Ear Con 57 – Electronic Waltz

Mix up, mix up.

Jumped all over the Kode9 mix for the Essential program on BBC and the xlr8r give-away that i linked to yesterday.  Extracted the Kode9 produced joints from the forthcoming second album from he and The Spaceape.

Also this week, new material from one of the best loved Canarian bands, Las Ratas.  Known for their rap/rock direct assault, they have upped their game by producing a ‘rock opera’ based in the nearby Western Sahara.  The new work,‘Sahara 1975’ tells a story of friendship and love between two young men who is torn by the exodus of the Spanish after the invasion of Morocco on the Saharan territory, in the historical event that became known as the ‘Green March’.  Flamenco guitars, pianos, violins, subtle electronic touches provide beds for a fine cast of vocalists,  such as Luis Morea, Andrew Mollo, Javier Ruibal, Ivan Mura, Julio Tejera, Alfredo Llanos, Elisa Falcon, Olga German.  This is such a leap I think they have left most bands behind by some serious mileage.  It’s a work of tremendous determination, ten years from initial concept to completion.

Finally, somebody produced some instrumental hoip hop with some cumbia flavour, his name is Katakresis, you can sample his free goodies at his soundcloud page, which is below, here his name is in the playlist. He’s also done a refit with a Mos Def acap’ that was floating around recently.

If you tune in and hear some ‘housy 4×4’ stuff, that’s most probably the African Government tune by Mr. Raoul K. Simple and effective I think.

That’s enough scribbling for now, time to eat, later.

Ear Con57 – Electronic Waltz

  • Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 2 (Rough Americana)
  • Las Ratas / Title unknown (Creativa Canarias)
  • Seiji / Second Nature (Bitasweet)
  • Maga Bo feat. Teba / Abaphantsi  (Soot)
  • Tha Greensella / Represent (CIAfrica)
  • Mr Raoul K / African Government
  • The Dirtbombs / Bug in the Bassbin – Kyle Hall Remix (Scion A/V)
  • Katakresis /La Cumbia  Malvada
  • Junip / Always – Prefuse 73 Remix (City Slang/Mute)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (Odd Future)
  • Hodgy Beats/ Laxin featuring Ace Creator (Odd Future)
  • 40 Winks / Sales over soul (Project Mooncircle)
  • Kode9 / Essential Cuts
  • Kode 9 & The Spaceape featuring Cha Cha / Time Patrol Dub (Hyperdub)

 

Tune in via Sunhole tonight 22h00 GMT (repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 GMT)

Saturday via The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Studentski Sarajevo 16h00-18h00 CET

Heavy Heavy Load


It’s a great week for some, a shit sandwich for others. With the posi-drive in hand, there is tons of new tunes – from the Ivory Coast, powerhouse crew CIAfrica, with /Rupture delving into the hard drives to select snyth-devastating coarse dense dancehall, switch hip hop beats, pro-black fist mentality reality lyrics. Bouncing while standing firm, no holding back, stabbing fuck-me bass-lines unleashed dropping mayhem, check ‘Babylon Advisory’  a perfect example.  Our Clandestino Festival crew have a stage at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg this weekend. /Rupture’s Nettle outfit will also be gracing the stage, so too  Ras G, Rango, Mutamassik. Is that good enough for ya?  On the other stages/tents will be the likes of xx, M.I.A. the Chems, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Pavement, Mary Anne Hobbs…..yeah, you get it now,  it’s effing huge.

Mutamassik by the way has edited and produced a video for  Take the Hit from her latest album, That Which Death Cannot Destroy. Viewable here.  I don’t know what’s in the water in Tuscany where Mutamassik and her partner Morgan Craft live, maybe it has nothing to do with it, actually it has sweet eff all to do with how productive they are.  Morgan just made me aware of a round table discussion that he participated in with Matthew Shipp (Anti Pop Consortium, El-P, Springheel Jack) and Mark Lomax a Columbus, Ohio-based drummer, composer, and bandleader. In addition to leading his Trio, Quintet and Afro-Chamber Ensemble, Lomax has worked with, among others, Marlon Jordan, Ellis Marsalis Quintet, and Azar Lawrence. I haven’t finished reading all of it yet, you can start here in the meanwhile.

64meg of a King Midas Sound remix is the perfect counter to the lingering CIA rough-house with a spacious vinyl reverbed enhanced bliss zone.  CV313 handed over the files to Mr. Kevin Martin, and he in turn entered how much I don’t know into his studio mind. Roger Robinson’s Trini-‘scent vocals start the proceedings with a little discourse on what it’s like, how you know you’ve met the one. Hitomi takes over laying out the comforting arms.  Excellent use of space.

El-P’s third installment of the ‘Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx‘ series hit the streets last week, in many formats.  The physical versions have an added bonus, links to download the previous two editions that were limited to 500 cds and only sold on tour.  One of the digital versions has stems of one of the beats, so you can jack and rework to your hearts content.  Skip to Passion of the Weiss for a lengthy interview with the man.

I bought the Silkie album last week, titled City Limits Vol.1, it certainly captures and re-presses that all-embracing London ting.  The opener is an epic 8 and a half minutes, he works it. This is a gorgeous album, threatening and calming. If 4Hero started out now, they would sound like Silkie.

Indigenous Resistance come back again with a Sawandi reworking of the Galdino Jesus dos Santos track that came out earlier this year.  The bass is sitting just right, and the drums criss, and they carry the terrible story of how the vocalist met the family of the murdered Galdino, and how they showed photos of his charred body, burns to over 90% of his body.  The killers, sons of the elite basically walked, after all, it was only a ‘joke’.

This week is a heavy heavy load indeed, you have to be physical fit.

Tune in via sunhole dot net tonight at 22h00GMT, otherwise you catch the repeat same place at 11h00 every weekday morning.

More as it happens,

Transmission 5 – Hear Me

Plenty in the pot tonight, starting with Vilayat Khan from the Film India album that he shares with Ravi Shankar.

More from Shafiq Husayn, Paul White, Dr. No’s Ethiopium, a new joint from Dub Gabriel with U-Roy;  Massive Attack with longtime collaborator Horace Andy; Rap newness from Profisee and Emprom; Bottom end movers from Cessa, who I don’t think bother a myspace page/website, they just throw their energy into their music; Some old joints from the 1983 album of Flying Lotus, one featuring the suave vocals of Laura Darlington aka Mrs. Daedelus, who will be on his new album due in a few months…..uh, got word today of a full album to come from Manusa, who are part of CIAfrica.  Word via the keyboard/screen is that DJ/rupture is working on a mixtape for them too.  In the meanwhile soak up the Manusa tune here, or download the CIAfrica History 3 via the above link.

Hyperdub kick of the new decade in fifth gear, courtesy of DVA, and the link strengthens with Zomby having a go at Martyn’s ‘Hear Me’.

My man Scalper has a new website up and running to check it for the goods, click up dis.

For the program, tune in via Sunhole, tonight at 22h00, or if next week suites you better sir, go to Radio Norte, which are one week behind in terms of transmitting the program, meaning you can catch last weeks program tonight at 21h00.

Until next time, PEace.

  1. Vilayat Khan – Fire Dance (Él Records)
  2. Shafiq Husayn – Intro_ Electra (Rapster)
  3. Shafiq Husayn – All Dead (Rapster)
  4. Paul White – An illusion interlude (One Handed Music)
  5. Paul White – Dream State /Dam Tales (One Handed Music)
  6. Manusa – Combinasions (CIAfrica)
  7. Muslimgauze vs. Rootsman – Mecca
  8. Dr. No’s Ethiopium – Excalibur (Stones Throw)
  9. Dr. No’s Ethiopium – Butta (Stones Throw)
  10. Dub Gabriel featuring U-Roy – Luv ‘n Liv  (Destroy All Concepts)
  11. Massive Attack featuring Horace Andy – Girl I Love You / She is Danger remix  (Virgin)
  12. Martyn – Hear Me / Zomby mix (3024)
  13. DVA – Natty (Hyperdub)
  14. Cessa – Question (Missing Link Sounds)
  15. Profisee and Emprom – Zoning / RVLT Remix (Cloak & Dagger)
  16. Bullion – Say Goodbye to What (One Handed Music)
  17. Flying Lotus – Shifty (Plug Research)
  18. Naggo Morris – Flour Power (Barcelona Raval Sessions)
  19. Scalper – Threepointonefour (Border Music)
  20. Flying Lotus featuring Laura Darlington – Unexpected Delights (Plug Research)
  21. Public Enemy -Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (DefJam)