When I was working as a press officer for Virgin Records, one of the most interesting gigs I had on my plate was going with the band Les Negresses Vertes to Beirut in 1991. The reason being them giving the first concert by a ‘Western’ band since the war started eighteen years previous. One day we had a trip via bus around the city and surrounding areas, “This is the spot that Terry Waite was kidnapped.” The window next to the seat where my butt was parked had a bullet hole roughly head-height as in the photo above. That photo is from the recent bruh hah hah between the Korean states. It just seems that we are living in a big show, a massive production, whereby we are the actors and also the witnesses to absurdities seemingly without precedent. The current WikiLeaks furor is a case in point. Very little political blow-back for those that masterminded murder, rape, pillage. No major heads on a platter. The political arena is awash with corruption that goes unpunished in most cases and accountability is just another word in the dictionary. For it to be more than a collection of words that move air, it seems that it would require death. So be it, but not Julian Assange’s as some commentators have said.
It’s one big fucking Show.
Mr. Oizo‘s 2005 lp, “Moustache (Half A Scissor)” album gets a re-release via Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder label. Listen to the album and it all makes sense. Apparently his label at the time F-Com just didn’t get it.
Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings have brought in Lefto and Simbad to help craft some new releases from all the records they come across in the search for the perfect beat. Worldwide Family is a new series that sees Gilles Peterson hand over compiling duties to trusted friends of the label. Exile / grooveman Spot / Onra / TOKiMONSTA / Trilogy / Airhead / Illum Sphere / Cooly G / Zed Bias / Seiji / KU BO… and a whole host of under-the-radar talent. Volume one hits the streets Jan. 3/2011
Also due soon on Brownswood is the debut album from Ghostpoet. Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam continues a fine tradition of spoken word delivery with this man from Coventry, UK. The single, Cash & Carry Me Home is released next month, with the album to follow in February. Tonally there is a similarity to Roots Manuva, same too with their drawl. To be checked.
My man in Auckland, Stinky Jim, yes he, of the long running Stinky Grooves radio program on bFM and label RoundTripMars, has offered some free nuggets via the label website. We sampled a twist on Horace Andy’s Skylarking by Jefferson Belt. More available via the link in the tracklisting.
Thrown in near the end is a remix of Fun-da-mental’s ‘B4 I Leave’ from the Japanese edition of the ‘All is War’ album. We’ll be making that and the other exclusive remix available to you soon…..ya dig?!
Ear Conditioning 48 – The Show
- Intro / Pay It All Back (On-U Sound)
- Mr. Oizo / Untitled (Brainfeeder)
- Mr. Oizo / The End (Brainfeeder)
- Prakash Band / Aj Aj – Today Today (Disk Union)
- The Death Set / Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head -O.G Version (Counter)
- Banana Clipz / Afro Latino feat. Los Rakas (Bersa Discos)
- DJ Food / Half Step (Ninja Tune)
- Grooveman Spot / Take Back (Brownswood Recordings)
- Little Annie / I Think Of You (On-U Sound)
- Zed Bias & Eddy Ramich / Lost Elevator (Brownswood Recordings)
- Andy Fairley / Jack The Biscuit (On-U Sound)
- Shackleton / International Fires (Fabric)
- Fun-da-mental / Before I Leave – Tiki Mix Version (Nation/Bad News)
- Ghostpoet / Cash & Carry Me Home (Brownswood Recordings)
- The Bug featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)