We did an interview with the Nearest Faraway Place blog about the Chill Out Tent, our inspiration and some plans for the future. Worth a look if you’d like to know where we’re coming from and where we’re going…
This radio interview that Chris did with Dave Howell on Music for Beaches is another chance to hear the Chill Out Tent story...
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We are honoured and excited to say that Rob da Bank invited us to do a guest mix for his new Worldwide FM radio show. The festival promoting, record label running, yoga doing legend has a new show that goes out at 7pm every Sunday evening. Playing his signature mix of ‘ambient soundscapes, leftfield rarities, global oddities and vintage cuts from Rob’s dusty library’. We put together a 45 minute mix to give Rob’s listeners a flavour of our signature Chill Out Tent sound, have a listen via the Mixcloud link below.
We’re really excited to be able to share the amazing KHAO ROP from Sarah Bates in the the February version of the Chill Out Tent, it’s Edition #11and it happening this Sunday 28/2/21 at 18:00 GMT. A hallucinatory film, blending Sarah’s music and video work into an immersive journey, it’s not available on line so make sure you join us on Sunday!
‘Thailand is Sarah’s spiritual home. Just before the bug hit, Sarah & her daughter spent months in the jungle over there; she returned to a very different world but was still full of the sun.
Suddenly locked down in her house, Sarah escaped into the hours of video she’d shot while away, working non-stop on assembling a staggering moving collage that’s as far removed from a set of holiday snaps as you could possibly imagine.
With her music production rig set up next to her video workstation, she composed an entirely new soundtrack to match the film – nine classic Sarah Bates moody melters – and after many months of ridiculously hard work, KHAO ROP is now ready for you to discover.
Put simply, it’s an alternate reality that you can disappear into. You will be consumed by this film. There are many meanings to be discovered in it, or u can just blaze one and let it roll over you.’
Life Like it’s Golden – A Playlist by Sally Rodgers
‘I had no particular theme in mind when I started putting my playlist together for The Chill Out Tent but it seems to have decided on one for me! It’s definitely got the sort of spiritual, space jazz and ambient vibe of my younger days with a few killer vocal cuts like Madlib, David Walters and Jill Scott. I’m trying very hard to live my ‘life like it’s golden’ (it’s not easy right now) and this is a playlist I put together quite instinctively, and that includes so many inspirational musicians and artists whose music really resonates with me (Alice Coltrane, Arthur Russell etc.), and who help me to connect with my deeper self – help me dig up that gold and keep going’.
Wisdom Eye – Alice Coltrane
Desert Nights – Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes
Road of The Lonely Ones – Madlib
The Sensual woman – The Herbaliser
Utopia and Visions – Don Cherry, Tommy Koverhult, Tommy Goldman, Maffy Falay, Tage Siven, Okay Temiz
Cosa Nova – A Man Called Adam
Soon to be innocent fun – Arthur Russell
Doing That Thing – Les McCann
Compared to What (Live) – Eddie Harris, Les McCann
Come Down Dawn was released on the 4th of February 2021.
Come Down Dawn is a Drive by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
A Drive is a journey in the head.
The Drive took them from the Reverend Doctor Wade’s tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York to the Mesoamerican Pyramids near Mexico City.
The Drive lasted just over a period of 43 hours.
The Drive ended as dawn began to break on Sunday the 4th of February 1990
Come Down Dawn by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu is also a pre-mix of Chill Out released by The KLF on the 5th of February 1990.
Come Down Dawn was released the day before Chill Out, but 31 years later.
Come Down Dawn contains the following tracks.
Brooklyn to Atlantic City
Atlantic City to Philadelphia
Philadelphia to Baltimore
Baltimore to Fair Play
Fair Play to North Druid Hills
North Druid Hills to Atlanta
Atlanta to Mobile
Mobile to Houston
Houston to Laredo
Laredo to El Prado
El Prado to San Rafael
San Rafael to Mexico City
All tracks were recorded live at Trancentral in late 1989 by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, featured guests include Evil Graham Lee on the pedal steel guitar, the Unknown Tuvan Shepherd on throat singing and the Reverend Doctor Wade on spiritual guidance.
We always close out our monthly Chill Out Tent livestreams with an after party, where the tempo goes up after the mellowness of the earlier sessions. We’re really honored to have one of the kings of the disco edit,’ Glasgow’s answer to Walter Gibbons’ that’s Scotland’s Al Kent in charge of the party for Edition #10 on Sunday 31/1/21/.
This Sunday’s Edition #10 of the Chill Out Tent features a set from respected singer songwriter Eddie Chacon and producer / keyboard player John Carroll-Kirby. The pair collaborated on Chacon’s ‘Pleasure, Joy and Happiness’ album, his comeback release after many years away from the music business, “What a rare and cool challenge it was for me to help Eddie re-emerge after a long hiatus,” says Carroll Kirby. “I was excited to produce a record for him that captured the chill, laid-back wisdom and easy vocal mastery he has that you don’t see that much these days.” The success of the album and the redemption of it’s warm reception are not lost on singer – “I was moved to tears. Honestly. Up until that point, I didn’t feel I’d ever done anything real or great in my life. I finally felt like I’d done something good.”
It’s a beautiful album of rare charm and delicacy and one of our favourites here at the Chill Out Tent. Huge thanks to Eddie and John for letting us share their session with the Chill Out Tent community.
We’re really happy to be able to share Italian DJ / producer My Friend Dario‘s stunning film ‘Sketches of Etna’ as part of our Chill Out Tent Edition #10 event this weekend. Dario is from Catania, and this ancient Sicilian port city stands at the foot of iconic volcano Etna, providing a breathtaking backdrop for this captivating live set. Dario describes his sound as ‘Beats that come from tropical landscapes, guitars like foam that rests on the sand, deep synths, rarefied sounds, chilling and thrilling!’ tune in to the livestream on Sunday to hear for yourselves…
Here’s a mix Dario did for Phil Cooper’s NuNorthern Soul label a while ago…