Late Night Tales is an initiative that has been the launch site of so many artists. It took me a while to realize what it actually is.
Late Night Tales (and its predecessor Another Late Night are... compilations curated by a specific artist. I am definitely downplaying this but in its essence, it's a playlist in the form of an album. In addition, it's a tradition that the curator contributes to the release with its own unique track (or cover) to the release, and often the albums end with a story track read by famous English actors or performers like Benedict Cumberbatch.
Fun fact - there has been 36 Late Night Tales and 7 Another Late Nights.
But why am I singling Benedict Cumberbatch? Besides a great actor that I personally love, he was the narrator in the Late Night Tales edition that got me hooked to the series. The 2013 edition curated by the one and only Bonobo. It was in that exact Late Night Tales I first heard about Khruangbin. Fast-forward to today and the Texas trio are honored to be releasing their own compilation.
Earlier this year we featured "Summer Madness", an awesome trippy cover of Kool & The Gang’s 1974 release "Summer Madness" and their contribution to the release.
I must admit I was fairly surprised with the selection, especially with an opening track by Santana and Alice Coltrane. A wonderful, wonderful intro to a lovely vintage collection, something I was expecting from Khruangbin. The release feels like a groovy trip throughout 70s and 80s and I would say 90% of the names on there were unknown to me, which is always great. My personal favourite? The korean act Sanullim!
You can stream the continuous mix below or listen to the compilation on Spotify here.