CSL Back For Good
You might remember we had extracts from the fine Melodica compilation Night Bus a few weeks ago. Here’s another tune from it that’s just been released to listen. And it’s rather exciting – for me at least. It’s the first new tune from 90s UK house act Coco Steel & Lovebomb since 1998 or 99.
CSL were Chris Mellor (Coco), Lene Stokes (Steel) and Craig Woodrow (LoveBomb). I’m not entirely clear who’s involved in this new version, alongside Chris. But in calling the first fruit of this new CSL Rainy Summer, they are creating a link – a distant cousin according to Chris – to 1994’s classic Summer Rain on Warp Records. This time, there’s less house and a more laid back ambient dub air to it all. Very, very nice.
Here’s Summer Rain, for all the old ravers out there:
Blurb: What is Night Bus? First, the simple answer – it’s an electronic music soundtrack that works rather well on that long, late night journey on the night bus. It’s atmospheric, ethereal, ambient, modern music with just enough drive to get you home. It’s music to help you stare out of the window and notice the little details that make the ride kind of special. It’s music to take you there and help you feel like you are somewhere else.
Then, the more complicated one – Night Bus is a collection of music made by a new generation of London based producers who work around the disadvantages of the current economic climate, resorting to computer programs and MIDI keyboards to create their musical exodus; who have grown up in the metropolis plugged into music on their mobiles, listening to dubstep and hip hop and auto tune pop and the sound of the city itself; who have filtered all this through their software to nurture and create a new sound, a new feeling, a new C21 ambient that, sometimes unconsciously, draws on the spirit of the classic artists to create a new style. Everyone from Erick Satie to Brian Eno to Tangerine Dream to Burial is hidden in there somewhere. Night Bus is steeped in history but it has a sound that is all its own, and now it’s becoming a genre in its own right.
Night Bus is a compilation put together in collaboration by recording artist Jamie Isaac, film maker Wesley Stokes Mellor and MelodicaRecordings label boss Chris Coco.
Release/catalogue number: MELOR024
Release date: Jun 3, 2013