"Another Late Night"
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On the heels of their 2001 debut, "Simple Things," Zero 7 have put
their stamp on the "Another Late Night" series, coming up with an
uncommonly groovy mix. Featuring deep strains of dub and hip-hop,
it's a melancholy lullaby that sounds perfect whether your night is
finally ending or just beginning.
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It's not exactly retro, but George Acosta's new release, "Next
Level," borrows from some well-seasoned wax, adding a dash of the
old to his futuristic mix. It's a great party record for those who
treat the dawn like a figment of their imaginations.
"After the Playboy Mansion [Uptempo]"
Dimitri from Paris
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With "A Night at the Playboy Mansion," Dimitri from Paris put
together an irresistible double-disc mix featuring his eclectic
brand of new wave/disco. After expanding his musical range even
further on 2000's sprawling "Disco Forever," Dimitri revisits his
breakout record with "After the Playboy Mansion," a more laidback
but equally tasty anthology culled from his mountainous wax
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Goodbye House, Hello Downtempo
"Goodbye Country-Hello Nightclub"
Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, the duo known as Groove Armada, are a
couple of dance music's most accomplished tightrope walkers, teasing
their audience with club-ready dance music while refusing to fall
completely into BPM overdrive. On their latest, "Goodbye Country
(Hello Nightclub)," Findlay and Cato let themselves land in the
soft, springy net of full-on downtempo. While they don't withhold an
opportunity to dance, serving up a healthy plate of dub beats and
funkadelic tempos, the dial is noticeably turned down while the
music slinks and slithers along in no particular hurry.
Typically energetic and adventurous, Orbital's latest record, "The
Altogether," slips through dark rhythms and winding tunnels of
experimentation while mixing up breakbeat, gothic folk, and
hard-nosed trance-techno. It's a double-disc stew of orchestral
dance music fit for either a nice pair of headphones or giant,
Dave Ralph's brand of trance manages to be both minimal and densely
ambient. When he does drop a big rise on you, the beats threaten to
drop through the floor even while the melody escalates through the
roof. His latest double CD, "Naturalized," further enhances his
reputation as one of the world's most popular DJs while stetching
his take on techno out into darker and groovier environs.
A Stunning Second
The first Bows record, the amazing "Blush," was downbeat trip-hop
with an ambient twist, as Luke Sutherland (head of the dearly
departed group Long Fin Killie) teamed up with Danish singer Signe
Høirup Wille-Jørgensen to make sad and beautiful music. As
good as it was, however, it was just a warm-up for their latest,
"Cassidy," which is nothing short of a revelatory breakthrough in
downtempo dance. You owe it to yourself and your less-informed
friends to check out Bows, who inject a truly lovely dream-pop
element into their songs about exasperation, nuance, and bliss.
The Doctor Is In
The Orb's Dr. Alex Patterson, a master of the remix, applies his
own subversive, slippery-beat science while reimagining song
structure to an endlessly fascinating degree. On "Auntie Aubrey's
Excursions, Volume 1" and "Volume 2," Patterson uses music from
Yello, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream, and others to create a
wacky pastiche of chill tunes and endless blue-room invention.
Morcheeba, "Back to Mine"
The stellar mix series "Back to Mine" rolls on with yet another
choice late-night groove session, as head Morcheeber Paul Godfrey
delivers an eclectic mix of personal favorites ranging from funk and
soul to more modern down-tempo styles. It's just one in a series of
great titles under the "Back to Mine" banner; all are tasty
additions to anyone's late night/early morning listening. Have a
look at some other installments:
Etienne de Crecy, "Tempovision"
French techno has become almost a genre unto itself in recent
years, as a seemingly endless flow of gifted producers and DJs
produce record after record of quirky, funky, and very danceable
pop. Parisian Etienne de Crecy's disco-house record "Tempovision"
has finally been released stateside, giving fans of Daft Punk, Air,
Cassius, and all the rest yet another funky treat. Check out these
great titles, all of which will turn even the ugliest American into
a suave Francophile (if only for an hour or so).
Icelandic diva Bjork uses her pop sensibilities to make
electronic and vocal experimentation accessible on "Hidden Place,"
from her quiet, fascinating new record, "Vespertine."
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