Sheepwatch #3 – Chris Coco

He’s back, our ovine overlord of bucolic Balearic, the Chill Out Tent’s very own Chris Coco with the third edition of his now legendary #Sheepwatch mixes, this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 as part of our Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent.

He sent this message via carrier pigeon from his secret highland pastures…

As everybody knows, sheep watching is a Great British Tradition that dates back to, well, the past, when the workers from our great cities would head out to the countryside to watch sheep and marvel at their animal woolliness. Here, Chris Coco continues that tradition, which is now baked into the mixed-metaphorical fabric of The Chill Out Tent, and creates a soundtrack both for the people watching the sheep and the noble beasts themselves as they go about their grazing  and looking-after-the-lambs business. Musically you can expect emotional, slightly epic festival vibes. Think – lounging in a field in the sunshine with your mates, various types of alcohol, a small plastic bag, that you picked up off the grass just now, that seems to contain some sort of unidentified powdery substance, oh, and some sheep, obviously. Expect everything from ambient to Aretha to David to dub… And sheep, lots of lovely sheep…’

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 18:45 BST

Here’s the film from #Sheepwatch Edition #1

K5 Loft Streaming with Calm & Eita

This Sunday, the 25th April  it’s Edition #13 of the Chill Out Tent, and we’re very excited to be starting the event with a session from Tokyo. The K5 Loft Streaming sessions are recorded at a prestigious new venue in the city with some of Tokyo’s finest food, coffee, cocktails and beer in addition to some beautiful guest rooms & suites. The hosts describe the concept as follows…

These streaming events deliver Bedroom / Lounge Music which is courteously selected by two Japanese sound curators, Calm and EITA, who curate music for the hotel. The setting scene for the first session is ”Nap.” People everywhere in the world including Tokyo are facing various difficulties lately. We believe that we may need take a rest a bit time (Nap) staying home and living calmly. Then, the world will slowly wake up and move forward. The two sound curators alternately put records on to create an impromptu playlist. Music is selected from a wide range of Japanese and international records.’

We think you’ll agree this sounds a perfect fit for the Chill Out Tent, expect beautiful calming music presented with reverence and style.

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST

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

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.

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.

The Chill Out Tent x Rob da Bank

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.

Track Listing

1. Blue Sky Thinking (Episode 7-8)Ruf Dug

2. Outside (Laraaji Mix)Eddie Chacon

3. Sondags Beste Rune Lindbaek

4. Midnight CalmChris Coco

5. Pheonix – Jim

6. Cosa Ti Va Jpye & Renato

7. Disco SoleNew Guinea

8. Private SunshineLou Hayter

9. Secret Song – Common Saints

The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu – Come Down Dawn (Full Chapter)

Newsflash! – The return of the KLF continues with the appearance of ‘Come Down Dawn’ online today – ‘The album features reinterpretation of the KLF’s 1990 album Chill Out.’ It’s a reboot of the seminal Chill Out album with the copyrighted samples of Elvis and Acker Bilk (and many more) removed from the mix, still sounding good thirty years on from it’s original release.

‘February 2021Chapter Three

COME DOWN DAWN

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.

Come Back Fat As A Rat’

Sheepwatch II – In the Clouds with Chris Coco

The sheep 🐑 are back this Sunday 31/1/21 for Edition #10 of the Chill Out Tent, when Sheepwatch takes to the clouds ☁️ with a soundtrack of the cosmic festival variety from our man Chris Coco, beautiful music and bucolic ovine visuals make this a session not to miss. Check the recording of Sheepwatch Vol I from Edition #1 at the bottom of this page, it’s one of our favourites…

Edit – 6/2/21 – Here’s the audio of Sheepwatch II from Edition #10

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