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 Con86 – The Last Trip (of the year, that is.)

Ear Con86 – The Last Trip

Chris Watson / El Divisadero – from the album ‘El Tren Fantasma’ (touch)
Ta Ku / Zine High (project mooncircle)
Nuphlo / Nona (studio rockers)
Postman / Friday Night
Asher D & Daddy Freddy / Ragamuffin Hip Hop (music of life)
Royalty vs. Ben Sharpa / Halley’s Trail vs. Hegemoney acappella
The Moody Boyz / Congotronic (Boosey & Hawkes)
School of Seven Bells / Babelonia – Sepalcure Remix
Mark Ernestus / Mbalax Mix
Gonjasufi / Timeout, from the forthcoming ‘MU.ZZ.LE’ release (warp)
King L Man / Ossie Davis eulogy for  Malcolm X
Chris Watson / Aguascalientes – from the album ‘El Tren Fantasma’ (touch)

The train departs from Sunhole Station at 22h GMT tonight, and on Saturday from platform eFM / Radio Sarajevo at 15h GMT

Thanks to all passengers that came aboard at some point in 2011, and thanks to the stainless steel providers of this music and sound.

Ear Conditioning – People Are Strange

 

 

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More field recordings from Chris Watson, things like the sea, beetles and whales coming up for air.

New joints from Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor, (now that’s a collaboration outta this universe); Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry doing Black Sabbath, then bass-line warped by Pempi, soon to come on On-U Sound; a couple joints from the Nueva Cumbia album compiled by Sonido Martines for /rupture’s Soot label; Mungo’s HiFi with Earl 16 remixed by LD.

Not new but fresh still, Grantby (where are you?); Stina Nordestam getting the Techno Animal treatment, and nuff more.

 

  • Chris Watson – Lioness threatening…(Touch)
  • Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor – Sinuhe (Strut)
  • Elsa – Sonido Martines Remix (Soot)
  • Fauna – Piratas del Zanjo (Soot)
  • Chris Watson – Deathwatch Beetle (Touch)
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi – International Roots featuring Earl 16 – LD Remix (Dub Police)
  • Positive Mind (Studio Rockers)
  • Salvador Dali – Talks about Paranoia
  • Mike Slott – Cadeting (Rush Hour)
  • Yoggyone – Preparation (Electrons Libres)
  • Flying Rhythms – Typhoon
  • Grantby – Timber (Cup of Tea)
  • Heliocentrics featuring Vast Aire – Sirius B. (Now Again)
  • Joker – Untitled RSN (Tectonic)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Iron Man Dub – Pempi Remix (On-U Sound)
  • Stina Nordestam – People are strange – Techno Animal Remix (eastwest)
  • Chris Watson – 10m (Touch 7″)
  • Chris Watson – Southern Right Whale (Touch)

Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at Sunhole, Tuesday 22h00, (repeated weekdays mornings at 11h00)

Mente – Cat by Jesus de Miguel

Ear Conditioning – Left side of the brain

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Photo:  What you see may not be real – Chen Wenling

As summer gives way to autumn, it’s only right to kick things off with Scanuppia, a track from latest album of recordings by Chris Watson. Here he records natural sounds in the Alpine region of Italy.  The results are very much of the forehead-raising variety, quite a surprise at what can be recorded in temperatures of -25 degrees. Great samples too! It sits well with my new find of the week,  James Blake / Air & Lack Thereof.  A seemingly gospel sample, ‘Calling heaven and hell’ sitting on a bed  of  electronic buzzes flying through the air, a whiplash snare, an inviting melody and bass.  Also on the bass tip this week is RDS, ‘Forward Youth’.  RSD is Rob Smith of Smith and Mighty fame, so you know it’s legit.

My rewind champions of the last couple of weeks, Obba Supa, recorded a Gilles Peterson radio session featuring music from Floating Points, and with seeing the name several times I had to check to see wha’ g’wan.  A day later in the inbox from the promo kings, All Young Kings, was the new ‘Vacuum’ ep from Floating Points, so I am sharing this with the listeners.  Hammond organ, skip hop beats,  jazz brushes, techno sensibilities  in one package.  Also more Obba of course.

Techno.  I love the original Detroit stuff like Mayday, Kevin Saunderson, moving onto Stacey Pullen, the European hijacking of Techno was natural to a degree, but on the whole, naff for my ears, and when somebody me says ‘Techno’ I get all weird.  Maybe because they generally mean that Euro shite.  Anyway, back to the goodness, Underground Resistance, well, I have to give them props 100%, even if I don’t like the majority of their tunes, I’ll buy ’em just to support them for their political stance.  I heard Codebreaker, and it was immediately in the crate.  Beeps, seeping gases, 909s, shakers percussion and gorgeous pads got me good.

Everytime, well, to be honest, three of the four times, that I’ve played Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Ebo Lala’ at my Txola sessions somebody has moved their lips in a way that makes me think they are saying “What is this?”  The thing with dj’ing with mp3s, is you can’t show them the cover.  Luckily I’m an old skool fucker, so I have the vinyl that I can show the cover while cueing up the next slab with my other hand (talented eh?)

Next Txola session is this Friday, entonces para ellos aqui en el norte de la isla o cerca, venga!  Did I tell you that Txola was listed in the El Pias newspaper as one of the best 50 clubs/bars in ‘Spain’?  If I didn’t, I just did.

Over to you.

Ear Conditioning – The left side of the brain

  • Chris Watson – Scanuppia (Sound Threshold)
  • Elixir – Trapdoor to another world (Quartermass)
  • James Blake – Air & lack thereof (Hemlock)
  • Fandango, Duende y Taraf – Title Unknown
  • Mulatu Astatke – Ebo Lala (Soundway)
  • Bebel Du Guetto – Beijo na Boca
  • Bulat Project – Title unknown
  • Onra – Last Tango in Saigon
  • Obba Supa – 2am but not (Project Moon Circle)
  • Guilty Jackson – Coroners Music (Stones Throw)
  • Dorian Concepts – Fort Teen (Kindred Spirits)
  • Underground Resistance – Codebreaker (UR)
  • RSD – Forward Youth (Punch Drunk)
  • Floating Points – Argonaut (Eglo)
  • Chris Watson – Cima Verde (Sound Threshold)

As usual, this weeks edition of Ear Conditioning is available at the following locations:

Tonight / esta noche (Tuesday / martes) 22h00 Sunhole (Repeated weekdays mornings at 11h00)

Thursday / jueves 23h00 Planet Radio

The Crooked Beat

Max Papeschi
Max Papeschi

Last week I read of William Calley’s recent apology for the massacre at My Lai back in the days of the US aggression in Vietnam.  Calley was the man responsible, and the only justice faced was three years of house arrest for the murder of over a 100 people.  Zip forward to now and the shit hitting the fan regarding the ‘compassionate release’  of al-Megrahi, the man found guilty of the Pan AM 747 bombing over Lockerbie.  I looked at the two stories, and the usual machinations ran through my system.

“How is it that there is outrage aimed at a brown man, foreigner, arab, yet the same outrage doesn’t exist when one of their ‘own’ is responsible for pulling the trigger and sending innocents into early retirement?”

Alternet provided a thorough read on the burning question.  Oh, let’s not mention oil again shall we!

As for sports, Ripley left a message here last week to say she thinks it’s a good time for music.  I would agree.  One person Ripley has commented on a couple times is Ras G.  For those not familiar with the name and the sound, he is part of the Brainfeeder crew. His manipulation of the binary codes makes me think  Sun Ra is living in his body, holding court with Coltrane and Burning Spear.  The door is open should you disagree.

Brainfeeder  also embodies the crisp beat bending likes of Samiyam, Dr. Strangeloop,  Flying Lotus, MatthewDavid and Teebs.  Within the last couple weeks another member of Brainfeeder, The Gaslamp Killer released an EP, titled My Troubled Mind. Brain penetrating drums nicely toasted and brewed lay the foundation for slightly psychotic exercises.

I know I’ve gone on quite a bit about this lot, and it may turn some people off, however, where I live, forward thinking music is a bit limited on the ground, and it is my duty to introduce and burn certain things into people’s skullboxes.  They have to know, should they want to of course.

Everybody has their take on things, has their likes and dislikes, and we share this information. The Ear Conditioning radio program is made with the people of Tenerife in mind, even though it’s available to all who care to partake. The lowest common denominator has taken hold and people settling for bullshit, weak-azz, commercial-banality with a scary ferocity.  The potential hovers around, occasionally surfacing for air before being diving back down below the radar, where I suppose it’s better place to be.

Anyway getting back on point this week we’re entertaining a thirty minute mix from Joker with further beat-led ventures.  Judging by the amount of gigs he’s got lined up for the rest of this year, people all over this floating rock are lined up to face the fire when he hits their town.

Former Cabaret Voltaire man, Chris Watson has a new CD ‘Cima Verde’ featuring his natural sound recordings available.  The sound of air moving at 3000ft is quite a thrill.

New cumbia tuneage from the Dutty Artz crew, in the vain of La Yegros, and Stereotyp, Austria’s finest measured up some weight for his Major Lazor remit.

Also in the inbox and out again for your ears is the latest production / remix work from Hashashan aka Firebomb Fritz. He’s down with the Speed Camera Shy lot.

Been working with Famille Bou Bess this week, in preparation for the Salpica Festival, and got them to drop some lyrics over a Shawn J. Period beat.  Shawn J. was the man behind the boards for some of the early Mos Def beats.  He, Shawn kinda disappeared but I believe he’s working on beats again.  Very fresh,  smooth keyboard, smokey jazz vibes, no samples used….he’s heavily against sampling.

We want Shawn, we want Shawn, we want Shawn.

Plenty of things for you to get your chops around this week.

Ear Conditioning – The Crooked Beat

  • Chris Watson – Soffi de venta
  • Cooly G – Love Dub Refix (Hyperdub)
  • The Very Best featuring M.I.A. – Rain Dance
  • La Yegros – Trocitos / Marcelo Fabian remix (Dutty Artz)
  • Gaslamp Killer – Anything Worse (Brainfeeder)
  • Wreckless Eric – The Crooked Beat (Sandinista Project)
  • Major Lazer – When u hear the bassline /Stereotyp mix  (Mad Decent/Downtown)
  • Speed Camera Shy – Blindspot by the lighthouse / Hashashan remix

Joker – £10 Bag mix

1. Joker – Solid State [Free download]
2. Joker – Do You [Dubplate]
3. Joker – Output One and Two [Dubplate]
4. Joker – City Hopper [Dubplate]
5. Joker – How Do You Like (Remix) [Free download]
6. Joker & Ginz – Re-Up [Kapsize]
7. Joker – Do It [Kapsize]
8. Joker – Psychedelic Runway [Kapsize]
9. Joker – Taste The Rainbow [Dubplate]
10. Joker & Ginz – Purple City [Kapsize]
11. Joker – Gully Brooke Lane [Terrorhythm]
12. Joker – Retro Racer [Terrorhythm]

  • The Gaslamp Killer – Ruskie Electric (Brainfeeder)
  • Famille Bou Bess Freestyle