James Last - "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
Philip Glass/Philip Glass Ensemble - "Floe"
Map Of Africa - "Bone"
Seals & Crofts - "Sweet Green Fields"
The Millennium - "To Claudia On Thursday"
The Beach Boys - "Surf's Up"
Primal Scream - "Carry Me Home"
Massive Attack - "Man Next Door"
TNGHT - "Bugg'n"
OutKast - "Slum Beautiful"
Timmy Thomas - "Why Can?t We Live Together"
Roy Davis Jr - "Gabriel" (feat Peven Everett - live garage mix)
Harry Nilsson - "Coconut"
Canned Heat - "Poor Moon"
Rick Miller - "Future Directions"
Django Django - "Porpoise Song" (exclusive The Monkees cover version)
Benedict Cumberbatch - "Flat Of Angles Part 4" (exclusive Spoken Word piece)
Review: The long running Late Night Tales series has retained a certain prominence despite the increasing flood of online mixes and podcasts thanks to the concept that's remained its selling point; namely ask a high profile musician, act or band to compile a selection of music to soundtrack the post club twilight hours. Everyone from Four Tet to Bonobo and Trentemoller have featured previously and now it's the turn of London indie troupe Django Django. Overseen by the band's Dave Mclean, this twenty one track selection demonstrates he's got a fine ear for music with cuts from Bob James, Primal Scream, Roy Davis Jnr and Massive Attack sequenced perfectly. The requisite cover version sees Django Django taking on The Monkees whilst Benjamin Cumberbatch is called on to do the closing spoken word honours.
Sarah Davachi - "Untitled" (live In Portland - Excerpt) (7:02)
Carlos Walker - "Via Lactea" (3:15)
The Rationals - "Glowin'" (4:16)
William S Fischer - "Chains" (4:31)
Max Roach - "Equipoise" (6:20)
Abu Talib - "Blood Of An American" (4:22)
Sweet & Innocent - "Express Your Love" (2:52)
Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - "A Message Especially From God" (3:43)
A Message Especially From God - "A Message Especially From God" (4:52)
Alain Bellaiche - "Sun Blues" (1:52)
Alain Bellaiche - "Sea Fluorescent" (6:30)
Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Moments In Love" (Excerpt) (9:16)
Azimuth - "The Tunnel" (9:12)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Milk" (Excerpt) (5:50)
Toshimaru Nakamura - "Nimb#59" (3:40)
Floating Points - "The Sweet Time Suite" (part 1 - Opening - Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover version) (2:52)
Lauren Laverne - "Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (2:50)
Review: Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has long been known as a producer, DJ and selector with a staggeringly good record collection. It's for this reason that his edition of "Late Night Tales", a series dedicated to the joys of post-club home listening, has been so eagerly anticipated. The resultant mix is a triumph, with Shepherd showcasing a largely rare and obscure mix of new age ambient, high-grade jazz, sumptuous folk-soul (see Abu Talib's impeccable "Blood Of An American"), psychedelic soul weirdness, intergalactic jazz-funk, Satie-style piano movements and the drowsy, liquid electronics of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The set also includes a handful of exclusive tracks, including a wonderful new Floating Points cover of Kenny Wheeler's "The Sweet Time Suite (Part I - Opening)". In a word: essential.
The Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky" (4:33)
Two Lone Swordsmen - "You Are" (4:17)
Tonto's Expanding Head Band - "Cybernaut" (4:30)
Pete Drake - "Forever" (2:40)
Appaloosa - "The Day (We Fell In Love)" (3:47)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - "Complainte Pour Ste Catherine" (2:47)
Herman Dune - "Winners Lose" (4:48)
Cat Power - "Werewolf" (3:58)
Paul Morley - "Lost For Words" (part 4 - Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (10:13)
Review: Joe Mount of lovable scuzz pop outfit Metronomy mans the latest volume in the long running Late Night Tales, a series who always seem to get the best results out of an unexpected cast of participants (Belle & Sebastien, MGMT, Trentemoeller and Midlake being recent inductees). It's hard not to get sucked in from the sugar sweet opening of Outkast's "Prototype", which is the first of several tracks that demonstrates Mount has a penchant for slow bumping R&B and outsider hip-hop with Tweet, Sa Ra and a Dr Octagon classic also appearing. A typically far reaching approach to genres applies here with the cosmic jazz of Chic Corea happily mingling with Autechre and Two Lone Swordsmen, and American synth oddities Geneva Jacuzzi and Appaloosa mingling for attention with The Alan Parsons Project and Herman Dune. The de-rigueur cover version arrives with a Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre's "Hypnose" while Paul Morley ends the selection with a spoken word piece. This vinyl edition has 18 of the tracks spread separately across two plates as well as the mixed CD and a booklet!