Melodicablog 7 May 2012

This episode is a Balearic special, looking back to some magic moments from the 80s and flashing forward with some future-Balearic brilliance. So that’s some stuff that’s slightly embarrassing but in some way utterly brilliant. magic, beauty, love, sex, sunshine, and the sound of waves on the shore.

All the shows are archived on the Chris Coco page at Mixcloud.

There’s a new Melodica chart on Juno Download: here.


Motreal-based CFCF has made, Exercises, an excellent eight track EP for Paper Bag Records. Excercise 5, September, fits perfectly with the Balearic theme of this week’s show with it’s 70s piano line and melancholy sunset style.
The EP is, however, inspired by 70s Canadiana, a new genre to me, and architecture. “Each track feels like an exploration of lost memories, studies in nostalgia, exercises in spatial remembrance,” Paper Bag say, now that sounds pretty Balearic to me.


Experience the 21st century Balearic spirit at Stop Making Sense Festival in Croatia from Thursday 2 to Sunday 6 August in Tisno (on the coast between Split and Zadar)
Artists include Lil Louis, Ron Trent & Chez Damier, Adrian Sherwood, Correspondents and many many more. I’ll be there playing daytime sets.

win: 2x tickets for the festival.

Q: What band starred in the music bio pic that inspired the name for the festival.

answer to:

More details on the SMS website


The Balearic theme of this show is inspired by a new series of download compilations from EMI Sweden. The series is called – Balearic – sunset sounds from the music archives. The first four are Pop, Ambient, Prog and Blend.
“It has been a privilege to dive into EMI’s amazing catalogue and do these compilations, which are both mainstream and collectable. A true project of the heart!” says producer Jens Peterson Hällefors (Music supervisor/DJ, Get Larry on the phone). “I have gone back to playlists from clubs like Amnesia, Es Paradis, Café Mambo, Shoom and Spectrum, and also added songs that I think fit well in the concept”, says Jens. “Balearic is not a specific music style, it’s music that feels right within a certain context.”
The collections are a mix of classics and oddities, just how it should be, everything from Penguin Cafe Orchestra to Johnny Hates Jazz. The Prog edition is perhaps a step too far from me but each album has a few beauties and some rare gems. Nice work.


Modern Artifacts is a vinyl label from top DJ Ashley Beedle. The latest release is a rare 70s soul track collaboration between Chic and Johnny Mathis, I Love My Lady (Ashley Beedle’s Black Bahia Version), set to become a bit of a summer stormer.


Meancholy Dreams EP is the excellent debut EP from 19 year old east Londoner Joss Ryan. The mix of strings and post dubstep grooves is really quite beguiling.