Re:Raw vs CC

9th February 2011 Comments Off on Re:Raw vs CC

A ruffed-up version of Chris Coco’s City Knows Your Name will appear on the new collection from the Arcade Pony label. Chris’s mate Re:Raw, aka bass and drum player and all round good man Adam Barry, has made a hyped version of the Coco album track City Knows Your Name. The boys at Arcade Pony liked it so much they decided to put it on their next album called The Fresh Collection. The album is out on CD and download on March 7 2011.

The Bank of Stokes Croft

8th February 2011 Comments Off on The Bank of Stokes Croft

I am back in Bristol, my new favourite city, and this time we meet at The Bank of Stokes Croft. It’s not a bank anymore, of course, in the the way that nothing is what it used to be. It’s a bar and pizza place. And Dave does the honours and Dawn takes the orders and there’s no sign of Faith or Hope, though Charity refuses to give a man 40p to buy a drink. What’s the use? At least he’s honest, but he is still getting nowhere. Maybe he thinks the place is still a bank. And outside on the wall there’s a Banksy and a whole house across the street is graffiti-pink, and there’s art on the gates and fences and there are printing presses and galleries, and it feels like a special place here. And down in the square at 3:30am the people are gathering. But this isn’t Cairo, there’s no day of reckoning or explaining or leaving, no – I’m a dictator get me out of here – moment. Not now, not yet. It’s just another night of emptiness and drink, drink and emptiness. And down in the square at 3:30am the people are gathering round the burger van, doing a deal on the meat and chips (a snip at £4, that’s ten donations to our gentleman friend). And the girls totter and the boys wobble and the boys and girls bundle and fall into the taxis queued up on College Green. And up the hill, outside the Washington, there’s a blackbird singing. And after the night on the Boom Boom it’s the most beautiful sound. and I say hello, but he doesn’t reply. So some things do stay the same after all.

Melodicablog 07.02.11

7th February 2011 Comments Off on Melodicablog 07.02.11 ,

More stuff about the music and stories on this week’s Melodica – this week it’s all about bears (sort of). In tune with the Melodica aesthetic, covering a broad range of exciting, inspiring, beautiful new music from electronica to house to experimental. Melodica chart on Juno Download: here. That Fuzzy Feeling – Metronomy – She Wants – Because Music This week’s tune of the week is the lovely new single from English, Frenchy sounding band Metronomy. It’s another intimate love song. I adore the way they sing about banal things like spreading papers on the bed and reading lights but make it all sound so romantic, important and intense. Strings Wood and a Box of Air – Tribute to composer John Barry This show I’m a couple of pieces by the soundtrack master John Barry who dies last week. Featured: James Bond Theme and Midnight Cowboy Theme. B: 3 November 1933 D: 30 January 2011 “Barry was the master of encapsulating the spirit of an entire motion picture with the simplicity of a perfect theme,” – Richard Kraft, agent Music for a Retro Future Music for a Retro Future is a compilation of recordings of very early synthesizer music from pioneers Raymond Scott, Jean Jacques Perry and a bunch of geeky technicians. It’s on my mate Dave Henderson’s new label Other Sounds and It’s a fascinating listen. The incidental links in this weeks show are from a track on the album called The Sound And Music Of The RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer -The Synthesis Of Music, The Physical Characteristics Of Musical Sounds. In 1955 this was cutting edge and relatively small. Steffi Steffi, electronic music producer from Berlin has new album of cool, deep music on Ost Gut Ton. The Album is called Yours and Mine and it has that drifty, dreamy retro-future sound pioneered by Mr Fingers in the late 80s. Perfect for late nights and lazy Sundays.

Melodica 07.02.11

7th February 2011 Comments Off on Melodica 07.02.11 , ,

Chris Coco’s weekly radio broadcast. An eclectic selection of brilliant new music starting with house and moving on to electronica, downtempo, acoustic and all sorts of other styles loosely connected to dance and electronic music. Let tastemaker Chris Coco guide you through his selection of the week’s best new music. In this episode: the latest great moments in house music, the new Metronomy, a tribute to composer John Barry and some music for a retro future. It’s all here and it all makes sense. [setlist] Francis Inferno Orchestra – Meet Me In Salt Lake City (Soul Clap Remix) – In The Shade Martyn / Mike Slott – All Nights – All City Dublin Will Saul & Tam Cooper – Hi Lo – Simple Metronomy – She Wants – Because Music 2 Bears – Church (Darkstarr Elektrik Volk Remix) – Bitches Brew Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (The Time & Space Machine Remix) – Digital file John Barry – James Bond Theme (From Dr No) – Mixed Repertoire John Barry – Midnight Cowboy – Mixed Repertoire Raymond Scott – The Rhythm Modulator – Other Sounds Steffi feat Virginia 3 – You Own My Mind – Ost Gut Ton San Soda – NMBSucks – We Play House Falty DL – Endeavour – Planet Mu Ilya Santana – Transborder (Letherette Remix) – Eskimo Records

The Player, London

2nd February 2011 Comments Off on The Player, London

All night at The Player, London [setlist]My residency in Soho.[/setlist]