Having cemented his status as Ninja Tune’s anchorman via his sublime fifth album ‘The North Borders’ in March, Simon Green closes his year with the 33rd (!) edition of Late Night Tales’ series.
Piano and strings form its backbone, with touchstones by Nina Simone and Bill Evans contrasting with nu-classical scores from Matthew Bourne, Dustin O’Halloran and Matthew Halsall. An exclusive Bonobo cover of Donavon’s ‘Get Thy Bearings’ and consecutive big band brass numbers aid an early lounge dynamic, while glitch-hop from Romare, Floating Points, Airhead and Shlohmo give the mid-section a beat-driven tempo.
A vastly resourceful and well-structured opus by a true master of horizontal stylings. Recommended.
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