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LateNightTales compiled by The Cinematic Orchestra

Late Night Tales Cinematic Orchestra
Various - LateNightTales compiled by The Cinematic Orchestra
(CD) Azuli ALNCD22, 2010-04-05

The Cinematic Orchestra have mixed the next edition of LateNightTales. Following recent compilations by Snow Patrol and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, TCO's LateNightTales marks a return to the sultry, laid back sounds of the series' earlier editions by artists like Four Tet, Lindstrom and Air. Mixing electronic acts such as Burial, Flying Lotus and St Germain with the likes of Nick Drake and Imogen Heap, the mix promises to be as eclectic as it is smooth. And given TCO's heavy involvement with film culture (the group's frontman, Jason Swinscoe, also scores major motion pictures), it should be no surprise to see soundtrack selections like Burt Bacharach's South American Getaway" included as well?

Late Night Tales Cinematic Orchestra
Various - LateNightTales compiled by The Cinematic Orchestra
(CD) Azuli ALNCD22, 2010-04-05

Tracklisting :
01. Flying Lotus - Anties Harp
02. Nick Drake - Three Hours
03. Eddie Gale - The Rain
04. Terry Callier - You're Gonna Miss Your Candyman
05. The Freedom Sounds feat. Wayne Henderson - Behold The Day
06. DJ Food - Living Beats
07. Shuggie Otis - Aht Uh Mi Hed
08. Thom Yorke - Black Swan
09. The Cinematic Orchestra - Restaurant
10. Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint
11. Björk - Joga
12. Imogen Heap - Cumulus
13. St Germain - Rose Rouge
14. Songstress - Sea Line Woman
15. Sebastian Tellier - La Ritournelle
16. Burial - Dog Shelter
17. Burt Bacharach - South American Getaway
18. The Cinematic Orchestra feat. Fontella Bass - Talking About Freedom (Exclusive Cover Version)
19. Will Self - The Happy Detective Part 3

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** Acclaimed British Band Releases Their First DJ Mix Album **
** Includes Fantastic Cuts by Thom Yorke, Nick Drake, Bjork, Shuggy Otis and more **

As Late Night Tales moves into a new decade, the long awaited chapter from The Cinematic Orchestra greets us with style. Following editions from behemoths of rock Arctic Monkeys and Snow Patrol, The Cinematic Orchestra's selection sees a return to a more typical Late Night compiler. Their association with the series reaches back to the inclusion of‘Channel 1 Suite' from their debut album ‘Motion' on Zero 7's memorable 2002 compilation. With track selection and order seeing many revisions since the inception of the project, we arrive in 2010 with one of the most defined Late Night Tales yet to come in the 23 title strong series.

They aren't called The Cinematic Orchestra for nothing. Jason Swinscoe has been living and breathing soundtracks for many years (the last one was his epic effort for Disney, ‘The Crimson Wing'). You suspect that he'd manage to turn a trip to Sainsbury's into a Homeric odyssey fit for string sections and harp players, such is his aptitude for the gallant, the grand and the plain groovy.

The Cinematic Orchestra are now on their fourth original album (not including live recordings, remixes and, of course, contributions to soundtracks) and third country, having relocated to New York after spending spells in the UK and France and these days can be found in Fort Greene, a Brooklyn neighbourhood with a grand musical heritage. You can hear some of these influences seep out, gently guiding you through. Eddie Gale, whose obscure jazz classic ‘The Rain' is featured here, was also a native of Fort Greene.

There are also some known quantities. The delectable Björk's ‘Joga' is present and correct while Swinscoe's affection for the double bass, here provided by Danny Thompson, is clearly evident on Nick Drake's ‘Three Hours'. The marvellous Shuggie Otis also makes an appearance with the musically stunning and grammatically interesting ‘Aht Uh Mi Hed', while Sebastien Tellier's ‘La Ritournelle', already regarded as a modern classic, doffs its cap in the direction of Mr. Swinscoe. The compilation would not be complete without some soundtrack content - Burt Bacharach's ‘South American Getaway' from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, appears in a heavily re-edited form, while the strangely familiar ‘Electric Counterpoint' by Steve Reich drops the temperature a tad.

This being Late Night Tales we could not depart without a venerated (and exclusive) cover version produced by the boys. The Cinematics' offer up ‘Talking About Freedom', originally sung by Fontella Bass with whom they have worked extensively. A little nod in deference to Fontella, there; a nice touch. Concluding the album, Will Self continues his spoken word short story ‘The Happy Detective', now onto the third part.


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