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Music is a powerful trigger of myriad emotions, from the romantic, powerful, disastrous and even heartbreaking. Never is this more plainly evident than with the movie soundtrack. Listen to Lalo Schifrin’s string and brass arrangements on ‘Bullitt’ and we are back in the car with Steve McQueen in an epic chase over the elliptical contours of San Francisco.Flip to Wendy Carlos’ ‘Ode To Joy’ as Alex exclaims: “It was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh,” the violence simmering somewhere close to the surface in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

We’ve collected together some of the classic themes and motifs spanning the past 60 years, from Bernard Hermann’s daring fusion of orthodox orchestration and theremin, Gary Jules’ haunting version of Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’, as featured in the hypnotic Donnie Darko, or John Barry’s harmonica-led theme to Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy. In the process, we’ve selected a vast range of styles from the jazz and soul-influenced compositions of Roy Budd, Isaac Hayes and Brazil’s Deodato, to electronic pioneers like Giorgio Moroder or leftfield composers like Philip Glass.

So pour yourself that glass of something smooth, relax on the sofa, close your eyes and make believe you’re in a creaking hotel with Jack Nicholson or deep in the fearful sweat of Vietnam with Robert De Niro or a Turkish prison with Brad Davis….

All human life is here.


A1. Columbia Symphony Orchestra / Bernstein - Rhapsody In Blue (Excerpt) (Manhattan)
A2. Rr Orchestra - Sarabande (Barry Lyndon)
A3. John Barry - Midnight Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy)
A4. Pascal Rogé - Gnossiennes #3 (Henry & June)
A5. Michael Andrews Ft Gary Jules - Mad World (Donnie Darko)
A6. Arthur Fiedler / Boston Pops Orchestra - March Of The Siamese Children (The King & I)
A7. Nick Ingman / Orchestra London Sinfonietta - Adagio For Strings (Platoon)

B1. John Williams - Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
B2. Philip Glass - Powaqqatsi (Powaqqatsi)
B3. Michael Kamen - The Office (Brazil)
B4. Bernard Herrmann - Outer Space (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
B5. Ray Noble & His Orchestra - Midnight, The Stars And You (The Shining)
B6. Thomas Newman - Horse (Jarhead)
B7. Wendy Carlos / Mark Ayres - Ode To Joy (A Clockwork Orange)

C1. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Being There)
C2. Thomas Newman / Hollywood Studio Symphony - Brooks Was Here (The Shawshank Redemption)
C3. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (Excerpt) (The Exorcist)
C4. Hotei - Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (Kill Bill: Vol 1)
C5. John Carpenter / Mark Ayres - Halloween Main Theme (Halloween)
C6. Bernard Herrmann - Main Title (Taxi Driver)

D1. Giorgio Moroder - Chase (Midnight Express)
D2. Isaac Hayes - Theme From "Shaft" (Shaft)
D3. Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt Main Title (Bullitt)
D4. Vangelis - Tears In Rain (Blade Runner)

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Cultural polymath - pop star, filmmaker, radio broadcaster, commentator, Grammy winner. Oh and DJ, too. Take your pick from the many coats worn by our selector, Don Letts aka The Rebel Dread.

Born in Brixton, a child of the Windrush Generation, Letts’ slippery and unorthodox career is somewhat hard to define, without taking a few detours around London, New York and Jamaica. He began his working life managing the dauntingly hip Acme Attractions on Chelsea’s Kings Road, where he made a mark with his attitude, dress and, especially, the pounding dub reggae that vibrated the shop’s walls. His first gig as a DJ at the short-lived Roxy in Neal Street, became mythical for turning a generation of punks on to reggae. They in turn hipped him to their DIY ethos resulting in his reinvention as a filmmaker. This led to a shed-load of music videos (Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Clash, Bob Marley) not to mention documentaries on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, George Clinton and Sun Ra.

In the ’80s, he was part of Mick Jones’ new venture, Big Audio Dynamite and his innovative use of samples were a core part of their sound. Listeners of his weekly 6 Music radio show are taken on a musical safari that moves seamlessly between time, space and genre. It’s not called Culture Clash Radio for nothing. So this latest bulletin from Letts HQ is merely one angle of a multifaceted personality, his take on the JA tradition of the cover version.

The history of Caribbean music owes a debt to R&B as many of the early island releases were cover versions of US 45s. Ska’s breakthrough commercially, Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’, was originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in ’50s New York. Cover versions became quite a thing in Jamaica and Don, following in that tradition, has dug deep with a selection of interesting dubbed out covers including thirteen exclusives.

“A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub. Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world - bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”

There’s a diverse mix of classic and new, with legendary figures like John Holt, The Tamlins and Cornell Campbell, mixed in with British veterans Mad Professor and the irrepressible Dennis Bovell, while (relatively) young striplings Kiko Bun, Emily Capell and Prince Fatty deliver the goods, with laidback Texan groovers Khruangbin also offering an exclusive bass heavy-delight.

The song choices are diverse, from French dubsters’ OBF’s renditions of ‘Sixteen Tons’, the miners’ paean popularised by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s, to Ash Walker’s refix of Omar’s ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ and ‘All I Do Is Think About You’, immortalised by the ill-fated Tammi Terrell and preserved here by Quantic (the latter two both exclusives). Being a Rebel Dread compilation, there’s a cover (by Wrongtom Meets The Rockers) of The Clash’s ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ while Don’s exclusive, naturally, is a rendition of Big Audio Dynamite’s debut hit, ‘E = MC2’.

“Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go. We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Trentemoller, Khruangbin and countless others. Now being as old as rock n’ roll (born in ‘56) and having nearly 20 years of Culture Clash Radio under my belt I figured I was tooled up to musically juggle with the best of ‘em. But I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own - something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that’s made me the man I am today.”


Barry says: Don Letts, widely credited for turning the punk world on to reggae collects some of his favourite pieces, from dubby cuts to electronic and groovers, some unheard gems and a few exclusive tracks for the legendary Late Night Tales. In a pretty crowded field of 'great LNT comps', this is truly one of the greatest.


A1. Ghetto Priest - Hercules (North Street West 'Late Night Tales' Dub) *Exclusive Remix
A2. Prince Fatty & Shniece McMenamin - Black Rabbit
A3. Wrongtom Meets The Rockers - Dub In The Supermarket *Exclusive Remix
A4. Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread Ft. Emily Capell - E = MC2 *Exclusive Track
A5. Rude Boy - Superstylin' *Exclusive Remix
B6. Capitol 1212 Ft. Earl 16 - Love Will Tear Us Apart (Full Vocal Dub) *Exclusive Remix
B7. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - All I Do Is Think About You (Far East Dub) *Exclusive Remix
B8. Zoe Devlin Love Ft. Tim Hutton - Caroline No
B9. John Holt - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Mad Professor 2021 Dub) *Exclusive Remix
B10. Cornell Campbell - Ital City Dub *Exclusive Remix
B11. Matumbi - (I Can't Get Enough Of) That Reggae Stuff (Dennis Bovell Remix) *Exclusive Remix
C12. Gentleman's Dub Club Ft. Kiko Bun - Use Me (Ben McKone Dub)
C13. Black Box Recorder - Uptown Top Ranking
C14. OBF - Sixteen Tons Of Dub
C15. Yasushi Ide - Ain't No Sunshine (Space Dub Mix) *Exclusive Remix
D16. The Tamlins - Baltimore
D17. 15 16 17 - Emotion (Dennis Bovell Remix) *Exclusive Remix
D18. Ash Walker - There's Nothing Like This *Exclusive Track
D19. The Senior Allstars - Slipping Into Darkness
D20. Easy Star All-Stars - Within You Without You
D21. Khruangbin - Dern Kala (Khruangbin Dub Mix) *Exclusive Remix

Hot on the heels of ‘Mordechai’, the critically acclaimed third album from US psych-rockers Khruangbin, the Texas trio are set to become the latest act to present their own LateNightTales in the popular, long-running musician-curated album series.

Having first come to prominence in 2013 when producer and D.J. Bonobo included Khruangbin’s ‘A Calf Born in Winter’ in his own collection of songs for the series, the little known Houston trio had yet to release an album, but have since gone on to become international superstars forming their own exotic, individual sound. “The LateNightTales series is such a special thing to be a part of because we wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for Bonobo’s LateNightTales, because that’s how we got into the LNT family – and got a break.”

With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin’s deep love of global grooves – from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae – Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas – are steeped in eclecticism; Nazia Hassan’s Hindi-disco ‘Khushi’, produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute ‘Don’t Go’, a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus for Песняры and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with ‘Contigo’ before hightailing back to Texas.

Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle plus, in the LateNightTales tradition, the band deliver an exclusive, horizontally brilliant version of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Summer Madness’, while the mix concludes with a spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller’s atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie’s ‘Gnossienne’.

“It’s cool to think about what you would listen to late at night, as a band together, lighting a spliff, kinda vibe. We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible; so it was the globe and then home. We wanted to show the treasures from our hometown, or people from our hometown that the rest of the world probably doesn’t know. That’s what makes Khruangbin Khruangbin. The stubbornness about being so hometown-centric but what makes Houston is this this constant international influence. That’s that gulf stream, bringing it right into Houston. So I guess that’s kind of the theme.”

The LateNightTales series was established back in 2001 with Fila Brazilia taking to the controls and mixing up the first of what would continue to be the first choice of music connoisseurs worldwide. Since then, the series has seen releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Hot Chip, Floating Points, David Holmes, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Röyksopp and many more.


Patrick says: Though I swiftly snapped up a copy of their first RSD single on the advice of my more experienced Balearic brethren, it was an early online mixtape which truly turned me on to this Houston Trio. Awash with Thai funk, Brazilian soul and hazy dub, this set beguiled rather than banged, encompassing that soothing, grooving style which has since become their signature. Naturally I came to this, their first official compilation, and on the excellent Late Night Tales no less, with the highest expectations; all of which were exceeded over the course of this mesmeric mix.

Through the cascading strings and shimmering harp of Santana & Coltrane’s opener, Khurangbin begin their dream sequence, an uncanny hour of vignettes in a land free from the conventions of space and time. The loved up dub of Houston contemporaries Brilliantes Del Vuelo gives way to blistering disco from 80s Bollywood, a cult art-pop classic from NY’s Downtown follows the sublime Blaxploitation soul of Gerald Lee. Songs separated by distance and decades sit happily side by side, united by an optimistic mood and ever-present groove. More than this though, each of these songs share a transportive quality; listening to the Nigerian boogie of Mawell Udoh, it’s impossible not to picture a Lagos nightspot, or the skyscrapers of Seoul when Sanullim’s soft pop stunner bounds out of the speakers. Even the band's own exceptional cover of Kool's 'Summer Madness' offers a deep concentration of the Khruangbin style, an invitation into their personal Shangri-La.

In an era in which the race for the rare can leave even the finest diggers blind to the actual merit of the music, Khruangbin's melodies sans frontières is a remarkable feat, each selection superb on its own and sublime taken together.

Khruangbin around the world and I, I, I can’t fight it baby.


CD Tracklist:
1. Carlos Santana - Illuminations
2. Brilliantes Del Veulo - I Know That
3. Nazia Hassan - Khushi
4. Kelly Doyle - DRM
5. Sanulim - Dont Go
6. Maxwell Udoh - I Like It
7. David Marez - Enseñame
8. Gerald Lee - Can You Feel The Love
9. Justine & The Victorian Punks - Still You
10. George Yanagi - À�祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ
11. Песняры - Зачарованная моя
12. Khruangbin - Summer Madness (Exclusive Track)
13. Paloma San Basilio - Contigo
14. Roha Band - Yetikimt Abeba
15. Tierney Malone & Geoffrey Muller - Transmission For Jehn: Gnossienne No 1 (Exclusive Spoken Word Track)

Vinyl Tracklist:
A1. Carlos Santana - Illuminations - 4. 23
A2. Brilliantes Del Veulo - I Know That - 5.20
A3. Nazia Hassan - Khushi - 4.25
A4. Kelly Doyle - DRM - 2.16
C9. Justine & The Victorian Punks - Still You - 7.45
C10. George Yanagi - À�祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ - 4.02
C11. Песняры - Зачарованная моя - 5.54
D12. Khruangbin - Summer Madness - 3.21 (Exclusive Track)
D13. Paloma San Basilio - Contigo - 4.03
D14. Roha Band - Yetikimt Abeba - 5.20
D15. Tierney Malone & Geoffrey Muller - Transmission For Jehn: Gnossienne No 1- 5.00 (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

Floating Points’ personal collection of global soul, ambient, jazz and folk treasures form the latest in the warmly revered Late Night Tales series. 

Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points’ music taste is notoriously tricky to define, ranging from ethereal classical at one end to coruscating techno at the other, united only in a firm belief in the transcendental power of music to move hearts, minds and – yes – feet. Similarly, his production career has ranged from early experiments in dance music with breakout records such as the ‘Shadows EP’ and collaborating with legendary Gnawa master Mahmoud Guinia to his expansive album ‘Elaenia’, which met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2015. 

This Late Night Tales excursion into the depths of the evening reflects his broad tastes. The globally-travelled producer has collected untold treasures on his travels from dusty stores in Brazil to market stalls near his hometown. There’s the gorgeous ‘Via Làctea’, culled from Carlos Walker’s debut album, Abu Talib’s (Bobby Wright) plaintive ‘Blood Of An American’ and Robert Vanderbilt’s gospel reworking of Manchild’s ‘Especially For You’. Raw soul and feeling oozing from each song’s pores. 

At the other end of the music scale are the modernists, such as Québécoise Kara-Lis Coverdale who weighs in with the indelible ‘Moments In Love’, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith whose ‘Milk’ is an exercise in tranquility, while Sarah Davachi’s meditative mix-opener offers respite from a weary world. 

We have some exclusive tracks for Late Night Tales; alongside Davachi’s offerings there is also Toshimaru Nakamura’s ‘Nimb #59’, as well as the now traditional cover version. hepherd delved into his childhood memory for this one, a track taken from the first album his parents bought him, Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Music For Large & Small Ensembles’: Sam offers up his interpretation of ‘Opening Part 1’. Wheeler also contributes horns to Azimuth track The Tunnel, written and performed by Norma Winstone and John Taylor who, coincidentally, are the parents of Floating Points’ drummer Leo Taylor. Closing the album, Lauren Laverne reads the suitably nocturnal poem ‘Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun’ by Emily Brontë. 

“I tried to find music that reflects the stillness of night. And because my musical interests lie all over the place, it’s quite difficult to distil that notion down to just a few songs. I was quite keen to have some electronic music in there but I also really wanted to have some soul music mixed in, so I had to try and find a pathway between all of this different music.” - Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) March 2019


Patrick says: Classically trained musical genius, production whizz and record obsessive Floating Points helms this edition of the long running series, and it's just as good as you'd hope! Electronic lullabies, rare soul, Brazilian funk and modern classical, all brought together into a truly nocturnal journey. It nearly had Matt Ward in tears on release date - it's that good.


1. Sarah Davachi – Untitled, Live In Portland (Excerpt) (Exclusive Track)
2. Carlos Walker - Via Láctea
3. The Rationals – Glowin’
4. William S. Fischer – Chains
5. Max Roach - Equipoise
6. Abu Talib (Bobby Wright) - Blood Of An American
7. Sweet & Innocent - Express Your Love
8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - A Message Especially From God
9. The Defaulters - Gentle Man
10. Alain Bellaïche – Sun Blues
11. Alain Bellaïche - Sea Fluorescent
12. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Moments In Love (Excerpt)
13. Azimuth – The Tunnel
14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Milk (Excerpt)
15. Toshimaru Nakamura – Nimb#59 (Exclusive Track)
16. Floating Points – The Sweet Time Suite, Part I - Opening (Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover Version)
17. Lauren Laverne - Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections. The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul.

This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Finally, there’s the no-small-matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BADBADNOTGOOD take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.

“We were really excited to have the chance to put together a Late Night Tales compilation, it’s a great organisation. We decided to use it as a vehicle to show everyone all the amazing music we have gotten to experience by touring and meeting new people. Every track on this comp was either shown to us by an incredible person or made by one of our friends. We also included a little cover of a song by one of our favourite current musicians, Andy Shauf.

These artists, as well as many, many others, have infuenced us to create and kept our deep love of music alive. This mix will keep you company on a quiet night by yourself or with friends. You can check it out on the plane, the bus, a long walk, or any situation where you want a soundtrack for reflection and meditation.” - BADBADNOTGOOD May 2017


Patrick says: Given their ardent love of the hippidy hop, I was half expecting a baked set of golden age head nodders here, but instead the peerless modern jazz ensemble offer up a gorgeous stroll through cinematic soul, soft focus pop and gems mined from all over the globe on this excellent addition to the Late Night Tales catalogue. Watch out for the Steve Kuhn cut - that shizzle could bring a tear to a glass eye!


CD - Mixed
1. Boards Of Canada - Olson
2. Erasmo Carlos - Vida Antiga
3. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
4. The Chosen Few - People Make The World Go Round
5. Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
6. Delegation - Oh Honey
7. Velly Joonas - Kaes On Aeg
8. Stereolab - The Flower Called Nowhere
9. Kiki Gyan - Disco Dancer
10. Admas Anchi - Bale Game
11. Francis Bebey - Sanza Nocturne
12. Thundercat - For Love I Come
13. River Tiber Ft Daniel Caesar - West
14. Charlotte Day Wilson - Work
15. The Beach Boys - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. Donnie & Joe Emerson - Baby
17. Les Prospection - Lido
18. Grady Tate - And I Love Her
19. BADBADNOTGOOD - To You (Exclusive Andy Shauf Cover Version)
20. Steve Kuhn - The Meaning Of Love
21. Lydia Lunch - You, Me And Jim Beam (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

A Side:

A1 Boards Of Canada - Olson
A2 Erasmo Carlos - Vida Antiga
A3 Gene Williams - Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
A4 The Chosen Few – People Make The World Go Round
A5 Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
A6 Delegation – Oh Honey

B Side
B1 Velly Joonas - Käes On Aeg
B2 Stereolab – The Flower Called Nowhere
B3 Kiki Gyan – Disco Dancer
B4 Admas – Anchi Bale Game

C Side:
C1 Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
C2 Thundercat - For Love I Come
C3 River Tiber Ft. Daniel Caesar – West
C4 Charlotte Day Wilson – Work
C5 The Beach Boys - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
C6 Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby

D Side:
D1 Les Prospections – Lido
D2 Grady Tate – And I Love Her
D3 Badbadnotgood – To You
(Exclusive Andy Shauf Cover Version)
D4 Steve Kuhn – The Meaning Of Love
D5 Lydia Lunch - You, Me And Jim Beam (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

Standing at the intersection where techno meets classical music, Ólafur Arnalds directs the newest Late Night Tales, set for release on 24th June 2016.

After releasing the breakthrough album ‘And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness’, in 2014 he was awarded a BAFTA for best original music for the TV series Broadchurch. Arnalds’ music has a quietude that seems perfectly apposite and that’s evident here as each song drifts like an autumn wind towards the next.

Arnalds has enlisted the help of a few of his countrymen for the journey out west – electronic bands Samaris and Hjaltalín – and just as his records manage to combine the experimentalism and adventure of electronic music with a classical sensibility, here he weaves them perfectly, using tracks like Koreless’ brilliant post-dubstep ‘Last Remnants’ alongside the enigmatic brilliance of Jai Paul. It’s a perfect musical landscape that is eerie yet beautiful, as on Odesza’s ‘How Did I Get Here’.

As if Ólafur wasn’t spoiling us enough, he offers up three exclusives: his own ‘Kinesthesia I’ and ‘RGB’ and ‘Orgoned’ by his techno side project Kiasmos. Alongside that we have the obligatory cover version (Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’) and also a Late Night Tales debut for David Tennant, reading a story by Anam Sufi, with whom Ólafur worked on Broadchurch.

“When I was asked to do the next installation of the Late Night Tales series I thought "This will be fun and easy, only a couple of days work. No problem!". Six months later, I was still pulling my hair out in some kind of quest to make the perfect mix. As someone who has never really done mixes before, I learned a lot of things along the way and the whole experience was very inspiring. I decided to approach the mix in a similar way as I would one of my scores. This is the soundtrack of my life. I included songs from many of my friends and collaborators and tried to deliver a mix that represents who I am as an artist and where my influences are coming from - both personally and musically.”


Barry says: From sublime ethereal ambience to stuttered beats and booming sub-bass, the latest incarnation of the hugely popular (and ridiculously competent) Late Night Tales series sees Modern-classical/Electronica prodigy Olafur Arnalds choosing a few of his biggest influences and current kicks, interspersed with a selection of his own unreleased (and frankly stunning) works. Dynamic, relaxing and brilliantly coherent collection of the most interesting and varied ambient electronic tracks around today. Top stuff.


CD Tracklisting:
01. Hjálmar Lárusson And Jónbjörn Gíslason - Jómsvíkingarímur - Ýta Eigi Feldi Rór
02. Julianna Barwick - Forever
03. Koreless - Last Remnants
04. Odesza - How Did I Get Here (Instrumental) (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
05. Anois - A Noise
06. Samaris - Góða Tungl
07. Ólafur Arnalds - RGB (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
08. Rival Consoles - Pre
09. Four Tet - Lion (Jamie Xx Remix)
10. Jai Paul - Jasmine
11. James Blake - Our Love Comes Back
12. Spooky Black - Pull
13. Ólafur Arnalds Ft. Arnór Dan - Say My Name (Exclusive Cover Version)
14. Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson - And Still They Move
15. Kiasmos - Orgoned (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
16. Ólafur Arnalds - Kinesthesia I (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
17. Hjaltalín - Etheral
18. David Tennant - Undone (Exclusive Spoken Word) 

A Side:
1. Hjálmar Lárusson And Jónbjörn Gíslason - Jómsvíkingarímur - ýta Feldi Eigi Rór
2. Julianna Barwick - Forever
3. Koreless - Last Remnants 4:20
4. Odesza - How Did I Get Here (Instrumental)
5. Anois - A Noise.

B Side:
1. Samaris - Góða Tungl
2. Ólafur Arnalds - RGB
3. Rival Consoles - Pre
4. Jai Paul - Jasmine (Demo).

C Side:
1. Four Tet - Lion (Jamie Xx Remix)
2. James Blake - Our Love Comes Back
3. Spooky Black - Pull
4. Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson - And Still They Move.

D Side:
1. Ólafur Arnalds Ft. Arnór Dan - Say My Name
2. Kiasmos - Orgoned
3. Ólafur Arnalds - Kinesthesia I
4. Hjaltalín - Etheral
5. David Tennant - Undone.

The Italians call it "notturna", the French "nocturne", in Spanish it’s "nocturno". A nocturne is a term to describe a musical composition that is inspired by or evocative of the night, which seems apposite. The most famous modern nocturne is, of course, ‘Harlem Nocturne’, as recorded by countless jazz musicians. If you like, you can just call it the night. The point is it’s when the fairies come out to play and the bass is at its loudest (the two are not necessarily related).

Late Night Tales are back in the low-tempo, high-octane zone. The tempo might be slow, but the quality control makes Louis Vuitton look like Poundland. The label have gathered together some of the hottest new material, with some judiciously chosen old gear, an edit or two and blended them together like a disco nutri-bullet.

Among the exclusives is the amazing Lindstrøm remix of Charli XCX’s ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)’, alongside a pair of exclusives from The Emperor Machine and Hugh Mane and two belters from Hotel Motel. And there are the rarities. We’ve got Rudy Norman with the brilliant ‘Back To The Streets’; there’s also the amazing ‘Chained To The Train Of Love’ by Coalkitchen and a traditional ‘LNT’ curveball, this time furnished by Plastic Bertrand delivering one of the best ever early rap tunes.

Bill Brewster comes armed with a sensitivity and sense of occasion that few other DJs possess - and as go-to scribe of liner notes for every Late Night Tales release since day one, his association with the series is symbiotic. Originally a chef, a football pundit (co-editor of fanzine When Saturday Comes) and record collector, Bill began DJing in in the late 80s, but he cut his teeth playing Low Life warehouse parties in Harlem and the East Village and anyone hearing Bill today can see how these New York ‘roots’ shine through. For eclecticism, surprises, amazing unique music and sheer long-haul dedication to the dancefloor; Bill’s your man.


Philippa says: Bill Brewster is back with another essential offering in the 'Late Night Tales Presents After Dark' series. As ever we get a DJ-mixed CD and un-mixed double vinyl LP. Quality all the way through.


CD Mix (includes Unmixed Tracks Via Download As Mp3/wav)
1. Scream And Dance - In Rhythm
2. Plastic Bertrand - Stop Ou Encore (Disconet Remix)
3. Paladin - Third World
4. Adriano Celentano - L’Unica Chance
5. Hotel Motel - Chocolate City (EXCLUSIVE TRACK)
6. Hotel Motel Featuring Snax - The Fall (EXCLUSIVE TRACK)
7. Harry Wolfman - Celebre
8. Coalkitchen - Chained To The Train Of Love
9. Matt Dirt - In Deep
10. Hugh Mane - Organic Ceramic (EXCLUSIVE TRACK)
11. Charli XCX - You (Ha Ha Ha) (Lindstrom Remix) (EXCLUSIVE TRACK)
12. Rodion - Solenoid
13. Tornado Wallace - Insect Overlords
14. The Emperor Machine - Breezin
15. Pink And Black - Miss Fortune
16. Trulz & Robin - Acid Cake
17. Spaghetti Head - Funky Voodoo (Mang Dynasty Edit) (EXCLUSIVE TRACK)
18. Alex Metric & Oliver - Galaxy
19. Rudy Norman - Back To The Streets

Unmixed Double Virgin Vinyl (Includes Download Code To Bill Brewster’s Mix And Full Unmixed Tracks As Wav/mp3)

A Side:
1. Scream & Dance - In Rhythm (7:07)
2. Plastic Bertrand - Stop Ou Encore (Disconet Remix) (7:51)
3. Paladin - Third World (3:56)

B Side:
1. Adriano Celentano - L'Unica Chance (4:49)
2. Hotel Motel - Chocolate City (6:46)
3. Hotel Motel Ft. Snax - Fall (7:00)

C Side:
7. Coalkitchen - Chained To The Train Of Love (4:09)
8. Hugh Mane - Organic Ceramic (6:23)
9. Charli XCX - You Mu Ha Ha Ho (Lindstrom Remix) (7:22)

D Side:
10. Emperor Machine - Breezin' (5:49)
11. Spaghetti Head - Funky Voodoo (Mang Dynasty Edit) (5:52)
12. Rudy Norman - Back To The Streets (5:07)

Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a diverse 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries.

Opening with Franz Ferdinand’s own exclusive cover of Jonathan Halper's ‘Leaving My Old Life Behind’, (which appeared on the cult Kenneth Anger movie Puce Moment), their Late Night Tales mix flows between dark and light, introspection and affection, dancing and horizontal appreciation.

Hear them join the dots between Can, Serge Gainsbourg and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sandy's Nelson's percussion work-out 'Let There Be Drums', the irrepressible Ian Dury, electro-funk sensations Zapp and the Disco Dub Band and sonic explorer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Record collectors will note the inclusion of Carrie Cleveland's Northern Soul anthem 'Love Will Set You Free'. Also included are a set of waywardly brilliant cover versions: Justus Köhncke’s dizzy interpretation of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ and R. Stevie Moore's ‘I’m Only Sleeping'.

It wouldn’t be right for Franz Ferdinand to produce a mix such as this without a nod to the country that brought them together, so Glasgow’s Life Without Buildings, whose uplifting ‘New Town’ appears alongside ‘Reach For The Dead’ by Boards Of Canada.

As they leave us wondering and wandering with American Spring’s Brian Wilson-produced ‘Sweet Mountain’, we take leave of our senses and suitcases on this tour bus of your mind. We’ve visited soul, funk, reggae, pop, Krautrock and others besides, but before we depart, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos provides a final farewell with the self penned story 'Defibrillator'.

"When we first got the band together I made Alex a tape for his car, an old Merc estate that we spent a lot of time in, going to and from rehearsal spaces and gigs. All of our gear and the four of us could (almost) comfortably fit inside. It was all stuff I was listening to at the time, Dr Alimantado, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Plaid, Johnny Dangerous amongst others. An ecletic mix or completely random and disjointed depending on your outlook, it was representative of all our individual idiosyncrasies that merged to form the sound of the band, although I wasn't aware of this at the time. With this mix we tried to a similar thing, all of us selected the tunes, based on what we listen to on tour together and at home alone, any sustained moods or flows that occur are purely accidental. Oh yeah, the Merc estate got totalled and towed away with the tape still in the player." - Paul Thomson Franz Ferdinand July 2014


CD Tracklisting:
1. Franz Ferdinand - Leaving My Old Life Behind (Exclusive Cover Version)
2. R. Stevie Moore - I'm Only Sleeping
3. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Eighteen Is Over The Hill
4. Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
5. Life Without Buildings - New Town
6. Can - Connection
7. The Liminanas - The Darkside
8. Ian Dury - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
9. Disco Dub Band - For The Love Of Money
10. Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce
11. Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem Pour Un Con
12. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Disco Devil
13. James Brown - King Heroin
14. Carrie Cleveland - Love Will Set You Free
15. Paul McCartney & Wings - Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five
16. Boards Of Canada - Reach For The Dead
17. Oneohtrix Point Never - Zebra
18. Justus Köhncke - Old Man
19. American Spring - Sweet Mountain
20. Alex Kapranos – Defibrillator (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

LP Tracklisting:
A Side
1. Franz Ferdinand - Leaving My Old Life Behind
2. R. Stevie Moore - I'm Only Sleeping
3. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Eighteen Is Over The Hill
4. Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
5. Life Without Buildings - New Town
6. Can - Connection

B Side
7. The Liminanas - The Darkside
8. Ian Dury - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
9. Disco Dub Band - For The Love Of Money
10. Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce
11. Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem Pour Un Con

C Side
12. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Disco Devil
13. James Brown - King Heroin
14. Paul McCartney & Wings - Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five
15. American Spring - Sweet Mountain

D Side
16. Boards Of Canada - Reach For The Dead
17. Oneohtrix Point Never - Zebra
18. Justus Köhncke - Old Man
19. Alex Kapranos - Defibrillator


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