The Ear Raid

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Mazes to the Motherlode: Brandon Locher

 

I used to fret about making mixtapes, anyone that makes them knows the deal about having to repeatedly start again due to an error committed along the way, such as the volume too high, something turned down, off, a missed cue point, take 56, uff, enough already! I stopped fretting once I remembered it’s supposed to be fun. This selection covers nuff nuff in less than thirty minutes.  Fresh jams from Mutamassik, who came out with her new work Monday past, ‘Symbols Follow’.  It’s heavy heavy, her hardcore roots are not hidden, she is a minor threat indeed.  Last week I had a session on the beach in Santa Cruz, por fin.  Was looking forward to dropping the DRC tune, and it worked like a dream.  A lot of other joints from that session are included here, you are just missing the sand, don’t let that put you off.  Gotta give props to Patrick de Groote who organizes the Sfinks Festival.  It was through that festival I saw Máximo Jimenéz, a Colombian vallenato singer, a singer of the pueblo, of the people, he had to leave Columbia quick quick, to live in exile.  The truth damn near got him killed. Must get an update on his whereabouts.  Right, work to do.  PEace.

Ear Raid

Quincy Jones: Jazz Corner of the World

JJ DOOM: Waterlogged (Lex)

Mutamassik: Ke Nin Kai  (Discrepant)

DRC Music: We come from the Forest feat. Bokatola System

El Mahdy Jr. & Gulls: Disco Maghreb (Boomarmnation)

Rabit: Bloody Eye (Tri Angle)

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (with Mbene Diatta Seck)

Moderat: Seamonkey (BPitch Control)

Salome de Bahia: Batucada Fantastica (Yellow)

Uproot Andy: El Botellon (Dutty Artz)

Máximo Jimenéz: La Gente de Mongteria (Alegre Cumbion)

DJ Premier: Come With Me Now (Skit)

DigitalDubs feat. Duda Do Boreal: O Cemela Vacilou (Man Recordings)

Kahn: Abattoir (dmz)

The Bug feat. Flowdan: Black Rain (Ninja Tune)

Kubo: Kookoo

KingLMan: 7MWM feat. Kiki Hitomi & Count Dubulah (EarCon)

Death Grips: Government Plates (Third World)

NameBrandSound: Name Brand Ah Murdah  (Big Dada)

RP Boo: 03_02-52-03 (PlanetMu)

El-P: Instrumental No.6 (DefJux)

Vincent Price: Discussing Racism & Religious Prejudice

More on Brandon Locher, who created the image up top

Fun-da-mental ‘Audio Shrapnel’ XFM Superchunk

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First broadcast in December 2001 for the Eddie Temple-Morris & James Hyman program on XFM.  Big respect to DJ Overhaul who constructed the final mix on his jack after my back put me on ice for a few days.  It represents the manner to which we hit gigs in the short time we threw down as the Nation World Service / Audio Shrapnel DJ team, throwing everything into the pile.  (Thanks to Suki for the tracklist)

Tune in hear (sic)

James & Eddie Intro’ (Nation/XFM),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Fire Water’ (Nation),
Yam Yam ‘The Spectacle’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Gold Burger’ (Nation),
The Chemical Brothers ‘It Began In Afrika’ (Virgin),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘New World Order’ (Nation),
Drain ‘Wendy Will Win’ (Astralwerks),
Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Around The World’ (Warner Bros),
Asha Bhosle ‘Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta’ (Nascente),
2nd Gen ‘Sweet Fucking Molotov’ (Flo),
Swami ‘Hat Jo Hat Jo’ (Envy),
Techno Animal ‘Piranha’ (Matador),
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Witness (DJ Scud Remix)’ (Nation),
The Bug ‘Politicians & Paedophiles’ (Morpheus),
Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come On Eileen’ (Phonogram),
Public Enemy ‘Bring The Noise’ (Def Jam),
Public Enemy Megamix ‘Burn The Place’ (White Label),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘No More Fear’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Dog Tribe’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental, ‘Demonised Soul’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Rape’ (Nation),
Charged ‘Elektro Punjabi Da-koo’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Cointelpro’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Wandering Soul’ (Nation),
Bollywood Soundtrack ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ (Outcaste),
Rage Against The Machine ‘Calm Like A Bomb’ (Sony),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘GodDevil’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Spy Cat’ (Nation),
Squarepusher ‘Plaistow Flex Out’ (Warp),
Tino’s Breaks Volume 5 ‘D-U-B Dub’ (Tino Corp),
Eek-A-Mouse ‘Wa-Do-Dem’ (Greensleeves),
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘War’ (Island),
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘America The Beautiful’ (Sony),
Elephant Man ‘The Bombing’ (Greensleeves)?
‘Bhangra Track What Samples ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (?),
Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (Elektra),
Bubba Sparxx ‘Ugly’ (Beat Club/Interscope),
Elephant Man ‘Bring The War’ (Greensleeves),
Surinder Shinda ‘Mera Punjab’ (?) Transglobal Underground ‘Temple Head’ (Nation)
Adam & The Ants ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ (CBS),
Labh Janjua & Panjabi MC ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ (Nachural),
Dippa Dosanjh ‘The Next Episode’ (Envy),
TJ Rehmi ‘Who Killed Bhangra?’ (Nation),
Orchestral National De Barbes ‘Alaoui’ (Virgin France),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Death Cult Mix)'(Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Pollution’ (Nation),
Roots Manuva ‘Ital Visions’ (Big Dada),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘More Than A Hundred Times’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘The Last Gospel’ (Nation),
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal & Temple Of Sound ‘Love Moves The Sun’ (Real World), Transglobal Underground ‘Lookee Here (Dreadzone Remix)’ (Nation),
Gearwhore ‘Vector Tribe’ (Astralwerks),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Tagai Soul’ (Nation),
Leftfield ‘Phat Planet’ (Hard Hands/Sony)
Recycler ‘FUH 115 (Elite Force Remix)’ (Nation)
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Strong Culture (Juttla & Charged Remix)’ (Nation),
Elvis Costello & The Attractions ‘Pump It Up’ (Radar/WEA),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Anarchy’ (White Label), Rich [Nation Records] ‘James, Eddy & Ian Camfield Outro’ (Nation/XFM)”

Fourth World – Flora Purim & Airto Moreira ‘Terra Mae’

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An early show of confidence from Tony Thorpe.  Back in the day, he was commissioned to assemble a collection of producers to remix songs from the catalogue of Fourth World, the group led by Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira.   Tony lined up a cast including 4Hero, Shut Up & Dance, IG Culture, The Herbalizer, London Elektricity, Fila Brazilia  He also tapped up a two fellas who in the basement where Nation Records operated.  Rich McLean aka DJ Overhaul and I produced two tunes in the studio, this is one of them. With the aforementioned producers involved, we had to go deep into our crates and tapes.  Honored, believe…and also to work with Rich, phew, he had a different head on his shoulders.

Read more about the project at label Melt2000 site

Chrome ‘Melody’

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A pre-internet tune that could be released today an’ nobody would be any wiser.  It was on ‘The Family Album‘, compiled by Tony Thorpe for his Language label than ran in the early-mid ’90s.  I think the producer was either Optical or Matrix, which was totally out of step with that they were doing at the time. Definitely forward thinking on the beats.  And Chrome, the rapper, where is he?

“24hours of flick-through brainwashTV shite, Trapped in a maze ’til you sleep and day and rise and night, That’s when we are in our element, Wanna hear the bass-line roar, fuck the radio, that’s too innocent…”

Ear Con 111: Keroxen Closing Night

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I got a date tomorrow, the end is near, so I am preparing the digital record box…..whilst searching the deep recesses of hard drives and bending shelves for tunes for the closing night of Keroxen, I came across these documents. Some Keroxeneros like it rampt up to the max, with rave, jungle, d&b having taken a solid hold over the island back in the day. Got them covered with some modern d&b courtesy of Om Unit, then delving into the Congo Natty archive. Coincidentally, he is scheduled to play here tomorrow night also. Soundbwoy clash in Tenerife then! This goes out to all those that put in some effort to make Keroxen what is is – be it the organizers, volunteers, punters, all the artists of all persuasions, sponsors, officials at the town hall and those that hold them to their word.

“Rock and roll, what an empty generation”

Ear Con 111: Keroxen14 / Closing Box

Cigar Box – Al Dobson Jr.
The War – Om Unit feat. Jehst
Title unknown Ras11  Congo Natty
Title unknown – Hizbollah CD
Taboola – DJ Scotch Bonnet
Him Da Biz – Cooly G
Run Quick – NAH feat. GIVV
Breathe, rest, dig, rule – NAH feat. GIVV
Tomorrow – Hector Plimmer
Taipan Showers – Strict Fact
Stupid Wind – Sol Monk
P.L.O. Style – Wu Tang & Jimi Hendrix
Killer Dub – Vital Dub
Urania – Mono/Poly
Title unknown ‘Flex Bside’ – †€Ω§HµΩ
Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck – Run The Jewels feat. Zach de la Rocha
Hard 2 Be – Machinedrum
Mother India – Moody Boyz Strollin’ Remix Fun-da-mental
Wait – Mala

Festival Boreal

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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

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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

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/94639073″>KingLMan-Vultures&#8217; Bazaar feat. Earl 16</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/earconditioning”>Ear Conditioning</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Nasa, not N.A.S.A.

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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

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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.

 

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

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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