Late Night Tales - Bonobo
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Stepping forward into the compilers spotlight for the 33rd edition of Late Night Tales is Simon Green – aka Bonobo – a musician, producer and DJ perfectly suited to soundtrack an evening spent reclining to some parallel beats.
Six albums to the good (most recently ‘The North Borders’ released earlier in 2013), Green has been on a winning streak since 2010’s breakthrough ‘Black Sands’, which has now sold in excess of 160,000 copies. Wrapped in delicately programmed drums, Green’s music is at once both sombre and reassuring. If what comes out the other end is the music of Bonobo, then this is the fuel that keeps the engine running: soul, jazz, classical, pop, funk, leftfield, rock. Pianos and brass are abundantly present. Our ivories are warmed and tickled by the classic, Bill Evans, and new school, with Matthew Bourne’s mournfully beautiful ‘Juliet’ and Dustin O’Halloran’s ‘An Ending A Beginning’. The brass section comes courtesy of Menehan Street Band’s jazzy ‘The Traitor’, ‘Flipside’ by the Hypnotic Brass Band. Exclusives include YouTube sensation ‘One Thing’ by Peter & Kerry . Not only that, but there’s Bonobo’s special LNT cover version, a brilliant reading of Donovan’s ‘Get Thy Bearings’, As the light dims, the unsettling sounds of Lapalux or maybe even Shlomo pierce the misty evening air, before giving way to the ethereal splendour of Eddi Front’s ‘Gigantic’ or even Nina’s paean to an imagined rural idyll ‘Baltimore’.
Top Customer Reviews
It starts with An Ending, A Beginning by Dustin O'Halloran, a beautiful progression of piano with strings in the background. Soon after we get to Bonobo's own contribution, a cover of Donovan's Get Thy Bearings with one of his long-time collaborators Szjerdene providing silky vocals to a multi-layered collection of electronic sounds and soft drums that leads to the soulful turn of Didn't I by Darondo.
Throw in some brassy tracks, Flipside by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and The Traitor by Menahan Street Band and listeners are taken on a skilful exploration of linked genres.
The middle section slows a little to Places by Shlohmo which is detailed but chilled out, with influences of hip hop and soothing vocals while the synthesisers and distorted bass create a sense of huge space.
I enjoyed Wing by The Invisible with the mix of ambient, percussive sounds and the vibrating electric guitar. Nearer the end of the album we switch direction to more classical composition with Sailing Out To Sea by Matthew Halsall which features mournful strings and is dark and soothing.
A smile came to my face when One Thing by Peter and Kerry came up as it was a nice take on Amerie with guitar plucking, sliding notes and a calmer pace to match the emotion of their voices.
Overall this is a brilliantly put together compilation, showcasing some of the music that has informed Bonobo and gives a wide insight into his musical tastes. There are multiple genres at work, but the selection order is such that they blend together practically seamlessly. This is a must-have if you like Bonobo or have listened to Late Night Tales before.
Late Night Tales have been making different mix tapes in collaboration with many wonderful artists in the past couple of years and I would defenitely recommend anyone to check out their other works - though this is probably the best one.
Bonobo's mix features the 3rd part of the story Flat of Angles, narrated superbly by Benedict Cumberbatch - parts 1 & 2 are on the Friendly Fires and Royksopp mixes. But before you get to that, Bonobo treats us to a wonderful selection of jazzy, trip-hoppy, easy listening tracks that, while quite varied and eclectic, are sequenced in such a way that your mind allows you to roll from one genre to the next without too many bumps along the way. Witness how Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's 'Flipside' is accommodated! Highlights for me are Dorothy Ashby's 'Essence of Sapphire' and Bill Evans' stunning ambient/jazz/piano composition 'Peace Piece'. Great mix compilation overall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me this is the best off all the Late Night Tales albums.
I've had it for a month now and listen to it almost daily, every track is perfection.
A sublime mix of chilled tracks. With some of my favourite all time artists neatly mixed together. What a wonderful series of albums these LateNightTales are. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Abortretryfail
It is very rare that I find an album I can sit through in its entirety, but this was such an album! Last time I did that was with Moon Safari. Couldn't recommend more highly!Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've heard many of the Late Night Tales albums and would have to say that this is my favourite. Like the pace of the album. Always a pleasure to listen to.Published 19 months ago by William Adams
In a word "sublime". Not a single bad track, all flow seemlessly into each other.Published 20 months ago by Mamakate