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…

Out For You – Birds Of Pandæmonium

If we dare to be optimistic, there’s a chance we’ll be back at gigs, clubs and festivals sometime soon, this is a good thing for the guys who’ve just released these big, anthemic VERY arena friendly bangers. This big guitar lead stadium house sound hasn’t been hammered like this since the golden days of the KLF!

Self confessed ‘Hippy Goths’ Birds Of Pandæmonium are a nomadic psychedelic collective led by Millennium Culkin and Hazy James. Taking simple songs of raw emotion then refracted through their maximalist, tripped out lens. The Birds are out to craft sonic collages for the new love renaissance. Exploring the darkness while pursuing light.

First up on the EP, title track, “Out For You” is an anthemic belter filled with ripping guitars (two solos….wtf?!), pounding arpeggiated bass, 808 drops, plus a dreamy break filled with slide guitars that rumble, build and explode underneath Hazy James’ airy falsetto. Designed for arena madness and soundtracking your moments of catharsis.

Not satisfied with just arena filling vibes, Each Other (Justin Strauss and Max Pask) take the original and twist it into a different experience which should really only be beamed down from a DJ booth orbiting the Earth to a fully global dance party. File this in the “Peak Time Festival” folder.

Flipping over to the b-side, the energy is high but the feeling a little colder on “The Night” – a chugging, introspective, escapist anthem for anytime the sun goes down. Sonically it’s a little goth-punk and a little bit acid house.

NY icon, Juan MacLean picks up remixing duties and turns in a taut, lean, dark, body moving machine. Shimmering synth lines cascade over a rough hypnotic beat

Available on May 28, 2021 vinyl & digital via Bandcamp link above or here…

Beam Me Up Remixed – Midnight Magic

Stunning 10th anniversary remix package of Midnight Magic‘s much loved ‘Beam Me Up‘ from Razor-N-Tape with Prins Thomas, Kim Ann Foxman and Each Other (that’s a Max Pask & Justin Stauss collab) on the knobs & faders.

Even before we get to the remixes, how can we not love Midnight Magic? Describing themselves as ‘A nine person ensemble bonded by the unwavering desire to make you, the listener, and the rhythm become one; the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton serving up an orgasmic feast of funk, disco, electro and soul.’ You had me at ‘Donna & George’…

Norwegian space-disco don Prins Thomas delivers a sprawling and elegant mix, grounding melodic and psychedelic elements over a bumping percussive disco rhythm treatment, stretching out over 8 minutes of blissful breakdowns, delays and driving bass lines. Kim Ann Foxman takes the song to a darker and dubbier place with her “Beam Me To The Basement Mix,” layering samples of singer Tiffany Roth’s vocal and insistent acid synths over a heavy and pulsing low end. Each Other, a new project by Max Pask and NYC club royalty Justin Strauss, crafts an extended peak-time stormer of a mix, with churning analog drum and synth production that is somehow ravey, New-Wavey and lush all at once.

These three mixes truly capture an entire club night in one record, each a beautifully unique interpretation that showcases the inimitable talent and creativity of the remixers, and is also a testament to the enduring perfection of the original. Grab this record immediately and beam yourself back to the dance floor!

Buy / Listen via Bandcamp link above or here.

Midnight Magic

May Mix 2021

Beautiful new mix, some new, some old, all bloody lovely. Featuring Palle Mikkelborg, Arawak, Nick & Samantha, Chris Coco, Swing Out Sister, Tamam Shud, Seahawks, Eddie Chacon, Mark Isham, L’Impératrice, Electronic System III, Ruf Dug & Jack Doepel, Jessie Ware, Hillside. Get involved yeah? 🙂

Tracklist

Prince of Peace – Palle Mikkelborg
Accade a Bali – Arawak
On the Beach (Chris Coco Mix) – Nick & Samantha
Communion (Instrumental Mix) – Swing Out Sister
Bali Waters – Tamam Shud
Hurt (Seahawks Mix) – Eddie Chacon
Raffles in Rio – Mark Isham
Sonate Pacifique (feat. Isaac Delusion) – L’Impératrice
Skylab – Electronic System III
TV Sky – Ruf Dug & Jack Doepel
Remember Where You Are – Jessie Ware
Sunday in June – Hillside

Walking in the sun EP – Andres Y Xavi

Brighton’s Balearic brethren Andres Y Xavi join forces with legendary Woodentops front man Rolo McGinty with a taster track from the soon to be released 2nd album ‘Sounds From The Secret Bar’ (due on 11 June 2021) . ‘Walking in the sun‘ comes with an atmospheric album mix, dubbed out ‘Higher Vibration Mix’ from IIB? dons Coyote, squelchy, percussive James Bright mix and Xavi himself closes out the package with a storming couple of tripped out dub & pianopella mixes.

Released April 30, 2021 via Bandcamp link below – essential listening!

Satelliti – Saturnino

Fresh out of Italy and just in time for the Summer, this is a really strong five tracker on Milano imprint Roll Over Records. This is a perfect Balearic package taking us from chugging head nodders to guitar lead dream house anthems, from poolside at Pikes into the hedonistic sweat on Freddie’s dancefloor. A call to action after the sensory depravation of the lockdown months.

The sixth outing on Rollover Milano is by one of Italy’s most accredited bass players Saturnino, in collaboration with Metatron, producer Pierpaolo Peroni and guitarist/producer Davide Ferrario. The EP contains five original cuts on which Saturnino’s solo bass prevails.

‘It’s an elegant affair, with EP opener ‘Saturnintro’ drawing you into the idea and concept of what is Balearic via fluttering beats and guitar strums. One for the chuggers and early doors at ALFOS is ‘Mimas’, which packs much vivid detail and colour in its five and half minutes. The glamorous ‘Milano’ is sassy and cheeky with a vocal that wouldn’t be out of place alongside Sueno Latino. ‘Rea’ is full of fun, achieving similar levels of magic. It deceptively begins with shades of acid house and has a breakdown that will certainly see some hands reaching for the air festival moments. When it drops, its funk guitar riff will take the dancefloor through to the end of the night. EP closer, ‘Teti’, ups the tempo and dials the lights down low, with its driving beat and mesmerising bass strings. It’s deliciously dubbed-out groove takes us back to the club where we all so want to be right now. This EP is pure pleasure from beginning to end.’

Released April 30, 2021 – available here

Beats From the Quarantine – Third Attempt

Third Attempt from Tromsø, Norway has come up with a new album and after a few listens it’s been promoted to the classic heads section of my collection. I’m filing this with my down tempo dons like K&D, David Holmes and Thievery Corporation so you know it’s top quality. Expect jazzy beats and breaks, enigmatic samples and smoky slo-mo atmospherics.

‘How to turn a moment of worry, uncertainty and isolation into something of a warm-hearted, creative catalyst? How to build bridges when humanity in its entirety seems caught in the nets of decisively painful crossroads? Written and recorded during the lockdown that’s put our civilisations to sleep for the past year, the new album from Third Attempt comes as a much welcome balmy treat to our existentially dreadful times.’

Released April 30, 2021 – an essential purchase via the Bandcamp link below

On The Beach (Chris Coco Remix) – Nick & Samantha

This is a release that’s certain to bring warm Summer breezes and shimmering sun kissed waves…

Here the ultimate Balearic sunshine duo, Nick & Samantha, are remixed by sunset lover Chris Coco. He takes their cover of the classic, On The Beach, into deeper, more dubby, electronic territory. On the flip the remix is stripped back to its new original, instrumental elements to make a new track that works beautifully in its own right.

About Nick & Samantha:

Nick & Samantha make Balearic music. That’s music for the summer, preferably somewhere on an island in the Mediterranean. They do cover versions, and write their own beautiful songs inspired by the sea, the shore, and, of course, love, loss and desire.

releases April 23, 2021 – listen and buy via Bandcamp link below…

Rudy Norman – Back To The Streets (Flying Mojito Bros Refritos)

This is a big one, Americana disco wizards the Flying Mojito Bros have worked their magic on Rudy Norman’s cult AOR track, and in so doing have, in the words of Rudy himself, “brought Back To The Streets to the future”. Perfectly timed for the arrival of the Spring sunshine and our tentative and hopeful return to communal dancefloors, this is a proper cosmic treat for Balearic heads everywhere

For the first time, Back To The Streets (1980) finds itself remastered on 12” vinyl alongside official remixes commissioned by the artist, in a welcome new package that will please lovers of glistening disco reworks as well as those seeking a vinyl copy of the original track. The sun-baked electronic disco ‘refritos’ arrive in three versions to suit all occasions – straight up, extended dub and radio edit – and no doubt have the potential to resonate with the huge worldwide desire to get back out there and bond meaningfully with our fellow brothers and sisters in public.

It looks the part too, with Flying Mojito Bros also directing a colourful and cosmic reimagining of the original cover art via illustrator Nick Potts, reflecting the bros’ transportation of Rudy’s West Coast vibes into one of their own Southwestern desertscape settings.

The original track Back To The Streets has long been a cult crossover disco track, known and played by notable diggers on the scene such as DJ Shadow, in addition to the exquisite opening solo Rhodes lines becoming a choice sample for underground producers.

And the Flying Mojito Bros, what’s their take on the release? “We can’t tell you how ace it was receiving an email from Rudy out of the blue a while back not only saying he digs our work, but asking us to remix Streets. One of those dope moments that you could never predict happening but serves to remind us one of the amazing reasons why we do what we do – to make connections with people. We love the way the timing of this release has fallen at the time of mankind returning to the streets to physically reconnect. It’s gonna be emotional playing this out the first time to a dancefloor, let us tell you!”

This release is getting a full 12″ vinyl pressing and digital too, both available from Bandcamp here, and have listen via the player below