The electronic skyscraper Jon Hopkins is permitted a day off from making serious and thoughtful glitch records to make us a mixtape. His Late Night Tales has an excessively pointy front cover and meshes together the likes of ambient act A Winged Victory For The Sullen with Nils Frahm, a Gold Panda edit of a Health song and even a Yeasayer cover of one of Hopkins' own songs. There's lots more swirly, floaty electronic bliss where that came from.
Vinyl Double LP £21.99 ALNLP39
180g vinyl 2LP on Late Night Tales inc. Bibio, Four Tet, Alela Diane, David Holmes, Nils Frahm, Darkstar, Holy Other etc.
CD £9.99 ALNCD39
Mix CD on Late Night Tales. Includes download for unmixed tracks, inc. Bibio, Four Tet, Alela Diane, David Holmes, Nils Frahm, Darkstar, Holy Other etc..
- Includes download code
8/10 Alex 22nd March 2015
The Late Night Tales series has been something I have enjoyed ever since hearing The Cinematic Orchestra's contribution a few years ago. I was pretty young and was in the process of discovering genres of music I had not engaged with much, so the mix of ambient, folk, soul and jazz was an exciting mix for me to dive into. Even more appealing than that I think is the theme that these compilations must tie into - late night listening. For the most recent mix by electronic artist Jon Hopkins the late night vibe runs deep.
It is pretty clear where Hopkins head space is at with this mix as he includes several artists from or affiliated with the Erased Tapes roster, so imagine dreamy ambient and experimental pieces littered throughout. Frahm, Broderick and A Winged Victory for the Sullen all make appearances, and this modern classical styling is counterpointed by some choice electronic/pop numbers from Teebs, Evenings and the sonically beautiful School of Seven Bells. The palette presented is as diverse as ever and a highlight for me was the plaintive rendition Hopkins provides of Yeaseyer's 'I Remember', transformed into a piano ballad that has all the hallmarks of Nils Frahms 'Felt' release (imagine warm piano tones and ambience, the minute sound of keys being depressed into a baby grand).
While the mix is balanced almost perfectly, I found the folkier tunes a little jarring for some reason. 'I Am Daylights' by Songs of Green Pheasant did not really please me and I am not the biggest fan of Bibio. I perhaps would have opted for something more soulful/jazzier in place of these tracks, a genre that might gel better with the electronic and classical pieces of the mix. All in all though, another great addition to the Late Night Tales series and as always, beautifully presented in its tip on style 2xLP format.
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