Late Night Tales presents Sascha: Scene Delete
Late Night Tales
This is an interesting release – and a really great one too – it’s Sasha’s first studio/production album in over a decade and it’s simultaneously still (something of) a mixtape, and something befitting the Late Night Tales Late Night concept.
I like, too, that the Late Night label is evolving, trying (slightly) new things without dramatically transmogrifying the label, look and feel of what they have been about.
So, here we have superstar DJ Sasha creating a set of ambient and slow-groove pieces, music that is fragmentary and owes its textures, mood and soundscape space to the likes of Nils Frahm and Brian Eno, Max Richter and Jon Hopkins.
The gorgeously simmering Linepulse feels like Eno and Hopkins working together, the beat starts to lift and evolve across the album, Time After Time feels like the ambient Aphex Twin material if calmed slightly, Detour takes us down a corridor toward the club mixes Sasha is (better) known for, but we never make it quite into the club. This mix/album is all the better for that, by the way. The mood so subtly, effectively controlled.
There are so many individual highlights here, Cassette Sessions D has a chilled Luke Vibert edge to it, the following Cassette Sessions E once again just slightly teases the motif of heading toward the club, without ever entering. There are pieces like Healer that feel like the film cues Frahm and Richter are so good at making, and there are long pieces, even songs – like Rooms – where we inch towards the soul-pop framework of today’s bedsit producers.
Scene Delete is a fresh start for Sasha – though the sound is recognisable, we can hear where it has come from; that it has come from him – it should bring in new fans/listeners and feels like a reward for those who already know the name and music and want to stand by it, but still want something new.
Taken as a whole the album feels like a soundtrack – a score for any night in (or out, perhaps); a headphone-trip for you to take whenever you’re ready. A quiet marvel with lovely layers and lots of depth.