- Version Excursion is out September 24th.
The next instalment in the Late Night Tales series comes from Don Letts, AKA The Rebel Dread.
Letts's contribution to the long-running mix series focuses on cover versions, with 21 dubbed-out remakes, including 13 exclusives. It'll be released on vinyl, CD and digitally this September 24th.
"I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own," says Letts. "Something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that's made me the man I am today."
He continues: "This version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You'd think it impossible to draw a line between 'em but not in my world."
Over a long career working mainly in London, New York and Jamaica, Letts has made music videos for the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Clash and Bob Marley, held down the Culture Clash radio show for over 20 years, and produced documentaries on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, George Clinton and Sun Ra.
Listen to "Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread feat. Emily Capell - E=MC2."
01. Ghetto Priest – Hercules (North Street West Late Night Tales Dub) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Aaron Neville
02. Prince Fatty & Shniece McMenamin – Black Rabbit – Originally recorded by Jefferson Airplane
03. Wrongtom Meets The Rockers – Dub In The Supermarket (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by The Clash
04. Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread ft. Emily Capell – E = MC2 (Exclusive track) – Originally recorded by Big Audio Dynamite
05. Rude Boy – Superstylin' (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Groove Armada
06. Capitol 1212 ft. Earl 16 – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Full Vocal Dub) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Joy Division
07. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – All I Do Is Think About You (Far East Dub) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Tammi Terrell
08. Zoe Devlin Love ft. Tim Hutton – Caroline No – Originally recorded by The Beach Boys
09. John Holt – You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Mad Professor 2021 Dub) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Lou Rawls
10. Cornell Campbell – Ital City Dub (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Marvin Gaye
11. Matumbi – (I Can’t Get Enough Of) That Reggae Stuff – (Dennis Bovell Remix) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Kool & The Gang
12. Gentleman's Dub Club ft. Kiko Bun – Use Me (Ben McKone Dub) – Originally recorded by Bill Withers
13. Black Box Recorder – Uptown Top Ranking – Originally recorded by Althea and Donna
14. OBF – Sixteen Tons Of Dub – Originally recorded by Merle Travis
15. Yasushi Ide – Ain't No Sunshine (Space Dub Mix) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Bill Withers
16. The Tamlins – Baltimore – Originally recorded by Randy Newman
17. 15 16 17 – Emotion (Dennis Bovell Remix) (Exclusive remix) – Originally recorded by Samantha Sang
18. Ash Walker – There's Nothing Like This (Exclusive track) – Originally recorded by Omar
19. The Senior Allstars – Slipping Into Darkness – Originally recorded by WAR
20. Easy Star All-Stars – Within You Without You – Originally recorded by The Beatles
21. Khruangbin – Dern Kala (Khruangbin Dub Mix)
Late Night Tales will release Version Excursion on September 24th, 2021.
Photo: Dan Medhurst