Late Night Tales Presents After Dark: Nocturne - Various Artists on 2LP
The Italians call it notturna, the French nocturne, in Spanish it's nocturno, while the Estonians say öine. A nocturne is a French term to describe a musical composition that is inspired by or evocative of the night, which seems apposite. The most famous modern nocturne is, of course, "Harlem Nocturne," as recorded by countless jazz musicians. If you like, you can just call it the night.
Late Night Tales is back in the low-tempo, high-octane zone here. Their tempo might be slow, but the quality control makes Louis Vuitton look like Poundland. They've gathered together some of the hottest new material, with some judiciously chosen old gear, an edit or two and blended them together like a disco nutri-bullet.
Among the exclusives is the amazing Lindstrøm remix of Charli XCX's "You (Ha Ha Ha)," alongside a pair of exclusives from Emperor Machine and Hugh Mane and two belters from Hotel Motel. And then there are the rarities. They've got Rudy Norman with the brilliant "Back To The Streets"; there's also the amazing "Chained To The Train Of Love" by Coalkitchen and their traditional curveball, this time furnished by Plastic Bertrand delivering one of the best ever early rap tunes.