2LP, Compilation, 180g
LateNightTales (2018) UK
Let's be honest – French chill-out masters Air were never going to have any trouble blending a sophisticated mix of mood-enhancing rock and pop for the soul. Opening with "All Cats Are Grey" by The Cure (from the start of their dark Trilogy - Faith: nothing like starting as you mean to go on), it soon swoops into even trippier territory with "Planet Caravan" by Black Sabbath (from their 1970 album Paranoid) and into Nino Rota's ultra-eerie "O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia" (from the original soundtrack to Fellini's '76 art-house classic Casanova, slowly but surely it takes in tracks from The Band, Japan, Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood. As melancholic as it is after-dark dreamy, you can rest assured that there's no JLS in the mix on this nuanced 2006 Late Night Tales installment.