Some downtempo sounds from Radio 1’s Chris Coco.


Chris Coco was formerly in Coco Steel & LoveBomb, who I’ve covered previously. Chris (real name Chris Mellor) was raised in Sussex. Even while in Coco Steel & Lovebomb in the early 1990s Chris’ more complex, downbeat side was already starting to emerge on the group’s debut album It, released on Warp Records in 1994. Drawn to increasingly eclectic sounds, Chris reconnected with a passion for moody electronica, dub reggae and film soundtracks.


Chris then spent the late Nineties juggling multiple careers. He was the editor of dance music’s DJ Magazine but it was under his Chris Coco guise that he became a globe-trotting DJ. Then, in 2002, as well as starting work on the cult Blue Room show for BBC Radio 1, he released his first solo album project, the critically acclaimed Next Wave, on Distinctive Records. That set included collaborations with singer Nick Cave, author Iain Banks, actor Patrick Bergin and a version of Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross featuring original guitarist Peter Green. His early Chris Coco material had been so strong that my expectations of the album were sky high. But they were dashed by an album of few highlights and an overall sense of too much 1970s soft rock and ennui.


As for now, Chris has mixed the Big Freeze Vol 3 compilation, coming in mid November on Platipus Records. The album features Booka Shade, Loco Dice, Hercules and Love Affair, an exclusive Trojan Soundsystem remix of City Reverb’s Pinsharp and many more over two CDs.


Chris Coco – All Of My Beautiful Friends
Chris Coco – Albatross


Chris Coco – Time To Love (Balearica Mix)


Chris Coco website


~ by acidted on October 31, 2008.

One Response to “C IS FOR CHRIS COCO”

  1. […] word. Look out especially for the track ”All of my Beautiful Friends”. To recap from previous post: Chris Coco was formerly in Coco Steel & LoveBomb, who I’ve covered previously. Chris (real […]

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