If anyone DJing today is the epitome of Balearic, it’s probably, Phil Mison. His eclectic taste; his history, playing Cafe Del Mar in its heyday in the 90s alongside Jose Padilla; his consistently great production work as Cantoma; and his dry sense of, well, everything; mean he is often seen as the DJs DJ, the carrier of the Balearic flame. So, yep, you get the picture, we think he’s pretty good, and a very nice bloke too. So here’s a mix he made exclusively for The Chill Out Tent.
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The release also includes new compositions and remixes of music by Imogen Heap, James Heather, Specimens, Nailah Hunter, Coldcut and more. Ninja Tune will be donating their share (50% of net receipts) to three charities: CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Mind and Black Minds Matter.
Here’s a flashback to the Balearic Summer, an hour of a DJ session recorded live at Cafe Del Mar, Ibiza by resident DJ Ken Fan. This happened on 1 October 2021.
Leo Mas is one of our favourite DJs, his distinctive groove has soundtracked quite a few hedonistic nights for the Tent crew. He may be best known for playing alongside Alfredo at Amnesia in the 80s or his own club, Movida, in Italy in the 90s, or his remixes with production partner Fabrice, but one thing is sure, his taste and sensibility are still totally rooted in the sounds of today, as you will hear in this special mix he has made for us.
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….
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Edit 30/6/21 – Here’s the mix!
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…’
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Here’s the film from #Sheepwatch Edition #1
Arthur Lyman – ‘Taboo’
Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells’
Jean Michel Jarre – ‘Souvenir Of China’
Vangelis – ‘Love Theme’
Wally Badarou – ‘The Dachstein Angels’
Propaganda – ‘La Carne, La Morte E Il Diavolo’
Software – ‘Island Sunrise’
Jorge Ben – ‘Xica Da Silva’
Elkin & Nelson – ‘Vámonos’
Ahmed Fakroun – ‘Nisyan’
Art Of Noise – ‘Moments In Love’ (7” version)
Pat Metheny – ‘Sueno Con Mexico’
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.’
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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…
This is the Audio of Gerry Rooney‘s excellent DJ set first streamed in the February edition of The Chill Out Tent. The set was filmed at our London home from Home – The Dartmouth Arms / Disappearing Dining Club. This set caused quite a stir with it’s un-Shazamable tracklist of secret weapons getting the Discogs crew very excited…
Gerry is half of Velvet Seasons and the Heart Of Gold who make excellent music and edits, mostly vinyl only, mostly hard to track down. He was also half of the legendary Black Cock edit label with DJ Harvey. Here he plays a great eclectic set of downtempo tunes for dancing.