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

Ear Conditioning: Attack Sustain Delay Release

Cumbia/work song/balkan mix-up from Thornato (courtesy of Gen Bass); the bass interrupted air of Kode 9; Pillow talk from Jose James and the appropriately named Jordana de Lovely; Iraqi Choubi Choubi from Ja’afar Hassan; Beats from Reso; Edgy funk from 23 Skidoo.
That and a little bit more comprises Ear Conditioning for this week.
‘earable at Sunhole tonight at 22h00.
(It maybe on Radio Norte at 20h30, but they seem not to pay their staff, so the staff can’t be arsed to upload the program)
Ear Conditioning – Attack Sustain Delay Release
  • Thornato – Rose Work Song (mpfree)
  • Mos Def – Casa Bey (Downtown)
  • John Baker – Decimal Currency (Trunk Recordings)
  • Ja’afar Hassan – They Taught Me (Sublime Frequencies)
  • 23 Skidoo – Vegas El Bandito (Illuminated)
  • King Midas Sound – Meltdown (Hyperdub)
  • José James – Love Conversation featuring Jordana de Lovely  (Brownswood)
  • Reso –  Channel Pressure
  • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
  • Kode 9 – Sinogrime Minimix (mpfree)
  • Kode 9 vs. LD – Bad (Hyperdub)
  • LD – The King of Kong (Dub Police)
  • Moondog – Bumbo (Astralwerks)