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….
Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST
He’s back, our ovine overlord of bucolic Balearic, the Chill Out Tent’s very own Chris Coco with the third edition of his now legendary #Sheepwatch mixes, this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 as part of our Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent.
He sent this message via carrier pigeon from his secret highland pastures…
‘As everybody knows, sheep watching is a Great British Tradition that dates back to, well, the past, when the workers from our great cities would head out to the countryside to watch sheep and marvel at their animal woolliness. Here, Chris Coco continues that tradition, which is now baked into the mixed-metaphorical fabric of The Chill Out Tent, and creates a soundtrack both for the people watching the sheep and the noble beasts themselves as they go about their grazing and looking-after-the-lambs business. Musically you can expect emotional, slightly epic festival vibes. Think – lounging in a field in the sunshine with your mates, various types of alcohol, a small plastic bag, that you picked up off the grass just now, that seems to contain some sort of unidentified powdery substance, oh, and some sheep, obviously. Expect everything from ambient to Aretha to David to dub… And sheep, lots of lovely sheep…’
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.’
We’re back this Sunday, the 25th April with Edition #13 of the Chill Out Tent, our monthly streaming event and it’s become a tradition to close out the event with an after party. This month we’re honoured to welcome DJ Supermarkt to the Chill Out Tent decks. He’s most well known for curating the popular Too Slow to Disco compilation series on his own label ‘How Do You Are Records’.
He’s promised us an exclusive ‘Tropical Beach Bar in Space‘ mix, which sounds just about perfect. Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST on Sunday to hear this special session.
Edit 28/4/21 – here’s the audio of the full ‘My Favourite Beach Bar on the Moon’ set as broadcast on the Chill Out Tent Edition #13 Sunday 25/4/21
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 are honoured and excited to say that Rob da Bank invited us to do a guest mix for his new Worldwide FM radio show. The festival promoting, record label running, yoga doing legend has a new show that goes out at 7pm every Sunday evening. Playing his signature mix of ‘ambient soundscapes, leftfield rarities, global oddities and vintage cuts from Rob’s dusty library’. We put together a 45 minute mix to give Rob’s listeners a flavour of our signature Chill Out Tent sound, have a listen via the Mixcloud link below.
Edit 4/1/20 – Here’s the audio of Sally’s mix for you to enjoy…
Sally’s posts on Instagram;
‘I love my houseplants. They witness so much but exist in a completely different version of Time to us. I’ve had the Aloe Vera in the film for 18 years and he’s an ugly old brute, but last year he made a flower for the very first time. His silhouette changes, but barely perceptibly. In the 30 min film and DJ mix (live stream goes out via @thechillouttent on Sunday 27/12/20), I wanted to show that apparent stillness as human Time rushes past, and because light is how we measure duration I tried to capture their changing shadows, as day becomes night becomes day.
I chose music by artists like Tortoise and weird European experimental electronic and ambient music because it seems clever, inscrutable and a little bit freaky, like my plants. They know things. Some have names – Victor, Donna, Gilles – and some are just ‘big fella’ or ‘missy’. They don’t always love me back and a couple of them are very high maintenance – I tend to think of those plants as being French 😂, hence the French music in the mix.
It was a lovely creative brief so thanks to @thechillouttent for inviting me to do it. I enjoyed thinking and making something about my plants. They mean a lot to me. ‘