First off, my apologies for the delay in posting the “Best of 2009” podcast. A bad case of bronchitis really took the wind out of my sails (and my lungs for that matter.) Since I am already so late in posting this episode, I am going to forgo my typical “Best of the Best” editorial and just let the music speak for itself.
For those of you that are regular listeners here at the Chill with The Chola podcast, you know that the “Best of” shows are a culmination, and celebration, of a year’s worth of great music. For some of you that may just be joining us, the “Best Of” shows are a great way to get an idea of what this podcast is all about. So, be sure to check out the Best of 2008 and the Best of 2007 as well.
Each of the artists in this month’s podcast are excellent. As always, I encourage you to seek them out, learn about them, listen to their music, and support them by purchasing their music.
Wow! This year has flown by. It seems like just yesterday that I was struggling to compile the “Best of 2007.” As tough as that was, compiling the Best of 2008 was an even larger undertaking. I have such an emotional connection with so much of the music that I pick for this show, that going back through it all is almost like time traveling back to the feelings that I was experiencing that particular month. It is a pretty cool experience, but, an exhausting one at the same time.
After perusing through my catalog of downtempo, chillout, bossas/ sambas, and lounge tunes from the past year, I chose my favorites from each episode… my “first picks.” Those first picks totaled two and a half hours of music! Needless to say, it was a long, heart-wrenching night last night taking two and half hours of music and choosing the best of the best for a show that is under eighty minutes long. Creating a synopsis for a year of amazing music can be a very difficult job, but I hammered through it. 🙂
So without further ado, here are the Best of 2008…
Every one of the artists in this month’s podcast are absolutely amazing. I encourage you to seek them out, learn about them, listen to their music, and support them by purchasing their music. In addition, I would like to highlight a couple of my absolute favorite artists of 2008…
If I had to pick one artist that truly left me captivated this year, it would have to be Senor Coconut And His Orchestra. What can I say about Senor Coconut? (UUUH… AAAAAAH!) He is writing, arranging, and remixing music the EXACT way that I like. I am hard pressed to find a song in his catalog that I do not like. (BLEEEEEE!) It’s an amazing mix of latin influenced music such as mambo, samba, and cha-cha with an electronic undertone… a mixture of live music with a big-band flare, and machine. (HUUUUUH!) Seek out Senor Coconut And His Orchestra, if you are lucky enough to live in a country in which they tour, go to a show (I sure wish that I could,) and buy every bit of this music that you can!
By the way, if you have no idea what the stuff in parentheses littering the paragraph above means, well, then you obviously have not familiarized yourself with Senor Coconut’s music. Get to work! 🙂
Another group worthy of special note is the Worldwide Groove Corporation. This is the second year that their music has made it on to my “Best of” show. Their remix of Third Day’s “Show Me You Glory” flat out left me awestruck! I have literally listened to this song hundreds of times and to this day, I still get chills up and down my spine. In my opinion, “Worldwide Groove Corporation” is synonymous with “quality production” and I look forward to continuing to build my own library with their music.
Worldwide Groove Corp recently started a remix project of Chillodesiac Lounge, vol. 1: FEVER (one of my album picks from last year) in which they have invited DJ’s to remix their work. I am definitely looking forward to checking that out.
I’d like to list some honorable mentions as well. Here are some of the artists that made my “first picks” but unfortunately had to be cut from the Best of 2008 podcast due to time constraints…
Well here it is… Chill With The Chola’s “Best of 2007!” Let me tell you, it was not an easy task to compile 76 minutes worth of favorites from a year of fantastic music. I mean let’s face it, I put my heart and soul in to picking the coolest tunes each month, so, choosing the “pick of the litter” was an exhausting process.
This month’s episode is a great synopsis of exactly what this show is all about. I cover all of the styles of music that I love so much. From lounge to bossanova, to house and drum ‘n’ bossa, to nujazz and chillout, it is all covered. So sit back and enjoy the “best of the best,” the “cream of the crop,” the “cat’s meow”… okay, okay, I am sure you get the picture. 🙂 Here is this month’s tracklist…
All of the artists in this month’s playlist truly standout in my mind as icons of downtempo music. That being said, there are a handful in this list that shine so bright, I really must address them individually.
Ulrich Schnauss– What can I say, Ulrich’s music really touched me this year. The release of “GoodBye” left me absolutely AWESTRUCK! If you do not own this album yet, you MUST buy it.
Schnauss’ music is incredibly ethereal. His creations are not just songs, they are amazing soundcapes that give you a sense that you have been teleported into huge worlds of sound. His music absolutely envelops you in a warm, rich, progressive, tonal utopia. Purchase “Goodbye,” pop it in to your CD player or mp3 player, put on your best headphones, turn off the lights and lay down on the couch for an hour. I assure you that you will awake in a peaceful bliss!
Cybophonia– Cybophonia is the epidemy of cool chillout and lounge. Eros Minichiello hails from the “Italian area of Switzerland,” and I swear, everything he touches is GOLD! The production value of his remixes are profound, they truly should be studied.
I look forward to getting to know all of his new music intimately in 2008, and, I am sure the “Chill With The Chola” show will certainly feature some more of his tunes very, very soon!
If I had to sum up this album in one word it would be… “sexy.” The song selections are fantastic, the vocals are smooth and sensual, and the production is top notch. Throw this album on, cook a nice dinner for that special someone, and enjoy an intimate evening together.
Bossacucanova fuses traditional Latin styles such as bossanova and samba, with electronica styles such as Drum ‘n’ Bass and House. The blend becomes a new hybrid all of its own and can be referred to as “Drum ‘n’ Bossa.” Man oh man; this music is melodic and rhythmic heaven!
Even though I cannot understand a word of the lyrics, the vocals are very smooth and soothing, the beats are rhythmic and almost trance inducing, and the production value is top notch.
Listening to Bossacucanova’s music instantly transports me to a place with warm, sunny beaches, strong cocktails, and pretty girls. Listen to any of their CD’s, I bet you will feel the same. If you consider yourself a downtempo/ lounge conesouer, you cannot afford to be without their discography!