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November 11th

7 pm I was in my boss’s office because it was the day my new song was coming out and we were hosting a secret release party later in the evening. Rosa Parks outcast He was playing on someone’s Spotify. I grew up with Outkast because I’m from Kentucky, so I felt good that this song was working. It had been a long day (I had to get a hotel room in central London to take a nap halfway through because I knew the party was going to be late) and I was a little nervous. It’s my first record in five years and I felt like it was a huge opportunity to screw it all up – so it was very comforting to hear Outkast, like a sweet little love letter from home.

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10 p.m I was in the dressing room at the venue. It was a real hole-in-the-wall place, with glitter and graffiti from long ago. All the dancers were getting ready and put into fifty dollar bills sworn virgins. It’s not a new record, but I’m obsessed with it. I’ve listened to it about 30 or 40 times in the past few weeks. The lyrics are so completely ridiculous that you only get them once in a while on a dance record. “She’s got a big ass and nobody’s going to stop” – come on, that’s the energy I’m trying to get. Take the tip a little bit before the show. There’s always that worry about throwing a birthday party that no one will attend. This is my fear, but it’s just me and my set of fears, it has nothing to do with the party. So it’s good to get me out of my head for a bit. And think big butts instead.

1 a.m We had a very busy schedule: Sean G. Wright flew in from the US for it, and we had NYC’s Gideon Downlow and Chrissie and Wes Baggaley. I played from 1am to 2am, just dipping in and out, as I mainly wanted to hear other DJs play and not make it all about me. Within three seconds, I was covered in glitter, fishnets, and Haribo. One of the songs I played was Sage Comme Une Image by Leo. We used to do these secret parties in Chicago and Kentucky, and my friend Jason Garden played them all the time. Jason loved this record purely. It’s a very cute little tune and we’re going to watch the video because Leo is easily the most adorable person who has ever walked the earth. It’s just an emotional record for me. The crowd loved it too. You know, everyone pretends to sing in French that they don’t really know. It’s just a good time.

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1.30am I played the last three tracks off my new album and it was absolutely amazing. It was really exciting to see people interacting in real time with the serotonin moon beams and actually knowing the words. I’ve been putting it out for months, but this was the first day people got to hear it all. We were shooting video for the recording with body cameras and stuff, I just wanted to make it about what the party was like. And it was utter chaos like legitimate chaos. People were drinking bananas, and this 67-year-old crow was on the ground, humping in the air. There’s nothing like playing for a 100 run-down in a hole-in-the-wall venue with trash on the floor. I felt free, and that’s what the song is about. It is a passionate love letter to fall in love at a party. It was very satisfactory. It’s been a long road to get to this point, so it was nice to see her out in the wild for a bit.

Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters in 1979.
“It really got me into it”… Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters in 1979. Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images

3 am When Chrissy played, the last 50 jumpers threw sweaty, sweaty, sweaty, messy jacks with their hands in the air to jump Pointer Sisters. I bought a lot of Chrissy’s record collection from him about 10 years ago, and it’s a great window into the mind of a real madman. There was a lot of Pointer Sisters’ Hi-NRG stuff and it really appealed to me because in my mind I’d labeled it radio stuff since I was a kid. Hearing it through the lens of his brain and how it fits in with Patrick Cowley and all the other good stuff that comes from San Francisco makes sense. I have really grown to love all of those. Chrissie and I have been friends for a long time, so I felt kind to getting the band back together.

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4 a.m At the end of the night, I felt so relaxed and amazed. I was so tired and so ready to lie down. My friends and I crammed into a car and the driver pulled over on Rush Big audio dynamite. It was so cute because I only had one little bar of it when I was a kid.

5 am Back to my house. I have a quiet home playlist that I put on a lot of the time. We’ve heard everyone has to learn at some point Corgis, a really weird musical ballad that was beautifully written. I think it’s one of the best pop records ever. After that, I got dressed Verne Kenny‘s Baby Let Me Kiss You, which is a sausage. Verne is such a sneaky slayer and everything she does is amazing. The recording is very slow and the reggae genre has almost got the drums beating in arpeggios and their sound is very flirtatious. It’s a great after party record.

November 12th

3 p.m I was at the Echo Beach Restaurant for a late breakfast Martha and pancakes came. I listen to it all the time, I love it. When I’m not preparing for performances, it’s nice to let the emotional impact of dance music in when you need that experience. I feel like this is the difference between watching porn and being with someone you actually like.

4 pm On my way back from breakfast and when I’m with you sparks Came in the car. I love Sparks, my husband and I are both just kind of crazy fans. I think they’re pretty brilliant, and like the most important songwriters of the last 20 years. This is the hill on which I will die.

8 p.m I was so tired. I have a giant bathtub in my house and I’m going to go there to take a nap. It’s big enough for me to enjoy but not big enough that I would fall under the water if I fell asleep. Small talk by Foxy and the Family Stone and Conscientiousness Womack & Womack played randomly on my phone; They’re the last two songs I remember hearing before my little one fell asleep in the bathtub, which now had a sparkle in it. Small Talk is one of my all-time favorite records. You can hear Sly and the mother of his child on the microphone; The child is crying and singing softly. It’s a cold, deep, yet still incredibly funky record; The perfect way to cap off a glam weekend. The entire album is exceptional, it also has loose swag, and it’s one of the best – you can’t argue with logic like “swag, swag, swag, swag”.

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