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

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

September On The Island (Dub Version) – Chris Coco & George Solar

Everybody’s favourite month of every Ibiza season has long deserved an adequate ode, and here it is in full dub version! Most of the tourists are gone, the beaches are empty, the water as clear as the skies and the sun sets in an even more magnificent way. Maybe that’s why there’s a certain amount of sweet, almost tropical melancholy in the air while she does. And chances are it sounds a little something like this… down on that beach. Do you remember? Never a cloudy day!

Afterlife – Moksha

This is Afterlife’s late Summer Balearic update for 2021, and it’s quite a package. Atmospheric title track, Moksha open the set with its breath of mysterious voices, wigged out jazz and twisted techno vibes, an after dark soundtrack for sure. Ad Astra follows up with a delicate blissed out pulse of poolside melody. Abraxas is next up with it’s dreamy dubwise slo-mo beats. Completing the four tracker is another dub & delay heavy collaboration with Ken Fan, the Cafe del Mar resident under the name of Dreadbox. Essential listening for anyone hoping to make the Summer last that little bit longer…

Out now – listen and buy at Juno Download

Nick & Samantha – Summer Is Here

Balearic duo Nick & Samantha are back with a slowed-down bossa’d-up, re-imagined version of Barry White’s classic love song. Make your own love story on the beach with this as the soundtrack. The EP also features two original songs, Pathways is a groovy, abstract, stream of consciousness thing; Summer Is Here is a bright, breezy guitar instrumental that will make you feel like Summer at any time of year.

Café Mambo & Absolut DJ x Matt Nearest Faraway Place – Sunset – Aug ’21

Here’s a new super chilled 30 min sunset mix, posted as part of Cafe Mambo and Absolut‘s Sunset DJ competition. If they’re going to fly out some lucky sunseeker to play in Ibiza next month it might as well be me right? If you’ve enjoyed the mix give it a repost & favourite and maybe I’ll buy you a shot of Hierbas down at Cafe Mambo one day soon 🙂
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It’s tricky to capture a mood in such a short mix, but I tried to get a flavour of what I’d want to hear in a longer sunset session. So there’s vintage Balearic classics from Joan Bibiloni and the San Sebastian Strings, fab new school Balearic from Nick & Samantha (out now on Chris Coco‘s label), Cantoma and Bongo Entp. Then closing out the set with the timeless, emotive beauty of David Sylvian‘s ‘Let the Happiness in’ as the sun dips below the horizon.

Cicada Interlude – Nick and Samantha
The Gypsy Camp – The San Sebastian Strings
Accadde a Bali – Arawak
Back Into Daylight Ft. Quinn Lamont Luke – Cantoma
Baby Song- Bongo Entp
Summer Is Here – Nick and Samantha
Sa Fosca – Joan Bibiloni
Let The Happiness In – David Sylvian

Bad Business Club – ‘Naked Neighbor’

Effervescent nu-disco act Bad Business Club present their second supremely refined full-length album the deliciously sun-soaked and harmonically rich ‘Naked Neighbor‘.


Following excellent releases on revered label, Midnight Riot, the band return with eight delicately honeyed tracks – each of which are certain to ring out blissfully over pool-sides and ocean panoramas throughout the long hot summer and far beyond. Informed by an irresistible blend of Moroder-infused disco edge, yacht rock flair, and understated modern gloss, their sound is the aural embodiment of a gentle summer breeze.

The band wrote ‘Naked Neighbor‘ at a hilltop cottage in Puerto Rico, examining the theme of leaving old baggage behind as they reflected on their break from everyday Brooklyn life.

Released 13/8/21 – Buy / stream / Listen here.

Not My Day – Quinn Lamont Luke & Alex From Tokyo

Quinn Lamont Luke is back again, just one month since his last release, the sublime ‘Don’t Run Away’, this next track on his own El Triangulo label is ‘Not My Day‘ – another top quality addition to your collection from the New York and Oaxaca Mexico based musician, songwriter and producer.

Not My Day bounces along beautifully with some cheeky synth action and an uplifting 90’s feel. The stellar Tokyo Black Star remix c/o Alex from Tokyo takes you deeper and dubbier, into late night acid chug territory, with tougher beats and a stabby synth, softened by Quinn’s vocal crescendo coming in to make some summer dance floor memories.

These trackshad previously appeared on an extremely limited, vinyl only release on Alex From Tokyo’s World Famous label in 2016.  Seeing the digital light of day for their first time now, the release comes along with a luscious “retouch” by Tokyo Black Star of Quinn’s cover of the Lil Louis classic “Club Lonely.

Out now, listen and buy via Bandcamp link above and here.

SONLIFE – The First

Out today on Chris Coco’s Disappear label is SONLIFE‘s beautiful single ‘The First‘. A beautiful, shimmering slice of soulful, jazzy electronica. It’s delicate shuffling beats and emotive piano make it perfect headphone listening, it’s an essential addition to any poolside or beach bar playlist this Summer and an exciting taster of the forthcoming album from this South London producer. Out now via Bandcamp, see link below…