Review: One of the best things about the 70s & 80s was the bizarre disco-not-disco records that often quite mainstream acts would make for a laugh. Sting's 1978 collaboration with Eberhard Schoener being a prime example. Here St Albans' finest have delivered a faithful electro-disco version for their Late Night Tales comp. On remix duties, Jay Shepherd delivers a cheery house version but it's Hot Since 82's sultry dub version is the real gem here.
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.