The Chill Out Tent Singles of 2021

Again, not a chart, more of an awesome playlist of some amazing singles / EP’s we’ve loved this year. We could easily add another 25 titles to this list (maybe we will?) Let us know about the inevitable glaring omissions yeah?

We love all the tracks listed below but if had to choose a number one the David Holmes release could be it, a defiant call to arms for our troubled times – ‘Let’s Make Some Changes’ – we can hope right? Here as a Spotify playlist too…

Ole Smokey’s Winter Opus Mix for the Chill Out Tent

We’re pleased to share a very special seasonal mix this December, we’ve got an exclusive set from the king of the re-edit Ole Smokey, it’s a mix of folk, rock, downtempo and all sorts of oddities and a stack of his own special edits. Smokey keeps a low profile, preferring not to get involved in the noise of social media and self promotion but he’s a musical magpie, collector and DJ with global experience.

From early days as a Bowie obsessed art school kid in the north west through punk, jazz, soul and funk in 1980’s Soho, moving on to warehouse parties, the early days of acid house then off to the heady days of mid 90’s San Francisco for an 11 year stay, then back to the UK where industry connections lead him off to Croatia where he was resident at the legendary Garden Festival. For more on this globetrotting story check the interview Smokey did with Dave Pickering at One Million Sunsets.

Check Smokey’s back catalogue of edits on Soundcloud, buy his edits on his Bandcamp and listen to his radio shows and mixes via Mixcloud.

Huge thanks to Smokey for this super mix and a very happy Christmas to all the Chill Out Tent friends and family. We’ve got loads of exciting plans for 2022, see you in the New Year x

The Chill Out Tent – Jolyon Green plays Flamenco

The Chill Out Tent - Jolyon Green plays Flamenco

We came across an Instagram post from DJ Jolyon Green about a flamenco album and immediately asked him to make a mix of fine flamenco tunes for us, because we love the music but don’t know enough about it. He came up with this – a bouncing, at times bright, at others dark, mix of pure wonder and beauty. Jo is a DJ History and Lowlife party alumni and a deeply knowledgeable collector of all styles of music. Call it a cure for the winter blues or just a great musical journey, enjoy!

The Chill Out Tent – Phil Mison Exclusive Mix

The Chill Out Tent - Phil Mison

If anyone DJing today is the epitome of Balearic, it’s probably, Phil Mison. His eclectic taste; his history, playing Cafe Del Mar in its heyday in the 90s alongside Jose Padilla; his consistently great production work as Cantoma; and his dry sense of, well, everything; mean he is often seen as the DJs DJ, the carrier of the Balearic flame. So, yep, you get the picture, we think he’s pretty good, and a very nice bloke too. So here’s a mix he made exclusively for The Chill Out Tent.

Coldcut X Mixmaster Morris – ‘@0 Mix’


The release also includes new compositions and remixes of music by Imogen Heap, James Heather, Specimens, Nailah Hunter, Coldcut and more. Ninja Tune will be donating their share (50% of net receipts) to three charities: CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Mind and Black Minds Matter.

The Chill Out Tent #19 – Sunday 7/11/21

Back once again with the chill behaviour! It’s our next monthly streaming event on Sunday 7/11/21 at 19:00 GMT. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 


Sunrise Sessions – Plastic Fantastic from Oslo Norway

Yasushi Ide – Cosmic Suite Live

Space Ghost in collaboration with Fault Radio

With new music and films from Rob Lewis (Ambient Zone), Chris Coco, Andrea Terrano (Ambient Zone), Zoon Van Snook, SONLIFE, Nick & Samantha and Kalabrese.

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 GMT Sunday 7/11/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 


The Chill Out Tent #18 – 3/10/21

And we’re back with our next monthly streaming event on Sunday 3/10/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

At 19:00 we’ve got our own Chris Coco with his very special ambient ‘Brutalist Sunrise

19:30 – Andy Pye (Balearic Social) shares the latest Sunrise Session

20:30 – Ogawa & Tokoru (Vinifonica)

21:30 – Wildblood & Queenie – from Lodgefest – Summer rainstorm live set from the Chill Out Tent

22:00 – After Party – Leo Zero – from the York Rise Street Festival

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

This is our 18th consecutive monthly streaming event, a year and a half since we started at the beginning of the first lock down. We’ve curated more than 150 wildly diverse DJ sets, interviews, films, documentaries, commissioned custom animation, artwork and photography from all over the world to a growing audience of thousands.

We always aimed to be much more than a static camera on a bedroom DJ set. Our aim has been to celebrate and champion the music, culture, artists and venues that we love. Particularly at a time when they were under threat from a range of challenges, both viral and societal.

Now that the worst of the pandemic is over we’re giving some thought to what’s next for the Chill Out Tent. Our first live festival event at Lodgefest in July was an inspiring reminder of the joy of dancing together in a field and we’re planning for more live adventures in the months ahead.

We’d love your ideas on future events, collaborations and projects, perhaps we could bring the Chill Out Tent experience to your town, city, field, gallery or festival, get in touch, we’d love to talk. Thanks to all the Chill Out Tent community who’ve been so amazing over the last 18 months, we love you all 🙂

The Chill Out Tent #17 – 29/8/21

Our next monthly streaming event will be happening on Sunday 29/8/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

We’ve got Sheffield americana expert and digger extrordinaire Bobby Lee with an amazing set that explores the hippy roots of the Balearic sound, a fascinating documentary on ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Harold Budd. Then we’re off to West Coast California for an exclusive set from San Franciso legend Gavin Hardkiss. The after party this month come courtesy of the lovely Paper Recordings crew, with another of their ‘tag team’ DJ relays. We’ve got loads more new music, films and animation in the mix too.

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

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