|1. Sunrays - Yesterday's New Quintet|
|2. Real Eyes - Quasimoto|
|3. Witness - Roots Manuva|
|4. Jealousy - Slum Village|
|5. Channel 1 Suite - Cinematic Orchestra|
|6. Christine Bonilla - Joy Zipper|
|7. Ghost Ship in a Storm - Jim O'Rourke|
|8. 93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief|
|9. Pra Manha - Da Lata|
|10. Bonnie & Clyde - Serge Gainsbourg (Herbert's Fred & Ginger Mix)|
|11. Happiness - Shawn Lee|
|12. You Can't Turn Me Away - Sylvia Striplin|
|13. Loving You, Holding You - Don Blackman|
|14. Cool Out - Leroy Hutson|
|15. Truth & Rights - Zero 7|
|16. People Make the World Go Round - The Stylistics|
Billed as an insight into the influences behind Simple Things, there aren't many surprises here, not in the sense that you'll know all the tracks--just that it sounds like this is what they were listening to when they were making the album. From the DJ Shadow-esque "Channel Suite 1" by the Cinematic Orchestra, to the The Stylistics trippy nursery version of "People Make the World Go Round", this is music to simultaneously open your heart and nod your head to. --Ruby Tuesday
All I can say is its worth buying but it may need a few listens. For me it took a while and then bang.
The duo's musical talent shines through on the quality of mixing from one track to another. Listen to the way the lovely latin vibe of Pra Mahna slips into Herberts deep house reworking of Bonnie & Clyde. It just sounds like those two tunes were always meant to sit together like that, seamless. Its like that all the way through. Howie B's one of these mixes sounded like someone who was a bit over happy with the crossfader, this ... well its a completely different class. You journey from the opening hip hop grooves through soulful latin, a little sprinkling of acousitc guitars before finishing off with a smooth soul and 70's selection at the end. As in the tradition of the Another Late Night series, you also get a special cover by Zero 7 included just for this compilation, you won't find it on anything else aside from the limited 1000 7" copies of the track that were released at the same time as the album.
Its a really cracking mix, I think its the elements of all the styles used by Zero 7 here that works the magic, hip hop, funk, dub, house, latin, soul, acoustic ... all these give a perfect blissed out chill selection. If you have Simple Things, this is an essential purchase, if you don't, this is an even more essential purchase! It covers more ground, more moods than Simple Things, its got a better replay value, plus the mixing skills will wrap you up in a cosy little bubble of your own. You won't just listen to one track off here quickly, you'll listen to huge whole chunks!
If this perks your interest, check out Fila Brazillia's Another Late Night, equal fave for me. Plus as mentioned earlier, the other series that this company offer, mostly a stamp of unique quality. You'll find an insight into an artists mind and find the gems that make them all tick.
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