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.
By now, you should all know the story of Atoms for Peace, the new all-star leftfield rock outfit founded by Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Amok is the five-piece's full-length debut, following a couple of well-received singles on XL and 50 Weapons. While there are obvious similarities with the path Radiohead have taken over recent years - curious beats influenced by dubstep and IDM, haunting soundscapes and intoxicating compositions - there's far greater warmth and vibrancy to the songs than some of Yorke's other projects. Ultimately, it sounds like what it is: a bunch of experimental-minded mates getting together to make music. It comes highly recommended.
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!
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.
The second single lifted from their excellent new album Time To Testify, UK funk juggernaut The Baker Brothers drop both the radio and album versions of the cowbell-imbued, gritty-guitared soul smash "Snap Back", with a pair of radical new mixes. Taking the live drums out and adding a slow and sunny house beat in, Pedders' rerub casts the goodtimes funk in a whole new light, while Mr Doris & Spaghetti Legs' remix uses the brass as launch point for a dubby excursion that takes in funky breaks and hip-hop 808 bass.