never find myself feeling that it’s unimportant, or that it’s a chore, or that no one cares. So I want to maintain this avenue as something which actually inspires me as an artist and also offers you, the audience an opportunity to engage.

I am considering shifting back to a monthly edition, and doing it live in a club. Someone has offered me a venue in San Francisco, and is in full support of a live transmission every month. I like this idea, but when we tried this at Space Gallery the first few were really lovely, and then attendance fell off, and the whole idea of gathering, eating, having a speaker, and then dancing to the music worked and didn’t work depending on the speaker, and the season. I wanted so much to build community, not pander to the public by finding thrilling speakers with a draw for each week’s theme.

I’m considering exiting the internet completely as a transmission avenue. I would produce a monthly or weekly set, or playlist, and write it to a cassette tape shaped MP3 player, print out the posters and create a unique piece of renewable art. Listeners could subscribe and I would send either a new player each month, or you could send your player back to me to be re wrapped and re loaded. It would be possible to purchase one offs, or you could subscribe to the whole year in advance. Since they would be made to order, then they wouldn’t be sitting around waiting to be purchased, but rather what was ordered is what would be produced and that is all.

I am also considering the idea of simply continuing as I have, but to be honest, I miss your face. I want to get back on the road and come play in your city, and dance with you. I’m much more interested right now in vital and personal connections. Music, sound, performance, and dance. I’m not so interested in my virtual stock, or in my likes or unlikes. I don’t care about any of that at all and have been considering deleting my facepage accounts, and just going back to the old email and telephone relationships which mean so much to me. In very much the same way I am deeply interested in connecting my machines and resuming live performances without pre recorded music, I think I’m done with the digital experience. It’s time to write music, play music, press records or not – but to let those better qualified than I am make those decisions. I just want to reach you. That’s all I want to do. I don’t see this as a step backward, or some longing for the past, but rather as a step forward toward something new.

So there’s 12 more weeks to figure all this out, and that’s a long time. April feels like a year from now at this writing. One thing’s for sure, I really loved making this mix for you. I curated my favorites from the last 10 weeks and postponed, delayed, and waited until I just couldn’t wait anymore and then I let it all come out of me… I hope you feel it too.

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Thank you for listening, I can’t wait to see you next week.

Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul – The very best of the third ten:

1. Sunday Soul – Program ID
* introduction
2. Song For Kezia – DJ Enne
3. Uptown – Jay’s Up! Dub – Aya
4. Painted On Glass – Sunshine Jones Instrumental Rework – Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands
5. Keep On – Andy Hart
6. Cusco Disco – Stan Kolev & Juan Meija
7. People in the hop – Wyro Remix – Ceo Basso
8. Blax Two – Kevin Over
9. Slow Down – Redward Remix – Jonathan Ryno
10. Like I Want To – Armando’s Deep Beat Edit – Lisa Shaw
11. Do It Your Way – Mood II Swing
12. Up To Now – Carlo Runia
13. Settle Down – Scott Wozniak Remix – Kimbra
14. Afrique – DJ MFR Beats Mix – Vincent Kwok
15. New Born Baby – Romatt
16. We Don’t Have Much Time – Neville’s Dub – Yuki Suzuki
17. Happy Up Here (Holy Fuck Remix) – Royksopp
18. For You – Richard Empire
19. Whatcha Want – Alvaro Hylander Remix – Tim Andresen
20. Shining Your way – Jephete’s Dub – Ak
21. Walk A Mile – Cuebur Mix – Nathan
22. Black Stations White Stations – SirBilly 18 Carat Love Affair Re-Edit – Martha And The Muffins
23. Slove – Sunshine Jones Rework – Soul Minority
24. Work – Prins Thomas Remix – Junior Boys
25. Nightcall – Breakbot Remix – Kavinsky (featuring Lovefoxxx)
26. Still Going Theme – Still Going
27. Thrown – Kiasmos
28. U Can Dance – Carl Craig Remix V.1 – DJ Hell
29. Tides – Chant Mix – Beanfield
30. Black Moon – Force of Nature
31. Got To Get It – Trockensaft Remix – Tim Hanmann ft. Valentine Jr
32. Debonair – Pittsburgh Track Authority
33. Garde Le Pour Toi – Paradis
34. White Sands – Micha Mischer Remix – Leach & Lezizmo
35. Always – Lakosta
* dedication
36. Groove With You – Debonair Remix – Fantastic Man
37. Tomorrow – Jono McCleery
38. Some Other Time – Live at ORTF, Paris – Bill Evans Trio
39. Sunday Soul – Program ID
40. Love Is The Answer – Aloe Blacc
41. Sunday Soul – Program ID

Year 11 – Playlist 40|52
18 January 2015
Total Running Time: 03 Hours 00 Minutes 29 Seconds
* Performed Live

Buy this music if you love it. Buy it on vinyl. Play it loud. I am curating something personal for the people I love who take the time to listen. If you have feelings and would like to be stricken from the record here, please let me know and I’d be glad to never play your music here again. I’ve been mad about love before, and I totally understand.

May the stars above you shimmer and shine, guiding your heart always, all of the time. May they guide you sweetly, all the way home. And may all your sundays have soul.