Mates’ Crates: Gayle Adams – Your Love Is A Life Saver

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, Gayle Adams’ dancefloor heater “Your Love Is A Lifesaver”. 

Year: 1980 | Label: Prelude Records | Discogs: Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams

Let’s not pretend. Lockdown is hard. So much of what makes me happy involves going out into the world to experience, discover and search for wonderful music, and not being able to do that has been challenging. For me, nothing quite compares to diving into the bargain bucket at a good record store.

That said, I’m grateful that technology makes the next-best thing possible more so than ever. I struggle to imagine a situation like this just a few decades ago, when your musical experience would become totally limited to the records in your collection and what you could find on the radio.

Many DJs have taken to live-streaming from their homes and personal spaces as a way of continuing to share music (I particularly enjoyed this one by Palms Trax). Things like YouTube and Spotify are also truly invaluable, and both their recommendations have surprised me with some fantastic tracks over the past few months (as an aside, I found this Pitchfork article about  how Rupa’s “Disco Jazz” ‘won’ YouTube’s algorithm really interesting).

One such gem brought to me by Spotify’s Discover Weekly is Gayle Adams’ “Your Love Is A Lifesaver”. On my fourth lap of the same block for my daily state-sanctioned exercise, this track lit up my life. I stopped in my tracks and nearly dropped my phone sending it to several people. “Mark my words”, I typed in frenzied all-caps, “I’m buying this now before Motor City Drum Ensemble plays it at Dekmantel and it ends up going for hundreds on Discogs” (not thinking about anything in particular…).

This was only last week, but it felt like the first time in months that I’d discovered something truly fantastic. I bought it immediately. I missed this. That’s about as much as I know to say about Gayle Adams in general, or this record in particular, and sometimes that’s OK (he told himself…). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.