Two of Cool Hunting's musical favorites combine here, as Nouvelle Vague become the latest artists to liberate gems from their record collection for the consistently excellent Late Night Tales series. It's a perfect match and unsurprisingly, the record isn't so much laid-back as horizontal. Starting with the falsetto of Jerry Dammers set to the ska of The Special AKA, it floats past Glen Campbell yearning to be with his love and Cibelle's Brazilian future-folk, before settling on artist David Shrigley mundanely listing weird meals, like a bucket of frogs for lunch. As is the Late Night Tales tradition, the artists choosing the tunes record an exclusive cover version. Nouvelle Vague's take on the knees-up of "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners turns it into the kind of dusky Parisian jazz that wafts over you like smoke from a Gauloise.
Late Night Tales compiled by Nouvelle Vague comes out 5 February 2007 in the U.K. and the day after in the U.S. You can pre-order from Amazon U.S.
Also on Cool Hunting Video: Nouvelle Vague: Nugroove vol.5