Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cocktail Nation 433 Twilight - Best of the Best 2016

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.  To begin, let's take a listen to the best of last year, 2016.

As the year grinds to a halt we check out the best music releases of the year and speak to the people who created them!

The Sharps - Tenor Madness
Tony Felicetta of The Sharps interview

Narco Lounge Combo - My Night With Sinatra
Richie Paradise of Narco Lounge combo interview

Tikiyaki 5-0 - Supernova 
Jim Bacchi of Tikiyaki 5-0 interview

Codename Carter - Perfect Clarity Perfect Cut
Out Of Abingdon - Three Piece Suit
Warwick Hargreaves of Out of Abingdon Interview

Roland Remington - Martinique
Roland Remington Interview

Ixtaheule - Call Of the Islands
Mattias Uneback of Ixtaheule Interview

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 9 December 2017

The weekend is finally upon us! But since it is the festive season, relaxing seems to be the last thing on anyone's mind right now.....what with shopping and parties, it's a whirlwind of social appointments!

Rest easy, my friends, as the time for relaxing approaches. Once the big guy in the red suit makes his rounds, you can finally put your feet up and chill with some cocktails and music.

If you're looking for some Music To Wrap Presents By, then you've come to the right place. Our smooth mix of jazz and chill and Christmas tunes is the perfect holiday accompaniment.

On to the chart now, as we are proud to announce Matt Bianco's Heart in Chains as the new number one this week! Nice one, Matt.

The smooth sounds of Five Seasons and Kant Sleep round out the top three for a really chilled triumvirate.

Best of all this week, Stacey Kent's Photograph makes the jump from Bubbling Under, adding a Brazilian song into the chart mix.

As if you need another reason to tune in, the title track from the new release from Velvet Dreamer's album, Different World has been added to the playlist. 

As always, thanks for the support and thanks for tuning in. It is truly appreciated by the artists and myself.

Stay chilled.

Bubbling Under

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cocktail Nation 474 The Best of The Best 2017

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

It's that time of the year again with the new final show of 2017, and we take a look at the best music and product releases of the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll see you in 2018 after the holidays! Enjoy the "Twilight" best-of's through the following weeks.

Robert Hamilton (Tiki Torches)
Tiki Torches - Miserlou 
Christopher De Groot - Sailing Ships and Tarrot Cards Album
Christopher De Groot - Sailing Ships and Tarrot Cards
James Spencer - Exotica The Cocktail Piano Hour 
James Spencer - Mysterious Jade Temple Of Dakla
Tiki Delights - Swank album 
Tiki Delights with Nicole Witt - Fashionably Late 
Korla Pandit Documentary
Korla - Remember
Laura Ainsworth - New Vintage Album
Laura Ainsworth - An Occasional Man
Out Of Abingdon - Another Story Album
Out Of Abingdon - Change It
Lynn M Zook - Gambling on A Dream 
Brent Laidler - Meet Me At The Havana Hotel (No Matter Where Noir)
James Spencer - Jewels of Jazz
Lyn Stanley - How Insensitive- (Moonlight sessions 2)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 2 December 2017

Welcome back my fellow loungers!

The final month of the year has begun, and the good news, besides Christmas, is the Winter Solstice is weeks away, marking the beginning of the hours of sunlight growing daily. Something that we all cherish.

Speaking of Christmas, I have kept my promise and thrown the Christmas tunes into the mix beginning yesterday. So tune in and enjoy the seasonal fare.

This week on the Top Ten, we find the sounds of Citrus Jam making it's way to the number one spot. Matt Bianco slides into second, and Five Seasons' chilly sound rises to number three.

This week also sees some new music from Naomi Kenji make the jump from Bubbling Under. We also see some interesting chillhop from a German artist named Flughand. If you've been listening, you would have heard Hylla. Scroll down past the chart for a cool video of another track.

Lastly, I'm humbled to admit it, but with shopping for the season, it's put a little strain on station work, like seeking out some new music for you all. Not to worry, as I will endeavour to grap a minute here and there. We must have our music!

Thanks, as always, for the support of the artists and the station. It is most greatly appreciated. Thanks for dropping some change in the digital tip jar known as Paypal. 

Best of all, thanks for tuning in! Spread the word! Listen at work! Play us in the store where you work!

Enjoy the chill....enjoy the jazz...enjoy the Christmas music....

Stay chilled.

Bubbling Under

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cocktail Nation 473 The Day The Earth Stood Still

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

My neighbour Kramer has another classic film for us. So stand by for another cool classic film to check out for the weekend. 
This week we also check out Lounge Life Magazine with a very cool story from 1966, and in Swank Advice….mens jewellery.

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - 35 Falcon Street
Christopher De Groot - Gunshot Cha Cha Cha
Laura Ainsworth - All About You
James Spencer - Ellingtonia
Kris Dale - All Time High
Det Moor and Orchestra - Beatnik
Stan Getz - Summertime
Piero Piccioni - Keep Running
Ixtahuele - Stone Gods Of Bimini
Martini Kings - So Danca Samba
Karen Souza - Creep
Marty Paich - Just In Time
Henry Mancini - Free And Easy
Sarah Mckenzie - One Jealous Moon
Tiki Delights - Sandy Samba
Julie London - Love You
John Barry - Seance On A Wet Afternoon

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 25 November 2017

Welcome to the weekend, everyone!

 Perhaps your just starting your Christmas shopping, or maybe you're almost done. As someone who refuses to play Christmas music on the station until after December 1, I have to admit that I've knocked a few things off my list.

So, beginning next weekend, those cool Yule toons will seep into the playlist, warming the cockles of your heart. Be warned!

As most of us loungers prefer, the beach is usually our happy place. So if your in a northern climate like myself, plan a Caribbean vacation, or just hibernate with some warm drinks and cool music.

Hope all of you in the US enjoyed Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Now you can relax, and listen to some music.

No surprises this week, as Charlotte Gainsbourg remains at the top. Her social media marketing has been promoting Canada and the US, so it has undoubtedly affected your voting. Citrus Jam comes up in second place, with Matt Bianco rounding them out in third.

This week was a rare occasion where none of the songs left the Top Ten, and none moved up from Bubbling Under.

Thanks for all your support. I really appreciate it, as do the artists. Please think of them during this holiday season, and include the sound of music in your gifting.

Enjoy the weekend!

Stay chilled.

Bubbling Under

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cocktail Nation 472 Jewels of Jazz

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

This week, we look at another book from James Spencer, probably the hardest working man in the lounge scene. I’ve got a Lounge Lotharios Golden Rules of Driving Etiquette, and a look this week at Lounge Life Magazine, plus our World of Swank gig guide.

Richard Myall - Cool Scat
Jet Set SWE - Man From Thrush
June Hutton - You Go To My Head. 
Frank D'Rone - It’s You Or No One
Blanche Black - You’re Driving Me Crazy
Ori Dagan and Sheila Jordan - Straighten Up And Fly Right
Bob Ferrell - Everyday I Have The Blues
Martini Heaven - Tanganova
Billy May - I Gotta Have You
Exotic A Go Go - In The Lounge Of The Tiki King
Sergio Mendez - Mas Que Nada
Clouseaux - Copper Locked Nymph
Stolen Idols - Monkey Mayhem
Narco Lounge Combo - Taboo
Bruno Nicolai - Mission Danger Patrol
Buddy Greco - I’m In Love