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Late Night Tales

Late Night Tales/Balance Music/EMI 

Late Night Tales, the popular compilation series where chosen musicians curate a mix of tracks for “late at night” has become an after party staple. British producer Bonobo (Simon Green) is the latest musician to conduct Late Night Tales and after six successful albums, he is more than qualified for the job. A reflection of his musical inspiration over the years, Green describes his selection as “neo-classical to more abstract electronic pieces to spiritual jazz”. Featuring experimental pieces by Shlohmo, Lapalux and Romare, and jazz numbers by Nina Simone and Hypnotic Brass Band, Bonobo’s track choices will keep listeners up until the early hours of the morning, meandering through thoughts and deep conversation. Dustin O’Halloran’s An Ending A Beginning is a stunning start, and as the title suggests, it motivates even the most tired souls to stay up and begin a new end. Following Late Night Tales’ tradition of featuring a cover version by the chosen curator, Bonobo presents his reading of Donovan’s Get Thy Bearings taken from his 1968 album The Hurdy Gurdy Man. With vocalist Szjerdene, Bonobo’s version is smooth and sweet, contemporary jazz. Eddi Front begins the end of this compilation with her magnificent breakup song Gigantic, so if you do you end up drifting off to sleep, you’re sure to wake up to something beautiful.

NAOMI FAYE 

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