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‘Coffee with Colleen’ : The pre-Balearic Breakfast era (1/6)

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

WorldwideFM broadcast the 1st edition of 'Coffee with Colleen' on July, 1st 2020.

Coffee with Colleen is how Balearic Breakfast really started.

Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.
William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, 1971

2019 was ending strangely. There was a Rumor in the air, on the waves, and in the news. A Viral Rumor. One so intense no one wanted to believe it. I had no reason to get fearful. I was still buzzing from the party I experienced at the 104 in Paris a few weeks ago on September 30th, and, after all, I was confident: there were doctors and scientists all around the globe. So, if there were to be a Virus, we’d all get by without a problem. Little did I know… 2020 was to be a horrendous year. People would gradually lose the life they knew; they would lose their freedom and, for a long time, their hopes for a better future.

By March 18th, 2020, lockdowns introduced in Europe affected more than 250 million people; they would last until approximately mid-July. Still, people were forbidden to leave their countries, no travelling was allowed in European countries, and any trip overseas was excluded back then too. So, what do you do when you can’t go out? What do you do when you’re forced to stay home? When your job allows it, you work from home. I was lucky; it was my case. What about the free time? Depending on everybody’s interests, there was always something to do; you name it: reading, watching tv, writing, painting, sculpting. Anything that helped to keep the mind busy and somewhat "free". Other people, just like me, found their solace in something else… In something more Profound: Music. You know the song, you’ve heard it before “Music was my first love, and it will be my last, music of the future and music of the past”. So, I went down the rabbit hole and spent Days restoring my old mixes and listening to my record collection. I even remember that Colleen asked her Followers to take pictures of themselves with an album they were listening to during these trying times so she could later share these pictures on her socials.

This is when Worldwidefm came into my life. I've been following Colleen on Instagram since we met at the 104 in Paris, so when Lockdown hit us all, it seemed logical to me to take the time and listen more to one of my most beloved DJs. On April 2nd 2020, Colleen broadcasted her first home edition of Cosmodelica from her record library. It was one of the very first times I went on to listen to her set on Worldwidefm. Then, on the 30th, Colleen did a request-only Cosmodelica live radio show from her record room. On July 1st, Colleen did her first “coffee” with Colleen Show which was soon to become Balearic Breakfast! As she explains it in an interview with Dr Rob (read it here) :

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, I was one of the few, or maybe the only other broadcaster aside from Gilles, who could also broadcast live from home, so I started doing more radio, and had a yearning to do request shows – to build relationships and connect a community, and also to rediscover my own record collection, and discover new music. In the summer Gilles asked me to fill in for him on Tuesday mornings, so I started a show called, Summer Staycation, as most of us, myself included, weren’t going anywhere on holiday – I thought the music could bring the holiday to us in our own homes. People loved it and got involved, and Gilles asked me to keep the slot (... ed.).

From the start of this first "Coffee with Colleen", you can feel that light „I don’t really know where I am going (in Colleen’s voice), but I know what I want to share (in the music)” kinda thing. And, indeed, „Coffee with Colleen” showed up to be very Balearic, even if the request part was not present yet. The song selection on that first show was splendid, light yet firm, with superb timing in the mixing process and a clear message sent to the listener: "Through these trying times, I’m here to lift your spirit’s up. So close your eyes and let the music take you away…."

Have a listen to the first edition of 'Coffee with Colleen' here :


Snoboy – Where is the love (ft. Bob Batterbee)

Ricardo Marrero – Feel like making love

sons and daughters of lite – let the sunshine in

RSL – Wesley Music

Roberta Flack – Go up Moses

The three pieces – Self dealin’

Lamont Butler – Get up and praise the Lord

The Clark Sisters – You brought the sunshine

Pointer Sisters – We got the power

Lafayette Afro – Rock band scorpion flower

Yellow Sunshine – Yellow sunshine

The Temptations – Friendship train

Curtis Mayfields – Move on up

First Gear – I feel the earth move (1972)

The spirit of Atlanta – The burning of Atlanta jazz workout (‘messin around’ lp, 1973)

Ingram – Smoothin groovin

Black Science Orchestra ft. Alison David – Sunshine

Lighthouse Family – Question of faith’ (idjut boys remix)

The show is archived on WorldwideFM :

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