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Late Night Tales: Friendly Fires
Late Night Tales reaches the big 3 â€“ 0 and what a way to celebrate, with a landmark edition from the effervescent Friendly Fires.
Formed in 2006 in the London suburb of St Albans, Friendly Fires trio Ed MacFarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge recorded their 2008 self-titled debut album in Edâ€™s parent garage. In view of its DIYconception it made a serious impact, selling over 200,000 copies and picking up a fistful of Brit Award and Mercury nominations along the way.
Released in summer 2011, the bandâ€™s Aldous Huxley referencing second album â€˜Palaâ€™ further investigated the bandâ€™s love of artists like Talking Heads, Timbaland and Scritti Politti but also of the genius techno of Carl Craig and Boards of Canada. So, there we have the perfect prescription of head, heart and footwork that defines ideal participants for constructing Late Night Tales.
The opening third is pitched firmly on the up, tripping back through discoâ€™s global strands with Ontarioâ€™s Junior Boys, 80s Dutch proto-house by RenÃ©e, Grammy Award winning Joe Simon, the erotically charged discofunk odyssey â€˜Carry On, Turn Me Onâ€™ by French outfit Space and anthemic porn-disco â€˜Fly Like An Eagleâ€™ by Dennis Parker.
Taking a left turn via the always welcome art-pop auteurs Bibio and Stereolab, the familiar chimes of â€˜Hold Onâ€™ by SBTRKT ring onto Friendly Firesâ€™ exclusive cover version of the â€™78 electronic classic â€˜Why Don't You Answerâ€™ by Eberhard Schoener and Sting.
We also see a brace of fresh 2012 releases in the form of Iron Galaxy â€˜Attention Seekerâ€™ and Melody Echo Chamber â€˜Endless Shoreâ€™. On the home leg, Grouperâ€™s acoustic minimalism attracts the shoegazing daydreams of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive before Friendly Fires take it home with the seemingly unmanageable arrangement of Olivia Newton John into German neo-classical composer Nils Frahm.
Tucking you in, Late Night Tales begin a new bedtime story â€˜Flat Of Anglesâ€™ narrated by new storyteller Benedict Cumberbatch. Elementary.
1. Junior Boys - Under The Sun
2. Renee - Change Your Style
3. Joe Simon - Love Vibration
4. Dennis Parker - Like An Eagle
5. Space - Carry On Turn Me On
6. Iron Galaxy - Attention Seeker
7. Bibio - Don't Summarise My Summer Eyes
8. Stereolab - Black Arts
9. SBTRKT - Hold On
10. Friendly Fires - Why Don't You Answer? (Eberhard Schoener + Sting cover version)
11. Sonna - One Most Memorable
12. Laurel Halo - Embassy
13. DJ Sprinkles - House Music Is A Controllable Desire You Can Own
14. Melody Echo Chamber - Endless Shore
15. Grouper - Invisible
16. Cocteau Twins - Cherry Coloured Funk
17. Slowdive - Shine
18. Olivia Newton John - Love Song
19. Nils Frahm - After
20. Benedict Cumberbatch - Flat Of Angles (part 1)