Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy is a highly respected and experienced musical selector and curator, founder of the album listening event and content hub Classic Album Sundays and an authority on music, sound and the vinyl renaissance.
She was mentored by David Mancuso at his seminal Loft parties in New York City. Together they co-produced the compilation series David Mancuso Presents The Loft and worked together on David’s record label The Loft Audiophile Library of Music. In 2000, David told Time Out New York City “ She is very devoted and very pure about the music. She’s one of the only people I would trust, both with the music and with the equipment, to fill in for me.” She is one of the musical hosts at The Loft, the co-founder of the Lucky Cloud Loft parties in London and DJs internationally on the world’s best sound systems and dance floors.
Classic Album Sundays tells the stories behind the albums that have shaped our culture and in some cases, our lives. Colleen founded Classic Album Sundays as a stance against the increasing devaluation of music and sound. What began as a passion project is now the world’s most popular album listening event with satellites in four continents and the website and social media channels host content on classic albums and artists such as interviews, videos, playlists and more. BBC Breakfast Television remarked, “Classic Album Sundays treat our best-loved records like great symphonies.”
She has been a radio host and DJ since the age of fourteen and today hosts Balearic Breakfast on her Mixcloud Live Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon BST and the shows are archived on her Mixcloud, as well. She also wrote, co-produced and hosted the Classic Album Sundays series ‘This Women’s Work’ for PRX, ‘Sounds of a City’ series on BBC 6 Music and ‘Turntable Tales’ on BBC Radio 4.
She has put together her own compilations including New York Afterhours ‘A Later Shade of Deep’ for Nervous Records and The Disco-Tech of DJ Cosmo’ for Yellow Recordings. In 2022 she released the critically acclaimed Balearic Breakfast Volume 1 compilation on Heavenly Recordings which quickly sold out. Her latest compilation, ‘Balearic Breakfast Volume 2’ is coming out on Heavenly Recordings on the 9th of June and can be pre-ordered here.
As a producer Colleen has remixed Roisin Murphy, Mildlife, Hard Feelings, A Certain Ratio, Secret Night Gang, The Rapture, Lady Blackbird, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Beardyman, Candi Staton, Two Bears, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Cantoma, Horace Andy, Chaka Khan & more under her Cosmodelica moniker and as DarkStarr Diskotek with Ashley Beedle. Along with former Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas, she recorded and produced as Wild Rumpus.
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Productions, Remixes & Compilations
Balearic Breakfast Volume 2 Compilation
Coming out on Heavenly Recordings June 2023
Secret Night Gang 'Captured' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Brownswood Recording 2021
Balearic Breakfast Volume 1 Compilation
Heavenly Recordings 2022
Lady Blackbird 'Lost and Looking' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Foundation Music 2022
Roisin Murphy 'Murphy's Law' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Skint – SKINT423LP – Remix by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
DarkStarr’s Psychedelic Disco-Tech: They Live by the Night
Music Response – 2010 – Compiled and Mixed by Cosmo and Ashley Beedle
David Mancuso Presents The Loft Volumes One
Nuphonic – NUX136CD 1999 – Produced and Compiled by David Mancuso and Cosmo
David Mancuso Presents The Loft Volumes Two
Nuphonic – NUX154CD 2000 – Produced and Compiled by David Mancuso and Cosmo
Mildlife 'Vapour' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Heavenly Recordings – HVN570 – Remix by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Wild Rumpus 'Cloudhopping / Tikkety-Boo Reprise'
Bitches Brew BITCH022 Written by Colleen Cosmo Murphy / Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
Wild Rumpus 'Musical Blaze Up' LP
Bitches Brew BITCH027 Written by Colleen Cosmo Murphy / Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
Wild Rumpus 'Kazan'
Endless Flight / Bitches Brew – EFCD3 / EFLP3 Written by Colleen Cosmo Murphy / Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
A Certain Ratio 'Berlin' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Mute Records 2021
Wild Rumpus 'Purple Somersault'
Bitches Brew BITCH013 Written by Cosmo and Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
Wild Rumpus feat. Beardyman
Rock The Joint Bitches Brew – BITCH014 2008 Written by Colleen Cosmo Murphy and Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
(Disorient) SUSHI42 Produced and Written by Cosmo, Gav Smith and Ben Mitchell
Bambú 'Elevate Your Mind'
(Bitches Brew) BITCH010 Produced by Cosmo, Ben Mitchell and Nicolas Matar
Cosmo presents Ch’i 'Mistaken'
(Bitches Brew) BITCH005 2003 Produced by Cosmo and Ben Mitchell; Written by Cosmo
Hard Feelings 'Love Scenes' (Cosmodelica Remix)
Domino Recordings 2022
Bambú 'The Real Thing'
Bitches Brew BITCH003 2002 Produced by Cosmo, Ben Mitchell and Nicolas Matar
Light Fantastic -'Lost in C Minor'
(Playhouse) Playhouse 29 Produced and Written by Cosmo and Danny Wang
Wild Rumpus ft Culture 'Musical Blaze-Up'
Bitches Brew) BITCH012 Written by Cosmo and Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
New York Afterhours: A Later Shade of Deep
Nervous – NRV 20292 1998 – Compiled and Mixed by Cosmo
The Disco-Tech of DJ Cosmo
Yellow – YPCD158 2003 – Compiled and mixed by Cosmo
Jinadu 'Natural Thing'
(Bitches Brew) BITCH001 2002 Produced by Cosmo, Jinadu and Nikki Lucas; Written by Jinadu
Fat Freddy's Drop 'Mother Mother' (Cosmodelica Remix)
The Drop – DRP021 – Remix by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Wild Rumpus ft Beardyman 'Rock The Joint'
(Bitches Brew) BITCH014 Written by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy and Gary Lucas, Produced by Cosmo
Tidal 'R U Comin’'
Disorient) SUSHI28 2001 Produced and Written by Cosmo, Gav Smith and Ben Mitchell
Cosmo presents Ch’i 'Loneliness' (Cosmo's Kick Back Jazz Mix)
(Suburban) SU47 1999 Written & Produced by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Women In Music
“Given [Cosmo] Murphy’s history and achievements, she makes a perfect subject for the first edition of Full Circle, RA‘s new series of talks celebrating women in music. In conversation with Martha Pazienti Caidan, we hear about the process of becoming a great radio presenter, Mancuso’s philosophies on sound, the joy of DJing without headphones and much more besides.”
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