What song do you turn to at the end of the night?

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We have an intimate relationship with the music we play late at night

Whether you’re a night owl or not, there’s a good chance you have a pretty intimate relationship with your favourite kind of late night music.

It’s a weird time of the day; you’re most likely exhausted, you might have unwound with a beverage or two, everything is quiet, you know you should be in bed, and the right record at this time can take you to a very strange and very wonderful place.

You might like to give your late-night spins extra attention, given the usual distractions aren’t around to prevent you from doing so. Or maybe you want something that will sound good in the background, something you can drift away with.

Katalyst covered the topic on his latest episode of Artist In Residence, which you can listen to right here.

Here are a couple of his suggested spins for those wee small hours of the morning, and what ghe had to say about them.

Maybe it’ll get you thinking about what you’ll throw on late at night this weekend? Let us know what you’re likely to reach for.

Lee Perry & the Upsetters – 'Croaking Lizard'

 

"That whole album [1976’s Super Ape] could be put own as last donut of the night material. You could pretty much lie back on the shag pile carpet and fall asleep to that record. It had a pretty significant role in my youth as one of the go-to Lee Perry records. He’s a very prolific artist and has many, but I think, if you haven’t checked out Super Ape, it’s well worth getting your hands on."

Guilty Simpson – ‘Detroit’s Son’

 

"I recorded this in my studio with Guilty. We did a record together in 2015, his second solo album. It was really interesting the different synergy we had in the studio together, as opposed to doing the record remotely, as a lot of music is made these days. There was something about this that really took a hold on me and made it a special tune."

Lou Reed – ‘Walk on the Wild Side’

 

"I was a massive Lou Reed fan in my late-teens. A friend of mine’s older brother at school turned us on to Lou Reed with his oddest record, which is Metal Machine Music [1975]. I couldn’t really work out why anyone would just put out a record of guitar distortion, it turns out he needed to get out of his record contract and he worked out he could just record a record of guitar static and become a free agent.

"Also, I recently learnt that David Bowie produced that whole Transformer record, which stands to reason when you listen to the record. There’s a big soul influence on the record, a lot of soul backing vocals. It came about around the time that Bowie was in America working with a lot of those amazing soul artists who recorded and wrote on Young Americans for him. That’s why I have a massive affiliation with that track."

Kool & the Gang – ‘Summer Madness’

 

"I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that song. But, every time, it still brings a little smile to my face."

Hear Katalyst’s full Artist in Residence show right here.

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