Luke Jenner collaboration "Halo" is the latest track from Mugwump's Unspell album, to be given the remix treatment. The original, not included here, was a moody synth-pop chugger, blessed with a distinctive, impassioned vocal from Jenner. Mugwump joins forces with regular collaborator DC Salas to deliver vocal and dub interpretations, delivering even moodier, arpeggio-heavy grooves, Mascara-clad synthesizers and the kind of bottom-end chug that should appeal to fans of Weatherall and Johnston's A Love From Outer Space parties. Friendly Fires man Jack Savidge provides the other rework, delving into his box of tracks and coming up with a snappy, floor-friendly version that joins the dots between vintage Chicago house and bubbly nu-disco.
Modeselektor's Monkeytown label has never shied away from releasing music that's a little eccentric and left-of-centre. Even so, few would have expected them to release a minimal techno-inspired atmospheric deep house cover of Nirvana's grunge classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The men responsible are - somewhat surprisingly - RY X and Ame's Frank Wiedemann, who don the Howling alias for the first time since their eponymous debut on Transmodern. Their interpretation is one of those records that will divide opinions; those who love it will claim it's a nine-minute chunk of winding, atmospheric house with a beguiling, haunting vocal atop. Certainly, you can feel the pain and anguish in the vocal.
Hot damn daddy-o! Here we have a deliciously decadent collection of rockabilly and surf music from the 1950s. It's all zoot suits, wrap around shades and Bettie Page types dancing on pink and turquoise cocktail tables. Tiki holidays in Hawaii with the sweet smell of 'jazz cigarettes' driving all the young folk into a debauched, kitsch-trash frenzy. Simply 'Crazy man, crazy'!
With their recent debut album on XL Recordings receiving much acclaim, Jungle are getting the remix treatment here from Joy Orbison, adding an extra club bite to their crossover pop sound. Orbison opts for a slow and sinewy revision that works around a distinctive arpeggiated chord and sizzling drums, keeping the TV On The Radio-esque vocals in the mix and working in some illustrious synth sweeps for added drama. It's a finely balanced affair that manages to pack a punch while staying tender and patient at the same time, suggesting prime warm-up fodder for those craving a 4/4 heater laden with an authentic kind of soul.
Two beautifully crafted breakbeat funk jams from party veterans Renegades Of Jazz. "Green Leaf Woman" takes a pinch of sixties psychedelia and blends it smoothly with Fatboy and Riva style big beat breaks. "Verano Del Corazon", meanwhile, looks to Cuba for inspiration. With warm vocal refrains, hip-shakingly loose percussion and a lovely lolloping double bass lick, it's ideal for any outdoor daytime bashes you've got lined up this season.
Exclusive compilation of Juno's favourite Late Night Tales' tracks available at a special low price, including voucher for 25% discount on further LNT downloads
30 Nov 12
Here at Juno HQ, we rather like the long running Late Night Tales series, where esteemed bands, musicians, producers and DJs give us a taste of what post-club listening is like round their gaff. To celebrate the series, we've put together a little low-price bundle featuring some of our favourite tracks from the unmixed versions of the compilations. There's plenty to enjoy, from the shuffling goodness of Kenny Dixon Jnr's slightly overlooked remix of Innerzone Orchestra, and the Balearic goodness of Steve Miller Band and Chris Rea, to the classic hip-hop styles of Mos Def and Souls of Mischief. As if that wasn't enough for less than a fiver, you also get 25 per cent off any downloads from the LNT catalogue. Bargain!
Confusingly, this is actually the second full-length round up of exclusive tracks from the DJ Kicks mix series (the first, with the same title, was released in 2006). It gathers together notable exclusive tracks from some of the many DJs and producers who've contributed to the series in recent years. It makes for fascinating and enjoyable listening, flitting between sounds and styles at a breakneck pace. Highlights include jazz-flecked deep house from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Henrik Schwarz, dextrous dancefloor jazz from Four Tet, a Hall & Oates impersonation from Chromeo, booming bass music from Scuba and a dash of bleary-eyed New York disco from The Juan MacLean. Oh, and a decidedly bleep-heavy two-step rinse out from Photek & Kru. Check it.