Inside The Chill Out Tent.

We’re talking to Chris Coco, the creative director of The Chill Out Tent about this new project, as they approach their fourth streaming event on Sunday 26th July. This international, chilled crew have been curating awesome streaming events over the last four months, let’s find out what it’s all about?


1. What / who is the Chill Out Tent? Is it actually a tent?

The Chill Out Tent is a virtual online festival, a mixture of music, films, arts, interviews and talks. It’s going to be an actual tent when we go out into the real world again, hopefully next summer. It’s also a community of artists, musicians, DJs, music lovers, and people who like to have very good quality parties once in a while.

2. What was the inspiration for the Chill Out Tent?


I saw the first Defected streaming event at the beginning of the Covid 19 lockdown and thought – wow, this is great, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if they had an alternative space playing different music. So I decided to make that happen. It has also turned into an opportunity to put in to practice ideas that me and my sometimes too chilled Balearic mates have been talking about for years – making something collaborative that can house our diverse tastes and reach out to all the people who like to ‘chill’ and listen to interesting music but don’t quite know where to go to do it.


3. Who have you worked with in your events so far?  

We’ve collaborated with quite a lot of people so far, there’s Richard Norris, “Phat” Phil Cooper, Rune Lindbaek, Pete Gooding, Ruf Dug, Calm, Kenneth Bager, Rob da Bank, Gallo, Pierre Estienne, Je Suis Anglais, White Lab Records, Ariel Cherec, Peter Croce, Blair French, Dor Wand, Rusty from Soma FM, Ki Oni from Dublab, Roger Bong, Music for Beaches, Jura Sound System, Maa, Lone Star Crew from Tokyo, Baliaric FM, Maarten Goetheer, Hear & Now, Mixmaster Morris, Sonido Tupinamba, Mr Scruff, Jon Sa Trinxa, Camilo Miranda from our first three events so far. Importantly all of these artists have also collaborated with other creatives; film makers, photographers, animators and many more…

4. When Is your next event?

Our next event is on Sunday 26th July from 18:30 BST, with loads of great stuff in the schedule

5. Why do the Chill Out Tent now?


Because now is the moment that we can do it, this is a moment of change and one of the positive things to come out of this crisis is new ways to engage online. In some ways it’s a good time for introverts, you can contact people virtually, party at home and make more things to share with the world.


6. What can we expect from the Chill Out Tent in the future?

I think streaming events are here to stay. When it’s possible to get back into fields and clubs we want to be there, wherever there is, but also using all we have learnt about streaming to share those live events around the world online. We’ll also keep doing bespoke streams, keep making new content with music people and visual artists, show music related films and documentaries.. There are a lot of plans!



7. Does The Chill Out Tent have an actual / spiritual home?


I think TCOT has a few imaginary spiritual homes at the moment. In my mind it is already a physical tent, somewhere up a hill at a big festival, doing all the things we’re trying to do online in that space, open 24 hours. It’s also a shady version of the tent on top of a hill in Ibiza, filled with people watching the sunset.

8. You’ve been granted 3 wishes to create your ultimate Chill Out Tent;


A – The perfect venue?


The tent we are designing is going to be perfect

B – Your perfect artist / act lineup?

I have a very long list for that which we aim to work through over time but the first ones that come to mind right now are; Laraaji doing a meditation, Beverly Glenn Copeland live, Mildlife live, Larry Heard live, Wolfgang Tillmans doing bespoke visuals, a Q & A with Brian Eno and Severino from Horse Meat Disco, Heidi Lawden and our imaginary resident DJs Camilo Miranda and Sonido Tupinamba doing the after party. That would be nice for day one!


C – Your perfect guest list?

Everybody’s welcome (with one caveat obviously, no dickheads). In the tent everyone is equal, everyone is a VIP. 

Follow the Chill Out Tent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Mixcloud.

To give you a flavour of the Chill Out Tent’s music policy, here’s a play list from Chris, come on in…

The Nearest Faraway Place Best of ’21 Part 2

Here’s the second part of my ‘best of 2021’ mix, featuring some favourite music from last year.

A very chilled downtempo mix of beautiful music from all over the world.

Thanks for listening 🙂

Part 3 to follow soon…

Tracklist…

Orön – Prins Emanuel
Malanai Ascending (Seahawks Mix) – Private Agenda
Topaz (The Days Of Our Lives) – The Zenmenn
Swanky Modes (Dennis Bovell DubMix) – JARV_IS
Pinball (Ruf Dug Remix) – Lou Hayter
Three Corners One View – Santino Surfers
On The Beach (Chris Coco Remix) – Nick & Samantha
California White Sage – Chris Coco
Dorothea’s Rainbow – Elninodiablo
Custards Last Stand (Dennis Bovell Vox Version) – A Mountain Of One
Do Yourself Some Good – UNKLE
Hope Is The Last Thing To Die (Extended Mix) – David Holmes

Diogo Strausz – Emancipação Extended EP

Following on last year’s standout 7” release from Diogo Strausz, Razor-N-Tape now reveals the incredible extended mixes of the original pair of tunes, along with a strikingly beautiful remix of the title track by the inimitable Ron Trent. Originally conceived by the Brazilian producer to be long form songs that showcased the deep musicianship of Strausz and his cohorts, extended organ and piano solos and instrumentation now stretch out in all their jazzy glory across one side of a heavyweight 180g 12”. On the the A-side, Ron Trent takes Emancipação positively interstellar, with added instrumentation and mounting percussion that builds toward a soulful and hypnotic peak, the way only he can do!

Shipping out on or around January 14, 2022 – Buy / Listen here

The Nearest Faraway Place got a chance to talk to Diogo about this superb new collaboration recently…

Please introduce yourself to our readers..

Hello, my name is Diogo Strausz. Originally I’m from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil but I used to live in Paris until last year. Today I’m based between Paris and São Paulo.

What are you up to today?

Today I’m studying the best way to back up my live set setup. I deeply wish I had something less boring to share with the NFP readers.

Talk us through your new release a little..

We’re releasing Ron Trent’s remix of my track Emancipação, it’s an honour to be remixed by this legendary guy. Along with that we are including the extended versions of my tracks ‘Emancipação’ and ‘50 anos em 5’ in the EP which is coming out in Vinyl on ‘Razor N Tape’ by my good friends Aaron Dae and JKriv.

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track?

Most songs I wrote came unexpectedly when I was distracted. So, I keep my ideas recorded on my phone for developing them later. Also, I normally try to separate the kinds of decisions I have to make, if I need to get into the mindset of creating, developing an existing draft or doing sound design, mixing etc…

Who would you love to see playing this track?

I would love to see it in one of Ron’s sets.

Where is the best place to listen to it?

I think it will be better appreciated on the dancefloor

What was the last piece of kit that you bought?

I recently bought a Poly D. Really amazed by what it can do.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Azymuth – Light as a Feather

What advice would you give to other young producers in the studio?

We’ve been asked to perform many tasks in the studio compared to older generations. My advice is to do one at the time!

What have you got coming up in 2022?

Apart from this release, I have some new music coming out in April. Also, my live set is up and running. Ready for venues and clubs. Looking forward to crossing paths with the readers of NFP on the dancefloors.

Dark Emerald EP – APOENA

Freerange are about to release a new EP from Apoena, the Brazilian DJ and producer, now based in Berlin is known for his deep, raw, underground house and techno tracks have appeared on cult labels such as Jus Ed’s Underground Quality, Rawax and Batti Batti with regular supporters including Delano Smith, Laurent Garnier and Agoria to name a few.


On the Dark Emerald EP we are treated to three tracks of hypnotic club grooves which swing from the minimal, chunky bounce of lead track Must Go Deeper, through the rolling, filtered mood of Mind and winding down with the immersive, late night Detroit-inspired sounds of Dark Emerald. Apoena’s production skills mean these tracks sound punchy and BIG on a nice system, creating just the kind of
heads-down, locked-on atmosphere the deep and discerning dance floor desires.

Listen & buy via Bandcamp link below – pre-order now – released 14/1/22

We got a chance to talk to Apoena about this new project, here’s our interview:

Tell us about the Dark Emerald EP a little..

I guess many producers will identify with me when I say giving titles to tracks is among the most difficult part of electronic Music production, period. Specially if you make hundreds of tracks like I do. It’s crazy to find titles. Sometimes it takes me years literally. This track was called for long time “Verde Escuro”, that means dark green in Portuguese. Because I always had a feeling about the colour green with this one. Then I started to think about a dark green rocky raw gem. So, I looked up what gem would actually be green. So, it became Dark Emerald.

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track?

Not really. Composing is in my nature. During my life I composed for several different styles of music. It is something I do without effort. It’s more like from time to time I need to work through energies/emotions trough making tracks. It’s a way I deal with being alive. I just need to direct my emotions somewhere, trying to empty myself of them. I sit in the studio with no idea what I will do. Sometimes I have like a tempo I wanna keep, but I can’t absolutely control the results. It can be moody deep house in the end, or a distorted electro cut or techno track.

Who would you love to see playing this track and where is the best place to listen to it?

Well, there are so many DJs I respect but the longer I know about them the more I care about them! I have the biggest respect for the guys that were already making the good stuff when I started in 1999 and until today they are making good music. Freerange boss Jimpster is an example of that. And I have actually been blessed to see many of my favorite artists playing my tracks. It’s clear in my music that I love the Detroit sound. Delano Smith, Luke Hess, Derrick May, all those guys I’ve heard my music on their sets. But nowadays I guess what would really make me happy would be if I can connect to younger DJs and a wider audience. It’s easy to respect the underground for those who know it for long time, but I also worry if we are being able to reinspire the deep house crowd.

What was the last piece of music that you bought?

There is so much but I’ll highlight the old “Nick Holder – Da Sambafrique”. I heard it on Jazz FM Radio I listen to in Berlin and was really excited as I was thinking “what is that again”? “I know that”. Then eventually I remembered. I knew it so well without ever having the record. Just because I listened to it so much in my satellite records cart all those years ago. Well now I finally own it!

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

I need to say 2: “Glenn Underground – Lounge Excursions” and “Ben Sims – Smoke and Mirrors”. I love both House and Techno.

What advice would you give to other producers in the studio?

Maybe go easy with the progressive stuff? Hehe..

What have you got going on in 2022?

This will be the year I’ll reissue Allnite Music in digital with some exclusive tracks too. The label has been a vinyl only imprint so far but now I’m growing more interested the digital platforms.

Mother Earth – George Solar & Chris Coco

New year, new music. Chris Coco is quick of the mark with his first release of 2022 and the dubwise chug of ‘Mother Earth’ sets the bar pretty high for the year ahead. The three track package covers all the Balearic bases with a percussion and melodica lead main track, a hypnotic bonus beats to get lost in and a stretched out ‘Sadeedo Meets George Solar Dub‘ drenched in echo and outernational atmospherics.

‘Open mind for a different view: zooming out from that strictly balearic island phenomenon focus for the sake of the bigger picture, Chris Coco & George Solar are all about hailing “Mother Earth” upon their return – widening horizons in order to assist finding a new approach towards the world we’re living in (& on). About time. Mother should I trust the government?

Channelling both their inner Larry Levan AND Lee Scratch Perry for that matter, the “left field dub disco with an Arab twist” sort of outcome made the boys smile more than once during the creative process – and that’s despite the fact that the higher cause in this particular case for sure is a rather serious one. “In my language, we call her Mother Earth” the voice keeps saying. There’s joy in repetition. And a bit of politics as well, of course.

So while we are at it with smiles, dance floor, politics, a more global approach from an Ibiza point of view and that slight desert vibe, the duo decided on beaming up the talented selector Sadeedo to the commando bridge for this universal mission: not only is it his very own father on vocals for the original – Sadeedo also shares remix duties with his Dubtropical buddy George Solar for the mandatory (and rather special) version excursion. A match made… on Mother Earth. Ibiza soil, to be precise. With a masterful mixdown crafted in London by Mr Coco himself on a really good day. That is precisely why “Mother Earth” is a proper Balearic team effort for a better Pachamama. Global medication for the nation!’  

Released January 7, 2022 via Bandcamp & Streaming

AYALA X ABRAO – O MESTRE CANOEIRO

Sony Music’s new Latin imprint Orianna, was born out of a passion to create a Latin lifestyle label focused on delivering organic, electronic, and experimental music. Home to talent from around the globe showcasing the true spirit and roots of Latin culture. Originally founded by

Dusko Justic, alongside Def Mix legend Hector Romero who now serves as the labels A&R. Running since the Autumn of 2020, Orianna is already thirty three releases deep!

Next up, Ayala returns to Orianna for his second spellbinding release, joining forces with Brazilian Abrão on the gorgeously sun-kissed groove of ‘O Mestre Canoeiro’. We asked Ayala a few questions ahead of the release…

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Ayala. I’m a producer and DJ from Italy. 

Where are you from in Italy and what is the music scene like in your town/city at the moment?

I was born and raised in the deep south of Italy, and I live in Trani, Puglia. The music scene here is a little “frozen” after the pandemic; we had a brilliant period a few years ago, with many big events and festival embracing both the underground and pop scene. Hopefully we’ll have enough potential to bring back those days. 

How long have you been making music and who are the artists that have inspired your sound along the way?

It’s a long journey. I started at 14, twenty years ago. At the beginning I was deeply in love with hip hop and house. I loved (and I still love) Biggie, Lauryn Hill, Nas. House music at that time was big and “pure”. Artists like Masters At Work, David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Martin Solveig were international superstars, and their music inspired all guys approaching the world of production. I think these are the foundations of my music. Then I discovered all the amazing stuff behind house music: funk, disco, afrobeat, Latin music, garage. I’m still exploring.

Describe the style of music that you produce.

I think music is perhaps the greatest form of art to express a culture, an identity. Think about Fela, The Beatles, Hector Lavoe, Sergio Mendes. My music is a fusion of acoustic and digital elements, a mixture of cultures and vibes coming from the world. For me, it is constant research.

Tell us a little about your release on the mighty MoBlack..

MoBlack has  a well-defined sound; I mean, this label significantly contributes to the popularity of “Afrohouse”. My release was a little different and I think that’s what the label manager really liked. I tried to repropose the vibes of Afrobeat and Afrodisco in a modern way. It was like a display of the roots of Afrohouse. I’ll always be grateful for that. 

Your new single coming out on Orianna. How did you relationship with the label begin?

I’m a longtime friend of Hector Romero. We started to talk about Orianna when It was a seminal project, and I’ve always been a fan of the vision he had for the label. Moreover, Orianna’s style perfectly fits with the way I’m making music. We started our collaboration with the first single, Cumbianca, and now we will soon release ‘O Mestre Canoeiro’.

What inspired you to write this track? What is the story of ‘O Mestre Canoeiro’?

‘O Mestre Canoeiro’ is a metaphor of life. Life flows just as water goes, sometimes you must guide the canoe in rough water, sometimes it’s the water that carries you, sometimes the canoe tips. 

Abrão joins you on this release. What part did he play in the production?

Abrão is a sensational artist. He played a major role; his lyrics are beautiful. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with him. 

This music sits beautifully inside Balearic sets. Who would you like to see playing your music and where would be your dream place to hear it?

Ideally, any place by the sea would be perfect. I think I’d love to see Hector playing it because he’s that kind of Dj that plays with the heart. Not easy to find nowadays.

What was the last piece of music that you bought?

Al Green – I’m Still In Love With You, on vinyl. On digital, Quantic & Nidia Gongora – Almas Conectadas.

Is there a piece of music in time that you wish you had made?

The Chancha Via Circuito edit of Quimey Neuquen, by Jose Larralde. I never get tired of it.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a new EP for Orianna and a couple of new singles with Abrão.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you?

Just thanks to you for this interview. And sending much love to all who support ‘O Mestre Canoeiro’ and Orianna. 

Instagram: ayalaitofc

soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ayalabeatz

Ayala x Abrão release ‘O Mestre Canoeiro’ on Orianna 5th December.

Buy / Listen via Beatport via link below

https://www.beatport.com/release/o-mestre-canoeiro-club-mix/3571793

AUNTIE FLO / AKIMBO – Bells In The DMZ

AUNTIE FLO/AKIMBO - Bells In The DMZ

Auntie Flo is back on Highlife with his ‘Bells In The DMZ Ep’ dropping on 10th December. This award-winning sound artist regularly features on WWFM, and has lapped the globe performing live and Djing, while gathering field recordings and a myriad of diverse sounds. We ask the Glasgow DJ and producer a few questions ahead of his new release.

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hey, I’m Brian d’Souza also known as Auntie Flo. I refer to myself as Glas-Goan, born in Glasgow with a Goan/Kenyan mother and Scottish Father. I now live in London and do a variety of things across music.

How long have you been making music?

Since about 2001, so 20 years! I started with a cracked copy of Reason which me and some mates at uni had great fun playing around with.

What made you call yourself Auntie Flo?

Two reasons – Auntie Flo is an actual relative of mine, who lived in Goa but sadly passed away a few months ago. My Mum always used to compare me to her when I was growing up. And secondly because I’m heavily influenced by Mihaly Czitzentmihaly’s ‘Theory of Flow’ – the state of optimal experience one gets when they can completely lose their normal, waking, conscious brain – A state I strive to get into when performing.

You’re from Glasgow but your music represents the world. What is the root of this global vision?

A lot of people may think it’s due to my mixed heritage, my mum being born in East Africa and coming from Goa in India. I think subconsciously that may have had an indirect effect on my general approach to life – I’m a globalist, I believe in the power of human connections, I believe we have far more in common than things that drive us apart. I also truly believe in music being a universal language, one that transcends language, cultural, identity barriers and brings us closer together.

You have a regular show on Worldwide FM, how do you source your new music?

My current show is Ambient Flo, which is a highlights show of the music I select on www.ambientflo.com – the radio station I set up during lockdown. It’s been an amazing project to get off the ground, and has really resonated with so many people around the world who want to listen to beautiful music, reduce stress and escape from all the madness. We’ve built a wonderful community of musicians who submit amazing music every month so part of my selection on Worldwide is from their submissions. We also work with a monthly guest curator, and the second half of the show is dedicated to them. We’ve had exclusive mixes from Richard Norris, Patricia Wolf, and curated selections from the likes of James Holden, Gigi Masin and KMRU.

During the lockdown you started a new wellness radio station. Tell us a little about that?

Ambient Flo is a result of my interest in music and health. I studied psychology and very interested in the psychology of music before lockdown I trained in Sound Therapy. Ambient Flo combines curation of music in a therapeutic sense with the benefits of listening to nature with a channel dedicated to birdsong that can be mixed over the music. The station is totally funded through our community, who pay £3 per month via our Patreon (http://patreon.com/ambientflo )  account. We’ve introduced an Artist Profit Share model that helps allocate at least 1/3 of our income to the artists whose music we play. We just celebrated our 1st birthday with a commemorative ‘Zine, which is free to all subscribers and features curator interviews and other artists on music, health and well-being.

What is your relationship with Highlife?

Highlife started life as a party in Glasgow where our mission was to platform music from outside the normal canon of US/UK dance music. It started in 2010 and has hosted the likes of Rebolledo, Charanjit Singh, Shagaan Electro, Zozo and other acts from all over the world. The Highlife label started around 2014 to give us an outlet to release music we would play in the club and from friends who we met along the way.

Bells in the DMZ – is there a story to the title? Tell us a little about the tracks?

I toured Japan and South Korea in 2018/2019 and went on a tour to the DMZ – the demilitarised zone which divides the North and the South. It’s absolutely fascinating on so many levels! There is a tree that sits in the middle of the main area which has lots of little bells on it. I took a recording of them blowing in the wind and used that as my main sample on the track ‘Peace Bells’, so the name for the EP derives from that.

What was the last piece of music that you bought? If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Today I bought a copy of The Ultimate Warlord by The Immortals which is one of the greatest Italo Disco tracks of all time. I’ve had many a fun night punching the air dancing to it. My friend let me borrow his copy ages ago and I played it so much that I ruined it. So, I decided to buy him a new copy to replace it.. If you want to get to know my tastes, you could listen to that and then put on Ambient Flo – that contrast pretty much defines how wide my tastes are!

Is there a record in time that you wish you had made?

Anything by Tim Hecker

What do you want for Christmas?

To see my mum and family as we couldn’t last year, and she’s been through a lot..

Auntie Flo releases ‘Bells In The DMC’ on Highlife on 10th December.

Buy / Listen here – AUNTIE FLO/AKIMBO – Bells In The DMZ Vinyl at Juno Records.

ITALO FUNK VOLUME 2

Following the success of the first volume in 2019, Italo Funk curators, Eli Soul Clap and Lele Sacchi have been hard at work compiling the much anticipated second volume dedicated to Italian cultural icon, Claudio Coccoluto who we sadly lost earlier this year. It’s a cracking collection, and we got to chat to one of the acts who feature on the album: the Rollover DJs who’s track ‘Buonasera‘ is a classic sampler of their Puglia sound.

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

We are Rocco & Tiberio and together we are Rollover DJ’s, founders of the eponymous party and the Balearic centric label Anything Goes.

Tell us where you are based?

We’ve been based in Milan for the last 14 years, but we grew up in Puglia by the Mediterranean Sea.

How long have you been making music?

It’s now about 5 years. We started making our own music in 2016. The First original track was ‘Tango Ipnotico’ on Jolly Jams.

How would you describe your sound?

A little bit of Funk, mixed with Dark Disco and Slow Techno. And now, Shake it!

You have had a regular club night for some time. Tell us a little about that?

It’s from 2012 that we are doing the Rollover Weekly party every f****** Friday. Weekly contact with our audience is something really special. The crowd know what to expect every time from you. It creates a very strong connection between everyone, it’s very intimate. The true concept of Club Culture starts right from here, from this type of relationship. The weekly party allows us to cultivate this essential vibe and also to make our “DJ guests” feel at home.

The Italo Funk Vol. 2 album is dedicated to Claudio Coccoluto who has now sadly passed. Tell us a little about him..

He was a fantastic human being. After two minutes of conversation with him, you immediately understood everything. Humility, dedication, culture. He was able to recognize the beauty in people with great ease and opened up completely once he understood that he could trust them. A Master of life. He did a lot for global recognition of our scene. He is undoubtedly the Italian DJ par excellence!

The Italo Funk album is collection of original tracks from all Italian crew showcasing the talent in the form of the Italo Funk sound. Talk us through your track ‘Buonasera’.

This song came up while we were jamming in the studio listening to a lot of Jazz and Harvey Sutherland’s productions. Then we kept it in a drawer waiting for the right moment to publish it. When Eli asked us if we had any tracks for the new volume of Italo Funk we thought that “Buonasera” sounds perfectly Italo Funk!

What was the last piece of music that you bought?

The new Damon Albarn album. It warms your soul and it’s kind of Balearic.

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Hot Chocolate – Man To Man

Is there a record in time that you wish you had made?

The Rapture – Echoes

What’s coming next for Rollover DJs?

Lots of cool releases coming out on Rollover Milano Records that we can’t wait to share with the World

What do you want for Christmas?

Italo Funk Vol.2 under our Christmas Tree! What we don’t want for sure is for our work to be cancelled again by the pandemic.

ITALO FUNK VOLUME 2. / SOUL CLAP RECORDS / RELEASED 10TH DECEMBER – Pre order now available via Bandcamp, Phonica and all main digital services

Partly Cloudy – Glenn Echo & Daniel Meinecke MCWR011

From the beautiful artwork to the last note of the final track this is an essential album for your collection, timeless, un-categorizable, just plain great…

Step into the hazy musical minds of Glenn Echo and Daniel Meinecke on Partly Cloudy, their debut full-length on Motor City Wine Recordings. Mr. Echo, repping the Sol Power family out of Washington, DC, reached back to his 90s downtempo, acid jazz, and golden era beat-making roots to create 11 psychedelic, breakbeat-and-space-echo-infused tracks that serve as the perfect dreamy backdrop for Mr. Meinecke’s commanding and virtuosic New Orleans gospel funk.

Mr. Meinecke, an accomplished jazz keyboardist based in New Orleans (by way of Detroit), composed a dense, trippy, soundscape using nearly all the tools in his arsenal: Hohner D6 Clavinet, Moog Sub 37, Moog DFAM, Moog Mother 32, Dave Smith Prophet ’08, Nord C1 Combo Organ, and Nord Stage 2.

Woven together with Glenn Echo’s production, arranging, and engineering, the end result is a rich tapestry of heady sounds with one foot firmly planted in the now and the other harkening back to the days of early Nightmares on Wax, Thievery Corporation, AIR, Ninja Tune, and the Native Tongues sound. Housed in a beautiful LP package with artwork by the legendary Michal Rafaj, printed on reverse cardboard to display proudly at your turntable while you spin it on those partly cloudy days.

releases November 26, 2021

Quarantine Remixes – Third Attempt

We’re reallly happy to have Norwegian electronic artist Third Attempt join us to discuss his excellent new remix package; ‘Quarantine / Remixes’

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello, my name is Torje aka Third Attempt. Nice to meet you and thanks for reading!

Where are you from, where are you now?

I grew up in Asker, Norway. About half an hour’s drive away from the main capital Oslo which is where I am living now.

What are you up to today?

Buying extra warm clothes for my trip to Svalbard this weekend! Going to be playing / attending a  program through ArtEx, talent Norway. Heading to the studio to prepare for the gig after all that.

Talk us through your new release.

On this new remix album, I’ve invited some of my favorite DJs & producers to rework the Beats From The Quarantine project that came out earlier this year. Mostly Norwegian based, people from all over the country. Tromsø, Trondheim, Bergen & Oslo. A great get together, and a perfect chance to show both sides of the Third Attempt project. To show that listening-based music is important, but at the same time not forgetting the dancefloor!

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track? 

Most of the time I start with the bassline or the drums. Either that or I build everything around an irresistible sample. Most important thing is the groove. I spend most of my time nagging over small details. Making the process a bit tedious. It’s so worth it though!

Who would you love to see playing this track?

Nightmares on Wax if I had to pick a name. One of my favorite DJs!

Where is the best place to listen to it?

The club!

What was the last piece of music that you bought? 

Re-mastered LP of 9980 by connect ohm. Ambient stuff 

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?

Floating points – Shadows 

Tell us who you think is one of the most important producers of all time to you? 

It’s a tough one. But I’ll have to go with Quincy Jones

What advice would you give to other producers in the studio?

Stop procrastinating and just do it!

What have you got the pipeline?

Album coming out may of next year. It’s finished and I can’t wait! 

Third Attempt releases ‘Quarantine Remixes’ on Beatservice Records 26th November buy via Bandcamp here or via player below…

Active Ingredients – Blow the House Down EP

Ramrock Red Records are incredibly proud to present the fabulous new release ‘Blow the House Down’ by Active Ingredients a.k.a the prodigious Antipodean beatsmith, Inkswel and his partner in rhymes, the formidable Atlanta emcee, Stan Smith. Their new 7 track EP gets the party started from the get-go. The original version has Stan bouncing his flow over the beats, giving the track Sugarhill vibes mixed in with that classic NY hip hop sound from back in the day with a sprinkling of Atlanta Funk and an incessant rhythm. The North Street West Crew’s production nods towards a Philadelphia groove, with a smattering of inspiration from Pete Rock, Cold Crush Brothers and the Jungle Brothers as well as your very own label mistress Jo, aka Lady Kaos, elbowing her way onto backing vocals.

Ahead of the EP we ask them a few questions..

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Inkswel aka Jules Habib – one half of Active Ingredients with the mighty Stan Smith  

Where are you from, where are you now?

Adelaide Australia… back there now due to COVID but have spent the last ten years living in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Gold Coast, Berlin, London and beyond. 

What are you up to today?

Working on a guest DJ mix and finishing the final mixes for my new album coming next year and the debut album from Neo Soul vocalist Erin Buku. 

Talk us through your new release a little.

Me and Stan initially linked in 2019 via our mutual friend Daz-I-kue, of Bugz in the Attic, and we formed like Voltron as Active Ingredients. Our first EP was on French label, Cosmocities and we have since worked on a lot of music together. This jam came about around the same time as the initial one, but we sat on it until we found the right home for it with Jo Wallace’s Ramrock Records!

Is there a process of production that you follow when making a new track?

I usually pick a stack of records to listen to. I start with inspiration, and this usually connects me to the Universe’s vibrations. The process from there is something divine and beyond this ether. I just let it flow.  

Who would you love to see playing this music?

Anyone who listens for the love ..

Where is the best place to listen to it?

Digital services … and Bandcamp  

What was the last piece of music that you bought?

Re issue of ‘Madvillain’ (RIP DOOM) from my friends store, Cold Krush Records, and Hiatus Kaiyote ‘Get Sun’ single on Brainfeeder Records. 

If someone wanted to get to know your taste, what album should they listen to?  

Platinum Pied Pipers – Triple P Wajeed is an absolute don! Or DJ SPINNA – intergalactic soul.

What advice would you give to other producers in the studio?

Know your approach inside out – what you use is irrelevant. Your intention and vibration is what matters.  

What have you got the pipeline?

New album start of 2022, lots of remixes and production for other vocalists and rappers.. And loads more!

Inkswel is an eclectic DJ, producer and tastemaker with a long and extensive history of blending the boundaries of genre with a strong B-Boy foundation and forever evolving outlook. He has recently launched his own label, Inner Tribe Records, released his second album on Atjazz Records as well as a boogie EP for Kraak and Smaak’s label, Boogie Angst. Plus, there are several forthcoming Active Ingredients projects in his collaborative musical pipeline.

Stan “Steam” Smith has earnt an international reputation as a versatile emcee, having worked with the likes of Daz-I-Kue, Soulparlor and Rahgroove on their Tokyo Dawn Records release “Get Up Movement” and recently showcased his superb mike techniques on Japanese beat maker MFP’s “Busy Work” and he is constantly in the studio.

Releases November 26, 2021 – Bandcamp here or via player above…