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").
Allen Toussaint - "Get Out My Life Woman" - (3:08) 84 BPM
Review: Who knew the classic daisy-age hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest used so many samples? Well Strictly Breaks certainly do and here they're rolling out their fourth (yes, fourth!) volume of tunes that made their way into the '90s rap act's back catalogue. Saving us the time and the money needed to find these rarities ourselves, we now have a further 25 old skool jams to explore. Highlights include Sly Stone's hippy-funk classic "Running Away", the sublime Ayers/Birdsong grooves of "Turned On To You" by the spectacularly named Eighties Ladies and Albino Gorilla's freaked-out acid soul anthem "Psyhodelic Shack". Groovy!