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Ólafur Arnalds' installment of the LateNightTales mix series is typically eclectic and unpredictable, functioning as a dreamlike collage geared for after-hours listening rather than the average mix CD intended to replicate a club DJ's set. As with most artists who are approached to create a volume of the series, neo-classical composer Arnalds is from far outside the world of DJ culture, so his mix has a much different sense of pacing than one by a typical DJ. It starts out with a very grainy recording of an Icelandic folk tune before shifting into the weightless, ethereal vocals of Julianna Barwick. It doesn't take too long before the mix turns to beat-driven material, and the tracks are generally midtempo and combine electronic and acoustic elements along with delicate melodies. Jamie xx's remix of Four Tet's "Lion" stands out with its combination of sparse pianos, heavy U.K. garage beats, and miles of open space. Halfway through, the mix takes a turn for the sad and weepy, with a track from James Blake's second album followed by lo-fi alt-R&B Internet sensation Spooky Black. Arnalds and collaborator Arnór Dan contribute a string and piano cover of Destiny's Child's inescapable hit "Say My Name." The next few selections step away from vocals, and they include previously unreleased pieces from Kiasmos (Arnalds' techno duo with Bloodgroup's Janus Rasmussen) and Arnalds himself. As with most of the LateNightTales compilations, this one ends with a spoken word story, ending with the proclamation "You've been listening to LateNightTales, music and stories worth staying up for."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: Late Night Tales
UPC: 5060391090863
catalogNumber: 4
Rank: 44582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ólafur Arnalds   Primary Artist
Arnór Dan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Jerkins   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Bill Brewster   Liner Notes
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
LaTavia Roberson   Composer
Kelly Rowland   Composer
Colin Stetson   Composer
Kieran Hebden   Composer,Producer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Sarah Neufeld   Composer
LeToya Luckett   Composer
Ólafur Arnalds   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Hjaltalin   Producer
Peter Ashworth   Cover Photo
Ryan Lee West   Composer
Janus Rasmussen   Composer
Julianna Barwick   Composer
James Blake   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jai Paul   Composer
Jófrídur Akadóttir   Composer
Högni Egilsson   Composer
Anup Paul   Composer
Lewis Roberts   Composer
ODESZA   Producer
Harrison Mills   Composer
Kid Hnrk   Composer,Producer
Anam Sufi   Composer
Anne Baier   Composer
Corbin Smidzik   Composer
Lars Kranholdt   Composer,Producer
Póröur Kári Steinpórsson   Composer,Producer

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