Berlin producer/composer Nils Frahm has an omnivorous attitude when it comes to musical formats. For his installment in the Late Night Tales mix series, he left no stone unturned. “It’s such a wonderful way to delve deep into your music collection. My flat is now crammed with music media of all stripes, from an old hand-cranked 78 phonograph player to 45s and albums on vinyl, my beloved old cassette tape collection, even mini-disks and, lately, WAV and MP3s. It’s all music to me,” he says.
Over the years, everyone from Air to MGMT has offered up their own mix for nocturnal listening, which is the Late Night Tales theme. But Frahm felt free to take his sources and tweak them as needed.
“I started to play around with the tunes, layering them, sampling, looping certain parts, extracting phrases and using all the freedom that this allowed me. If I got a little carried away or stepped on anyone’s toes in my quest to do something interesting and original, then I apologise. Some things may have accidentally landed on the wrong speed, while other spooky happening have occurred along the way, whether it’s ghostly additions of reverb and delay or simply subtle edits or reproductions,” he revealed.
Frahm’s mix, which includes everyone from Boards of Canada to Nina Simone, will be out on September 11, 2015, but you can pre-order it now.
- Nils Frahm – “4:33” (Exclusive John Cage cover version)
- Baka Forest People Of South East Cameroon – “Liquindi 2”
- Carl Oesterhelt / Johannes Enders – “Divertimento Fur Tenorsaxophon Und Kleines Pt.4”
- Four Tet – “0181”
- George Autry – “You’re The Only Star”
- Boards of Canada – “In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country”
- Bibio -“It Was Willow”
- Dictaphone – “Peaks”
- Vladimir Horowitz – “The Flight Of The Bumble Bee”
- Miles Davis – “Concierto de Aranjuez”
- Victor Silvester & His Ballroom Orchestra – “Talk Of The Town”
- System – “SK20”
- Rhythm & Sound – “Mango Drive”
- Miles Davis – “Générique”
- Dinu Lipatti – “O Herr Bleibet Meine Freunde BWV 147”
- Colin Stetson – “The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man”
- Penguin Café Orchestra – “Cutting Branches For A Temporary”
- Nina Simone – “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”
- Nina Jurish – “Cleo The Cat” (Exclusive track)
- Dub Tractor – “Cirkel”
- The Gentlemen Losers – “Honey Bunch”
- Nils Frahm: “Them “Solo Piano Edit”” (Exclusive version)
- Cillian Murphy – “In The Morning” (Exclusive spoken word piece)