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Bonobo/Various
   
Various - "Late Night Tales: Bonobo" (continuous DJ mix by Bonobo) - (1:14:57) 77 BPM
   
Dustin O'Halloran - "An Ending A Beginning" - (2:08) 140 BPM
   
Khruangbin - "A Calf Born In Winter" - (3:29) 82 BPM
   
Bonobo - "Get Thy Bearings" - (3:05) 77 BPM
   
Darondo - "Didn't I" - (3:25) 75 BPM
   
Nina Simone - "Baltimore" - (4:37) 77 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - "Flipside" - (4:48) 96 BPM
   
Menehan Street Band - "The Traitor" - (2:40) 103 BPM
   
Andrew Ashong - "Flowers" - (8:50) 96 BPM
   
Romare - "Down The Line (It Takes A Number)" - (4:15) 88 BPM
   
Shlohmo - "Places" - (5:03) 76 BPM
   
Lapalux - "Gutter Glitter" - (4:00) 110 BPM
   
The Invisible - "Wings" - (7:22) 112 BPM
   
Badbadnotgood - "Hedron" - (5:51) 75 BPM
   
Matthew Bourne - "VIII. Juliet" - (3:19) 134 BPM
   
Airhead - "South Congress" - (3:53) 138 BPM
   
Matthew Halsall - "Sailing Out To Sea" - (1:30) 140 BPM
   
Dorothy Ashby - "Essence Of Sapphire" - (3:12) 86 BPM
   
Peter & Kerry - "One Thing" - (3:30) 140 BPM
   
Eddi Front - "Gigantic" - (3:37) 107 BPM
   
Bill Evans - "Piece Peace" - (6:42) 123 BPM
   
Benedict Cumberbatch - "Flat Of Angles 3" (spoken word) - (6:31) 123 BPM
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".
ALND 34
17 Nov 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Lady - "Money" - (3:45) 98 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hiatus Kaiyote - "Nakamarra" - (4:34) 92 BPM
   
Slakah The Beatchild - "Wanna Do" - (4:03) 99 BPM
   
The Hics - "Lines" - (6:17) 126 BPM
   
Hackman - "Forgotten Notes" - (4:30) 115 BPM
   
Belleruche - "Wasted Time" (Ross Pth remix) - (6:15) 91 BPM
   
Max - "Devil Woke Me Up This Morning" - (3:23) 112 BPM
   
Trio Tekke - "InDa" (alt version - excerpt) - (2:49) 122 BPM
   
The White Lamp - "Make It Good" - (6:31) 124 BPM
   
Romare - "Freedom" (Aspirations Of A Prisoner) - (3:24) 77 BPM
   
Diggs Duke - "Nine Winning Wives" - (1:51) 80 BPM
   
Bev Lee Harling - "Private Life Of A Puppet" - (4:10) 141 BPM
   
Troumaca - "Layou" (Demo) - (3:36) 136 BPM
   
Gentlemen Of The Road - "Hidden Depths" - (5:22) 123 BPM
   
Memotone - "Down Illusion" - (6:31) 119 BPM
Review: Gilles serves up the latest installment of his label's regular and eagerly awaited compilation series. The label does have a very wide remit when it comes to A&R, but this release collects a host of fresh tracks all with soulful, organic and jazzy elements. Mellow and breezy is certainly the order of the day, with highlights include the deep and emotional house of Hackman's "Forgotten Notes", the medieval chants of Trio Tekke's (InDa alt version), the sore thumb camp disco of The White Lamp's "Make It Good" and the folktronica goodness of "Hidden Depths" by Gentlemen Of The Road.
BWOOD 094DD
10 Dec 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Roots - (7:53) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pusherman - (6:09) 89 BPM
Played by: Quincy Jointz
ZENDNLS 410
01 Dec 14
Deep House
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Rainbow (club) - (8:46) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rainbow (Bedroom) - (4:55) 120 BPM
   
Love Song - (8:47) 96 BPM
Review: After the release of his debut Romare LP through Ninja Tune earlier this year, Archie Fairhurst returns to the UK institution with two alternate versions of one of the highlights on this club-ready single. Fairhurst produced "Rainbow" in homage to the American 70's disco scene and the new club mix of grooves along nicely with its smooth double bass and female jazz vocals; with just the right amount of shuffle. By contrast, the bedroom remix finds Romare channelling his inner Ry Cooder. Finally "Love Song" gets upbeat again with some uplifting deepness complete with more lovely vocals, exotic percussion and overall dusty aesthetic.
ZENDNLS 418
11 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Sunshine (edit) - (3:14) 120 BPM
   
Sunshine - (5:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
ZENDNL 268S
27 May 20
Funky/Club House
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All Night (live Session 1) - (9:45) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Come Close To Me (live Session 1) - (8:11) 100 BPM
   
Je Taaime (live Session 1) - (7:09) 122 BPM
   
Come Close To Me (live Session 2) - (4:52) 115 BPM
Review: As the title suggests, this four-track escapade from Romare features a quartet of straight-to-tape versions of tracks from his live show. According to Ninja Tune, the tracks were recorded using instruments from his live set up, a handful of samples (primarily from previous "studio" versions of the included tracks) and "occasional bass guitar from his brother". As you'd expect, it's a largely fluid and stripped-back affair, with opener "All Night (Live Session 1)" - a kind of warm, boogie-driven deep house shuffler - and the skewed, late night deep house shuffle of "Come Close To Me (Live Session 2)" standing out. He employs some jazzy guitars and extremely fluid keys solos on "Come Close To Me (Live Session 1)" and "Je T'aime", giving both an attractive, hybrid organic/electronic vibe.
ZENDNLS 479
10 Nov 17
Deep House
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Nina's Charm - (3:20) 98 BPM
   
Work Song - (4:55) 51 BPM
   
Motherless Child - (5:11) 78 BPM
   
Ray's Foot - (3:00) 66 BPM
   
Roots - (7:53) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jimmy's Lament - (3:04) 116 BPM
   
Lover Man - (2:44) 100 BPM
   
Rainbow - (5:11) 60 BPM
   
Prison Blues - (3:57) 54 BPM
   
The Drifter - (4:34) 120 BPM
   
La Petite Mort - (7:12) 148 BPM
Review: Ninja Tune's relentless release schedule continues apace here with the much anticipated debut album from Romare. Under the name, London producer Archie Fairhurst first made waves with a couple of excellent 12" releases for the Black Acre label which revealed a quite distinct approach to production. Inspired by the collages of noted US artist Romare Bearden, Fairhurst's fascination with African-American culture is explored through his productions which deftly weaved in untold amounts of samples in an illuminating fashion. How Romare applies this approach to the album format is one of the most compelling thoughts you will have when listening to Projections. The resultant 11 tracks suggest Fairhurst has achieved it with aplomb.
ZENDNL 218
23 Feb 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Come Close To Me (live Session 1) - (8:11) 100 BPM
ZENDNLS 462
27 Jun 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Who To Love? - (3:16) 118 BPM
   
All Night - (4:54) 106 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Je T'aime - (6:56) 115 BPM
   
Honey - (5:39) 120 BPM
   
Come Close To Me - (6:41) 110 BPM
   
Don't Stop - (4:08) 97 BPM
   
Who Loves You? - (8:25) 115 BPM
   
L.U.V - (6:24) 93 BPM
   
New Love - (6:29) 120 BPM
   
My Last Affair - (5:36) 114 BPM
Review: Archie 'Romare' Fairhurst is a productive chap. This sophomore album appears barely 12 months after his acclaimed debut full-length, Projections. It sees him revisiting a theme first explored on 2013's Love Songs: Part One EP on Black Acre. According to the press release, it's a musical journey through affairs of the heart, moving from the gentle sensuality of melodious beat jam "Who Do You Love", to the sexually-charged dancefloor thrills of restless house cut "New Love", via the gooey-eyed spooning electronica of "L.U.V", and the sweaty, post-punk disco blues of stand-out "All Night". As usual, it's tricky to pin down musically - Fairhurst has always had a thing for darting between sounds and styles at will - but is immaculately produced and hugely entertaining.
ZENDNL 234
11 Nov 16
Deep House
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All Night (live Session 1) - (9:45) 118 BPM
ZENDNLS 479A
26 Oct 17
Funky/Club House
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The River (edit) - (4:08) 117 BPM
   
The River - (7:51) 117 BPM
   
Sunshine (edit) - (3:14) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
ZENDNLS 552
25 Jun 20
Funky/Club House
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Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
ZENDNLS 522G
08 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
   
Danger - (6:51) 104 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: After two long years it's great to welcome back Archie "Romare" Fairhurst, a producer whose 2015 and 2016 albums on Ninja Tune were amongst the label's most potent releases of the last five years. We suspect there's a new album on the way; regardless, this two-tracker is a must-listen. We're particularly enjoying opener "Gone", a sweetly off-kilter affair that sees glassy-eyed chords, loved-up electronics and manipulated blues/jazz samples (piano and vocal) rise above a sparse but brilliantly programmed drum machine rhythm. Virtual B-side "Danger" is equally as potent, with more bluesy vocal samples and fuzzy, electric piano style motifs bubbling away atop a hypnotic, mid-tempo rhythm track and weighty analogue bass.
ZENDNLS 522
27 Sep 19
Deep House
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Heaven (edit) - (3:40) 125 BPM
   
Heaven - (10:04) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heaven (Alternate version) - (9:20) 125 BPM
   
The River (edit) - (4:08) 117 BPM
   
Sunshine (edit) - (3:14) 120 BPM
   
Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
ZENDNLS 553
16 Jul 20
Funky/Club House
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Gone - (8:02) 104 BPM
   
Dreams - (5:36) 111 BPM
   
Sunshine - (5:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The River - (7:51) 117 BPM
   
Deliverance - (3:56) 115 BPM
   
High - (6:52) 135 BPM
   
You See - (6:41) 120 BPM
   
Heaven - (10:04) 125 BPM
   
Home - (3:56) 105 BPM
Review: Having previously proved his mettle with a pair of albums in quick succession ((2015's "Projections" and 2016's "Love Songs: Part 2"), Archie Fairhrust AKA Romare decided to take a little longer to produce his third album for Ninja Tune. The thing is, you can tell. Full to bursting with great ideas and canny fusions of various strains of house, techno, electro and IDM style electronica, the album's nine tracks bristle with sparkling melodies, raw analogue basslines, occasional choice samples (see the bluesy "The River") and beats that demand further attention. The plentiful highlights include picturesque downtempo number "Deliverance", sleazy and rave-ready opener "Gone", cheery upbeat workout "Heaven" and quietly jazzy downbeat closer "Home".
ZENDNL 268
31 Jul 20
Electro
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Freedom (Aspirations Of A Prisoner) - (3:23) 155 BPM
   
The Blues (It Began In Africa) - (3:55) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Down The Line (It Takes A Number) - (4:14) 88 BPM
   
I Wanna Go (Turn Back) - (5:26) 155 BPM
ACRE 032
18 Jun 20
Bass
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Your Love (You Give Me Fever) - (5:53) 83 BPM
   
Jimi & Faye Pt 1 - (5:12) 88 BPM
   
Taste Of Honey (From The City) - (6:16) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hey Now (When I Give You All My Lovin') - (2:26) 63 BPM
ACRE 040
18 Jun 20
Bass
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