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If theres one word that can be used to sum up Zero 7 its this: quiet. That is quiet as in contemplative, rather than nothing to say. Quiet as in understated and thoughtful (equally, though, wed wager that unlike Spinal Tap, the Zero 7 amps dont go up to 11). Its this thoughtfulness that has been most evident in their scant, yet precious, remix output thus far, with arrangements so precise and beautiful they verge on mathematical. Its fair to say that Zero 7 are unlikely to scamper up to the microphone at the Hammersmith Apollo any time soon and issue the war cry, "Are you ready to rock?"Yet rock they do, in many other ways. Sales for one: their brilliant debut album Simple Things was not only nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, but has also reached gold status. They also scooped the Best Newcomer gong at the recent Muzik awards. Pleasingly, this has not been done with the aid of hype or a behemoth corporation imposing their will on the public, rather its word of mouth, that most precious commodity.Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns have been knocking about together since they were teenagers growing up in north London. Henry was the soulboy, Sam the hip hop aficionado, both of them sound engineers schooled in Mickie Mosts RAK Studios. They got their break when friend and fellow studio wonk Nigel Godrich let them remix a track by a band he was working with: Radioheads Climbing Up The Wall. Yet despite growing up through acid house, their acute ear for arrangements suggested they owed as much to the Brill Building as they did the Chicago Warehouse.The mix youre listening to showcases everything that is great about Zero 7.. Simultaneously old and new, string driven and dubby, its blended together mellifluously: From Souls Of Mischiefs laidback rhymes to Don Blackmans oft- sampled soul ache, Sylvia Striplins Ayers inspired You Cant Turn Me Away through Herberts horizontal house take on Serge Gainsbourg. There is also, of course, the usual Another Late Night special with the boys reading of Johnny Osbournes Truth And Rights, transforming it into a glorious quiet storm.Its the kind of mix that makes you want to grab the duvet and nestle under it with a loved one. Who needs flotation tanks and hypnotism when you could have this for company? In fact, if youre yin is not aligned with your yang after a session with Zero 7, well eat our hat (not to mention our chakra).


Zero 7 - Another Late Night

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2012-03-26
  • Label Late Night Tales
  • Catalog ALND04








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