Gothenborg International Film Festival takes place Jan.26 – Feb. 6. The Clandestino family will be present, I’ll be doing an Arabic-flavoured set there Feb. 3, joining the likes of Johannes Anyuru, Michael Azar, Edda Manga, Aleksander Motturi, Andrzej Tichý and Nina Zanjani. More Film Fest info via here.
My collegues at the Clandestino Festival have prepared a new website, which will serve as the hub for all Clandestino-related events: the festival, talks, concerts, dj /club nights, exhibitions etc.
Next years Clandestino Festival will take place 8-10 June in Gothenborg, it’s gonna be the X edition.
More as it happens, we are in the kitchen.
DJ/rupture, who I focused on in the previous posts was responsible for bringing the cumbia heat to my ears, via his Mudd Up! radio program. For me, two of the principle movers are Sonido Martines, and El Hijo de la Cumbia. We moved to have El Hijo perform at the Clandestino Festival a few years back, and he did just right, smashed it, Sweden loved the tropics. Why it’s taken somebody so long to bring him down to Tenerife is beyond me, but hey, it’s finally happening, with our man dropping a set on the Santa Cruz massive on Saturday, at the Mumes festival. You can purchase his Freestyle de Ritmos lp on /rupture’s Soot label here
Images: Mulatu Astatke, Hype Williams, Susheela Raman etc. captured by Nora Bencivenni
This time last year we had the opportunity to have Mala deal a DJ set at Clandestino Festival, it was class, very very dutty. Mala is not with us this year, however you can get your ear mittens around a mix he’s done for the podcast series of Xlr8r. Download here.
As for Clandestino, it’s already kicked off with Debruit laying it down at the inauguration a couple weeks ago, with the main action taking place this coming weekend. On-board are Susheela Raman, the destroyer Mutamassik, DJ Gavana, Baloji, French beat-maker Onra, Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Amazigh Kateb, Hype Williams who recently signed to Hyperdub, Soom T & Disrupt (Jahtari), and plenty more. I know I’ll see some of you there. It’s my 50th birthday on the Saturday, so your welcome to join me, Aleksander, Karin, Nat, Gavana, Fasterpeace, JayStarSeven, The Nazarenes and the entire Clandestino crew for a drink or two. Maybe I should finally decide what I want to do when I grow up,
Ear Con55 – Ear Aid
Well it goes a little like this….
Starts heavy in an ethereal manner with Justin Broadrick’s latest incarnation, that being Pale Sketcher. We also have him taking on Teledudngosis as TechLevel2, should you last the full coarse.
London producer Mau’lin grafts Canadian vocalist Amenta in for a floater that reminds me of The Orb’s ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’. It could be the Canadian tilt on the vocals, well, Joni Mitchell being Canadian an’ all that, anyway, yeah, there is nothing wrong with having something ‘nice’ in your life every once in awhile yaknow! Abstract off-the-wall production from Mau’lin, this guy has potential in sacks. A three tracker with two more versions of ‘Deeper Than The Sun’ will be coming out via Ho Tep very very soon.
In preparing for this years Clandestino Festival we’ve been delving through nuff nuff music. Confirmed for edition nine, Susheela Raman, Khaira Arby, Mutamassik, Baloji, Onra, and also Hype Williams. Check out the Hype vids and tunes via our friends at King Midas Sound
Shit, there was a real good radio interview with Prince Paul that I came across a few days ago, and for the life of me i can’t find the link anymore, he had some insightful things to say about his time in the studio with DeLaSoul. Plus I’ve been bouncing around for a few weeks now with their album ‘Stakes Is High’ on repeat. So here’s some if ya missed it.
We jump to Nigeria courtesy of Honest Jons and their Lagos All Routes compilation. With a band name like Travellers Lodge Atomic 8, you know it has to be checked.
Bristol’s Rob Smith (a.k.a. R.S.D.) delivers a remix from Reggae Roast’s recently released Righteous EP). The London-based label has made a name for itself connecting the dots between traditional reggae music and the exploding styles of the UK bass scene, and this, its fifth release, is set to continue that reputation. The organ and horns of the original track (featuring the production of Evergreen, Landlord, and Ruckspin) are replaced with their dubbed-out counterparts, letting MC Danman’s uplifting lyrics take the lead when present.
There you have it.
Pale Sketcher / Seventh Heaven (Ghostly)
Mau’lin featuring Amenta / Deeper Than The Sun (Ho Tep)
Lykke Li / I Follow Rivers – Tyler The Creator Remix
Louis Armstrong / Sweet Sue, Just You
De La Soul – Supa Emcees (Tommy Boy)
King L Man – OlgaRamosificacíon (EC)
Dorian Concept – Toe Games Make Her Giggle (Ninja Tune)
Niobe / Lovely Day from ‘Blackbird’s Echo’
Reggae Roast feat. MC Danman / Righteous – RSD Dubstep Mix (ReggaeRoast)
Tyler The Creator – Bitches Brewin’ (Odd Future)
Hype Williams / Businessline
El Stew – Arab Mafia (Om)
Travellers Lodge Atomic 8 / Ikut Azana Edem (Honst Jons)
Teledubgnosis / In Heaven, A Devil – The Bug Heaven’s Dub Mix (Wordsound)
Teledudgnosis / 80 Creeps – TechLevel2: Dub & Bass Head Mix (Wordsound)
King L Man / OneThirtySix (EC)
*The Magic Show, which carries Ear Conditioning into Bosnia i Herzegovina now moved transmission from Friday to Saturday.
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,
I arrived in London last night. On the way from the airport I walked into a newsagent and who was staring me in the face below Penthouse magazine?
“The first interview I did, the guy asked me what my biggest influence was. It was seeing my mother getting beaten up by my father on a regular basis”
The article takes quite a lot into account, the interview was seven hours long – God, his first musical group incarnation; his work with Justin Broadrick as Techno Animal, creation of the Macro Dub Infection albums among others, and head long into the foundations that have gone into forging his sound and philosophy.
“I wanted to make a more spacious form of music for The Bug, and that allows maybe space for people to come in, as opposed to this wall of ‘fuck you’.”
Catch The Bug with King Midas Sound this weekend at Clandestino Fstvl in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I’ll be celebrating my birthday tomorrow with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Adrian Sherwood, Mala (DMZ), Little Dragon and more.
Can’t make it? See the new visual treatment for ‘Lost‘ from King Midas Sound.
Ras G is one of the artists I wanted for this year’s Clandestino Festival, however with limited space and less money than in previous years,we found ourselves a bit stuck. However there will now be a Clandestino stage at the Way Out West Festival, so we’ve got Ras booked to do a set there in August. Recording-wise, our man returns with a six track EP of abstract dub-hop head pressure for Matthewdavid’s Leaving Records. With ‘El Alyien Part 1′ Ras is at his most esoteric. Bong-eyed blend of rich field recordings and crackly samples knitted togther with a bed of psychoactively charged subbass. Forward yout’!
If you live in Athens there’s a good chance you know of the Barcelona in Athens crew. Nikos who runs things there dropped me a track from the forthcoming album from Palyrria, uptempo horny Mediterranean balkan pressure.
As mentioned here a few days ago, Filastine will be bringing his sonic assault to the shores of Tenerife next month, so here’s another excuse to crank it up with a track from the Extra Dirty Bomb EP.
Caribou step up with a new album called Swim. The track Odessa has been given the David Wrench treatment, and it comes in the form of a drumcappela, which you can cop for nought over at RCDLBL.
I don’t know what direction I was looking in when Ninja Tune released the single by Andreya Triana late last year. The Flying Lotus mix of Lost Where I Belong is absolutely gorgeous, lush heart-tugging harp movements and what I think is Thundercat on bass, bottom end, soulful bliss.
The following will be broadcast tonight on Sunhole at 22h00 GMT
Ear Conditioning – The Speaker Spazm / Transmission 17
- Ras G – Discipline 09 1 (Leaving Records)
- Ras G – Discipline 09 2 (Leaving Records)
- Leila – Daisies, Cats and Spacemen featuring Roya Arab (XL)
- Dorian Concept – Be Tween (Beat Dimensions)
- Palyrria – Se Quema
- Aswad – Warrior Charge (EMI)
- Tom Zé – Tō (Luaka Bop)
- Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong / Flying Lotus Mix (Ninja Tune)
- Caribou – Odessa / David Wrench’s Drumapella
- Filastine – Discontinuities / Cardopusher remix of Singularities (Post World Industries)
- Jnerio Jarel – Going Home feat. Micah Guagh (Label Who)
- Jazzsteppa – Sweet Tooth (Studio Rockers)
- Black Chow – Air (Soul Jazz)
- Gang Starr – Take it Personal (Chrysalis)
- Ras G – Discipline 09 4 (Leaving Records)