Belle and Sebastian

LateNightTales

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Though not exactly known as tastemakers behind the turntables, Belle & Sebastian have arguably been at the forefront of the indie rock movement of the '90s and 2000s with their ultra-cool sound and outstanding ability to pen a tune. However, Azuli takes a chance on the group for the latest installment of their LateNightTales series and the risk more than pays off -- as it is easily one of the most diverse and enjoyable collections in the label's entire catalog (which is already quite impressive). The group pedals from indie hip-hop (RJD2, Lootpack) to Stereolab to Johnny Cash to Steve Miller and Donovan, and somehow turns in an impressive tapestry of a mixtape ideal for background music at small get-togethers. Also included to great surprise is the Kenny Dixon, Jr. remix of "People Make the World Go Round," the Stylistics anthem covered by Innerzone Orchestra (but which in the liner notes is repeatedly credited to Paperclip People, another of Innerzone Orchestra founder Carl Craig's many aliases). There's also an exclusive cover of Trio Esperança's "Cassaco Marron" by the band, which is a respectful nod to the original.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Rehasher
4:00
2 4:28
3
feat: RJD2
5:45
4
feat: Lootpack
4:04
5
1:12
6
feat: Stereolab
4:15
7
feat: The Peddlers
3:24
8 2:54
9
feat: Johnny Cash
1:39
10
0:43
11
feat: Elsie Mae
2:26
12 2:44
13
feat: Mary Love
2:28
14
3:58
15
2:50
16 3:18
17
feat: Ramsey Lewis
2:33
18
4:21
19
feat: Donovan
2:43
20
feat: Múm
4:27
21 2:19
22
3:19
23
feat: Space Jam
1:37
24
feat: Big Star
3:08
25
1:26
26 2:36
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