Brian Auger, is the most famous musician you've never heard of. The Londoner has been sampled by Mos Def, Common and Air. Last year's first instalment of this anthology gained a large, new audience for Auger, with tours and media appearances aplenty. Now Volume 2 collects remastered classics from his 50-year career, but also rare and previously unreleased material. Highlights include sizzling jazz piano tracks ("Poinciana", "Work Song"), rare Hammond organ/big band versions of jazz standards as well as appearances by the likes of Julie Driscoll, Mike Clark and Paul Jackson (Headhunters) and Alex Ligertwood (Oblivion Express). Breathtaking.
Apart from Ministry Of Sound and Fabric, the Late Night Tales crew is perhaps the best and most respected compilation series these days. Moreover, these guys have invited some of the biggest names in the game over the last fifteen years, a highly impressive catalogue which includes the likes of Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, AIR, Arctic Monkeys, Sly & Robbie, and many more of the same calibre. This September is Germany's Nils Frahm who takes care of the selection, and the DJ/producer serves up a gorgeously vast selection of sounds from around the globe and from all corners of time. Inside, you get shreds of house and techno from Four Tet and Nils Frahm himself, among others, but the mix explores much wider terrains; Miles Davis makes an appearance with the masterful "Concerto De Aranjuez", electronic dub maestros Rhythm & Sound join the party the timeless "Mango Drive", and even Nina Simone's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" gets selected. It's as excellent and compelling as you would expect from this sublime mix series. A class act.