Melodica 14 May 2012

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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. This episode is, I suppose, a continuation of last week’s Balearic themed show, but with a lot less 80s and 90s and a lot more future music. But let’s start where we came from with a little dubbed up 80s disco and see where that goes. Yes? [setlist] 1 The Candy Dealers – Don’t Stop – Editorial 2 LTJ Experience – People’s – IRMA THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 3 Electric Zeus – Believe – Melodica Recordings 4 Softwar – August – Hed Kandi 5 CFCF – Exercise 5 (September) – Paper Bag 6 Haraket – Moment Of Calm – Digital File 7 Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras meet The Congos – Happy Song – FRKWYS STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR 8 One Little Plane – Nothing Has Changed – Text 9 Gravenhurst – Song To The Siren – Warp 10 Dave Aju – Until Then – Circus Company 11 Hunter/Game – Crazy Enough – Diynamic Music 12 Joe Europe – Things – Vitalik 13 Mathias Kaden – The Jackathon (Richy Ahmed Remix) – Get Physical

Thyme & Capers – Alternative Views of Santorini

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No apologies for being away, been away. Now back. Here are some pictures. I have been thinking about why I take digital photos. They are, of course, a memory store, the archetypal crap holiday snaps, or travel pics, a moment captured. But I tend to focus, mind and then lens, on details, tiny things that so often go unnoticed, views that you will not find in the travel brochure that accompanies Brand Holiday Destination. The sun bouncing off the paintwork on a tantalizingly padlocked door; a piece of graffiti declaring love between two unknown and never to be met people, on a black rock next to a church on a hill; the rusting wheelbarrow at the back of the church; a discarded flower, perhaps passed to a child or a lover as a gift or an attempt at reconciliation, tossed away and stamped on, left as unloved and unnoticed as the giver of the gift. All this attention to detail, beyond capturing, I hope, some beautiful images out of the casual chaos of an everyday life, also helps me in some therapeutic way to find beauty in the everyday. I delight in the detail. At the best moments I feel a childlike wonder at the world and all it’s tiny elements. Of course, it doesn’t always work, and the feeling never lasts, but for those moments when I see a lonely chair on the edge of a dusty, cracked concrete jetty and think – yes, this is beauty, it’s really rather wonderful. So here are a selection of pictures taken on a real holiday in Santorini, the Greek island that really is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth. There are plenty of padlocked doors and wide open spaces, vertiginous views and delightful details. Enjoy.

First vinyl on MelodicaRecordings

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The vinyl for Skintologists – Magpie has finally arrived. Check the lovely house bag designed by SheOne. Nice.

Melodicablog 7 May 2012

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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. Follow Chris Coco on MixcloudTHAT FUZZY FEELING: CFCF – EXERCISES 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. STOP MAKING SENSE COMPETITION 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: melodica@chriscoco.com More details on the SMS website NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL BALEARIC 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 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. MELANCHOLY DREAMS 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.

Melodica 7 May 2012

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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. 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. [setlist] 1 Johnny Mathis – I Love My Lady (Ashley Beedle’s Black Bahia Version) – Modern Artifacts 2 DJ Roland Clark feat Robin S – All Of Me – Delete Records 3 Dream 2 Science – My Love Turns To Liquid – Rush Hour THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 CFCF – Exercise 5 (September) – Paper Bag 5 Bepu N’Gali – I Travel To You (Fully Bearded Dub by Tim Love Lee) – International Feel 6 Sly Dunbar – Sesame Street – EMI Sweden 7 Laidback – Fly Away / Walking In The Sunshine – EMI Sweden 8 Roxy Music – India – EMI Sweden 9 Paul Weller – Be Happy Children – Island 10 Labi Siffre – Watch Me – EMI Sweden 11 The Funkees – Ole – Soundway Records 12 Joss Ryan – Melancholy Dreams – DVA Music 13 Deniz Kurtel – I Knew This Would Happen feat Pillow Talk – Wolf + Lamb