Things get more dreamlike there on out. F. R. David's 'Music' is all west coast again, but this time hazy and soft focused. Prelude's a capella cover of Neil Young's 'After The Goldrush' is heavenly and a little David Lynch-esque in its surreal warming purity coupled with lyrics about spaceships and getting high. Acker Bill's 'Stranger On The Shore' maintains a similar feel - old fashioned but slightly unhinged in this context, the veneer papering over your nightmares.
Towards the end of the album things feel like they are barely held together in any physical sense. Melodies hang mid-air on John Martyn's glorious 'Small Hours' as Martyn's delicate vocals float weightlessly through the air. It's the sort of selection that makes these albums the treat they are.
Röyksopp appear to have interpreted the Late Night Tales a little differently. Where some end up strung out or spinning come-down dance tunes this album feels like it has been crafted for the exact point your eyelids become too heavy to force open any longer, and as they clamp shut your mind gradually shifts to another world, and Röyksopp are rather fine architects.
Late Night Tales from Röyksopp is released on Monday through EMI, available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk on CD, LP and MP3 [affiliate links]. Check out the mini mix via Soundcloud below: