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Big Chill celebrate 15th birthday with The Big Issue

By | Published on Wednesday 11 February 2009

The Big Chill festival celebrates its 15th birthday this year, and to commemorate the occasion it will be releasing a compilation of 15 tracks chosen by 15 of the festival’s favourite performers and the the Big Chill Forum web collective, with all proceeds going to The Big Issue. Artists on the album include Cinematic Orchestra, Ulrich Schnauss, The Orb, Orbital, 4 Hero, John Shuttleworth, Fila Brazillia, Alucidnation and The Blessing.

Coldcut’s Matt Black said of his selection: “Funki Porchini’s ‘Long Road’ came on as ‘chill out’ was just emerging from the rave cave to stand blinking innocently in the light of possibility. It has a certain languorous air that helped seduce the party generation – lead by N4 Eric’s Big Chill Cafe Party posse – to find new, horizontal, loved up modes of ecstatic enjoyment. Who can forget the infamous ‘Boat Party’ trip? The track’s jazzy licks made a bridge between trip-hop and electronic chill which would be very influential. Oh, and it has a great bassline!”

Lisa Woodman from The Big Issue said of the album: “The initiative follows on from the working relationship that was developed between The Big Issue and The Big Chill in 2008 where we published and our vendors sold the official programme at the festival, alongside copies of our magazine. We’d like to thank The Big Chill for their hard work in organising this as well as all the artists and labels who have contributed their tracks for free”.

Big Chill co-founder Katrina Larkin added: “It really doesn’t feel like 15 years. It’s been a whirlwind of events, music, bars and great fun. What better way to mark it with this album, showing the friendships that have been formed and the experiences we’ve shared over the years. We’re even more pleased that we can share this with such a good cause as The Big Issue, carrying on The Big Chill ethos. Here’s to the next fifteen!”