Ear Conditioning on EmergencyFM – Bea(s)ts of 2018

Clap yer hands everybody if you got what is takes…

I started this blog to expand on the Ear Conditioning radio program that was on the airwaves, initially on Radio Pimienta in Tenerife and eFM Student Radio Sarajevo. It’s that time again, shake off the dust, put the crank it and move it.

Creativity is thriving, new generations blossom finding their own among the digital furnace, and the old skool still feeding and being fed.  An act composed, built, mixed, mastered and sent, inbox, earphones, muscles respond, a twitch, an emotion awakened, alerted. What is that interference?

The fire burns and a voice from the past got in touch.

One of my first gigs as a press officer was working with the bleep originators Unique 3. Around that time, the band’s engine, Edzy was laying down a foundation with his pirate radio station based in Yorkshire, UK.

“On the 27th July 1990, I took a very deep breath and crossed my fingers behind my back. I only really prayed to God when I wanted something. As much as I wanted this, I acknowledged that I should save those requests for more life-threatening times. Fate was going to have to show up today and help me with THIS one.

It had taken seven months of seriously hard work and planning and a shit load of money. And now this was it. We were testing a brand new community radio station’s set up. So many things could be wrong. This WAS an exact science. The hardware and transmission equipment: all handcrafted, You couldn’t buy this stuff off the internet. There was no friggin’ internet!
You couldn’t buy this gear in the shops either, it wasn’t quite legal to make, to buy or to own. You had to find someone who could make this stuff, and these people were seriously undercover!”

Fast forward to now, as of November last year 99.9 EmergencyFM has has returned as an online entity. Being in the game for many years, Edzy has been able to call upon top selectors spanning years of experience and dedication to sharing that sound that moves. There’s DJ Food, Graeme Park, Frank Tope, DJ Randall, Nancy Noise, Phil Hortnoll (Orbital), Sirius 23 (Spiral Tribe) among the crew.

I’m well chuffed  to be a part of it. Big shout out to Edzy.

For the most part, the first chapter of Ear Conditioning takes in a lot of what was released and moved me last year.  One of the exceptions is Dudu Pukwana, from South Africa. This contribution dates from the 80’s ‘Baloyi’ is here as a mark of respect to ‘Jumbo’ Vanrenen, the legendary music lover, promoter, A&R man who sadly passed away last year.  He was a prime mover of African music, introducing a bigger world South African exiles Dudu, Mongezi Feza and Julian Bahula. He was the driving force behind Virgin’s Front Line reggae label and worked he Earthworks label with Trevor Herman releasing African classics from Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Thomas Mapfumo and Shina Williams among others. I enjoyed catching a moment with Trevor when he came to the Virgin offices. For more depth on Jumbo’s dedication check Paul Bradshaw’s Worldwide Special hear (sic)

Another pre-2018 release is the two tunes from The Comet Is Coming.  Their album of last year, the gloriously titled Your Queen is a Reptile, is on the list to purrchase.

Press Playhttps://www.mixcloud.com/DWattsRiot/999-beasts-of-the-year/

Ossia Dub Hell
Dub Colossus Dr. Strangedub
Zuli Akhtuboot
Waahli Cap Fits
Dudu Pukwana Baloyi
Earl Sweatshirt The Mint feat. Navy Blue
DJ Filthy Rich Cash Award (A Clan Called Wu)
Joe_Armon-Jones Starting Today Dub Version
Nancy DuPree My People Is
patten Re-Edit 03
Khalab Shouts
The Comet is Coming Nano
The Comet is Coming Slam Dunk
Makaveli Nammiliki (Sounds of Sisso)
Juice Aleem My Jesus Got Gold Teeth 14 (with Myka 9)
The Last Poets We Must Be Sacred (Mo Kolours Remix)
Nazar Ceasefire
Waahli Horn Game (feat. DTCPU)

Daniel Edlen: Vinyl Art


Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has been collecting vinyl since he was a teenager at art school. One day he combined his two passions of art and music, and started painting musicians on to their records. ‘The Beatles were the first,’ he says, ‘of course.’ He uses acrylic paint and prefers to use records that would otherwise be thrown away, although the flipside can still be played. ‘I like the tangibility of vinyl, the memories,’ he says. ‘I remember what the cabinet smelled like with my dad’s records, the sound of the shrink-wrap crinkling, the feel of the record in your hand as you flip it from one side to the other.’

Custom-made records can be purchased at vinylart.info

More fotos: The Guardian


Low End Theory – Gonjasufi, Gaslamp Killer, Jeremiah Jae, Dot

Sound Colour Vision covered last week’s Low End Theory, which featured Jeremiah Jae, Dot, Gonjasufi and The Gaslamp Killer bringing their respective stamp on musical adventures.

On the evening of February 29th, 2012, Low End Theory came together for yet another out of this world set of artists on the bill. Brainfeeder’s Jeremiah Jae, Alpha Pup’s Dot and Warp’s Gonjasufi, you have three of the best modern experimental electronic labels coming together under the spirit and energy of the Low End Theory family. Daddy Kev, D-Styles, Nocando, DJ Nobody and The Gaslamp Killer are always presenting something new with the old and a drastic shift in every nights presentation.

Gonjasufi felt like the apex with The Gaslamp Killer and himself sharing the stage, bringing the crowd to a funneled connected grid of energy with the way he was controlling the crowd and his own impulsive behaviors. It is truly inspiring to watch Gonjasufi become engulfed inside of the music and the freedom that transpires outward was endless in visual representation during his set. Gonjasufi has a power and presence on stage that you could tell affected everyone right away. The charismatic nature of his being really embodied itself int his Low End set as you could really feel every word he was singing and saying.

Read in full and more lensmanship, here

Photo: Oliver Walker

Iran blah blah blah,

Haven’t we been here before?

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi nails it again regarding the march to war against Iraq Iran.

As a journalist, there’s a buzz you can detect once the normal restraints in your business have been loosened, a smell of fresh chum in the waters, urging us down the road to war. Many years removed from the Iraq disaster, that smell is back, this time with Iran.

You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers and TV stations we saw leading the charge in the Bush years have gone back to the attic and are dusting off their war pom-poms. CNN’s house blockhead, the Goldman-trained ex-finance professional Erin Burnett, came out with a doozie of a broadcast yesterday, a Rumsfeldian jeremiad against the Iranian threat would have fit beautifully in the Saddam’s-sending-drones-at-New-York halcyon days of late 2002. Here’s how the excellent Glenn Greenwald described Burnett’s rant:

It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S. controlled by Tehran! Iran’s long-range nuclear missiles reaching our homeland!!!! She almost made the anti-Muslim war-mongering fanatic she brought on to interview, Rep. Peter King, appear sober and reasonable by comparison.

Read the full piece at Rolling Stone

Ear Con83 – Morning Operation

What’s in the pot today?
The deft touch of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe on Goodbye Girl of King Midas Sound.

A warped bed of synths and hiss contribute to form an electronic dream, courtesy of Muta,

Chilean producer fLako, yeah, brings his Broken Toy.  Every time I play this, Mrs. Ear Con asks what’s playing, a good sign.

Got my hands on the Massive Attack / Burial collaboration.

Really diggin’ the movements of Machinedrum, that boy Travis has the chops.  He’s also part of Sepalcure, who are also on fire.

Gonjasufi dropped a tune from his forthcoming mini-album ‘MU.ZZ.LE’ last week, its out there.

Been getting inspiration from Live Human.

New album from Wiley due on his birthday in January, single ‘Boom Blast’ is a party thang, so get your groove on.

There’s more, tune into sunhole.net at 22h tonight to check it, or on Saturday at eFM.  I’ll come back with the full tracklist tomorrow or something.