Test Pressing

23rd June 2012

I have in my possession two test pressings of Chris Coco – Freedom Street, the new album, the one that seems to have taken forever to finish. Gingerly I dust off the turntable, set it spinning at exactly thirty three and a third revolutions per minute, and carefully lower the arm onto the virgin vinyl. There’s a little crackle and a pop, then track one side one, Word, explodes out of the speakers. I am convinced that the bass is smoother and rounder than the digital version. It sounds beautifully punchy and again I am happy.

Lazy Summer III coming soon

23rd June 2012

The new summer mix from Chris Coco coming soon on Energy / Cool D:Vision Italia.

CC – St James Grove on new Atzaro Comp.

22nd June 2012

Cape Clear on Cafe Del Mar

12th June 2012

New Coco tune Cape Clear is out now on Cafe Del Mar Vol 18.

find it on iTunes.

33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute

6th June 2012

So here, I suppose, is some kind of end point, a marker. The cutting of Freedom Street, the transfer of all that sweat and love, all those years, all those ears, all the tweaking, the agonising, the bouncing, the disappointment, near despair. This is resolution. Where it all comes together as the complete work of art. Where it transfers finally from digital bits to physicality. The spinning disc, the cutting needle, the lacquer, boxed up, taped up and off to the factory, ready for it’s limited edition mass production.

Laurie’s being nice. He says the music reminds him of Grace Jones at the peak of her powers, as he changes the needle on the great VMS70 Neumann lathe, a hulking piece of ancient technology, like celluloid and analogue synths, now a choice, a luxury rather than a necessity.

But god, it’s so exciting. Now I’m trying to stay calm, the box fresh lacquer is being cut, the sweet, familiar but forgotten smell fills the room, the lathe twists at precisely thirty three and a third revolutions per minute and, soon after venus finishes her transit of the sun, the strains of Word, side one, track one, fill the room.

And, gosh, well, it sounds bloody good and I am happy.