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…
At 24:00 BST on Saturday 20th of June the ‘Night Flight’ section of our Chill Out Tent Around the World event touches down on the Isle of Wight, UK. Our host is local DJ Jesuisanglais (Richard to his mates) who’s prepared an hour of dreamy ambient and downtempo paired with some equally chilled visuals.
In collaboration with friend and photographer Ollie Coleman he attempted to capture a positive moment of the lockdown experience, a chance to have some time to relax and engage with nature and family. You’ll hear field recordings of birdsong and wind in the trees that make their way into the mix. If you visit the Isle of Wight you’ll catch Richard playing records at the island’s answer to the Cafe del Mar, the Hut at Colwell Bay.
Don’t miss this session, why not bookmark our streaming site now so that you’re ready to go?
We’re busy putting the finishing touches to out next big event, the Chill Out Tent – ‘Around the World’ stream next week. It’s pretty exciting to see the global journey taking shape and realising the quality of the performances we’ll be sharing and the great international crews we’ll be working with.
We’re really looking forward to linking up with our friends in Bali, that’s Baliaric FM and Adrian Giordano who are hosting a poolside session at the incredibly beautiful Taman Bebek. This will also feature a chilled set from Indonesian DJ Seabass with support from local musician Baba Agus who will improvise with flute and tabla.
Broadcasting from the beautiful and vibe-rich island of Bali, Baliaric.fm is run by music lovers, for music lovers. The station plays 24/7, including playlists, shows, and live-streams from studios, private villas and other stunning locations.
The venue for the session, Taman Bebek is now an iconic boutique hotel perched on the Sayan Ridge in Ubud, Bali. It dates back to the 1930s, when the Canadian ethno-musicologist, Colin McPhee and his anthropologist wife, Jane Belo built a Balinese house and beautiful garden on the edge of the ridge above the magnificent Ayung River valley. During the 1930s this was a playground and source of inspiration to the rich and famous.
In 1980, when Bali lover, landscape artist and writer Made Wijaya acquired the land, only the foundations of these houses remained. He restored it to it’s former glory and it became a favourite hang out of jet setters like David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger and Francis Coppola. We’ll be able to experience it soon too, can’t wait…