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…
The Chill Out Tent have been talking to the legendary Idler magazine about chill out culture and the rise and fall (and rise again) of the chill out space. We’ve been invited to write a substantial article for the Summer edition of one of our favourite magazines which we’re busy researching right now. Some of this research has been inspired by conversations in the newly resurgent forum over at Test Pressing, where a global community come together to discuss all things musical. Tom Hodgkinson has written a great piece in his weekly ‘Letter from the Editor’ to remind his readers of the many joys of the chillout room.
‘In the chill out room you were licensed to stare into space and do nothing. You might also meet new people and could end up chatting happily to a hod-carrier from Leatherhead (to quote a gag made by the late great Gavin Hills) or an ex-Etonian lawyer. It was by turns meditative and convivial, and was a place to hear fantastic music by Sven Väth, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno and a myriad others, plus the obligatory whalesong. In the chill out room you listened to music in a different way.‘ Full article here…
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.
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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’
This Sunday 31/1/21 at 18:00 GMT sees Edition #10 of the Chill Out Tent and as you can see from the flyer below it’s another super lineup, bringing the best in Chill Out culture, music and film. Set a reminder to join us and catch the streaming event at Livefrom and Mixcloud Live, this is a free event, all welcome. For further information subscribe to our newsletter here. For details on the schedule check the links below…
18:30 – Yasushi Ide – Cosmic Suite
19:10 – Eddie Chacon & John Carrol-Kirby
21:15 – After Party – Al Kent (Stream the Scene)
We’ve curated a playlist of beautiful music to help remember and celebrate the life of Jose Padilla. These are tracks that appeared in his legendary mixtapes, charts that he shared and some of his own timeless productions. They all provide an insight into Jose’s balearic blueprint of ambient, electronics, classical, new-age, film scores, jazz and rock all going into the mix. If we’ve missed some essential tracks let us know…
Our curator in chief and super chilled DJ Chris Coco played an ambient, pre sunset set, up the hill, under a tree for the La Casella stream on The Chill Out Tent. He was sporting a fine, cosmic shirt and trouser combo too, it has to be said. Here is that very spacey mix.
‘Moments in Love – The History of Chillout Music’ was first broadcast in 2004, written and produced by Chris Coco of this parish for the BBC, it’s a documentary that tells the history of the music we now know as ‘Chillout’. Tracing its origins back in the experimental work of classical musicians like Erik Satie and Claude Debussy.
For veteran listeners & fans it provides a seminal playlist of evergreen classics, while for newcomers to the world of downtempo music it’ll provide an invaluable primer to the world of chill out and balearic.
Chris talks to many innovators and pioneers of the chillout scene and some of its fans who explain what the music means to them. He chats with: Mixmaster Morris, Paul Morely, Laura B, Brian Eno, Dr Alex Paterson, Edgar Froese, George Evelyn of Nightmares on Wax, Rob da Bank, Jon Sa Trinxa, Jose Padilla, Sally Rogers, Phil Mison, Pete Lawrence, DJ Ravin and Sam (Zero 7) Hardaker.
With a rare and exclusive interview with Jose Padilla, the man widely regarded as the spiritual father of chillout whose legendary session tapes soundtracking the setting sun over Café del Mar turned into the hugely successful compilation series, the programme traces the path of this music through the electronic experiments and dub reggae of the 1970s, the beach bars and Balearic sound of Ibiza, up to the eclectic sounds of today.
‘What has now become known as chillout music is really music for listeners and lovers of music. This music seems very much about something you really listen to and enjoy, and I do feel that people who dismiss it as bland have really not listened to it properly.’ Paul Morley former member of Art of Noise
‘It is perfect for home listening, as background music, as lifestyle music, as driving music and it sounds totally right in beautiful settings. The best of its kind is often music that is heartfelt and isn’t fashion led, and it is often driven by melody and harmony. It can slow us down to the speed of life and send shivers of pleasure down the spine too. If that doesn’t have a positive message, what does?” Pete Lawrence, Founder of The Big Chill
‘You have the best screen on the planet…you have the sea, the sunset, the people. At Café del Mar the people are relaxed and chilled, you can play with their emotions. You just flow with the energy and you can take them to a point emotionally where you actually make them cry’. Jose Padilla, former resident DJ, Café del Mar – the spiritual father of Chillout.
AT THE RIVER – Groove Armada
PORCELAIN – Moby
RED DUST – Zero 7
ALBATROSS – Chris Coco
SOFT – Lemon Jelly
A SPECIAL MORNING – Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
ALPHA BETA GAGA – Air
GYMNOPEDIE NO. 1 – Erik Satie
FALLING – Chris Coco
MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS – Brian Eno
DISCREET MUSIC – Brian Eno
PHAEDRA – Tangerine Dream
SCIENTIST DOCTOR DUB – King Tubby/Scientist
WORKING GIRL – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
MOMENTS IN LOVE – Art of Noise
IL PLEURE – Art of Noise
ENTRE DOS AGUAS – Paco de Lucia
VANGELIS – Love Theme from Bladerunner
ADIOS AYER – Jose Padilla
BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD – A Man Called Adam
CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ – (Adagio) Joaquin Rodrigo
PACIFIC STATE – 808 State
A HUGE EVER GROWING PULSATING BRAIN THAT RULES FROM THE CENTRE OF THE ULTRAWORLD – The Orb
LITTLE FLUFFY CLOUDS – The Orb
ELVIS ON THE RADIO: STEEL GUITAR IN MY SOUL – KLF
NIGHTS INTERLUDE – Nightmares on Wax
PIPES & HONOUR – Nightmares on Wax
UP WITH PEOPLE – Lambchop (Zero 7 mix)
LOVELY DAY – Bill Withers
MAKING MUSIC – Chungking
YACHTS – A Man Called Adam
THE GLASS BEAD GAME – Thievery Corporation
IN THIS WORLD – Moby
I HAVE SEEN – Zero 7
UNIVERSAL TRAVELER – Air
Here’s the a/v set from Galen & Mark Johns of the Sunset Soundsystem as performed as part of our July 2020 Chill Out Tent Edition #4 . Beautiful music and blissful visuals from the San Francisco maestros…
John Martyn remixed by Talvin Singh, as featured on Jose Padilla’s landmark Cafe Del Mar compilation in 1997, a classic for sure…