REVIEW: Rae & Christian – Another Late Night

Another Late Night

Artist: Rae & Christian

Album: Another Late Night

Label: Azuli

Rating: 4 / 10

Reviewer: A to the L

The “Another Late Night” concept, features some of the finest producers around, each compiler sourcing a mix album that reflects their musical inspirations and their favourite wind down sounds.

Fila Brazillia, and Howie B opened the “Another Late Night” account earlier this year to great acclaim. This time around, UK duo Rae & Christian have linked up with the “Another Late Night” team to create a third album in the inspirational after-hours mixes series. Mark Rae and Steve Christian have been working together for years as recording artists, Rae & Christian on the Grand Central label, and as remixers extraordinaire for a whole host of artists.

This isn’t gonna be your normal run-of-the-mill mix cd – it does feature some Hiphop, and some Funk classics, but there’s also some stuff coming from way out of left field. The second track on here is an instant head nodder – ‘Copenhaen Claimin’ Respect’ by The Boulevard Connection is dope as hell. DJ Premier-sounding production, and an emcee who sounds like Grand Puba in his prime, means this one is a winner. The only drawback is one that I find with a lot of mix tapes – just as you’re starting to really get into a tune, the next one comes in – in this case Joshua’s ‘Come On’ – not a bad track by any means, with its funky disco-ey beat, but I would have preferred more time on the Boulevard track.

I gotta admit that the majority of tracks on here I have never heard of before. Sometimes I feel that this is a good thing though, cos it helps you to approach each track with an open mind. I mean without this album, there’s no way I would have ever heard Riton’s jazzy-breaked ‘Put That On My Momma’, or the Souls Of Mischief soundalike Nash and his ‘100 Million Ways’. Not knowing artists can also work the other way too, for as the album progressed I found myself skipping over tracks that started to get a bit too “dancey” for my liking – tracks that would NEVER have found their way into my collection.

The whole pace of the album is a bit up-and-down too… from the opener the tempo steadily builds taking in Hiphop and Funk cuts, as it builds towards the horrible dance tracks I’ve already mentioned. Then all of a sudden Esther Phillips’ ‘All The Way Down’ drops – a total departure from what has just went before. If you’re looking for a fitting description of this, think a female version of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Superfly’. Then after the slowed down funky vibe of this stunner, the pace just picks up again with a couple of forgettable tracks – one of them a Rae and Christian remix of Faze Action’s ‘Samba’…

And then….

A true musical nightmare…

WHY THE HELL DID R&C EVER THINK THAT ‘FLASHLIGHT’ NEEDED A REMIX!!! Its not like they’ve added ANYTHING to it at all! They’ve stripped the funk right out of the track and created this horrible techno-influenced monster. People should learn not to fuck with the classics. And then, as if to slap you in the face, they throw on Rick James’ ‘Mary Jane’ in its original form! Now how could you fuck up one classic, and then throw the other one on untouched? Why now just keep both originals? I just don’t understand the thinking behind this move at all…

Jose Feliciano’s heavily acoustic ‘California Dreamin’ finishes off the album – a nice laidback cut to end the compilation, but I’m still getting over the shock of that Flashlight remix. Still can’t understand it…

Summing up, this might be one to throw on, on the way back from the club, when you need to wind down – the Hiphop at the start is banging, but there just might not be enough to convince hardcore fans to invest. Crate diggers might appreciate some of the other tunes on here, but like me, will probably recoil when they reach the ‘Flashlight’ remix. That bitch move means automatic marks off…

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