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V/A - Late Night Tales: After Dark Vespertine Mixed By Bill Brewster

V/A - Late Night Tales: After Dark Vespertine Mixed By Bill Brewster

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MIXED BY LEGENDARY UK DJ BILL BREWSTER.

Eesteemed scribe, proper DJ, and discreetly deft twiddler Bill Brewster, drops the latest instalment in his 'After Dark' series, for Late Night Tales.

A throbbing, louche and leisurely affair, groove is very much at the heart of this freestyle selection, a vibe which Bill describes as "a basement, a red light and a sound system. Or, as the Beastie's once rapped, slow and low, that is the tempo".

There's Hawaiian drum machine bossa balearica from Island Band, percussive afro post punk from Czech jazz singer Jana Koubkova, and breathy-bubbling-dubwise-slap-bass-soul from Debbe & The Code.
There's also sultry deep house mood music from Lanowa, infectious bouncy jazz funk breaks from Canada High, and Nail's life affirming re-edit of singer songwriter Gilbert O Sullivan's electro pop gem 'So What'.

Bill's own studio skills are present and correct too, featuring an undulating bassy version of country troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols, reworked along Alex Tepper under their Hotel Motel moniker, and a chugged-up squelchy disco take on Khruangbin, this time paired with Raj Gupta, as Mang Dynasty.

Whichever way you slice it though, every tune is a highlight, working equally well as standalone nuggets, or within Bill's fluidly cohesive mix. Whether he's taking the roof off a club with his unique selection of deep and tough house music, enchanting a backroom with a genre-bending set of disco, Balearic, rock and hip hop or playing chillout music in a bay in Croatia, Bill Brewster is the man for all occasions. In a former life, Bill was a punk rocker, a chef and also the co-editor of football magazine When Saturday Comes but has been a record nerd all of his life.

He began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, particularly during a two-year stint in New York running DMC's office, where nights at the Sound Factory and hanging out with Danny Tenaglia gave him the musical grounding you can still hear in his music today. Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years.
There are few still playing regularly today that have his dedication, eclecticism and encyclopedic knowledge of music.

 

LP - SIDE A

  1. Island Band - Idle Hours
  2. Chaz Jankel - Manon Manon
  3. Gilbert O'sullivan - So What (Nail Edit)(*After Dark Exclusive Track)

LP - SIDE B

  1. Rheinzand - Kills And Kisses (Scorpio Twins Remix)(*After Dark Exclusive Track)
  2. Canada High - Le Chiffre (*After Dark Exclusive Track)
  3. Lanowa - Burning Up (*After Dark Exclusive Track)

LP - SIDE C

  1. Khruangbin - So We Won't Forget (Mang Dynasty Irreverent Dub)(*After Dark Exclusive Track)
  2. Fernando - 1998 (*After Dark Exclusive Track)
  3. Debbe & The Code - Code Of Love

LP - SIDE D

  1. Jana Koubkova - Nijana
  2. Ipg V Hot Toddy - Open Space (*After Dark Exclusive Track)
  3. Smashed Atoms & Backdoor Man - Hey Dreamer (*After Dark Exclusive Track)
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