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Django Django is the latest band invited to curate a prestigious Late Night Tales collection, Like many of the best British groups, the Djangos met at art school, specifically Edinburgh College Of Art, before reconnecting in London. Django Django released their self-titled debut album on UK indie Because in early 2012 to some acclaim, winding up in many critics end of year lists (Top Ten in the NME and Top 30 in Rolling Stone, among them).Their oddball approach to music, which sounds like the rich harmonies of the Mamas & Papas beamed through a refracting prism pointing towards Bo Diddley, Chicago house and outer-space (its no surprise to learn that Django producer/drummer Dave Macleans brother John was in the Beta Band, who also shared the same cinemascopic view of the pop landscape). Rollicking sing-alongs, galloping into disco sunsets like whisky-addled and leather-saddled bandits on the stolen backs of prairie wild mustangs, is how Django Django describe themselves. Which is another way of saying theyre pop adventurists, as at home with Mad Mikes Underground Resistance as they are the blues rumble of Canned Heat. A bit like this delightful mix, then, which darts about like a gurgle of guppies after two too many espressos.Check out mixes that rock between two-step delights like Roy Davis Jrs Gabrielle to Nilssons lyrically winsome Coconut. At one end of the Django spectrum theres James Last, the terminally unhip Teuton, whose Inner City Blues shows you can never underestimate the Germans, while at the far reaches of the mix, they manage to sneak in Ramadanman (Bass Drums) and Hudson Mohawke and Lunice collaboration TNGHTs Buggn. You can hear the echoes of influences in some of the selections, like The Beach Boys whose peerless Surfs Up makes a welcome appearance halfway through, while Seals & Crofts Sweet Green Fields show what sun-drenched pop can sound like when its done well. And because its Late Night Tales theres a sparkling cover version of Porpoise Song, the theme from The Monkees daffily brilliant Head, an admirably lysergic termination to this waltz through pops nooks and cranberries. You should never be afraid to make a fool of yourself for art, Dave Maclean once said. Lets raise a dram to Scotlands favourite fools on the hill. We wanted to produce a mix that represented the band. Its what were all into, so everyone put forward suggestions. Its what we are as a band; and were kids that have grown up with an obsession about our mum and dads record collections, like 50s and 60s stuff and then got into hip hop and dance music as we grew up. At the heart of it all is our parents collections, with our tastes mixed in. Our Late Night Tales pays homage to that.Dave Maclean (Django Django)LABEL PROFILE:The Late Night Tales series was launched in 2001. The idea: pick an internationally known artist with a great musical knowledge, offer them the chance to choose and mix all their favourite home listening and musically inspiring tracks, together with an exclusive cover recording of an all time favourite song. 33 albums and over 1 million sales later we bring you our 34th artist curated late night selection.

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Late Night Tales: Django Django

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2014-05-11
  • Label Late Night Tales
  • Catalog ALND35

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