Late Night Tales: Bonobo
Late Night Tales/Southbound
Well, it’s another fine entry to the Late Night Tales series, this time it’s Bonobo – his recent production-album is still a favourite, still resonating, but in keeping with the series’ aims this is a super-late night/very-early morning mix, so Bonobo’s starts with hints of classical and jazz and moves towards almost a fluke of a groove through Bonobo’s cover of Donovan’s Get Thy Bearings, Dorando’s Didn’t I and Nina Simone’s cover of Randy Newman’s Baltimore. From there the one-two of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Menahan Street Band gives a soulful waft to the mix – and Bonobo continues to deftly weave in stories from contemporaries (Lapalux) and find old favourites that are wonderful – but slightly less obvious (Dorothy Ashby’s Essence of Sapphire).
From Bill Evans’ wonderful, stately Peace Piece to Andrew Ashong’s Flowers there are so many joys forming the backbone of this late night mix.
A wonderful compilation from a clever musical mind. And following on from Royksopp’s recent entry to the series there are some obscure songs, some obvious tunes, some (seemingly) unlikely old gems and it’s all skilfully combined to go best served with last drinks.