This Episode… The Chill Out Tent’s Chris Coco is digging deep into the archives, looking to the future, but mostly staring out to sea as the sun sets on the horizon, remembering some magic created by the original sunset maestro – Jose Padilla.
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
We did an interview with the Nearest Faraway Place blog about the Chill Out Tent, our inspiration and some plans for the future. Worth a look if you’d like to know where we’re coming from and where we’re going…
Chris drops the next in his series of Music For… EPs. This time he takes a more enlivening, electronic approach to spark some imagination.
South London’s finest SONLIFE remixes Coco’s bubbling slow house track Music As A Foreign Language into something deeper and darker. Paul Hartnoll (of the Orbital brothers), Lol Hammond (ex Drum Club) and Coco give us an uplift with a track from their Film Music EP and finally Ibiza-based wunderkind Antonio Prosper brings us down with the perfect Landing. Enjoy and let your mind flow free…