Big Chill Bar, Bristol

29th November 2010 Comments Off

Big Chill label party [setlist]The Big Chill label take over the Big Chill bar in Bristol for a bit of a festive event.[/setlist]

Melodicablog 29.11.10

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More stuff about the music and stories on this week’s Melodica.
A weekly blog loosely based around the Melodica radio show with more information, pictures, links and comment. That Fuzzy Feeling: Scuba – Before (After) Taken from the album Triangulation (Interpretations) on Hot Flush Records. This is remixes and new versions of tunes from the Triangulation album. Here Scuba re-does one of his own tracks. When A Man Becomes Electric Download When A Man Becomes Electric, Sound Capsule’s tribute to electronic music pioneer Bruce Haake here. Something New Didz & Chico start this week’s show with an excellent jam called Something New. They are an excitingly promising production duo from Cardiff. The tune is available now on gorgeous orange 10″ vinyl on Ten Thousand Yen records. Vote now for your Tracks And Albums Of The Year
We’re starting to collect your charts for albums and tracks of the year. The aggregated results will make two killer shows at the end of December.
So get thinking now and start making your top 10 tracks (that’s sort of singles in old money but any big tune can be in it) and top 10 albums and leave them as a comment here or send them to: melodica@chriscoco.com.

Melodica 29.11.10

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In this episode – new beats, deep bass, remixes, proper house music and – uptown, downtown all night long old and new disco, disco, disco. It’s all here. [setlist] Didz & Chico – Something New – Ten thousand Yen Azari & III – Into The Night (Nicolas Jaar Remix) – Scion AV Scuba – Before (After) – Hot Flush Tadd Mullinix & Daniel Mateo – The Good Star – Monkeytown Peverlist – Roll With The Punches – Punch Drunk Commix – How You Gonna Feel (Pedestrian Remix) – Metalheadz Sound Capsule – When A Man Becomes Electric – digital file Bebel Gilberto – Aganju (B+F Edit) – Digital File Justine & The Victorian Punks – Still You – DFA Jacques Renault – Pleasure – Hand Of God French Horn Rebellion – This Moment – Once Upon A Time Kink & Neville Watson – Metropole – Rush Hour Maceo Plex – Vibe Your Love – Crosstown Rebels

10:06 to Bohemia

28th November 2010 Comments Off

or The Normalites (in real life) or (to quote the local news) “I knew to expect the unexpected but beyond that I didn’t know what to expect” or (to borrow from the Dalai Lama) “and in the end all that matters is how did you live how did you love how many tunes did you make in the studio” A week in Cornwall, in the proverbial studio, acting like a cartoon character, writing songs with Steve Miller. Writing songs is a bit like fishing. You make a big effort to get somewhere that you think is a good place for fish. Then you stop and hang around and nothing happens for ages and you forget that you’re actually there to catch fish, then all of a sudden the line twitches and a big beauty is pulled up on deck. Then you zone out again. Our fine haul from this eco-friendly line-fish into the ocean of ideas is a whopping four prize gurnard, aka songs. At the moment, for the record, they are called: Dream Baby That hippy reggae one So Long and A Minor House, though all information is subject to change without notice. We’re working in an old school way, laying down tracks, using the computer like a tape machine, getting as many hooks and licks and lines down as we can; giving Steve plenty to work with when I jump back on the train for the smoke. The pictures are all landscapes and signs, hopefully indicative of a state of mind, an open space in which to create, hopefully something special, hopefully. There are no pictures of the studio because the studio is about sound and it doesn’t look as exciting as it feels to be in there, making. There’s just a computer and a mixer and some keyboards and some guitars and drums and all the usual. But of course it’s what comes out of the machines and devices and mouths that’s important. And you can’t take pictures of an idea or a melody any more than you can play a song on the strings of a hillside. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t intense beauty and wonder in both, so the pictures go some way to, in abstract, convey the wonderful, simple pleasure of making music with a good friend. The music will follow in due course, in one form or another, and hopefully it will please you as much as my trip and these pictures and the taking of them and the sharing of them has pleased me. “There is no wealth but life. Life including all its powers of love, of joy and of admiration.” (Ruskin)

Melodicablog 22.11.10

22nd November 2010 Comments Off ,

More stuff about the music and stories on this week’s Melodica
This is the start of something new. A weekly blog loosely based around the Melodica radio show with more information, pictures, links and comment. That Fuzzy Feeling: Tadd Mullinix & Daniel Mateo – The Good Star A Wobbly, slinky groove that’s all about the bassline from the album Modeselektor proudly presents Modeselection Vol 1 on Modeselektor’s own Monkeytown Records. A Tale Of Two Cities Two compilations from two cities that evoke a sense of place and reflect, musically, how it feels to be in that city. Bristol is represented by Worth The Weight – Bristol Dubstep Classics on Smith & Mighty’s Punch Drunk label. The pictures were taken at Dubloaded a little club night in Stokes Croft, Bristol. The music is described perfectly by Punch: “I knew straight away that this was a sound that would fit perfectly in Bristol. There is a lot of tension in the music that carries a satisfactory darkness but it’s also lazy music. You don’t have to dance hard to move with it. It was born with a reefer in it’s gob.” Berlin is represented by Fünf, a collection of artists’ takes on sound recordings from Berlin club Berghain. The concept is described in the sleeve notes: “The entire building of Berghain and Panorama Bar contains a unique sonic world independent of the music played when the clubs are open to the public. These sounds were recorded and edited into a library which was given to all the artists featured, to make music with. There were no limitations placed on how each artist should work with the sounds.” Scuba = SCB Dubstep artist Scuba has started making techno. It must be something to do with living in Berlin. His alter ego and label are both called SCB. Minimalism at work in the music and the artwork. Voices Of Black Voices Of Black is the artist name of Jules and Baba from Providence, Long Island. They have made an album called Plastic Dolls, dedicated to models and the model lifestyle, inspired by Ana Beatriz Barros. After seeing her on a cable channel they decided to make an album of songs that sound like what she looks like. The album is coming in January 2011 on Wolf + Lamb Records. Vote now for your Tracks And Albums Of The Year
 We’re starting to collect your charts for albums and tracks of the year. The aggregated results will make two killer shows at the end of December.
So get thinking now and start making your top 10 tracks (that’s sort of singles in old money but any big tune can be in it) and top 10 albums and leave them as a comment here or send them to: melodica@chriscoco.com. Albums of the year suggestions: Caribou – Swim Arcade Fire – The Suburbs Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening Vampire Weekend – Contra Fool’s Gold – Fool’s Gold Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise Four Tet – There Is A Love In You