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21 Jan 13
12 Mar 12
Review: 10 years on from its initial release, Groove Armada's contribution to the Anotherlatenight series gets a new lease of life. For those searching for deep, downtempo and vaguely Balearic fare, it's well worth a look. While Groove Armada's mix is enjoyable enough, it's the unmixed tracks that are most worthy of attention. Amongst the familiar classics (Kleer's boogie classic "Tonight", Mr Fingers' "Can You Feel It" and Metro Area's "Muira"), you'll find hot curiosities from the likes of Shuggie Otis (the decidedly acid-fried "Strawberry Letter 23"), Loose Ends ("Feel The Vibe"), Good Together (forgotten super-deep house jam "Work It Out") and Don Ray (the heady disco grooves of "Standing In The Rain").
07 Jan 13
Review: Marseille's Hugo Kant's vision far excels the trip-hop or nu-jazz genres he tends to be categorised in. For this new mix he sets out to prove this point, and prove it he certainly does. Beginning with the breaky French-hop of "This Old Relaxation", the tone is set for cinematic, 1960s spy flick orchestration and world music-tinged instrumentation, which recurs throughout the set. On "Ranjia" we get bluesy guitar shredding and jazzy drum brush strokes on "Leonids" before things are brought to a close with the upbeat summer of Love-isms of "5 For You, 5 For Me".
01 Apr 13
Review: Colin Baldry is hardly a well-known name, despite spending the last 20 years composing music for TV, film and adverts. Here, he steps out of the shadows to deliver the first single from his brand new 'orchestral jazz' project, Ambient Jazz Ensemble. His own rework of forthcoming album cut "Jazz Face", which opens proceedings, sets the tone, delivering a luscious slice of brilliantly played and impressively produced nu-jazz. Kirk Degiorgio delivers a warm, hip-hop influenced uptempo rework, all scattergun beats and cosy chords, before Simbad steals the show with two excellent spiritual jazz-house versions. Of the two, it's the deeper Rainy Remix that most impresses.
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24 Apr 13
Review: Following on from their first instalment, the guys at Parisian soul/funk/jazz label Heavenly Sweetness are back with a follow up. Having spent months scouring the net for the best new sounds, they proudly present the cream of their findings - 15 in total. Highlights include the future bass/jazzy trapisms of "Down Brandy" which takes the eponymous RnB singer and warps her into another dimension, the drunk cat on a keyboard-isms of "Muscles", the cool retro hip-hop of "Boomboxin" and the 80s freestyle pop of "The Followers".
22 Feb 13
Played by: Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Downtempo, Permanent Vacation, Audision, Vidis (Mario And Vidis)
Review: Through his various releases on Internasjonal, Buzzin' Fly and Mirau, Neil "Mano Le Tough" Mannion has done enough to suggest that he has a great album in him. Even his most dancefloor-centric deep house cuts, such as the much played "Stories", come complete with emotion-rich melodies and bags of heady atmosphere. It's these two characteristics that shine through most on Changing Days, his long-mooted debut album for Permanent Vacation. Largely downbeat in mood and tempo, it bristles with atmosphere and inventiveness, weighing in somewhere between teary-eyed deep house and glacial electronica. As debut albums go, it's pretty darn good.
05 Nov 12
Review: Synth-bothering indie-popsters Friendly Fires are the latest contributors to the uniformly excellent Late Night Tales series, and they seem desperate to prove just how diverse their tastes are. Oh, and their underground credentials. So, we get fuzzy stoner disco (Renee), curious French electro-disco oddness (Space), shirts-off end of night goodness (the much-played but still ace "Like An Eagle" by Dennis Parker), krautrock-inspired indie pop (Stereolab, Cocteau Twins), classic US garage (Iron Galaxy), future anthems (SBTRKT), dream-pop (Junior Boys, Lauren Halo), folksy musings (Grouper), and even a dash of Olivia Newton-John (the decidedly Balearic "Love Song"). While a cynic may raise a surprised eyebrow at some of the selections, there's no denying their quality.
27 Feb 12
Review: Second time around for Hans-Peter Lindstrom's decidedly Balearic, prog rock-tinged Late Night Tales selection, which first saw the light of day back in 2007. This time round, it's been given a gloss of new paint in the form of a sparkling digital remaster. While this is all well and good, the selling point remains the Norwegian producer's excellent, left-of-centre selections. There's another chance to check his own cover of Vangelis' "Let It Happen", classic Balearica from Fearn Kinney and Carly Simon, acapella action from Todd Lundgren, freestyle ambient jazz-funk from George Duke, a slew of forgotten prog rock faves and a brilliant dub track from Oslo mates Prins Thomas and Todd Terje ("Reinbagan").
13 Jan 12
Played by: This Is A Recording, F3, Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Daughters & Sons, Rotciv, Visti, Alphabet City, Slow It Down, Scenery Records, Stan Tropic, Golden Fleece, Felipe Sá, DJ Steef, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Moustache Mamas, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Neil Diablo, Lou Teti, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Dionigi, Timo Garcia (Yoshitoshi), Zee&eli, Elly K, Tad Wily, Oded Nir, Bufi, Resident Advisor
Review: Numbering musicians from LA, Copenhagen and Auckland amongst their ranks, Parallel Dance Ensemble perhaps epitomise the far reaching remit of Permanent Vacation. Debuting on the Munich label with the digital-only Possessions & Obsessions last March, the band now return in typically well curated remix EP form. Any record that puts the likes of Max D and Maxxi Soundsystem alongside a rarely used collaboration moniker between Studio Barnhus' Boman and Petter (Salax Peep Show) and the Perm Vac mainstays Spectacle is going to get the disco whiskers twitching and your intrigue will be well rewarded here. It's rare that a production from Future Times boss man Max D gets trumped in our affections but the moment the bass line drops on the Maxxi Soundsystem remix of "Shopping Cart" is a real joy to behold!
12 Aug 11
KOMPAKT CD 100
22 Oct 12
Played by: Maurice Aymard, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Audision, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Enzo Canale
Review: The follow up to 2004's Touch sees Kompakt boss Michael Mayer embrace a wide range of styles without losing his melodic touch. Yet despite this, Mayer's fondness for irresistible hooks and melodies is audible on the ambient opener "Sully", and "Lamusetwa", whose chopped up break beats combine sensuous strings and spy theme synths. Elsewhere though, Mayer tries his hand at new wave - on the storming rhythms of "Rudi was a Punk" - and visceral club techno - "Neue Furche". However, his pop techno past can't escape him as the infectious "Good Times", which features the vocal "let's just have a good time", demonstrates.
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Played by: The Funk Hunters
Review: Veteran modern soul, jazz and funk peddlers, Tru Thoughts, have done it again with this new release from their in-house iron-lunged warbler, Alice Russell. Teeming with soul and exploding with passion, "Heartbreaker" sounds like some raw funk act's live cover of a lost Mary J. Blige jam. This results in the tune sounding like both a whiskey-weathered old classic and a shiny modern cut, pretty much the label's raison d'etre. FaltyDL converts it into understated glacial garage, Yakine go for brittle, almost broken, beat soul and there's even an acoustic live version if you just want the meat and potatoes!
07 Nov 11
Played by: Leo Zero, Visti, Julian Sanza, Sean Gormally (Sean And Dev), Kid Who, Flash Atkins, Jayl Funk, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Downtempo, Fredeverything, Questionmarq, Sloppy Seconds, Martin Brodin, Radio Slave, Casual Encounters, Fear Of Theydon, Alberto Sabatini, Acid Washed, Droog, Soul Clap
Review: Biggest remix package of the week (perhaps even the year) award goes to Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry; there are no less than 31 versions of his recent tracks, including "You Can Dance", "Alphaville", "Me Oh My" and "Shameless", up for grabs. The list of Juno favourites on here is ridiculous - Padded Cell, Todd Terje, Mylo, Pilooski, Still Going and more all contribute sterling efforts - but if you are after a starting point, we recommend the typically woozy piano-driven Time And Space Machine reinterpretation of "Alphaville"!
03 Dec 12
22 Nov 12
Review: Following some impressive outings on Hypercolour and its offshoot Losing Suki, young talent Bareskin moves to Hot N Heavy for two tracks of futuristic, bass infused house grooves. "Infinite Reflections" sees breathy, disembodied vocals swimming in clouds of reverb, with warm organs providing melodic R&B undertones, while "Inertia" switches things up with a 3am vibe, as subdued stabs and distant diva vocals wrapped in a filter induced fog, proving that Bareskin is a producer who can create dance tracks with substance as well as atmosphere.
08 Apr 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Brisa, Flash Atkins, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Enzo Canale, Submerse, Gullfisk, Liz-E, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Barefoot, Mixmaster Morris
Review: Expect more sublime substance from the man like Synkro as he brings us his utterly divine Broken Promise EP on newly reformed R&S sub-label Apollo. Easing us in gently with the title track, it's all downtempo bliss here, with spaced out atmospherics, undulating melodies and clinking piano keys with nudging vocals beneath. This segues neatly into the next track "Why Don't You", which features clicking, hollow beats, pared down R&B vocals and stripped back sounds. "Memories Of Love", up next, offers a gorgeous, dreamy soundscape with futuristic bleepy melodies, whilst concluding cut "Knowledge" rounds things off in style with humming bass and rattling beats.
07 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz
Review: Established French 'jazz-hop' producer, DJ Cam, is back with a more mature sound in tow. A mini album of sorts, "Stay' boasts a retro, laid back 80s jazz-funk vibe spread over eight tracks. In the hands of another, less capable producer, this record could easily have veered into the Kenny G side of town. However DJ Cam knows his onions and particularly on tracks like the romantic "Sweetest Pain", the Nu Jazz of "Stay" and the New Jack Swing-ish "Funny For Janet", the album remains a classy example of sunset grooves.
10 Sep 12
Review: The XX have wisely taken their time to conjure up a follow-up to their all-conquering debut album, and they start very tentatively on the sparse tones of "Angels", allowing Romy's fragile vocals to dominate. Things are not much rowdier on "Chained", although Jamie gets a chance to work a subtle ticking beat into the mix. Coexist is a blue-tinted record that revels in its own languid demeanour, from the tender guitar picks to the broad space in the production, not least on as downbeat a reflection as "Try". With the subject by and large that of heartache, it's little wonder it's such a melancholy journey.
15 Apr 13
Review: Fresh from the success of the Hurricane Season In Brooklyn album, APS, the project headed by studio whizz/drummer Amon, are back with a follow-up EP. This time the emphasis is on Amon's original influences from West Africa and recording involved a revolving cast of singers and musicians hailing from the country of Guinea all participating at Brooklyn's The Hook Studio. The result is three tracks with a combined running time of about 18 minutes and shedloads of talent. "Coule Ba" touches on reggae, "Korosi" is all retro funk while "Dioubate", with it's enchanting xylophone melodies, is the standout track here.
16 Mar 12
Fritz Kalkbrenner - "Right In The Dark" (Henrik Schwarz remix - Chopstick & Johnjon edit) - (7:54) 119 BPM
22 Apr 13
Review: Following in the trend set out from their first album, The XX let their resident beatsmith take the reins for a couple of indulgences into more electronically-minded versions of cuts from Coexist. "Sunset" gets worked into a simmering house groove that comes on with a distinct post-punk vibe, all live, unpolished drums and prominent bass, while the vocals get brought raw and close in the mix. "Reconsider" gets into a stripped down, steppy groove played out on found sound percussion immaculately produced with staggering attention to detail, while the original structure of the track drifts in and out of focus as though shot through a dream-fuelled filter.
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