Various - Late Night Tales: Belle and Sebastian volume 2

Invited back for a second go, Belle and Sebastian get to curate another volume of Late Night Tales, one that sees them explore more exotic musical alleyways than their public image might immediately suggest. Aside from a couple of Broadcast tunes and a largely perfunctory lounge version of The Primitives' 'Crash' by B&S themselves, the tracklisting is heavy on charity shop obscurities, with a mid-set emphasis on breaks and licks (the flute-goes-mad charm of McDonald and Giles' 'Tomorrow's People' being typical). That exotic tang comes from all corners: Mulatu Astatke's 'Yekermo Sew' and his none-more-cool jazz; Gold Panda's ticklishly groovy 'Quitters Raga'; the French porn-funk of Roland Vincent. You might not recognise all the names, but there's a nice flow; and while this probably isn't the soundtrack to the most memorable party you've ever been to, as the title implies, this is more about the quiet hours afterwards.

The rise of Spotify playlists et al. probably means the days are numbered for mixtape-style compilations like this, but the LNT crew have built up a nice back catalogue that continues to prove our favourite acts have just as good musical taste as our own.

Overall

6

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