Late Night Tales Presents Automatic Soul on 3LP
2014 Series Release Compiled by Groove Armada's Tom Findlay
Tom Findlay, one half of Grammy-nominated Groove Armada, has put this collection together: a stamp of authenticity in itself. Tom has also put a few of these through the edit wringer, reworking many of the tunes for maximum towelling sockability. You'll probably recognize a few tunes. There's Mtume's incredible "Juicy Fruit," still sounding advanced and modern, while "I Specialize In Love," mixed by disco legend Tee Scott, is even older yet sounds equally perky.
The 1980s was a period that was pretty much owned by Minneapolis thanks to Prince and former cohorts Jam & Lewis and the latter weigh in with a pair of killer productions, Thelma Houston's "You Used To Hold Me So Tight" and Alexander O'Neal's "What's Missing." And since this is Late Night Tales, there is always an exclusive cover version, this time done by Findlay and Tim Hutton's Sugardaddy, who've delivered an ace version of "Don't Look Any Further." Grab yourself a bar stool, order a cocktail, take a sip and make believe you're lying on a shagpile carpet with the soul star of your dreams.
"Automatic Soul, like my previously compiled Late Night Tales Music For Pleasure, is based very much on a sound. It's a sound that I feel has been overlooked: 80s R&B-infused music, with drum machines, synths and invariably brilliant vocals. It's formed the bedrock of my rare groove sets for all the years I've played. It's not the most fashionable, but to me it's the perfect marriage of technology and soul, hence the title for this album, Automatic Soul. There are plenty of songs I could have included, and no doubt some that I shouldn't, but I've tried to represent what's best to me from this era. It's not a classic Late Night Tales. It's a pretty personal journey, which I hope some of you might be willing to share." - Tom Findlay