Review: Veteran Ninja Tune artist Bonobo has been putting out seriously decent tunes pretty much since the birth of the highly regarded Late Night Tales compilation. It's amazing that they haven't crossed paths before, but with the release of this 33rd entry into the series, the time has finally come for Green to take us on his own nocturnal mission. This 21-track odyssey is seamlessly mixed but the unmixed tracks are also presented so we can enjoy highlights like the velvety soul of 'Didn't I", the hippy funk of "Flowers" and the distorted, fuzzy trap of "Gutter Glitter".
Review: 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.
Review: Danish singer songwriter Agnes Obel started dabbling in studio recording and production techniques at the age of 17. Fast forward to the present day and she has released three acclaimed studio albums: Philharmonics (2010), Laventine 2013 and 2016's Heart Of Glass. Compiling the newest edition of the popular Late Night Tales mix series, Obel explained that she was surprised at how much time she ended up spending on compiling this. She collected all the songs together with her partner and spent time listening to records, trying to see what would fit together. Obel includes new works, with an original song "Bee Dance", a haunting reading of Danish song "Glemmer Du" and a new version of "Stretch Your Eyes" called "Ambient Acapella". Michelle Gurevich, Nina Simone, Henry Mancini or Alfred Schnittke also feature among others.