Festival Boreal

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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Hello strangers. Been tied up with getting our label onto the digital distribution thang, among other things. so the blog has been neglected.  A week friday, Sept. 19th,  is the beginning of Festival Boreal, situated by the coast of the town called Los Silos, Tenerife.  The festival came into being several years ago, born at the unveiling of a skeleton of  whale  which oversees the spot where the event now takes place.   On hand will be several local acts of various persuasions and textures, and countless activities, from the artistic, holistic, environmentally focused and the adventurous.  I’ll be doing the closing set on Saturday night, which kinda became a tradition for awhile.  The festival also returns to the coastal site, after a couple years up in the local square.

So I sign off with none other than…..’Back for another one’ by Casey Veggies Feat. Tyler, The Creator – Odd Future

KingLMan feat. Earl 16/The Mighty Zulu Nation LV Remix

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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The second release on our label is about to get out there.  I had the pleasure to lock down singer Earl 16 when he came to Tenerife for a show awhile back.  I shot the video while in London a few months back, and Alejandro Oñate put in the time to piece the video together.   This track is backed with a LV remix of a ‘Abantu’  by the Mighty Zulu Nation.  I think it was September 20o1 that we hooked up for the first time, Fun’da’mental toured with this crew, a twelve strong choir from South Africa.  I remember seeing them for the first time, at soundcheck for a show we did at Cargo in London; their voices rose majestically over our beats…my mouth was wide open, but no words would come.

FDM Director of Operations, Aki Nawaz went on to produce an album for them, hence how I got my hands on the acapella. Pleased to finally make this remix public.  For the record, it will be released July 21st, and is available via my bandcamp site, here.  XLR8R review of the original Mighty Zulu Nation album can be read here, Aki did a great job.

The Mighty Zulu Nation album on iTunes

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Spring flowers….real close up

Posted in Art, Imagery with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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Flowers are one of the great joys of spring, but viewing them under a scanning electron microscope uncovers a surreal, alien beauty. These images were created by the award-winning German microscopy team Eye of Science, comprising photographer Oliver Meckes and biologist Nicole Ottawa.

More photos at The Guardian,

Nasa, not N.A.S.A.

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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Spring Cleanin, it’s only now that I have come across this draft of a post that I started….uh, three years ago! 

What don’t you get with mpfreeze?  Information, that’s what.

Spending time gazing over album covers,  checking artwork, info on the producer, studio, singers and players, engineers, catering, dealers, seeing the links to other artists etc.  It’s a great thing.  Which brings me to Nasa.  The name featured on many Def Jux productions, Cannibal Ox, El-P, The Presence, Mr. Lif, to name four. He was the chief engineer for the label from 2000 to 2005.  Been wondering what this cat has been up to, and I was brought up to date.  After leaving Def Jux around 2005, he set up the label, Uncommon Music.

If progressive hip hop is your thing, hit his bandcamp, plenty to settle your nerves there, including his taking on Death Grips, get it for free.

I am not here anymore, because I am there, catching up on what he’s been doing since I initially started this post!

 

 

 

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Mapa Sonoro 45

Posted in Music, Touring with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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Spanish TV music program Mapa Sonoro, takes it name because it travels around the country, and it’s territories, such as the Canary Islands.  It is creating a national map of sound.  Episode 45(rpm)

Somebody had my back, El Especialista Manel, a dj based in Las Palmas, recommended me to the program producers, so the producers called me up, and we spoke about Canarian culture, my habits, daily routine etc.

The program fixed me up with Germán López from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  He plays the Timple, a five string instrument, that is very common in these parts.  It is not to be confused with the Ukelele.  I had been casually looking for a Timple player for nearly two years, and the wait was worth it.  He played one of his compositions, called Lux, a delicate melody evoking the surroundings hit my ears, and that was that.  Really keen to do a respectful remix of this asap, then get my butt over to Las Palmas for another studio session with the man.

Major thanks to the crew of Mapa Sonoro: Carola Guerreo, Roberto Herroros and Xavi Lensman.

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 1

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 2

Mapa Sonoro takes a break after the show46, but there are plans for the show to return next season.  If your into music that is made in Spain and it’s colonies, check it.

 

Socos Dúo: Album – These Times We Are Living

Posted in Art, Imagery with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

Next week Saturday, 15th March, we will be on hand for the presentation of the first album for Socos Dúo and the first for us as a label.  We will pop a bottle of red for sure, it’s been waiting to be opened for a while.  I walked into Arena Digital studios where I quite often work, and the sound coming out of the speakers in the control room grabbed me hard.  They were recording what is now encapsulated within a 5¨disc with the title, These Times We Are Living.

The duo, formed six years ago by broad-minded souls, César Martín and Ciro Hernandez, most uniquely combine marimba and cello, to perform selections from their new album, including works by Astor Piazzolla,  Osvaldo Golijov from Argentinia, Assobio Jato, Heitor Villa-Lobos, ‘Violence’ by Philadelphia, USA-based, 2014 Grammy nominated Joseph Hallman as well as their own  compositions, Lights and Shadows, written by Ciro, and Two Butterflies by César respectively.

This album embodies a devoted commitment to classics and to the contemporary.  Academedic foundational studies intertwined with realism, exposing human frailties and achievements and creative fortitude.

Added to the musical element is the visual and fine art of Patricia Delgado. She joins force to create an unique engraved album cover. Stains on the move, black and white, no color, representing a state of stillness and calm.

More juice via their website, or here, as we have it.

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Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe

Posted in Art, Music, Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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John Zorn: Peur sur la ville – (From The Big Gundown LP, Icon)
Mr. Zorn records a tribute to Ennio Morricone. Stellar list of collaborators on-board for this excursion.

Owiny Sigoma Band: Yukimwi (Brownswood)
Reminds me of seeing King Sunny Ade & His African Beats live and direct. Solid drum on the one funk.

Ibo Combo: Ti Garcon (Haiti Direct CD)
Had to buy this when recently in London, Haitian music like I never heard before. I am familiar with the Voodoo drum stuff, but the big band stuff? Never, until recently, it was a no-brainer.

Earl Sweatshirt: Uncle Al

Strange U: Strange Universe in Africa (Eglo)
“Dear Eglo Promo, I’m feeling the track, however I think it’s a bit distorted.”
Eglo Promo: “It’s supposed to be like that.”

Tricky: Nothing’s Clear (The Hard Cell, Earth Recordings)
The first time I heard Tricky, on this benefit album to highlight sickle cell disease, which is a disease known to affect mainly Afro-Caribbean-Americans, if you didn’t know.

3D & Jupiter Bonkonji: 3D on Jupiter (BattleBox)
Sparse worming synth, thudding affective kick, great vocal tone and presence.

Giganta: Is Ma Beat (Werkdiscs)
New producer from Greece, good on ya girl, keep it coming. On a 2Step vibe, I’m not keen on pitched vocals however there are a few joints on this ep i went back to a few times.

Tao: Riot in Lagos – Future Forces Inc. Remix (Language)
Mid-late 90’s output from Tony Thorpe’s Language label. Tao, originally from Japan made an album while in London, Here he tackles Ryuichi Sakamoto’s classic. Not one I’d have the nuts to tackle.

Nico: Copies (No U-Turn)
While in a studio several years ago, in walked a man who knew the engineer I was working with. It was Nico, I’d never seen him, but I had his music. “Pleased to meet you”, and I remember him getting around to saying “You liked that bass sound eh?” That mean’t ‘his bass sound’, oh yes, dark and nasty.

Charles Mingus: Better Git It In Your Soul (From Ah Um LP)
One of my early DJ partners Angus Angus, played this on his program last week, I caught the tail end of it with drum solo. I made a call, “What was that track before the Tackhead beat?”

Chris Watson: Haefest (Touch)
A regular on radio and tv, although you may not know it. Chris Watson records natural sounds, and was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, a group that introduced me to different manner of presenting and expressing music and sound.
Haefest is a cut from an album that takes its inspiration from Eadfrith, the Bishop of Lindisfarne, writing and illustrating the Lindisfarne Gospels during the late 7th C. and early 8th C. He would have been immersed in the sounds of Holy Island whilst he created this remarkable work. This production aims to reflect upon the daily and seasonal aspects of the evolving variety of ambient sounds that accompanied life and work during that period of exceptional thought and creativity.

Socos Dúo: Mariel (These Times We Are Living LP, Ear Conditioning)
Yes, our first record, coming out next month. Pleased.

Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe by D.Wattsriot on Mixcloud

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