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!
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.
Here’s a flashback to the Balearic Summer, an hour of a DJ session recorded live at Cafe Del Mar, Ibiza by resident DJ Ken Fan. This happened on 1 October 2021.
Leo Mas is one of our favourite DJs, his distinctive groove has soundtracked quite a few hedonistic nights for the Tent crew. He may be best known for playing alongside Alfredo at Amnesia in the 80s or his own club, Movida, in Italy in the 90s, or his remixes with production partner Fabrice, but one thing is sure, his taste and sensibility are still totally rooted in the sounds of today, as you will hear in this special mix he has made for us.
Edition #15 of the Chill Out Tent has a packed schedule of 8+ hours for our Summer Solstice Sleepover this Sunday 20/6/21, and one of the highlights has to be our after party session at 22:00 BST. This is because we’ll be featuring an archive mix from Alfredo behind the decks at Amnesia in 1986 that a friend in Ibiza found on cassette and we’ve digitized it and combined it with some classic video from that iconic open air dance floor. Expect an insight into the early days of that legendary Balearic sound years before the British invasion, it’s a time capsule from another era. While we wait for the mix do check out this in depth interview with the maestro himself….
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Edit 30/6/21 – Here’s the mix!
Arthur Lyman – ‘Taboo’
Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells’
Jean Michel Jarre – ‘Souvenir Of China’
Vangelis – ‘Love Theme’
Wally Badarou – ‘The Dachstein Angels’
Propaganda – ‘La Carne, La Morte E Il Diavolo’
Software – ‘Island Sunrise’
Jorge Ben – ‘Xica Da Silva’
Elkin & Nelson – ‘Vámonos’
Ahmed Fakroun – ‘Nisyan’
Art Of Noise – ‘Moments In Love’ (7” version)
Pat Metheny – ‘Sueno Con Mexico’
Volume One, kicks off the new series with a mix from Plastic Fantastic. Here’s what they’ve got to say about the session;
‘This mix is very much a hats-off to José Padilla as they’ve included several records that he played at the Café Del Mar in Ibiza back in the good ol’ days. By the way, if you haven’t already watched In Memory Of José Padilla – The Godfather Of Chill on Youtube, I highly recommend seeing that first as this mix is kind of a follow-up to that.
José Padilla was and still is a huge influence on me as a DJ, particularly his late eighties to mid nineties period as resident DJ at the iconic Café Del Mar where he would provide an eclectic, emotive, chilled and yet simultaneously powerful soundtrack to the sunset. Anyone who was lucky enough to be there back in the day will eagerly testify that they experienced something special. José Padilla sadly passed away last year. His musical legacy and pioneering spirit will not be forgotten.
You may recognise some familiar records in this mix, such as Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ (theme from The Exorcist) and ‘Moments In Love’ by Art of Noise alongside plenty of perhaps lesser known gems. Just to mention a few, Propaganda’s opus ‘La Carne, La Morte E Il Diavolo’, and the rather blissful ‘Island Sunrise’ by Software. The Balearic connoisseurs amongst listeners will enjoy Elkin & Nelson’s sublime latin jam-out ‘Vamonos’, and yes of course I play the record in its entirety (nine glorious minutes!). This record by the way is an absolute Ibiza classic; Alfredo would frequently drop it at Amnesia back in the 80s, truly powerful stuff. Jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny’s ‘Sueno Con Mexico’ closes the mix on a dreamy note, quite literally… Fun fact, Metheny recorded the LP that particular track was taken from right here in Oslo.’
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Reminded of this 2017 release from Soulwax recently, a typically classy production with some fascinating interviews with veteran Ibiza residents, the film below made in collaboration with fashion house Loewe is a joyful reminder of the beauty of the white island. The limited edition vinyl is long gone but the tracks & the interviews are available from the Soulwax Bandcamp, see link below.
We’re adding to our video archive on YouTube again, some ‘Slow TV’ seasonal content this time. It’s ‘Sheepwatch’ with Chris Coco from our first edition of the Chill out Tent, a sublime ambient set, it’s a fine day…
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…
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…