The 25th installment of the Late Night Tales series sees indie kids MGMT compile a 20-song mix reflecting the facets of their sound. Thereâ€™s a distinct bias toward the old, with classic artists such as The Velvet Underground, Julian Cope, and Spaceman 3 making prominent appearances.
On the whole, the mix is one thatâ€™s smooth and relaxed. Beats churn on quietly, not encouraging a crowd to dance through the night but instead to relax and chat. Itâ€™s enjoyably soothing, but towards the end, the tracks start to finally pick up the pace. MGMTâ€™s own contribution to the album, â€œAll We Ever Wanted Was Everything,â€ is a noisy bit of chaos thatâ€™s a diamond nestled in amongst so many other laid back songs.
After MGMTâ€™s song, the first to really introduce some energy is the fifteenth track, â€œPink Frostâ€ by The Chills. This is followed a bit abruptly by â€œSparksâ€ by Martin Rev, some full throttle electronica to snap any listener out of the lull that the first three-fourths of the record may have induced.
The disconnect between the majority of the album and the end is a bit abrupt, but I canâ€™t fault any of the songs. Itâ€™s a fine collection and doesnâ€™t really need an overarching theme to belong on the record. Itâ€™s not exactly what youâ€™d expect to hear from a DJ set on a night out, but you can hear how each tune fits neatly with MGMTâ€™s general sound.