Ghostly affiliate Moodgadget Records exclusively releases music by up-and-coming artists; with the Nocturnal Suite, Moodgadget not only "exposes the diversity in electronic music" (the label's mission statement), it unites dazzlingly talented, like-minded artists working in wildly divergent stylistic fields into a grand, unified whole. Like its predecessors, the Moodgadget-curated Rorschach Suite and Synchronicity Suite, the Nocturnal Suite plays like a lovingly assembled mixtape, compiling brief, catchy, electronic-minded pop songs built for obsessive repeat listening.

The Nocturnal Suite is eclectic, but even among its stylistic diversity (the liquid space-disco of Faux Pas' "Rose's Lament (Gadget Edit)," for instance, sits right next to Wild Yaks' caveman-like "Crazy but Not Afraid," which flanks 800Beloved's Psychedelic Furs-esque anthem "Galaxies"), there's a distinctly nighttime-y mood, folding acoustic guitars and sleepy vocals in with its distressed beats and synths. Daedelus' remix of Praveen & Benoit's "Chiaroscuro" clothes a distant clattering beat in ambient reverb swells and wisps of orchestral flutes; Bluejay's "Blurry" wraps its bedroom electro-pop around a deliciously melancholy hook; City Center's "Summer School" is an exercise in pastoral dream-beat, a psychedelic fog of a track that drifts like a late-afternoon beachside nap.

The Nocturnal Suite encompasses dance music, indie rock, synth-pop, experimental instrumentals—and, yes, electronic music—but its emotional core is its biggest asset. Even in the closing track, Daniel Johnson's deadly serious cover of Sophie B. Hawkins' 1991 classic "Damn (Wish I Was Your Lover)," the pea soup-thick production turns the jaunty original into a much more resonant affair; it's a fitting end to a compilation that turns every genre it touches into perfect late-night listening.

Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite

Various Artists

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Track List
Mux Mool – Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom
City Center – Summer School
Bluejay – Blurry
Shigeto – Is This All For Real
Christine – Good Ideas
Body Language – Work This City
Wisp – Arpeggiating Edgar
Machinedrum – FRESHKIDS
Mogi Grumbles – Supreme
Faux Pas – Rose Lament (Gadget Edit)
Wild Yaks – Crazy But Not Afraid
800beloved – Galaxies
The Landau Orchestra – Wheel of Fortune
Khonner – Jam 1000
JDSY - Lighter
Addled – Heartbreachno (Radio Edit)
Praveen & Benoît Pioulard – Chiaroscuro (Deadelus Remix)
Daniel Johnson – Damn (I Wish I Was Your Lover)
Worst Friends – I Wish I Don't Drop Dead
Mux Mool – 10
D. Gookin – Glad I Met You
The Reflecting Skin – Cavedweller (Instrumental Version)
Scott Brandon – Voyage Into The Dark
André Obin – Angel Dust
Tonight – When Galaxies Form
Matters & Dunaway – Memorial
Benoît Pioulard – Sparrowfield
Elm From Arm – Pretty Take
Praveen – Slip Slop
Shigeto – And We Gonna
Outlier – Visible Light Eater
Wisp – Across The Pale Sea
Touch Base – Gloveblocks
Tridact – Light Minute
JDSY - Vehicle
Praveen & Benoît Pioulard – Death as a Man
Grey Electric – 696 Bandit
Praveen – Buddy
Charles Trees – Col Ak Ill (Digital Bonus)
D. Gookin - Black Magic (Digital Bonus)

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