Inside The Chill Out Tent

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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Jose Padilla Café del Mar Mixtape Vol 2 Side 1

This is the digitised version of side 1 of a mixtape made on cassette by Jose Padilla and sold at the Cafe Del Mar in the early 1990’s. It was played with a video from that era in Edition 12 of The Chill Out Tent in March 2021.  It’s a seminal collection, Jose’s Balearic blue print of ambient, electronics, classical, new-age, film scores and rock all going into the mix…

  1. Wally Baderou – Mt. Fuji and the Mime
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Souvenir of China
  3. Yello – Blue Green
  4. Wally Baderou – The Dachstein Angels
  5. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile
  6. Jon & Vangelis – I hear you now
  7. Steve Miller – Wild Honey
  8. Laurie Anderson – White lily

RUNE LINDBÆK – Our Friend from Norway

This Sunday 28/3/21 Rune Lindbaek is our guest for The Chill Out Tent Edition #12, he’s presenting a film and DJ set as the Drum Island Records Megamix. Rune also features as one of the pioneers of Norwegian electronic music in the documentary screening of ‘Northern Disco Lights in tonight’s schedule too. His status as a respected balearic DJ, producer, label manager, broadcaster is recognised at home in Norway, and of course all over the more discerning dancefloors from London to Ibiza and beyond. We’re really grateful to Rune for doing this session for us, so to keep us going until this evening here’s a few of Rune’s tracks.

Edit 29/3/21 – Here’s the audio from Rune’s mix for Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent, file under ‘ambient’…

Rune on Discogs

Rune talks to Paper Recordings

Rune Talks to Jaeger Oslo

Rune talks to Ban Ban Ton Ton

Christian Len – Balearic Historian

We’ll be talking to Christian Len this Sunday as part of our Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent, Christian is a DJ, producer, broadcaster and most recently author. With his colleague Luis Costa he has written ‘Balearic – an oral history of Ibiza’s club culture‘ a critically acclaimed title, telling the story of Ibiza from the 1950’s to the contemporary club scene. Don’t miss this insiders stories of Ibizan music and culture. For now have a listen to his Balearic Beats mixtape below…

Balearic Book on InstagramFacebook

Cherry Blossom / Sakura / Hanami

Now’s the season for the return of the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom or Sakura. Enjoyed in Japan through the tradition of Hanami or ‘flower viewing’ and engaged from a philosophical view point of ‘Mono No Aware’ that celebrates the beauty of transience and impermanence. You may not be able to see much blossom depending on your location or season, if so then enjoy the film below, one hour of stunning drone footage and delicate ambience. As featured in our monthly newsletter.

The Chill Out Tent x Pete Fowler Ltd Edition 1st Birthday T-shirts

This Sunday the 28/3/21 is our 12th monthly edition of The Chill Out Tent, that means we’re one year old!

We’ve collaborated with the legendary artist and illustrator Pete Fowler on this superb design for our limited edition celebration t-shirt.

The T’s are made by Teemill who are a part of Rapanui, an amazing eco, fairtrade supplier from the Isle of Wight, UK.

Order your T-shirt now with this link for stunning T’s in a variety of colours for men, women and children, there’s a tote bag too of course 🙂

Love Forgotten – A Film by A Man Called Adam

As part of our Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent we’re honoured to be screening a preview of a new film from A Man Called Adam – ‘Love Forgotten‘ is a visual companion to the ‘Love Forgotten Oddities & Rarities Part 1 & 2’ two retrospective ‘mixtape’ albums from the band.

This is how Sally Rodgers describes the development of the film…

‘Just as we’ve been mining our audio archives for interesting work to revisit, rework and release on our Oddities and Rarities collections, we also looked at the visual media we’ve created over the years. We documented a lot of the crazy experimental work we did in our ‘Big Shed’ studio in Cornwall, our mini tour of China in 2006, a private appointment in the media archive at Arts et Métier in Paris – in fact, wherever we went we usually had a camera with us and we made films for installation pieces or just because… It’s interesting to look at it all now because most was shot in the pre-Instagram era. We’re rarely in the shots, the camera is always pointing outwards. In this excerpt from the film there’s footage from the Quarry behind our house in Cornwall, some of the digital experiments we undertook, a travelogue from China, cityscapes and Tai Chi sessions shot from the backs of tour buses or from rooms on the 28th and 56th floors of sky-scraping hotels. The film here for the title track Love Forgotten uses footage shot by my friend Marvin Clarke during Lockdown 1.0 in 2020. He was delivering for a food charity and I asked him to shoot the empty London streets from his dashboard. It’s a remarkable bit of film documentary and Steve processed it through one of his custom Max patches to make it even more surreal. We realised that we don’t approach visual media like film directors might, we’re sonic artists and I think we approached these images with that sensibility. Using a collage of formats and media – mini-DV, mobile phones, homemade processing systems and hand-drawn animation – we worked with the visual material as we would with audio. Layering, taking away and remixing elements into new material. With themes of technology, memory, landscapes and people, Love Forgotten is a film about love, loss and hope to coincide with the release of the Love Forgotten albums (Parts 1&2). ‘


Film titles and credits by Craig Kendal and James Dickinson. 

Obay Alsharani

In Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent, streaming 28/3/21 we’re featuring some music and film from Obay Alasharani.

Obay Alsharani is a Syrian migrant now settled in Sweden, and Sandbox is his debut album. Obay started producing music back in 2013 in his homeland of Syria. His lo-fi productions fused dusty samples of Arabic music with crunchy hip-hop beats, and he gained a dedicated following on Soundcloud after he started releasing his productions under the name Khan El Rouh; “…it was great for escapism from all the horror that was happening outside when we watched what we started as peaceful protests for social equality and freedom of expression descend into a ravaging civil war between a brutal regime and the Islamists who took over the revolution”

As the situation in Damascus worsened, Obay fled Syria eventually being offered a scholarship in Sweden, which led to an extended period in refugee accommodation in the far north of the country while he awaited the result of his residence application. Here he resumed his beat-making, and also sought refuge in the world-building game Minecraft, a place where he could momentarily forget the chaos and destruction in his homeland and the upheaval and uncertainty of his situation in Sweden, and concentrate on creation.

After his residency was granted, Obay found a home and a job but became dissatisfied with his music production. So, inspired by the beauty of the Swedish landscape, the shifting colours of the Northern Lights, and the ambient sounds that had brought him comfort during this turbulent time, particularly C418’s Minecraft soundtrack, the music of Boards of Canada and Colleen, Obay embarked on the production of the deeply personal, calming and sheltering music that became Sandbox.

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