Ear Con96 – Hello Darkness

Ear Con96 – Hello Darkness

This is a bit of a hangover from sets over the last couple weeks, got some jams that just wouldn’t let go.

Morgan Craft / A Cycle of Seven 3 (circle of light)
Omar Faruk Tekbilek / Aksak – Amon Tobin Remix (5 points)
Filastine / Colony Collapse – Squeaky Lobster Remix (post world industries)
The Heavyweights Brass Band / Nueva Orleans (brownswood)
James Blake / Air & Lack Thereof (hemlock)
Scalper / Slanted (scalpermusic)
Hodgy Beats prod. Flying Lotus / Lamented (oddfuture)
Martyn / Hello Darkness (brainfeeder)
Burial / Loner (hyperdub)
The Gaslamp Killer / All Killer – Parts 1-4(finders keepers)

This edition of Ear Conditioning is bouncing out tonight at 22h GMT+1 via Sunhole dot net and on Saturday via The Magic Show, eFM Radio Sarajevo

Massive Attack & Burial

Daddy G and 3D aka Massive Attack come back with the long-promised reworking of something from from last years ‘Heligoland’ album by Burial. ‘Paradise Circus’ is that something. Burial is a natural for getting into the MA material and upon one listen, he doesn’t disappoint here, it’s one hell of a floater, a giant cushion for a torn heart.  Also slated for release on this limited edition 12″ is a new track, ‘Four Walls’. Check them for yourself here

Ear Conditioning 42 – Unsolved Mysteries

Photo: Albert Wilson

The countdown to the annual Womad gathering in Las Palmas is now beginning to gather steam. The line up for this year has been announced, so we begin this weeks edition with one of the acts I’m most looking forward to seeing live and direct, The Creole Choir of Cuba.  They are so un-typical of what we, or at least I, think of when it comes to Cuban music. The Creole Choir celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa.  They have revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life”.

The title for this weeks program comes from the unfortunate tale of R.L. Burnside, who recalls how his two brothers, his father and several uncles were killed in Chicago.  He relays this through RL’s Story.

Four Tet delivers an epic eleven minutes worth of remixology for Bob Holyrod’s African Drug. Thumb pianos dancing to an evolving 4/4 beat with percussion subtly doing its job.  It seemed like a perfect place to lay Linton Kwesi Johnson’s verbal tone over, with a couple pieces taken from his Live a cappella album.

Teebs, who I played over the last couple of weeks, brought the music of Laraaji back into my brain, something about Teebs’ sound has a certain quality that lends itself to a place of harmony, (sorry for that ‘Hippie’ moment!) so yes, I had to dig out Laraaji, who you may know for his albums from the En0-esque period of EG Records.

The original DJ Morpheus, Samy Birnbach, compiler of the groundbreaking Freezone compilations put together a comp’ for Tigersushi, I Can’t Live Without My Radio.  The ’80’s always seemed to get slammed for producing crap music, people were just looking at the obvious but we know there was inspiring, challenging, engaging music then.  So I pulled the title track, a cover by World Dom’ and Timezone with Afrika Bambatta and John Lydon for this weeks session.

I always liked the scope of the Language label that Tony (Moody Boyz) Thorpe used to run.  One act they brought to my attention was Italy’s Bio-Muse.  Noise, aggression, going completely against the grain of what was current or trendy.  Many heads on the electronic scene didn’t get it, fine, others did.

Tune in  via Sunhole tonight 22h00 GMT+1 and eFM / Radio Sarajevo on Friday, 18h00 CET

Ear Conditioning 42 – Unsolved Mysteries

Creole Choir of Cuba / Edam Chanté (Real World)

RL Burnside / RL’s Story (Fat Possum)

Stateless / Ariel (Ninja Tune)

Madvillain / Figaro (Stones Throw)

Illum Sphere / Sweat the Decent  (Hoya)

Bob Holyrod / African Drug – Four Tet Remix

Soil and “Pimp” Sessions / Pop Korn – Wafa Remix (Brownswood Recordings)

Linton Kwesi Johnson / Bass Culture / Tings and Times (LKJ Records/WEA)

Timezone featuring John Lydon and Afrika Bambatta / World Destruction (Tigersushi)

World Domination Enterprises / I Can’t Live Without My Radio (Tigersushi)

Bio-Muse / Socially Bankrupt (Language/Crammed Discs)

Burial / Prophecy (Nu Levels)

Laraaji / The Dance (EG Records)

Massive Attack – Splitting the atom EP

Mineral-images-Banded-aga-002

Easily one of the best moments of working at Virgin Records UK was being around when the first noises made by Massive Attack surfaced.
Some of us would stay late in the office, playing Daydreaming over and over and over again, trying to figure out what was that sound while passing the rizla. What is this music?

There weren’t a name for it yet, besides Massive Attack music.

The rest is history, however history does not stop, so here is the latest offering, a track from Splitting the atom EP, which is due out in October.

The title track features long-time collaborator Horace Andy.  Was that the faintest bit of AutoTune on Horace Andy’s voice?

The EP will also feature Tunde Adebimple of TV on the Radio on a recording titled ‘Pray for Rain’.  Martina Topley-Bird is also on a track.

Roll on October.

On a related issue (not to AutoTune),  man has heard that Burial and The Bug have been / are being  considered for a Massive Attack remix project.  “Rass” is all I can say really.