Melodica (best of 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. It’s Christmas week, there’s no denying, which mean everything stops, we look back at the year and get a little melancholy and tearful about all those magic moments and lost opportunities. So, instead of a countdown or a chart or anything too nerdy, here’s a selection of tunes that will help with the contemplation of time passing. The songs are taken from some of my favourite albums of 2012. And I’ll tell you about them briefly as we go along. OK? Good. Let’s do it. [setlist] 1 Idjut Boys – Rabass LP: Cellar Door 2 Taken By Trees – In Other Words LP: Other Worlds 3 Levek – Solemn Feeling Forever Healing LP: Look A Little Closer 4 The Gaslamp Killer – Apparitions (With Gonjasufi) LP: Breakthrough 5 Peaking Lights – Beautiful Dub LP: Lucifer In Dub 6 The Orb feat Lee Scratch Perry – Golden Clouds LP: The Orb Presents The Orbserver In The Star House 7 Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy LP: Shields 8 Tame Impala – Music To Walk You Home By LP: Lonerism 9 Flying Lotus – DMT Song LP: Until The Quiet Comes 10 Dirty Projectors – Dance For You LP: Swing Lo Magellan 11 Alabama Shakes – Be Mine LP: Boys & Girls 12 Bobby Womack – Nothing Can Save Ya (feat Fatoumata Diawara) LP: The Bravest Man In The Universe 13 One Little Plane – Hold You Down LP: Into The Trees 14 Chilly Gonzalez – Kenaston LP: Solo Piano 2 15 Brian Eno – Lux 1 LP: Lux

Tapes and Tapes

19th December 2012 Comments Off

I love these old 1/4″ reel to reel tape box covers, a real physical, human feel to the masters rather than the current faceless digital file.

French Doors and other clichés

18th December 2012 Comments Off

Deep frost, low light, lines steaming, fast track to Paris, for existential adventure. I am here to photograph French doors. Get some inspiration. Outside Sacre Coeur there is frosty magic in the air. A man plays Hallelujah on the harp. The music turns the scene into poetry. I’m back, I’m away, I’m here. for now, everything is just fine. Inside the cathedral there is the usual sense of peace to be found in these places. I am looking for that, some sense of peace, but peace that comes with NO RELIGION on my census entry. Something with no overbearing presence painted on arches and made flesh by bread and blood red wine. Having said that, I like the architecture, I like some of the stories and images, bright stained glass and single solo flames, burning together on altars. Collected spirits waiting patiently for the next communion. Sure only that some time soon they will flicker and die. I take a little tour of past glories: the fondue restaurant where we drank red wine from babies bottles; the corner cafe where we finished the evening off with a Kir Royale or three. The days of free drinking, I mean, thinking; the days of possibilities; the year of magic moments and too much money. Then I remind myself or remember that the reason to be practical and organised is to allow ourselves time to dream and drift slightly out of focus like this, through a strangely familiar city on a sparkling, frosty-bright winters day. Because this is living. And this is all there is.

Melodica 17 December 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 another catch up on a fine selection of new house music, plus Peaking Lights in dub, some Public Information about Everest, Four Tet, Herbert, Jack Dixon and Ian Pooley. Nice. [setlist] 1 Ha-ze Factory – A Bit Of Redemption – K7 2 Metro – Brownstone Express – Rush Hour 3 Will Saul & October – Light Sleeper (Michael Mayer Remix) – Aus Music THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Herbert – It’s Only Love (DJ Koze Remix) – 5 Vondelpark – Dracula – R&S 6 Four Tet – Jupiters (Jamie XX Remix) – Text 7 Blackbird Blackbird – Keep It Up (Sun Glitters Remix) – Digital File 8 Public Service Broadcasting – Everest (Leftside Wobble Remix) – LIFE’S A BEACH 9 Peaking Lights – Cosmick Dub – Weird World 10 Jack Dixon – Margo – Digital File 11 Ian Pooley – Tale Of The Big City – Pooled Music 12 James Priestley & Marco Antonio – Speed – Secret Sundaze

Melodica 10 December 2012

10th December 2012 Comments Off ,

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 we’re back in the future past with some house music, on dirty black vinyl, then in the future future with post everything electronica, then, after a quick flirtation with the past past in the new Life’s A Beach Balearic feature we’re back in the present, as in now, not a gift wrapped gift, for some more fine electronic music. Melodica – You know it makes sense. [setlist] 1 Teflon Dons – Sun Fist Rising – My Love Is Underground 2 Recloose – Electric Sunshine (Andres Remix) – Rush Hour 3 Ejeca – Never Forget – W&O Street Tracks 4 Fourtet and Burial – Nova – Text THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 5 Vondelpark – Dracula – R&S 6 Indigo – Keerthana – Apollo 7 Pantha Du Prince – Photon – Rough Trade 8 Joe Drive – Junopolis – 4 Lux Black LIFE’S A BEACH 9 10CC – Dreadlock Holiday (Arsenii Edit) – Digital File 10 Toro Y Moi – So Many Details (Remix) – Carpark STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR 11 Indians – I Am Haunted – 4AD 12 Nathan Fake – Paean (Lone Remix) – Border Community 13 Throwing Snow – Aspera – Snowfall