10th November 2011 Comments Off on Monopoly

I feel so like I have been sitting here before, writing these same words on this same piece of paper after a night out on the town. It feels so familiar, this, what? A sense of ending. A sense of being an observer of some sort of last act. I’ve been spinning up West, playing other people’s music for money while people eat and drink, but mostly drink, a lot, and then some more. Kind of like there’s no tomorrow. Tonight in the restaurant, the theme is Monopoly. The ultimate capitalist game where the aim is to buy everything, then charge people for occupying your land till they all go bust. In the game, of course, at this point you have won, and you can carry on, make a cup of tea, chat with your friends and family and forget about the glee you felt watching your youngest daughter borrow money from her mother so she could pay you for sitting outside one of your several hotels on Park Lane. In the restaurant the rules are a little different. There’s a drinking game with a big fluffy dice and an unidentified blue liquid; there’s a fire eating lesbian stripper and an S&M Asian violinist to spice things up, but the end result is the same. Feed the people booze till they’ve spent all their money then send them packing. In this game they wake up the next day with a sore head and few embarrassing photos on their phone. No real harm done, just another bump on the credit card and a fuzzy feeling between the eyes. On the way home, out on the real streets of London all is calm and autumn dark. A van with SECURITY written on the front in bright red letters follows me for a while as I navigate the back streets of Kensington. Just in case, you can hear the man behind the wheel thinking as he attempts to keep up with the bike, discreetly. You never know about people on bikes do you. Why don’t they drive? Maybe they want to charge me for using the road. Maybe it belongs to someone else now. Maybe it belongs to a bank or an organisation or another country. Out here in the misty air, in the quiet heart of the beating city, I ride and I wonder. What happens at the end of the big Monopoly game, the one that is played out across the country, across the continent, across the world. What happens when the big players have all the money and nobody else has any? Do they just stop the game, make a cup of tea, and carry on, or is that just the end? Europe, done that, pack it away will you darling, I’m not making anything from it anymore, I’ve done it, it’s done, finished, over.

Melodica 07.11.11

7th November 2011 Comments Off on Melodica 07.11.11 , ,

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. A stellar cast in this weeks show – Massive Attack, Burial, Mazzy Star, Poolside, Caribou, Bryan Ferry, Low Anthem. It’s deep, dubby, earthy, autumnal and really rather beautiful. Melodica – you know it makes sense. [setlist] 1 Poolside – Take Me Home – Eskimo Recordings 2 African Dreams – Make A Living – Claremont 56 3 Double Hill & Jerome C – Blue Sky Holiday – Double Standard THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Daphni aka Caribou – Ahora – Amazing Sounds 5 Tim Love Lee – Shameless Dub – Tummy Touch 6 Rob Symeonn & Ticklah – One Way Road – Liondub International 7 Ticklah – One Way Dub – Liondub International 8 Chris Coco – Elton Dub – Melodica Recordings STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR 9 Low Anthem – Bird On The Wire – Digital File 10 Mazzy Star – Common Burn – Rhymes of an Hour 11 Massive Attack Vs Burial – Paradise Circus – Inhale Gold

Melodicablog 07.11.11

7th November 2011 Comments Off on Melodicablog 07.11.11 ,

More stuff about the music and stories on this week’s Melodica. All the shows are archived on the Chris Coco page at Mixcloud. Melodica chart on Juno Download: here. THAT FUZZY FEELING: DAPHNI AKA CARIBOU – AHORA Dan Snaith aka Caribou aka Daphni doesn’t sleep. Here he is again with, as the label describe it – a slinky, trippy, eastern tinged piece, with a stunning, tweaked out synth riff that blows apart the uneasy equilibrium. It should’t work but it just feels right. FULLY BEARDED Fully Bearded : 15 Years of Tummy Touch in Dub is a new album of dubs of some of the best music released on the label over, yes you’ve guessed it, the last 15 years. The dubs have all been done by label head Tim ‘Love’ Lee, and there he is in all his bearded glory on the cover. Artists include Tom Vek, Bryan Ferry and New Young Pony Club. THE RETURN OF MAZZY STAR Mazzy Star, seminal Californian woozy downtempo merchants have got back together after a 15 year break. The duo, Hope Sandoval and David Roback have just released a single, Common Burn, and it looks like there are plans for a new album next year. MASSIVE ATTACK VS BURIAL Four Walls / Paradise Circus is the first fruits to emerge from Burial’s collaboration with Massive Attack. The tunes appear on a limited 12″ with glittery artword from Robert Del Naja aka 3D. This week Paradise Circus, which features Hope Sandoval on vocals, finishes the show. PHIL MISON’S ORIGINALS It’s all gone a bit 80s, in a good way, on Originals, DJ Phil Mison’s latest compilation for Claremont 56. Mison, who started his DJing career at Cafe Del Mar, has sourced an array of Balearic gems including the Del Mar classic Makin’ A Living by African Dream that is featured on the show.