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…

Nelson – The Magic Kitten

A lovely podcast from a producer and musician much loved here at the Nearest Faraway Place, Matt Coldrick aka PAN ELECTRIC. Matt tells the miraculous story of Nelson the magic kitten, who ‘found’ Matt on the Greek island of Paros, last November and the profound impact this very sick, blind cat had on him. A lyrical, poetic story about hope, change and love. With lots of Matt’s beautiful music to accompany Nelson’s story too.

Nelson need lots of medical care and Matt has set up a fundraiser to help with his care into the future, any donation however big or small would be much appreciated. Donate here.

Peaceful Revolution EP – Simbad

Simbad makes a return to Freerange following last year’s brilliant Take My Hand EP featuring South African vocalist Brian Temba with Peaceful Revolution, a top quality deep house four tracker.

Now based predominantly in Cape Town, the French Londoner producer and DJ is one of
the most prolific artists in the scene having notched up countless EP’s,
remixes and production work for labels like Apron, G.A.M.M. Faces,
Hyperdub, Atjazz, BBE & Brownswood. His association with Gilles Peterson
and Worldwide runs deep, hosting regular shows on WWFM as well as
traversing the globe delivering his unique and eclectic sets from Africa
to Asia and beyond.

Featuring South African upcoming producer Zito Mowa & vocalist
Lwandile Zulu who brings a raw and impassioned energy to the deep and
soulful mood, this tune was recorded in support of the troubled events
from the past few months and inspired by by the work of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Next up we have a track entitled Let Go which could quite easily be the
lead track of the EP if they weren’t all as good as each other! This is
late night emotive house music at its most sublime. Drop this at the
right time and watch the floor come together in collective bliss.

Flip over for SMBD’s Shaolin Dub remix of Peaceful Revolution which pushes
the original to the outer limits of the audio spectrum. Sub-sonic low end
rumbles sitting in contrast to the ghost like whispers, glitches and
industrial noises that pierce the ethereal pads.

Closing out this special release we find the unassumingly titled Soulful
Jam, a low-slung groove which sees Simbad going heavy on fizzing analogue
synths with a serene synth solo takin centre stage amongst the lush
chords.

EP release date: 22 January 2021 – Buy via Bandcamp on vinyl & digital

90s Anxiety – Jus Jam

The Broken District label brings you ‘90s Anxiety’, a maxi EP / mini album from label founder Jus Jam, who takes us on a deep exploration into his hazy musical world. His music is often described as dreamy and contemplative, with sharp beats and smooth bassline, ‘90s Anxiety’ does not disappoint in this respect. Heavily inspired by nineties underground club culture, the EP travels through UK garage to dreamy hip-hop, from early electro to new jack swing.

On opener ‘Daydream’ and its B-side sister ‘Ryoji’s Dream’, the producer delivers two dreamy compositions crafted with the forward thinking hip-hop head in mind, touching on manga soundtracks and David Lynch’s surreal cinema. ‘Neopolis Sound’ is a subtle ode to early electro and breakbeat, old sci-fi movies and 90s video games. ‘Higher Sense’ is a modern and dreamy vision of breaks and jungle with elements of jazz. Title track ‘90s Anxiety’ takes a contemporary angle on new jack swing mixed with elements of house and funk slap bass. ‘Wide’ goes full on two-step with its steamy atmosphere, syncopated beat and powerful sub.

This collection of tracks is Jus Jam doing what he does best, mixing many forms to create something completely new and visionary.

Releases January 22, 2021 – Pre order / Buy here

September On The Island – George Solar Chris Coco

Balearic legends Chris Coco and George Solar have just released a cracking follow up to their smash October collaboration ‘Noche de San Juan‘. This time they’re celebrating my favourite month to visit Ibiza with ‘September on the Island’, a shimmering, jazzy dubwise slice of late summer soul. Best listened to from a sleepy bar with a glass of Hierbas and a view of Es Vedra I’d say, get involved via Bandcamp link below.

Release date 15/1/21

North Satellite – A Rising Sign

North Satellite is a new project from Eugene Tambourine, he’s working with the maestro Darshan Jesrani, who’s on mixing duties on this release on his new label, Startree. This four tracker is sprinkled with some of Darshan’s special Metro Area depth and soul, it’s sultry, late night, slo-mo dance music. Proper after hours e-soul of the highest calibre, have a listen and get your hands on the vinyl via Juno sharpish…

Celestial Hike EP – Mike Salta & Mortale

To round off another year of sun-kissed, soul-soothing musical adventures, NuNorthern Soul has turned to studio partners Mike Salta and Marty Mortale, a Denmark-based duo with decades of production experience behind them.

A superb four track EP from Mike Salta & Mortale on Phil Cooper’s NuNorthern Soul label. It might be grey and damp here in the UK right now but this release in pure Summer and sunshine, flawless quality from first to last. Get on the pre-order now via Bandcamp link below…

New Mixtape for Dartmouth Arms / Disappearing Dining Club

It was an honour to be invited to create a mixtape for the lovely crew at the Dartmouth Arms / Disappearing Dining Club, as they’ve previously shared mixes from some top selectors like Ray Mang, Phil Cooper, Moonboots, Chris Coco, Pete Gooding, Phil Mison and their excellent residents Neil Thornton and Stuart Langley. Their taste in music is matched the quality of their venue and the hospitality they offer, all top quality from the vintage Celestion soundsystem to the stylish modern cooking, get along if you get the chance. It’s two hours of super chilled, beautiful music, enjoy…

Tracklist…

1. The Soft Rain Falls – Chris Coco

2. Starlight Lullaby – Los Days

3. Sunset Village – Beverly Glenn Copeland

4. The Eighth Wave – Suzanne Ciani

5. Pleasure Joy & Happiness – Eddie Chacon

6.Un Vida Llarga I Tranquila – Joan Bibiloni

7. Pharoah – RAS

8.Give the Light Back to the Night – Plastic Fantastic (Feat. Sally Rodgers)

9. Noche de San Juan – George Solar & Chris Coco

10. Liquid Deep – Dreamcast

11. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown – Braces Tower Dub

12. Patchouli – James Bright

13.Starseeds  – Seahawks

14. Reclaim Landscape – Clandestino Beach Version – OOFT

15. Citations – Mildlife

16. Honey Rooftops – Blair French

17. The Advisory Circle – Sundial

18.Pharaohs – Tears for Fears

19.Conversational – Domenic Leone

20.Cafe del Mar – Frank Fischer

21. Tinseltown in the Rain – The Blur Nile

22. Regnantem Sempiterna – Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble

23. After the Storm – Greg Foat

T-Shirt Drop for the Nearest Faraway Place!

We’re really pleased to launch our first site merch today, with some fab t-shirts from Teemill, the custom brand from Isle of Wight pioneers Rapanui. All their clothing is top quality organic cotton, ethically produced using renewable energy. The cosmic design for this first drop is by fine artist Felix Scott, keep an eye out for her work, definitely a name to watch.

Order your t-shirts here…

Leonidas & Hobbes, ‘Aranath’ EP

Leonidas & Hobbes make a timely return with ‘Aranath EP, 3 years after ‘Web Of Intrigue’ (from 3rd EP Rags Of Time) was voted No1 in Bill Brewster’s 2017 DJ History poll.  Delivering a follow-up to many people’s 2017 summer anthem has been something of a protracted process, not least due to Covid and the 400 miles between us.  

A cracking package that is being launched as a Kickstarter project with loads of lovely merch and extras to enjoy, get behind it here.

Aranath features the hugely talented multi-instrumentalist Riad Abji and his virtuoso cello & tanpura raga, which inspired us to create 4 mixes, combining Riad’s eastern lament with classic house and ambient techno. The release is complemented by the tropical flavours of ‘Into It’ and ‘Out Of It’. The previously unreleased ambient mix of ‘Web of Intrigue’ (digital-only bonus track) from ‘Rags of Time’ rounds off what can certainly be described as a ‘deep’ release.

The sleeve art was inspired by an Indian painting from the 19th Century and created over the course of many obsessive evenings at the height of lockdown (as was some of the audio). Needless to say, the whole project has helped to keep us both sane through these crazy months.

A limited edition vinyl record will be pressed up, featuring our signature in the run-out groove/dead wax, in a full colour sleeve with 3mm spine, shrink-wrapped (PLUS download code, including 3 bonus tracks – NB This includes an 8 min ‘Edit’ of ‘Aranath’ (Original Mix).