DJ and producer David Holmes is welcomed to the Late Night Tales fraternity with an evocative collection of personal songs and music, peppered with exclusive new material and rare gems.
By now, I think we all know David Holmes, right? Theres acid house Holmes, with bone-rattling Chicago jams and Detroit destroyers; break-digger Holmes responsible for the grittily shaking Lets Get Killed and seminal Essential Mix compilation (which brought Sixto Rodriguez to peoples attention, and then theres soundtrack Holmes.
His most enduring and vital source of musical inspiration - cinema - plugged into Davids first solo record This Films Crap, Lets Slash the Seats and inspired 2000s Bow Down to the Exit Sign; created as the soundtrack to a not-yet-made movie. Official soundtracks have been bountiful, including scores for Soderberghs Out Of Sight and Oceans trilogy, '71, Hunger and Good Vibrations. In a series of personal songs sung by himself, Davids last solo album The Holy Pictures explored influences of La Düsseldorf, The Jesus and Mary Chain and early Brian Eno. His Unloved collaboration with Keefus Ciancia and Jade Vincent then took us on a musical journey full of raw 60s pop-noir, psychedelia and French Ye Ye with a contemporary twist. Somehow hes also found time to produce records by Primal Scream and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Unsurprisingly, for someone au fait with matters cinematic, this Late Night Tales conjures up its own mind-movies. Its not only packed with the judiciously selected nuggets for which his mixes are noted but also stuffed with original material, including collaborations with BP Fallon and Jon Hopkins and an amazing new reading of 10ccs Im Not In Love by Holmes-produced Song Sung. In fact, theres a Celtic thread running through the whole journey with Stephen Reas reading of an extract from Seamus Heaneys AENEID BOOK VI - Elsewhere Anchises. Among the other gems included here are David Crosbys lush Orleans, Buddy Hollys celestial Love Is Strange and the Children Of Sunshines Its A Long Way To Heaven.
David Holmes loves music. Its a way of expressing the sometimes inexpressible or the inconsolable; a questing desire to find out just what is over the next hill. Its no surprise to learn hes a keen walker. Always on the move, headphones on, lost in some reverie or piece of music; the soundtrack to his life, the stuff that feeds his imagination.
"I walk a lot. Its amazing for listening to music: your phone or your emails arent going and youre just in the forest listening to music. Its so intimate. Anyway, I was listening to the KLFs Chill Out album, which still sounds amazing, but it triggered an idea with concrete sounds through travelling and movement. And one of the things I was trying to do was to use this idea not just break up the moods but also as a metaphor for moving through life and arriving in different destinations or arriving at different stages in different parts of your life.
Memory, Love, Living, Family, Friendship, Healing, Death and The Afterworld are some of the themes I wanted to explore within this record. Although these strong themes and tracks are personal to me, I also wanted it to be a great listen that was unpredictable yet had a seamless flow - a journey that was personal to me yet to the listener a great compilation of music that they may or may not have heard before. I hope Ive succeeded in the later." David Holmes 2016