On our lists this week: Deep House, the Global South and
THE PLAY LIST
Josh Milan: Thinking about Your Body. Am I the only who has noticed and enjoys the fact that house songs are always super-long? Well, the Louie Vega Dance Ritual Mix of this song is the perfect length for my walk to and from the train on work days. It’s not really about the words; it’s about the calming vibe of deep house.
I’m not sure when I first heard this song, but it was probably in a car on a late night during high school when I should have been at home.
Shake the Dust (documentary). Produced by Nas, Shake the Dust follows B-boying crews from different parts of the world, with a focus on the Global South. It goes beyond a focus on dancing styles, techniques and so on, choosing instead to highlight the camaraderie and friendships forged during these communal acts. Indeed, what Kool DJ Herc started is bigger than religion. (KS)
THE READING LIST
W magazine. This was a special gift from a very special somebody who had just come back from a long trip overseas. I love the online space because it gives me an “in” where I would normally have no access. Dankie data! I mean, I’d normally read pieces from W online if the traffic swayed me in that direction, but something about having the hard copy has awarded me the opportunity to take my time and really enjoy long-form journalism. (ZH)
Oliver Sacks: The River of Consciousness. Sacks had little regard for the boundaries between the sciences, which makes reading this book a distinctly mind-altering experience. I’ve been approaching this cautiously, picking at low-hanging fruit, chapters such as “The Creative Self”, in which Sacks picks apart the concept of “sleeping on it”, and “The Fallibility of Memory”, in which he talks about, among other things, the effect of torture on one’s ability to remember and resist. (KS)
The Lists were compiled by Friday writer Kwanele Sosibo and intern Zaza Hlalethwa