Melodicablog 9.5.11

9th May 2011 Comments Off on Melodicablog 9.5.11 ,

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: RAMPI FEAT MISS BEE – FEEL IT BURN This week’s tune of the week is a really fine slice of SloMoDisco on the excellent Under The Shade record label. My favourite version is the Ray Mang remix. This one will definitely get a lot of plays in my bar and mellow club sets. You can watch the video for the tune on the Under The Shade website. ROBAG WRUHME – THORA VUKK Robag Wruhme, one time member of Wighnomy Brothers doesn’t just specialise in unpronounceable names. He also makes very fine, delicate, experimental electronic dance and atmospheric music. This album, on DJ Koze’s Pampa label, is a great set featuring long minimal club tracks mixed with short ambient interludes, describe by Resident Advisor as ‘something patient and quietly tender’. Thora Vukk on Bleep. FLEET FOXES – HELPLESSNESS BLUES The Fleet Foxes album has finally arrived. And it’s superb. Folky and spacy and a little old fashioned but really beautiful and perfect as a hazy summer soundtrack. HED KANDI COMPETITION Competition – we have 2x CD copies of the Hed Kandi compilation Serve Chilled – Electronic Summer to give away. Q: The Compilation features Hercules & Love Affair’s cover of It’s Alright. Pet Shop Boys covered this song to, but who made the original version in the heyday of house music in the late 80s? Send your answer to: STOP MAKING SENSE / MIXCLOUD / MELODICA COMPETITION We’ve been running a competition to win travel and a DJ set on the Melodica / Mixcloud boat party at the Stop Making Sense Festival in Croatia. The boat party is happening on the evening of Thursday August 11. The winner of the competition, TJ Kid, will be DJing with Chris Coco and Nikhil from Mixcloud. Stop Making Sense. TJ Kid’s mix on Mixcloud.

Somewhere behind this door…

8th May 2011 Comments Off on Somewhere behind this door…

Somewhere behind this door, down the stairs and round the corner. A supreme case of Bohemianism in action. The latest incarnation of the Disappearing Dining Club. A delightful dinner party in a slightly dingy basement; a one night love affair with truffles. Well they have just come into season don’t you know. The candles twinkled, the conversationalist sparkled and the wine was free flowing as we tucked into a series of truffle-infused treats down in the basement, including green pea veloute and seafood ceviche and the inevitable pork belly. Then, for cheese and desert I lifted the mood with a little light lounge and jazz before turning on the slomodisco, edging the bpms up to deep house by the time thoughts were turning to a spangly night out on the town. Outside the out-of-towners tumbled around Shoreditch, searching for clues to the cool the attracted them to the area long after it had jumped on it’s fluoro fixed-wheel and headed for Hackney marshes. Inside all was smashing, a little pink perhaps, but new friends, fine food, great music (naturally) made an excellent recipe for Saturday night delight.

Love for Gooding Coco

5th May 2011 Comments Off on Love for Gooding Coco

Thomas H Green says this at Pete Gooding and Chris Coco featuring Peter Coyle, Believe (Nang) For the sake of full disclosure I should say that I have known DJ-producer Chris Coco for many years. He used to be my boss, once upon a time, and I have a hefty affection for him. I should also point out, though, that I have never consequently felt duty bound to rave about his musical output. Indeed, I was not very keen in print on his band City Reverb. Chris is Mr Balearic as is his pal, the Ibiza-bound DJ Pete Gooding. Balearic, as a musical mood, can often be a recipe for disaster, a beachside guilty-pleasures party where, God help us, Chris Rea and Phil Collins are suddenly cool. With “Believe”, however, the duo have created a bona fide Balearic pop classic, harking back to the early-Nineties Ibiza golden age of songs such as A Man Called Adam’s “Barefoot in the Head”. It’s loping golden-sunshine music, lazy and lovely, with a drowsy vocal by Peter Coyle who was briefly an Eighties pop star as half of the Lotus Eaters (anyone remember “The First Picture of You”?). There are mixes, of which the spaced breakbeat of Russian producer Volta Cab is the best, but the original captures an ecstastic chilled glow that’s seldom been nailed so deliciously in recent years. (THG)

Oh England II

3rd May 2011 Comments Off on Oh England II

Sometimes it is necessary to leave the city, the centre, the Independent International Republic of London, and venture out into England, for there, way out, beyond the suburbs, they have things that we do not have, proper countryside and actual seaside, bigger skies and shining space. They have wisteria and wooden bus stops, muddy hills and ancient trees, windblown beaches and deep cool woodland, bigger skies and shining space.

Melodica 02.05.11

2nd May 2011 Comments Off on Melodica 02.05.11 , ,

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. This episode we sort of answer the question what is Balearic, without really hearing the question or worrying about the answer, and keeping pretty mellow and laid back for the entire hour. It’s all here and it all makes sense. [setlist] 1 Eden Abhez – Full Moon – Azuli 2 Beat Connection – Theme From Yours Truly – Republic Of Music 3 Voices Of Black – Have U 2 Myself (Worst Friends Remix) – Double Standard THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Fatima – Innervision – Eglo 5 Minnie Ripperton – Inside My Love – Epic 6 Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side (Walls Version) – Rough Trade 7 Tommy Tempa – Roma – Somethink Sounds 8 Radiohead – Supercollider – Ticker Tape STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR 9 Metronomy – Some Written – Because Music 10 Niki & The Dove – Gentle Roar (Mylo Remix) – Sub Pop 11 Jacques Green – Another Girl – Lucky Me 12 Appleblim – Fountains Of Paradise – Schmorgasbord Records