This is probably the best in the Another Late Night series (run by the people who do the also fabby Back To Mine, Another Fine Mess, Late Night Tales series), Zero 7 turn from smooth production artists to turntable masters in this selection of after hours grooves. I actually missed the entire Simple Things hype and ended up buying that after getting this. Simple Things was ok, if a little coffee table/hairdressers salon background music. This, however, pushes all the right buttons. Wonderful jazzy hip hop breaks open up the album with Sunrays, Quasimodo giving us hip hop lyrics that come from the school of intelligent thought, not the 'in da club' thought. Its not all sickly smooth either, the dub version of Roots Manuva's 1 Witness gives it a bit of grit, swinging dub beats, echoes that remind me of The Orb's Tower Of Dub. Great stuff! 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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