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 Edition #12

This coming Sunday 28th March is the 12th monthly Edition of the Chill Out Tent. We’ve been coming together on the last Sunday of each month to celebrate music, art, culture and community for a whole year. What started as a lock down project has grown into an extended global family of supporters, contributors and friends, and to all who have been involved we say a huge ‘thank you!‘ for encouraging us all the way to our first birthday and hopefully beyond.

You can see in our flyer posted above that we’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with legendary artist and illustrator Pete Fowler. The stunning artwork in the flyer is a partial section of an awesome design that Pete created for our birthday celebrations. We’ll be unveiling the whole piece and it’s related merch later this week, expect some excellent T-shirts and totes in eye popping colours.

We’ve got a really special, really chilled international line up for this months birthday event, full details on all the guests & artists over the next couple days. It’ll be the first day of British Summer time and it’s a full moon too, all pretty good vibes we reckon…

17:45 – Welcome & aperitifs – some new music and videos to get the party started

18:00 – Helene Rickhard – DJ set

18:45 – Northern Disco Lights – Documentary

20:00 – Rune Lindbaek – Drum Island Records Megamix

20:30 – A Man Called Adam – present their film ‘A Love Forgotten’

20:45 – Christian Len – Balearic Author

21:00 – Jose Padilla – Vintage Cafe del Mar mix

21:30 – Toby Tobias – After Party

Between these sections we’re also featuring films & music from Obay Alsharani.

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST

Order your limited edition Chill Out Tent x Pete Fowler t-shirts HERE


KHAO ROP – Sarah Bates

We’re really excited to be able to share the amazing KHAO ROP from Sarah Bates in the the February version of the Chill Out Tent, it’s Edition #11and it happening this Sunday 28/2/21 at 18:00 GMT. A hallucinatory film, blending Sarah’s music and video work into an immersive journey, it’s not available on line so make sure you join us on Sunday!

‘Thailand is Sarah’s spiritual home. Just before the bug hit, Sarah & her daughter spent months in the jungle over there; she returned to a very different world but was still full of the sun.

Suddenly locked down in her house, Sarah escaped into the hours of video she’d shot while away, working non-stop on assembling a staggering moving collage that’s as far removed from a set of holiday snaps as you could possibly imagine.

With her music production rig set up next to her video workstation, she composed an entirely new soundtrack to match the film – nine classic Sarah Bates moody melters – and after many months of ridiculously hard work, KHAO ROP is now ready for you to discover.

Put simply, it’s an alternate reality that you can disappear into. You will be consumed by this film. There are many meanings to be discovered in it, or u can just blaze one and let it roll over you.’

Sarah Bates – Bandcamp.Instagram

Check the live set below for a flavour of Sarah’s live sound…

The Chill Out Tent Edition #11

Gerry Rooney / Dartmouth Arms (Photo Strictly Poolside)

We’re back with the February version of the Chill Out Tent, it’s Edition #11 and it’s happening this Sunday 28/2/21 at 18:00 GMT.

We’ve pulled together another awesome line up of music, film, culture and art, full details to follow throughout this week but here’s the headlines…

After party session with the legendary Bill Brewster, a crate diggers delight with the edit King Gerry Rooney, soulful deepness and vocals from Vanessa Freeman all recorded at the iconic London venue the Dartmouth Arms. The venue is equally famous for it’s fine food and drink as it’s stunning audiophile sound system. Literary explorations with iconic author David Keenan. Music from Steve Cobby, Si Mills (Bent), Balearic afternoon vibes from Belanuit, Samantha Whates, Sarah Bates (Ruf Kutz), Hush Forever, Fila Brazilia, Xyla (Leaving Records), Lo-Fitronics (Ambient Zone). It’s going to be another fab evening, see you on Sunday. Join live on Mixcloud and LiveFrom.

Edition #11 Schedule

18:00 Belanuit – Mi Película
18:30 Samantha Whates – live
18:40 Vanessa Freeman – DJ set
19:10 Sarah Bates – Khao Rop
19:40 Exploding Digital Inevitable – Video show
20: 10 David Keenan – reading from Xstabeth
20:15 Gerry Rooney – DJ Set
21:00 Bill Brewster – After Party

Vanessa Freeman / Dartmouth Arms (Photo Strictly Poolside)
Bill Brewster / Dartmouth Arms (Photo Strictly Poolside)

Al Kent – Edition #10 After Party

We always close out our monthly Chill Out Tent livestreams with an after party, where the tempo goes up after the mellowness of the earlier sessions. We’re really honored to have one of the kings of the disco edit,’ Glasgow’s answer to Walter Gibbons’ that’s Scotland’s Al Kent in charge of the party for Edition #10 on Sunday 31/1/21/.

Al has a huge back catalogue of top quality edits, compilations and original compositions, find them on his Bandcamp, via Gamm and BBE. He’s been keeping busy through lock down with the excellent Stream the Scene events, make sure to check their top quality lineups.

The Chill Out Tent Edition #10 – 31/1/21

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…

18:00 – Fireside Tapes – Steve Jones (A Man Called Adam)

18:30 – Yasushi Ide – Cosmic Suite

19:10 – Eddie Chacon & John Carrol-Kirby

19:30 – Gavin Pretor-Pinney – (Cloud Appreciation Society)

19:45 – Sheepwatch in the Clouds – Chris Coco

20:45 – My Friend Dario – Sketches of Etna

21:15 – After Party – Al Kent (Stream the Scene)

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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