Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cocktail Nation Best of the Best 2011

As Koop takes his annual vacation, please enjoy hand-picked highlights from past seasons. So grab yourself a smart cocktail, sit back, and reminisce over past shows. This week, let's take a listen to the Best of the Best of 2011.

This week on the show we take a look at the best of the best of 2011 ….with some of the best releases in lounge and exotica, and some of the highlights of the Cocktail Nation year as we revisit 2011.

Tikiyaki Orchestra - Aloha Baby 
Orchestra Superstring - Easy 
Ding Dong Devils - Mai Tais In The Moonlight 
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica - Third River Rangoon 
Crazed Mugs - Find Fobidden Island 
Jennifer Keith -I magination  
Tony Bennett with KD Lang - Blue Velvet 
Beverly Kenney - Tea For Two 
Spy Fi - WEB Theme
Wynton Marsailis - Awakening 
Jerry Sun - Tiki  
Michael Buble - Santa Baby 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 20 January 2018

Welcome to the weekend, my fellow loungers!

As we pass the halfway mark through January, we find ourselves a little bit closer to Spring. Mother Nature has blessed the Toronto area with a mid-winter melt, pumping up the temperature to 5C this weekend. A far cry from the Arctic-like deep freeze we’ve been experiencing lately.

As we get closer to that reawakening of nature, we are blessed with a wonderful soundtrack to put us in that mood. The sounds of This is Lounge strives to embrace that warm weather feeling.

This week, we couldn’t feel much warmer. The wonderful smooth sounds from Naoki Kenji’s latest, along with Phigroa’s make up the top two tracks again this week. Along with Five Seasons, Velvet Dreamer, and Weathertunes we have a very chilled Top Ten.

News of a new This is Lounge artist this week, as we find Mittens bubbling under with a wonderful little chillhop track called Singularity.

Thanks for tuning in. So nice to have our mobile access back again. We welcome your "on-the-road" return to listening.

Thanks for all the support. (Shoutouts to Phigroa and Darren Pearson for their "above and beyond" support on social media.) Thanks for supporting the artists. They are the ones that make the station what it is.

Stay chilled.

Bubbling Under

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cocktail Nation Best of the Best 2012

As Koop takes his annual vacation, please enjoy hand-picked highlights from past seasons. So grab yourself a smart cocktail, sit back, and reminisce over past shows. This week, let's take a listen to the Best of the Best of 2012.

Best of the Best music releases this week on the show, as we take a look at some of the releases of 2012... This wee, we will play those tracks and replay some of the interviews around those releases.

Jimmy Psycho - That Old Black Magic
James Morrison - The Masterplan
Sunday Combo - Womp
Spy Fi - Espia En Vaciones
Jimmy Vargas - Lust Angeles
Laurie Allyn - Paradise
Martini Kings - Dance Of The Virgins
Tiki Joe's Ocean - Soul Of The Sea
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Enter the Tiger
Martita Brake - Shaken Not Stirred
Orchestra Superstring  - Kalopia
Barry Morgan - Touch Of You

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 13 January 2018

Welcome to the Top Ten, my fellow loungers!

First off, I want to say thank you to the support staff at Radionomy. After weeks (maybe months?) of not being able to access This is Lounge (or any other Radionomy hosted station) on a mobile device (iOS or Android), it was back up and running yesterday! 👏 ..... a big round of applause.

That being said, I urge you to return to you iPhones and iPads and Galaxys etc. if you were listening on them before. Since listeners and listening time have dropped substantially, I can only assume that it was more than just because of the Christmas holidays.

On to the music now, as I'm excited to announce that station fan and respected artist, Phigroa has once again maintained his status as number one this week! Followed close behind is another respected artist - Naoki Kenji.  The cool chill of Five Seasons rounds out the top three.

Stacey Kent's Photograph and Flughand's Hylla have both been getting some buzz on the website poll lately, giving them some much-needed upward mobility in the chart.

The beautiful downtempo of Velvet Dreamer has been joined on the chart by Weathertunes, who have made the leap from Bubbling Under this week with People Love from their recently released album. 

We have a few things brewing, but nothing bubbling under this week. More new tunes to come. stay tuned.

Thanks for all your support.....but we need more of it. Is this station playing in your office? Is it playing in your store? There's nothing more pleasant than the relaxing sounds of chill and jazz as you work - or maybe have us as the music on your office phone when someone is put on hold! Spread the word!

The other support, of the artists, is also deeply appreciated. Please continue to use the links below or purchase from your favourite download store.

Tie to go, so stay warm, but.....

Stay chilled.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cocktail Nation Best of the Best 2013

As Koop takes his annual vacation, please enjoy hand-picked highlights from past seasons, including a very special (by popular demand) Christmas show, coming the weekend before Christmas. So grab yourself a smart cocktail, sit back, and reminisce over past shows. Let's take a listen to the Best of the Best of 2013.

What a year it had been here at the Cocktail Nation with the show being added to more and more stations across the globe....look out Ryan Seacrest, I'm coming to get you. The podcast was enhanced, we got a new website and I bought a 1964 Austin Healey! But ofcourse the show needs great guests and great music and we have had plenty of that. Each year I like to highlight the best of the best of the year and that's sometimes difficult in a one hour show so for you some of the most stand out releases of the last twelve months.

Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica - Chiseling Music 
O Som Do Jazz - Sambou Sambou 
Metropole Orchestra - My Blue Heaven 
Ixtahuele - Stone Gods Of Bimini 
Codename Carter - Stealth Palmer 
Aaron Diehl - The Cylinder 
Molly Ringwald - Don’t You Forget About Me 
Narco Lounge Combo - Caravan 
Laura Ainsworth - Necessary Evil 
Tiki Delights - Twist Of Lyman

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 6 January 2018

Happy New Year, my fellow loungers!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and things are getting back to normal. Although "normal"is not what the temperature is here, as we experience a deep freeze and -25C temperatures. Brrrr.... 

But there's nothing like Chill to take the chill away! 

I would also like to apologize for the "spotty" transmission of the station, as the host, Radionomy, was experiencing some technical issues, including issues on mobile devices (as Phigroa pointed out to me) which are still happening.  Fingers crossed, the effects of the Winter Solstice and the New Year's Eve Supermoon will not play havoc with our lives anymore. 

So all of you that went to listen somewhere else during those times, please come back. 

Since this is the first Top Ten of the new year, that feeling of starting fresh does wonders for the January blahs. I'm sure we all appreciate the hours of daylight slowly getting longer and longer every day. 

As the new month begins, we find This is Lounge stalwart, Phigroa capturing the top spot this week with his beautiful Headed Home. Five Seasons moves in behind in second, and Matt Bianco, knocked from his perch, drops to number three.

Velvet Dreamer makes the jump from Bubbling Under, making room for a track from the new Weathertunes album.

So lots of music to stay relaxed. Thanks for choosing us for a few hours a day or so. Your support is truly appreciated. Now that Christmas is over, we can spend some more time chilling out.

Stay chilled.

Bubbling Under

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Cocktail Nation Evenings at the Penthouse - Merry Christmas

As Koop takes his annual vacation, please enjoy hand-picked highlights from past seasons, including this very special Evenings At The Penthouse Christmas show. So grab yourself a smart cocktail, sit back in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree, and enjoy some swanky seasonal sounds.

Merry Christmas from the team at Cocktail Nation with a special show for Christmas!

Peggy Lee - White Christmas
Lou Rawls - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Tiki Joes Ocean - We Three Kings
Julie London - I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Michael Buble - I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland
June Christy - I’m Sorry To See You leave
Nancy Wilson - What Are You Doing For New Year
Renzo Cesana - I Bought You Violets
Al Caiola - Holiday On Skis
Tiki Torches - Do You Hear What I Hear?
Tiki Torches - Quiet Christmas Village
Tiki Joes Ocean - Dance Of The Sugar Fairy
Tiki Joes Ocean - Angels Have Heard On High
Royal Crown Revue - Christmas Greetings
Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr - Baby It’s Cold Outside
Bing Crosby - Frosty The Snowman
Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland
Nancy Wilson - That’s What I Want For Christmas
Peggy Lee - White Christmas