Benedict Cumberbatch - "Flat Of Angels" (part 3 - exclusive Spoken Word piece)
Review: Given his impeccable downtempo credentials, you'd expect Bonobo's Late Night Tales mix to be one of the finer installments in the series (and that's saying something). Predictably, it is. Sweet, sensual and atmospheric, with plenty of unlikely gems and forgotten classics for the heads to enjoy, it surprises and impresses with each successive track. This vinyl edition features 17 of the tracks unmixed (naturally) and lifts out many highlights. His own cover of Donovan's "Get Thy Bearings" is particularly revelatory - string drenched, hazy, atmospheric and, of course, immaculately produced - but there are many other gems. Check Darondo's classic heart breaker "Didn't I," the smoky reggae-soul of Nina Simone's "Baltimore", and the enveloping intimacy of Shlohmo's "Places". Do seek out Benny Cumberbatch's spoken word turn at the end too! (mp3 download code for the full release included).
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.
Alain Maclean - "Talking Judgement Day Blues" (2:55)
David Crosby - "Orleans" (1:35)
Buddy Holly - "Love Is Strange" (3:12)
After Dinner - "Paradise Of Replica " (Gods Waiting Room part 2) (2:47)
Lullaby Movement - "Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby)" (3:49)
Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia - "It's In Every One Of Us" (exclusive track) (6:26)
Song Sung - "I'm Not In Love" (6:22)
Neo Maya - "I Won't Hurt You" (Gods Waiting Room part 3) (2:20)
BP Fallon & David Holmes - "Henry McCullough" (exclusive track) (4:55)
Documenta - "Love As A Ghost " (5:25)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar & Computer" (part 1) (2:41)
Eat Lights Become Lights - "Into Forever" (Gods Waiting Room part 4) (5:25)
Geese - "Andrew Parsnip" (exclusive track) (3:54)
Die Hexen - "Gloomy Sunday" (exclusive track) (3:11)
David Holmes & Jon Hopkins - "Elsewhere Anchises " (feat Stephen Rea - exclusive track) (4:53)
Review: Treading an eclectic path through a twenty year career that's taken in everything from Detroit techno to vintage French ye-ye, from breakbeat-driven floor-fillers to krautrock epiphanies, David Holmes has made his name predominantly as an exemplary crate-digger and aesthete, whether soundtracking Steven Soderbergh movies or dishing our albums of his own. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this compilation - marking something of a personal journey for Holmes - is reflective of his status as an exemplary man of taste. Whether dispensing classics by the likes of David Crosby or Buddy Holly, unreleased original solo material or killer obscurities from everyone from modular synthesis cultist Keith Fullerton Whitman to Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges, this stylish nocturnal travelogue puts the listener resolutely in safe hands.
Review: Inspired by the slightly unlikely collision of the Thai music of the '70s and The Shadows, Khruangbin - the name means 'aeroplane' in Thailand - are purveyors of a deliriously mellow and beguiling form of jammed-out power-trio guitar music - far removed from standard notions of psych and dreampop, partly owing to its pan-global influences, its nonetheless both psychedelic and dreamy, not to mention possessed of an unhurried, reflective and spacious lilt that renders this Texan-London outfit a rare treat in an information-saturated age, taking on delicate soul and funk with exotic atmospheres and making the journey feel both blissful and effortless.
Quarteto Em City - "Aleluia" (with Tamba Trio) (3:30)
Lena Platonos - "Bloody Shadows From A Distance" (3:05)
Ray Davies - "I Go To Sleep" (2:44)
Alfred Schnittke - "Piano Quintet, V" (3:21)
Agnes Obel - "Stretch Your Eyes" (Ambient acappella) (6:01)
The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir - "Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings)" (2:22)
Agnes Obel - "Glemmer D" (2:03)
Agnes Obel - "Bee Dance" (2:34)
Sibylle Baier - "The End" (2:29)
Michelle Gurevich - "Party Girl" (4:28)
CAN - "Oscura Primavera" (3:19)
David Lang - "I Lie" (5:08)
Nina Simone - "Images" (live In New York 1964) (2:50)
Agnes Obel - "Poem About Death" (3:05)
Review: The latest missive in the evocative and open-minded Late Night Tales series comes from Agnes Obel, a Danish singer/songwriter whose fragile, pastoral songs seemingly join the dots between traditional folk music, neo-classical and early music. Fittingly, Obel's selections, while more diverse than many may have expected - see the soulful reggae throb of Nora Dean, the creepy jazz of Yello's "Great Mission" and the whispered synth-pop shuffle of Lena Platanos - are every bit as atmospheric and ethereal as her own work. It helps that she's included several of her own compositions, alongside inspired cuts that touch on Berlin School ambient, hazy easy listening, neo-classical, psychedelia, lo-fi art rock and, of course, folk.