Proper Balearic vibes in beautiful Fairfield Park.
Phil Mison (Cantoma, UK), Big Rig, Michael Kucyk (Efficient Space)
Who is Phil Mison?
Phil is a London based DJ and producer (Cantoma, Reverso68) whose musical career is almost on its way to a third decade. Beyond being cited as one of DJ Harvey’s favourite DJs or playing Leo Mas’ birthday bash, Phil is one of the few UK selectors that have held the torch for the downtempo/ balearic beat/ ‘cafe music’ experiment from it’s boom in the late 1980s until today.
Phil first started DJ’ing at Nicky Holloway’s club, The Milk Bar in Soho, ‘warming up’ for Darren Emerson. In lieu of the requisite warmup bangers, Phil played ‘weird mellow music’ instead and was asked to do it again and again. After sending some of these tapes ‘to the guy at the Cafe Del Mar’ in ‘91, ‘the guy’ (chill-out don, Jose Padilla) and Phil had a chance meeting the following year in which Phil was asked to fill in at the Cafe while Jose played a month in Thailand. Subsequently Phil stayed on the island for two years of sunset residencies. Many of these sunsets, thankfully recorded to tape, are available for download on the inimitable www.testpressing.org
Phil started producing music in 1997. His 2003 debut self-titled album “Cantoma” is considered one of the definitive chill-out albums of all time, selling over 15,000 copies and being featured on over 150 compilations. Since then he has consistently produced music to warm your bones under various monikers and collabs (Ambala, Cantoma, Reverso 68, Frontera,etc) and has contributed more than his fair share of stellar comps on Kenneth Bager’s Music for Dreams as well as his very popular 2017 ‘Out of the Blue’ compilation on Leng.
There aren’t many DJ/producers with such a lush, expansive legacy that are still filling floors today, let alone ones that are yet to grace our shores. A humble legend of the underground Phil is very excited for his first Australian visit and we are just as excited to have him play for all of us.
We are equally as excited to have Jims’ long-standing barfly Big Rig and a personal favourite Michael Kucyk whose long standing radio staple Noise In My Head introduced me to Phil some 5 or 6 years ago. If that’s not enough we have the lovely Pharaoh’s Records setting up shop for the afternoon for you to pick up a record or three.
What is Jim’s Poolside Cafe?
Usually I’d tell you it’s the fictional island paradise/cafe that welcomes you in and sits you down on your favourite lounge while you bake in sun-drenched surrounds, listening to something nice with people you know and love.
This time I’ll tell you the same thing but this time it’s no fiction. Tickets on sale now.
Artwork by Jane Bunn.
We would like to acknowledge that this event is being held on stolen land. We wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and their Elders past, present, and emerging.