Melodicablog 31.10.11

31st October 2011 Comments Off ,

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. THE SHOW AND NEW MIXCLOUD GROUP Check the new Melodica group on Mixcloud, it’s like having your own radio station. Melodica Group. THAT FUZZY FEELING: DOUBLE HILL & JEROME C – BLUE SKY HOLIDAY This one is a track on the new I Need Love EP on Gadi Mizrahi’s vinyl only Double Standard imprint. Four slabs of quality, downtempo, funky, modern dance music, with this being the Melodica favourite. FACTORY DANCE A great album of early dancefloor experiments from seminal Manchester label Factory Records, the home of dance heroes New Order, of course. This compilation, put together by Bill Brewster from DJ History, focuses on 12″ mixes and rarities from 1980-1987. It’s an interesting history lesson and perfect inspiration for today and tomorrow. Strutt website. Bernard Sumner and Martin Hannett during the recording of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. MELODICA RECORDINGS Chris Coco – Holiday is the first release on the new Melodica Recordings label that has sprung out of the aesthetic of the radio show. Read the manifesto here. ELLUM Ellum Audio is the new imprint from current hipster dance sensation Maceo Plex. After making his trademark, bassy, mellow new wave house for cool labels like Crosstown Rebels he’s decided to do the business as well as the creative himself and taken the next logical step. The first release, the High & Sexy EP is out at the end of November.

Melodica 31.10.11

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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. In this episode – Dean Sunshine Smith at the beginning instead of the end; a little self indulgence – I play one of my own tunes – and some amazing new music from Sepalcure, Maceo Plex and Double Hill. [setlist] 1 Dean Sunshine Smith – We Are African – Soulshare THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 2 Double Hill & Jerome C – Blue Sky Holiday – Double Standard 3 Maceo Plex – Ain’t That Love – Ellum 4 Wildcats – Perpetrating – Hot Waves 5 Miguel Migs – Close Your Eyes (Woolfy’s Outback Mix) – Om 6 X-O-Dus – See Them A Come – Strutt 7 The XX – Night Time (Synkro Remix) – Digital File STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR 8 Mind Fair – Mind Fair – International Feel 9 Samanta Whates – Three Miles Left – Natural Studio Records 10 Chris Coco – Holiday – Melodica Recordings 11 Sepalcure – I’m Alright – Hotflush 12 Jack Dixon & Rick Grant – Muted – Man Make Music

This is a life

29th October 2011 Comments Off

The black turntables, the beer and the girls, the Maceo Plex and the Sister Nancy. The faders, the channels, the booth monitor, the Skintologists, the 78 Edits, the collaborators, the conspirators, the hastily scribbled notes and ideas that grow damp in the back pocket on the ride back home. The Brick Lane Beigel, the so strong tea, the broken glass crunching on bare-foot girl feet, chubby hands clutching too high heels, the furtive whisper – taxi, taxi – the Junior Murvin, the clash, The Clash, and remember not to forget – enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. The black turntables, the ones and the twos, the endless vari-speed merry go round of nights out in the city. The hugs and the kissing, the between song pissing, the terrible rhymes, the return of hard times, the jet black headphones, the long way home. Take me out, tonight, because I want to hear music and I want to see lights. She’s a model and she’s looking good. You were working as a waitress in a… My life in songs and rhythms and dances, Witness the Fitness, deliver, deliver, nothing left to believe in but these things. The black turntables, the spinning, the spinning, the spinning, the spinning, till we’re all so dizzy we can’t stand up and we can’t fall down so we dance and dance till the lights come on… We dance and dance until it’s gone.

Melodicablog 24.10.11

24th October 2011 Comments Off ,

Melodicablog 111024 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. THE SHOW AND NEW MIXCLOUD GROUP A selection of new albums for the Autumn season on this week’s show. And check the new Melodica group on Mixcloud, it’s like having your own radio station. Melodica Group. THAT FUZZY FEELING: MIGUEL MIGS – CLOSE YOUR EYES A cool disco house single with a great Balearic, very Melodica remix from Woolfy make this release a must have and a must-use in Coco DJ sets. A SELECTION OF EXCELLENT NEW ALBUMS LANTERNS ON THE LAKE – GRACIOUS TIDE, TAKE ME HOME It’s gracious, spacious and more than a little melancholy, old fashion songs wrapped up in new fangled electronica, if Mazzy Star had been brought up on the Tyne then would have sounded like this. DEAN & BRITTA – 13 MOST BEAUTIFUL This album was originally released in 2009 with a DVD. It soundtracks some of Andy Warhol’s classic screen tests, silent film protraits made between 1964 and 1966 at the Factory. Now here’s a limited pink re-release edition on it’s way. It’s Velvet Underground going electronic, it’s great modern music with a 60s twist. RUEDE HAGELSTEIN & THE NOBLETTES – SOFT PACK Ruede Hagelstein is resident DJ at Berlin’s Watergate Club. Here, on his first long player, he goes downtempo and sentimental in a very German way. This is Morr Music style electro pop that would be number one in the alternative Melodica mirror pop charts. There’s folk and jazz influences in here too making a fascinating and enetertaining album. TYCHO – DIVE Scott Hansen, aka desgner ISO50 aka Tycho says he is influenced by 70s proggers Yes and 90s dream tech d&ber Photek. His second album is new age glo wave, so you can hear both those influences in there as well as a load of more contemporary ones. It’s surprisingly smooth and soothing in a euphoric sort of way. REAL ESTATE – DAYS A dream of suburbia, soft guitar pop, some kind of Mellow, Real Estate’s second album is a floaty, bouncy joy.

Melodica 24.10.11

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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. Loads of great new albums to be investigated in this weeks show, plus a couple of remixes from Soulclap,, more from Dean Sunshine Smith, Psychemagik doing Harold Melvin and Nirvana gone reggae. It’s all here and it’s all wonderful. [setlist] 1 Altered Natives – Can’t Trust Myself To Trust You – Eye4Eye 2 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Soul Clap Like It’s 97 Remix) – Polydor 3 11:11 – Tourist Trap (Soul Clap & The Family Remix) – Supplement Fact THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Miguel Migs – Close Your Eyes (Woolfy’s Outback Remix) – Om Records 5 Voices Of Black – Her Flower – Wolf + Lamb 6 Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Wake Up Everybody (Psychemagic ReEdit) Digital File 7 Little Roy – Come As You Are – Ark STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR – GREAT NEW ALBUMS 8 Lanterns On The Lake – Lungs Quicken – Bella Union LP: Gracious Tide, Take Me home 9 Dean & Britta – I’ll Keep It With Mine (Scott Hardkiss Electric Mix) – Dean & Britta LP: 13 Most Beautiful 10 Ruede Hagelstein & The Noblettes – Emergency – Sounvenir Music LP: Soft Pack 11 Tycho – A Walk – Ghostly International LP: Dive 12 Real Estate – Days – Domino LP: Days 13 Dean Sunshine Smith – We Are African – Soulshare