Late Night Tales: Royksopp on 180g 2LP + Download
2013 Series Release
The Late Night Tales series was established way back in 2001 with Fila Brazilia taking to the controls and mixing up the first of what would continue to be the choice of music connoisseurs worldwide. The idea was to let the world's best artists delve deep into their collections to create the ultimate late night collection. Since its conception, they've seen the likes of Groove Armada, The Flaming Lips, Four Tet, Belle & Sebastian, Air and many more step up to produce their own individual take on the concept. The series continued to dazzle with albums from Nouvelle Vague, Lindstrom and Fatboy Slim all exploring vastly different styles but all delivering a perfect musical package.
Not only is it a collection of the artist's favorite tracks and inspirations, there's also a special and exclusive cover version included. This is the chance for the compilers to tackle a hidden gem or pay tribute to an idol by creating something totally new and exciting. This 2013 edition of Late Night Tales journeys to Scandinavia to invite Norwegian duo Röyksopp to delve through their record collection. Their Late Night Tales mix is eclectic, diverse and wonderful. Sliding from light folk to widescreen ambience to experimental rock to prog-pop (seasoned with the occasional guilty pleasure); it's all in the spirit of the night.
Following the exclusive introduction track "Daddy's Groove," Rare Bird's beautiful 1975 B-side "Passing Through" then leads into Australian supergroup Little River Band. The first of several delicate folk moments, it's joined by the ever soulful John Martyn. There's a strong representation of alternative European sounds. Röyksopp mine deep and wide to unearth the rare and unusual German psych-pop of Richard Schneider Jr. (featuring none other than Can's Jaki Leibezeit on drums), France's unique F.R. David and the new age melodies of Switzerland's Andreas Vollenweider - it's pop Jim, but not as we know it.
There are also the more familiar names as well as Röyksopp's exclusive cover of Depeche Mode's "Ice Machine." The music draws to a close with goth-dream-pop 4AD founders The Mortal Coil's Emmylou Harris cover "Till I Can Gain Control Again"; blending into a cinematic moment from German electronic avant-garde band Popol Vuh, contributing to the soundtrack of Werner Herzog's 1972 movie Aguirre, the Wrath of God. The second part of the Benedict Cumberbatch narrated story "Flat of Angles" closes time on this coolly individual edition of Late Night Tales.