Melodica 20.06.11

20th June 2011 Comments Off on Melodica 20.06.11 , ,

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. Welcome to England in the rain. This Episode it’s a game of two halves. The first half it’s all about the electronics – slo mo disco, deep house, dubtronica. The second half, we switch ends for an extended Strings, Wood and a Box of Air – some kind of acoustic celebration of summer and festivals as a little warm up for the daddy of them all – Glastonbury. [setlist] 1 Benoit & Sergio – Around The World – Double Standard 2 Maya Jane Coles – Senseless – 2020 Vision 3 Solomun – Love Recycled 2 – Diynamic THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Raze – Break For Love (Soul Clap Remix) – Champion 5 Jamie XX – I Feel Better When I Have You Near Me – Numbers 6 Valentin Stip – Anytime Will Do -Clown & Sunset 7 40 Winks – Flight Of Ideas – Laidback STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR – extended and lying on a blanket in a field in the sunshine chewing a blade of grass, that’s right it must me time for the Summer solstice and Glastonbury. 8 Thurston Moore – Benediction – Matador 9 My Morning Jacket – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) – ATO Records 10 Woodpigeon – The Way To Happiness – digital file 11 Paul McCartney – Junk – EMI 12 Woods – Pushing Onlys – Woodsist 13 Brian Eno & John Cale – Spinning Away (Totally Wired Edit) – digital file

Summertime: Re-Version

17th June 2011 Comments Off on Summertime: Re-Version

Chris Coco’s classic chillout tune Summertime has been turned into a drum and bass dancefloor monster by the masters of the genre DJ Marky and S.P.Y. The track has been re-named Mystic Sunset. It features on the forthcoming Innerground Records single Yellow Shoes. Watch the video on YouTube here.

The Unravelling

13th June 2011 Comments Off on The Unravelling

or We know how much you like dreaming so we put a dream inside your dream so you can dream while you’re dreaming. On the plane I woke up with an idea for a dream. It’s about a man. Every time he wakes up he is somewhere else. Always himself but in a different place, a different life. The dream is called Letting The Days Go By (with thanks, of course, to David Byrne) because the man simply accepts his fate, whatever it is for that one day, safe in the knowledge that the next time he wakes up he will be somewhere else. I don’t want to try too hard to tell the story. The images will tell the story. It’s all in the unravelling. I am 9241212. I live under the Nationalstrasse A3 next to the river. I used to be a touring cyclist in Italy. I was famous in my area but it was always a local fame. I couldn’t make it in the big tours, they were too long, too hard. Then they caught me doping, Clenbuterol, blood transfusions, everything. I still have a scar on the inside wrist of my right arm. Some of the people I meet under the motorway think I have been jacking up. Once they beat me because they thought I had some more gear and I wouldn’t share it, but it wasn’t true. It’s just a mark from that time, like the number above it. One mark from the past to remind me who I was, one mark to tell me who I am. Every morning I wake and look at my arm to make sure I am still who I was yesterday. Every morning I see I am 9241212. I am Ãœ30. I am an anarchist. I sprayed INSURRECTION! on the side of the building housing the CD und DVD Copier Service. The Borse is just around the corner. I was going to spray it there too but I ran out of paint. I am Magda. My family has lived in Zurich for generations. I walk my dog by the lake. I always pick up the mess and put it in the correct receptacle. I like everything to be tidy. I have the mark of a black star on the inside of my wrist on my right arm. The doctor calls it second skin. I try every day to wash it away. Sometimes my skin is red raw with so much scrubbing and washing. The doctor says it is second skin but to me it just feels dirty. It is a blemish, something that must be cleaned up and kept out of sight, like the dog mess in the park. I like everything to be tidy. I have heard from a friend in London that they have a laser now that can agitiate the particles of black under the skin and make the star fade, like rubbing out the past. The light here by the lake is so beautiful at this time of year. I am Christopher. I remember this bench. I sat here in 2006 when I was on tour and I enjoyed the moment. Now I am here again somewhat older and none the wiser, enjoying another moment of peace and contemplation on the bench by the lake in the sunshine. Tea leaves settling in the tea pot of my head. I am happy here, just me and the bench by the lake in the sun. My name is Amorchetti. I am 35. I left this lock by the water, symbol of my undying love for Ms V, before I let my body fall into the lake, the water was cold as It took me down into the icy dark. I am E. Bär. I live in a flat in the old town. I like to eat spaghetti and my girlfriend’s name is Vermicelli. She is from Lugano. I always find it funny when I walk past the shop and see her name in the window. She used to live with another woman but now she is married to a man. The woman died in a tragic boating accident, down there on the lake. The water is icy bright and minty. The light there is so beautiful in spring. We have been seeing each other for 17 years. Nobody knows about our relationship. Not a soul. It is our secret. She is fond of Lemon Ravioli. I bought her some yesterday. So expensive now. My name is Kuno Gyax. I hate that Schweizer/Hunziger couple who live below me. They make so much noise when they have sex and they have sex so often. My name is Ry Mates. I live with my wife, Maya. Sometimes when we are feeling naughty we check into the Hotel Splendid and pretend we are lovers from different countries. We pretend we cannot speak each others languages. We can only communicate with signs and gestures and touch. We fuck. Then we have a glass of sekt in the Splendid bar. The bar has a wonderful faded glamour that really appeals to me. For me this kind of sex always brings a good orgasm. I am Otto. I work at the Elektrizitatswerk Der Stadt Zurich. You know, the one at Selnau, next to the ÃœBanhof. It is important work and security is tight now. I cycle to work every day along the river. The Nationalstrasse 3 runs above. The railway line alongside. It is a corridor of transportation. Today I found a body floating in the shallow water. the police say the man had no identity card, just a number tattooed on the inside wrist of his right arm. They say he was called 9241212.

International Radio Festival

13th June 2011 Comments Off on International Radio Festival ,

I have just got back from a very interesting weekend at the second International Radio Festival in Zurich. The organisers invite DJs and radio stations from around the world to the city for ten days of live broadcasts, giving the residents of Zurich on FM and the rest of the world online a chance to sample radio broadcasts from a massive range of stations from Japan to South Africa to Ibiza to Switzerland (of course). I made a special two hour Melodica show as part of the 24 hours of broadcasting from Ibiza, thanks to my connection with Ibiza Sonica. The event itself was a great chance to meet other radio makers and music lovers from around the world and sample some of their audio delights.

Melodicablog 13.06.11

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More stuff about the music and stories on this week’s Melodica. 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: VALENTIN STIP – ANYTIME WILL DO Valentin Stip is a new name, though, almost inevitably he is a 19 year old, chain smoking, classically trained prodigy from Montreal. His first EP of skittery programmed beats and fragments of melody and found sound comes on last year’s 19 year old, chain smoking… etc etc, Nicolas Jaar’s Clown & Sunset label. Anyway, suffice to say that the material is up to Jaar’s exacting standards. Expect to hear plenty of this on Melodica. THAT FUZZY FEELING TOO: JAMIE XX – I FEEL BETTER WHEN I HAVE YOU NEAR ME We’re not really supposed to but this week there are two tunes of the week on the show. The second one, I Feel Better When I Have You Near Me, comes from Jamie XX. It’s his first solo material for the Numbers label. There will be plenty of hype around this tune, but it is really rather good so at least some of it is justified. JACK IS BACK Back in the day when we all used to buy records Heidi worked behind the counter at Phonica in London. Now she’s an international jetset DJ putting on parties called Jackathon in Berlin, London and other blessed cities. There’s a compilation featuring the kind of music that gets played at the parties too and it’s very, very good, simple old school, new school jacking house music. Great comp. Now when’s the next party in London? STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR This week the acoustic section of the show features two really special tunes. One is the first fruits of a collaboration between Scottish singer songwriter King Creosote and English electronic experimentalist Jon Hopkins. It’s called Bubble and it’s a real beauty. Bubble video: here. The other is Be All Be Easy from an album called Sun and Shade by Woods, featuring plenty of that woozy, lo-fi, slightly psychadelic folk that Ducktails make. Woods video: here.