DJ and producer David Holmes is welcomed to the Late Night Tales fraternity with an evocative collection of personal songs and music, peppered with exclusive new material and rare gems.
By now, I think we all know David Holmes, right? There’s acid house Holmes, with bonerattling Chicago jams and Detroit destroyers; breakdigger Holmes responsible for the grittily shaking ‘ Let’s Get Killed’ and seminal Essential Mix compilation, and then there’s soundtrack Holmes.
His most enduring and vital source of musical inspiration cinema plugged into David’s first solo record ‘This Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash the Seats’ and inspired 2000’s ‘B ow Down to the Exit Sign’; created as the soundtrack to a notyetmade movie. Official soundtracks have been bountiful, including scores for Soderbergh’s Out Of Sight and Ocean’s trilogy, ’71, Hunger and Good Vibrations. In a series of personal songs sung by himself, David’s last solo album ‘The Holy Pictures’ explored influences of La Düsseldorf, The Jesus and Mary Chain and early Brian Eno. His Unloved collaboration with Keefus Ciancia and Jade Vincent then took us on a musical journey full of raw 60s popnoir, psychedelia and French Ye Ye with a contemporary twist. Somehow he’s also found time to produce records by Primal Scream and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Unsurprisingly, for someone au fait with matters cinematic, this Late Night Tales conjures up its own mindmovies. It’s not only packed with the judiciously selected nuggets for which his mixes are noted but also stuffed with original material, including collaborations with BP Fallon and Jon Hopkins and an amazing new reading of 10cc’s‘I’m Not In Love’ by Holmesproduced Song Sung . In fact, there’s a Celtic thread running through the whole journey with Stephen Rea’s reading of an extract from Seamus Heaney’s AENEID BOOK VI Elsewhere Anchises. Among the other gems included here areDavid Crosby’s lush ‘Orleans’, BuddyHolly ’scelestial‘LoveIsStrange’andthe ChildrenOfSunshine ’s ‘It’sALongWayTo Heaven’.
David Holmes loves music. It’s a way of expressing the sometimes inexpressible or the inconsolable; a questing desire to find out just what is over the next hill. It’s no surprise to learn he’s a keen walker. Always on the move, headphones on, lost in some reverie or piece of music; the soundtrack to his life, the stuff that feeds his imagination.
“I walk a lot. It’s amazing for listening to music: your phone or your emails aren’t going and you’re just in the forest listening to music. It’s so intimate. Anyway, I was listening to the KLF’s Chill Out album, which still sounds amazing, but it triggered an idea with concrete sounds through travelling and movement. And one of the things I was trying to do was to use this idea not just break up the moods but also as a metaphor for moving through life and arriving in different destinations or arriving at different stages in different parts of your life.
Memory, Love, Living, Family, Friendship, Healing, Death and The Afterworld are some of the themes I wanted to explore within this record. Although these strong themes and tracks are personal to me, I also wanted it to be a great listen that was unpredictable yet had a seamless flow a journey that was personal to me yet to the listener a great compilation of music that they may or may not have heard before. I hope I’ve succeeded in the later.”
1. Barry Woolnough Great Father Spirit In The Sky
2. David Holmes & Steve Jones – The Reiki Healer From County Down (Exclusive Track)
3. The Children Of Sunshine – It’s A Long Way To Heaven
4. Spark Sparkle – Slythtovery (Exclusive Track)
5. Alain Maclean – Talking Judgement Day Blues
6. David Crosby – Orleans
7. Buddy Holly – Love Is Strange
8. After Dinner – Paradise of Replica
9. Lullaby Movement – RuRu (Sleep Little Baby) (Exclusive Track)
10. Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia – It’s In Every One Of Us (Exclusive Track)
11. Song Sung – I’m Not In Love (Exclusive 10cc Cover Version Produced by David Holmes)
12. Neo Maya – I Won’t Hurt You
13. BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough (Exclusive Track)
14. Documenta – Love As A Ghost (Produced by David Holmes)
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar And Computer – Part 1
16. Eat Lights Become Lights – Into Forever
17. Geese – Andrew Parsnip (Exclusive Track)
18. DIE HEXEN – Gloomy Sunday (Exclusive Track)
19. David Holmes & Jon Hopkins feat Stephen Rea – Elsewhere Anchises (Exclusive Track)
Standing at the intersection where techno meets classical music, Ólafur Arnalds directs the newest Late Night Tales, set for release on 24th June 2016.
After releasing the breakthrough album ‘And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness’, in 2014 he was awarded a BAFTA for best original music for the TV series Broadchurch. Arnalds’ music has a quietude that seems perfectly apposite and that’s evident here as each song drifts like an autumn wind towards the next.
Arnalds has enlisted the help of a few of his countrymen for the journey out west – electronic bands Samaris and Hjaltalín – and just as his records manage to combine the experimentalism and adventure of electronic music with a classical sensibility, here he weaves them perfectly, using tracks like Koreless’ brilliant post-dubstep ‘Last Remnants’ alongside the enigmatic brilliance of Jai Paul. It’s a perfect musical landscape that is eerie yet beautiful, as on Odesza’s ‘How Did I Get Here’.
As if Ólafur wasn’t spoiling us enough, he offers up three exclusives: his own ‘Kinesthesia I’ and ‘RGB’ and ‘Orgoned’ by his techno side project Kiasmos. Alongside that we have the obligatory cover version (Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’) and also a Late Night Tales debut for David Tennant, reading a story by Anam Sufi, with whom Ólafur worked on Broadchurch.
“When I was asked to do the next installation of the Late Night Tales series I thought “This will be fun and easy, only a couple of days work. No problem!”. Six months later, I was still pulling my hair out in some kind of quest to make the perfect mix. As someone who has never really done mixes before, I learned a lot of things along the way and the whole experience was very inspiring. I decided to approach the mix in a similar way as I would one of my scores. This is the soundtrack of my life. I included songs from many of my friends and collaborators and tried to deliver a mix that represents who I am as an artist and where my influences are coming from – both personally and musically.” – Ólafur Arnalds, March 2016
Hjálmar Lárusson and Jónbjörn Gíslason – Jómsvíkingarímur – Ýta Eigi Feldi Rór
Julianna Barwick – Forever
Koreless – Last Remnants
Odesza – How Did I Get Here (Instrumental) (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Anois – A Noise
Samaris – Góða Tungl
Ólafur Arnalds – RGB (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Rival Consoles – Pre
Four Tet – Lion (Jamie xx Remix)
Jai Paul – Jasmine
James Blake – Our Love Comes Back
Spooky Black – Pull
Ólafur Arnalds ft. Arnór Dan – Say My Name (Exclusive Cover Version)
Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson – And still they move
Kiasmos – Orgoned (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Ólafur Arnalds – Kinesthesia I (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Hjaltalín – Etheral
David Tennant – Undone (Exclusive Spoken Word)
As you may already know, the first Late Night Tales release of 2016 is a very special project by Sasha. ‘Scene Delete’ is somewhere between a mix album, an artist album, think as a gentle stroll through the soundtrack in your mind. 21 new and exclusive tracks inspired by Frahm, Richter and Steve Reich but made by one of the UK’s leading house and techno DJs.
Below you can stream Bring on the Night-time featuring Ultraista. Sasha’s ‘Scene Delete’ is out on April 1st on Late Night Tale.
As you may know, the first Late Night Tales release of 2016 is a very special project by Sasha. 21 new and exclusive tracks inspired by Frahm, Richter and Steve Reich but made by one of the UK’s leading house and techno DJs. Below you can stream the second taste from the release, Warewolf. ‘Scene Delete’ is a side of Sasha you’ve never heard before.
Imagine listening to music inspired by Frahm, Richter and Steve Reich, but made by one of the UK’s leading house and techno DJs. Away from the hubbub of the club, the craziness of Ibiza, there’s a contemplative side to everybody. Forget the beats and the sweat and the billowing anthems; this quiet, undulating, at times pastoral piece is less about songs and anthems and more about texture and atmosphere. ‘Scene Delete’ is a side of Sasha you’ve never heard before.
“I love post-minimalist modern classical, I love to listen to something completely different that’s quite hypnotic as well. It almost… purges the system.
About three years ago, my collaborators David Gardner and ThermalBear and I wrote a song called ‘Bring On The Night’. I sent it to Ultraista and within a few days she sent it back with this amazing vocal on, with Nigel Godrich playing keyboards. We tried to do club mixes but we just couldn’t get it right. So it sat there doing nothing.
Tracks like this kept building up, until finally last summer my frustration boiled over. We’d made so many tunes that I couldn’t remember the names of half of them: What was that thing with a bass sound and a string line? It drove me mental. At the same time as we were logging these tracks, I was listening to the Jon Hopkins’ Late Night Tales and I thought a lot of the music we’d been working on was in the same vibe. So I sent the music over to Late Night Tales and they really liked it.
Initially, I thought we’d just do a Late Night Tales compilation with maybe a few pieces of my own music. But as we went through everything we’d worked on in the last two years, we realised we had about 50 pieces of music. So we started editing and compiling: ‘Scene Delete’ is the end result.”
– Sasha, January 2016
Think of ‘Scene Delete’ as somewhere between a mix album, an artist album and a gentle stroll through the soundtrack in your mind. Make sure you switch off the lights before you enter. Release Date: April 1st.
01. Channel deq
05. Time After Time
08. Cassette Sessions D
09. Cassette Sessions E
12. Scarpa Falls
14. Bring on the Night-time
17. Untitled 3
21. Vapour Trails
Here’s an amazing Lindstrøm remix of Charli XCX’s ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)’, available exclusively on Late Night Tales compilation “After Dark: Nocturne”, out on May 10. Pre-order here.
As you may know, Jon Hopkins is the next producer to compile the long-running Late Night Tales series. Due on March 1, τhe album features Four Tet, Holy Other, Darkstar and more. Exclusive to this release, Jon Hopkins provides a startlingly vulnerable new piano version of Yeasayer’s ‘I Remember’, which you can now stream below.
“The original is a beautifully sad yet upbeat breakup song, strident and bright with synth lines cascading around a heartfelt vocal. I wanted to make it sound far more broken and fragile, so I re-played it on the piano, pitched it down, then mangled it quite heavily so it came out sort of wobbly and knackered sounding. I wanted to leave it quite bare, just letting that amazing melody lead the way,” he says. Pre-order here.
“Putting this album together was a unique opportunity for me to present music that I have been listening to for years, free from the constraints of a club setting or from trying to stick to one genre… I chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices… I mixed by key and by texture more than anything else, using original sound design, pivot notes, and often recording new synth or piano parts to link things together in a way that flows as naturally as possible. I hope you enjoy it.” Jon Hopkins
1. Ben Lukas Boysen – Sleepers Beat Theme (Unreleased track)
2. Darkstar – Hold Me Down
3. Holy Other – Yr Love
4. Teebs – Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff
5. Nils Frahm – More
6. Songs of Green Pheasant – I Am Daylights
7. Jonsi & Alex – Daniell In The Sea
8. Evenings – Babe
9. Letherette – After Dawn
10. Jon Hopkins – I Remember (Exclusive Yeasayer cover version)
11. David Holmes – Hey Maggy
12. Alela Diane – Lady Divine
13. Four Tet – Gillie Amma I Love You
14. School of Seven Bells – Connjur
15. Peter Broderick – And It’s Alright (Nils Frahm Remix)
16. Health – Before Tigers (Gold Panda Remix)
17. Last Days – Missing Photos
18. Bibio – Down To The Sound
19. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King 1
20. Helios – Emancipation
21. Rick Holland – I Remember (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)