The Chillout Lounge Mix – 53 Degrees North (Live Mix)

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Live mix from the superb venue 53 Degrees North (UK). Fantastic people, atmosphere and vibe, I recommend it very highly if you’re in the Halifax area. Was a pleasure DJing there amongst amazing other guests they’ve had in the initial 6 months of opening, including Jose Padilla, Pete Gooding, Robert Owens, DJ E.A.S.E (Nightmares On Wax), Jon Sa Trinxa, Hot Toddy, Robert Owens, Aki Bergen plus many more and you can count on the residents Andrew Sykes, Ben Bottomley, Paul Murray and new monthly resident Marshall Harker to lay down sublime and cool sounds all around.

You have to try out Ricci’s Place, also the sister restaurant Ricci’s Tapas & Cicchetti, the most stunning food! You will have to get booked in well in advance though as its very popular, so call now! :-)

Epic (Original Mix) – Leo Kane

With Deepman (Original Mix) – Brilliantinus

False (Alvaro Hylander Remix) – Cadatta

Hey Now (Sasha Remix) – London Grammar

Rebirth – Josh Butler

Afterhours (Original Mix) – Jero Nougues

Lies (Tourist Remix) – CHVRCHES

Looped – Kiasmos

Click Me – Mangaka

If You Wait (Riva Starr Remix) – London Grammar

You, Me (Original Mix) – Jero Nougues

Thai Cubensis (Vinyl Speed Adjust Remix) – Butch, Hohberg

Lifted High – TwelveBitMusic

On My Way (Original Mix) – Smok

Papua New Guinea (Nick Robson’s Golden Age Remix) – Future Sound Of London

Bassline – Artur Murysin

Superdrive (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix) – Moonbootica

Another Tone (Original Mix) – Shingo Nakamura vs Jody Wisternoff & James Grant

Program (Georgi Barrel Remix) – Weber

Lauge – Pusterum (Album Out Now)

Pusterum is the second full-length album from Henrik Laugesen (Lauge) and I’ve had the album on repeat for some time now. Ten beautiful beat-less ambient tracks that bring peace of mind in a meditative journey of dreamy, floaty soundscapes. A particular favourite is the track “Sollys” which I’ve remixed so keep an ear out for that and also expect more collaborations with Angrave & Lauge in the future!

Buy the album here, or send it as a gift to someone you care about :-)

The Chillout Lounge Mix – Progress

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Press play 1 hour before the sun sets and share a sunset with me. This mix progresses through deep house, electronic, chillout and ambient, calming down as it goes with the fading light on the horizon.

Swept Away (Farrow Remix) – Danglo

Hurricane (Booka Shade Remix) – Karin Park & Pandora Drive

Papua New Guinea (Nick Robson’s Golden Age Remix) – Future Sound Of London

Stars – Danny O

Fillin’ Up With Love (Tim Angrave InDeepDub) – Kisch

Electric City (Ashley Casselie Remix Dub) – The Egg

Hobo Dots – Phonogenic

The Machine (Alvaro Hylander Remix) – Cadetta

Contemplation Elevation – Tim Angrave

Sollys – Lauge

Supreme Being – Lemongrass

Closer – Stray Theories

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Kisch – “Fillin’ Up With Love” (Tim Angrave InDeep Dub)

A first release on Seamless Recording for the exciting talent that is Kisch with “Fillin’ Up With Love” and “In The Morning”.
Since bursting onto the house music scene in late 2013 with his remix of John Moss and Kellie Allen’s “Show You” on Phonetic Recordings, there is no sign of any let up in the ascent of Kisch’s stock. Following that up with releases on Great Stuff Recordings, Smiley Fingers and a double release of big-room belters “Take It All” and “Work Of Art” on Notting Hill Music’s Transmission label and another remix on Phonetic for main man Rob Roar`s “What’s Happening To Me” it’s easy to see why excitement is rapidly building around this project.
Mentored by Ibiza stalwart Pete Gooding, Kisch’s sound draws influence from all corners of the musical spectrum, from Mark Knight and My Digital Enemy in the house scene, to the indie rock genre in which he cut his songwriting teeth. Warm sonic textures and infectious melodies provide the trademarks of his intelligent sound, with his own vocals used on all of his original material to date. There’s no doubt that this singer, songwriter, producer, performer and DJ has a bright future within the music industry.

With the second track, Fillin’ Up With Love, Kisch has produced a real party starter. A fresh, youthful sound that is sure to be popular. Tim Angrave, whose The Chillout Lounge Mix Podcast has had over 6 million downloads. He lends his hand on the remix taking it much deeper along the lines of Kollektiv Turmstrasses’ more chilled out and deeper tracks.

In The Morning shows Kisch`s talent as a singer and producer. Fresh and breezy, with smooth, languid vocals it is the kind of uplifting track that Kisch is known for.

Contemplation Elevation on Lemongrassmusic compilation

“Lounge Du Soleil Vol.18“ presents a selection of 28 works from currently new and also well known artists from the label Lemongrassmusic for the year 2015.

Sparkling Chillout meets Future Jazz: sun-drenched comfort zone beats for wallowers and audio aesthetes.

The majority of tracks on Lounge Du Soleil Vol.18 was previously unreleased which makes this compilation a unique work of its kind.

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Steve Miller talks to Lounge Masters

Very interesting talk with Steve Miller here about albums from Afterlife, Lux, the way of the world today & celebrating the end of the Loudness War! Steve Miller doesn’t need much presentation, his long history in music business as musician and as producer speaks for him. We already met him (HERE TO REREAD), now we’ll speak about the last two albums recorded few months ago. “Shikasta” is the 7th album as Afterlife, a chillout balearic trip, with a sound always on top and fresh, full of good and positive vibes like the name itself suggests (for the beautiful meaning, read it directly from Steve’s words below). He used two great collaborators for voices, Rachel Lloyd and Ella May (ex Nightmare on Wax singer), into a texture of deep instrumental moments. The second one is “Southern Stars” as Lux. Lux is Steve Miller and James Bright, they made an album ten years ago, “Northern Lights“, that could be considered a milestone into its genre, chillout, downtempo, Balearic. Now they’ve returned with this second chapter, different, with a new style but with the unmistakable energy of the two artists. As Chris Coco said “That became a template for the record and could well turn into a micro genre in its own right.“ But, let Steve intruduce and tell us about those new magical works.

01. Recently you’ve released two new albums, Shikasta as Afterlife and Southern Stars as Lux. Why did you decide to release them almost at the same time?

It was planned to release the Afterlife album in August 2014 and during the previous 3 months I had been receiving a lot of fan mail asking about the new Lux album, would there be one after 10 years? etc because fans had heard Sunset Disco on Café del Mar and figured that Lux had developed a new sound so maybe a new album was being made. I then realised that we had enough tracks for an album so it might be interesting to have a double release in the same month, reactions have been very good so I guess it was the right decision.

02. I read that the title Shikasta comes from a Doris Lessing’s book. What the name means and why did you choose it?

I read Shikasta when I was a teenager and recently read it again, it is a beautiful book. Shikasta is the name given to planet earth in the book of the same name. It is being used as an experiment by beings from Canopus and Sirius to develop a new race of loving, spiritual people, human beings, sadly there is also a bad influence from the star system called Shammat which is corrupting the people with greed, aggression, wars and ignorance, rather like our own history and present day problems. It was a no brainer.

03. How could you describe the album Shikasta?

It reflects how I feel about the world today. I believe that a change in consciousness is happening and the old ways of politics, industry and government greed has to come to an end and people are waking up and realising that we cannot continue destroying the planet and ourselves. Instead of focussing on the problems – the mainstream media does a great job of that – I wanted to focus on the good things life has to offer, love of life, caring for each other and developing a sense of true spirit. Shikasta is warm, funky and melancholy at times. It was good to work with Ella May (Nightmares on wax) as well as with Rachel Lloyd both who provided lyrics which reflect how we can change for the better. It is also a snapshot of how the Afterlife sound is changing.

04. Speaking about Southern Stars, ten years have passed since Northern Lights was released. If there is, which is “le fil rouge” between the two albums?

There is no fil rouge. We came up with a new sound completely as we did not want to make another album like Northern Lights which would have been impossible as artists reflect their current environment and social environments. 3 years ago James Bright came to me with an idea that turned into Sunset Disco, we were both really excited by the sound and I suggested that we continue down that road of slow funky disco beats but using percussion in new and ambient ways which worked really well on the first track.

05. What is innovative in Southern Stars?

The whole sound, Chris Coco reviewed it and said we had come up with a new sub genre of downtempo, I’m not sure what we should call it or if it’s necessary to do so but I can say that if you like grooving to original disco tempos, would you believe 103bpm? then you will like it.

06. How born and develop these two new albums?

Shikasta is simply Afterlife doing what Afterlife does best, evolving, trying new vocalists and sounds and spending a lot of time on the beach. Southern Stars is me and James Bright having a lot of fun with a new style that seems unique at present. 07. Are there strong points both in Shikasta and Southern Stars that stand out? I’ll leave that for the audience to decide, all we can do is make the music and for me both albums are really strong, feedback from DJs is the same, they cannot figure out which are their favourite tracks as there are no fillers and they like a different track every day. 08. Do you have something important to say about the albums, their production, your collaborators or to the audience ? Both albums have been made using a lot more analogue gear and sound better to me than any previous releases. Also neither album was hypercompressed in the mastering process which gives them a much wider dynamic range. many people at first might think they sound quieter because of it but just turn up the volume the way you do on vinyl records and hear the difference. Hypercompressed music is tiring on the ears and has been the greatest cause for a drop in record sales over the last 10years. I am pleased to say that “the loudness war” is over at last with all broadcast stations now fitting loudness normalisers, even iPods now have the same app and the “iTunes plus” section only accepts properly mastered material to the quieter specification. It’s interesting to note that vinyl sales in the UK hit 1 million sales this year, the highest since 1996, which is great news for music lovers and I am at present investigating making limited editions of vinyl for both releases as well as all future releases. I’m really grateful to all the fans that have supported us over the years and also asking for vinyl releases, their time has come!


The Chillout Lounge Mix – Beginnings

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Happy New Year, I hope there are lots of positive new beginnings for you all. A deep atmospheric mix to kick off January, enjoy…

  1. Return To Air – Bonobo
  2. Sullen Fables (Prod. Galimatias) – Monsoonsiren
  3. Superdrive (Kruse & Nuernberg Remix) – Moonbootica
  4. Feel The Silence – Ivan Garci
  5. Ghost (Oliver Schories Remix) – The Acid
  6. Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) – Royksopp
  7. One Night (Alvaro Hylander Remix) – Santiago Santamaria
  8. Sunshine Every Day (Andi Vasilos Remix) – Pat Foosheen
  9. Love Love Love (Sascha Kloeber Remix) – Jackson feat. James Yuill
  10. Fire Variations (Interlude) – nikosf.
  11. Heroic Melody – Ivan Garci
  12. Les Brumes Oceanes – Damabiah