What’s it all about, Ducky Back from Bestival with the usual: a tingly hangover, a memory card full of amazing sounds and images and a head full of, well, amazing sounds and images from a hectic day of DJing and watching some great acts play wonderful music and generally having the most fine of times humanly possible. On Saturday I played three sets, one on Bestival Radio with my compadre Pete Gooding and a live performance from the main man of ambient folk, James McArthur; one in the now legendary Wishing Tree (house); and one in the totally fabulous Ambient Forest (slow dancing). A few edited festival highlights: How does it feel… rushing past the main stage as New Order played Blue Monday; Tythe in the Ambient Forest; wearing a unicorn mask while DJing; dancing like a ducky to Greg Wilson; the boy W and his boys in the Wishing Tree; Sleeping in a Tipi with our friends; strong coffee; sunshine and more sunshine; pole dancing to SBTRKT; Dirty Beaches’ short, brutal set; Four Tet in the Psychedelic Worm. Some pictures (mostly sky) and the two DJ sets are posted here.
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 it’s house and Balearic all the way, so some big names – Maceo Plex, Four Tet, Booka Shade, The Orb and some strange old dusty tracks from the archives, plus a massively brilliant and slightly embarrasing re-edit to annoy or delight. It’s all here and it’s all… over the place. [setlist] 1 Booka Shade – Tomorrow Belongs To Us – Dim Mak 2 Maceo Plex – Future Musik – Ellum 3 Walls vs Gerd Janson & Prins Thomas – Gaberdine – Kompakt Digital THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 4 Ry & Frank Wiedemann – Howling – Innervisions 5 Deekie – Must Not Be Mentioned – MelodicaRecordings 6 Four Tet – 128 Harps – Text STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR (Balearic World Special) 7 Francois Hardy – Suzanne – EMI Sweden 8 Duncan Browne – Over The Reef – EMI Sweden 9 Flying Lizards – Money B – EMI Sweden 10 The Orb presents The Orbserver in the Star House – H O O – Cooking Vinyl 11 Gadi Mizrahi aka Baby Prince – Nobody feat Lonely C – Somethinksounds 12 Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Psychemagik Remix) – Digital File
Here is the film for Chris Coco – Word. Word is C21 soul, it’s inspired by early Factory Records dance acts like Quando Quango and features the unhurried reggae-infused tones of Scottish singer Andrew Docherty. The song is taken from the album Freedom Street, out now on MelodicaRecordings. The film is shot around South London and continues Chris’s obsession with tower blocks and walls, detail and decay.
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 go, as they say in so many songs, deep. There’s some music from the excellent Stella Polaris compilation; some rare tunes from the new Psychemagik blog; the latest from MelodicaRecordings; and some of that crazy post everything stuff from Flying Lotus, Holy Other and Throwing Snow. So that’s slow and emotional all the way home. [setlist] 1 Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk (Lulu Rouge’s Stella Polaris Mix) – Stella Polaris 2 The 2 Bears – Heart Of The Congas (Peter Visti’ Stella Polaris Remix) – Stella Polaris 3 NeferTT – Cleo’s Spot – Hotflush 4 Fourtet – Locked – Text THAT FUZZY FEELING (TUNE OF THE WEEK) 5 Deekie – Rush – Melodica Recordings 6 Throwing Snow – Brook (Gold Panda Remix) – Snowfall 7 Holy Other – Love Some1 – Triangle 8 Flying Lotus feat Erkah Badu – See Thru to U – Warp STRINGS, WOOD AND A BOX OF AIR (from Psychemagic’s new blog) 9 Richard Torrance – Anything’s Possible – Digital File 10 Margo Guryan – Sun – Digital File 11 Jack Johnson – Enemy (Worst Friends Remix) – Digital File 12 Slow Hands – Rhabarbarum – Future Classic 13 DFRNT – Everyone Is Moving – Echodub 14 Fluxion – Memba – Echocord
Today we are up on the roof high over Soho, staring down on secret London, the hidden gardens and meeting places, so far away from the windy canyons down below. Nick and Andy are here to sing Word, I am here to speak words about Word and other songs on the Freedom Street album. The song sounds good and the view is magnificent. Afterwards we go to the pub. It’s like old times before computers and worries. A good day in London town.