Ear Con85 – Forced Retirement

Ear Con85 – Forced Retirement

Death awaits you.
We are all going to die.
Before then let us eat the food that landed on the plate this year.
We Smoked Trees with DJ Manny,
Death Gripped your throat, Gonjasufi got The Lows
The theater of the Mind of Finn Peters cast a purple glow while
Congo beat movements from DRC Music Project infected what remained.
A visit from the Danny Drive Thru and the Black Gestapo cleared the way for some Professional Fuckery by the Underachievers.
Bouncy Inner Troubles from Chilean beatmaker fLako broke out while
Loka and DJ Food watched the Tower Falling
He hit her so she left, the green sun rose.
Then there was silence.
Time to die.

It’s not as bad as it seems, really.  Tune in via Sunhole dot net tonight at 22h (London/Tenerife) or on Saturday via eFM / Radio Sarajevo at 16h (CET)

Ear Con 50 – The Puppet Show

Computer fuckries have wreaked havoc upon me, put after contributing to  Mr. Jobs’ healthcare plan, the Ear Conditioning program is back on track.  I see last week Apple announced some 6Billion dollars in profits.  I paid over £1500 for this computer, two years later I have to pay €500 to get a new motherboard.  Yes, the word mother came to mind, but ‘board’ did not come after it.

Now sports,

We cover plenty ground this week, new movements from DJ/rupture’s Nettle project, proper blues from RL Burnside, alt. blues from the Blues Explosion, contributions from William Burroughs, former engineer for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seigen Ono and his runway music for Comme de Garcons, the lord of nasty Drum and bass, Nico remixing Endemic Void, Squarepusher, Homeboy Sandman guesting with Das Racist, upcoming material from the Eglo stable featuring Mizz Beats, with the fantatistically title 2 Bit Road..it does make sense.

Ear Conditioning 50 – The Puppet Show, ‘earable tonight at Sunhole dot net at 22h00 Tenerife/London time and Friday over at eFM Student Radio Sarejevo at 18h00 CET.

Put that in your pipe….

  • DJ Food / Full Bleed (Ninja Tune)
  • William S. Burroughs / Pay It All Back
  • RL Burnside / Got Messed Up (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Hold On (Mute)
  • Seigen Ono / All Men Are Heels featuring Sussan Deyhim (Venture/Virgin)
  • Endemic Void / Lionstone – Nico Remix (Language)
  • Squarepusher / Deep Fried Pizza (Rephlex)
  • Nettle / Nakhil (Soot White Label)
  • J. Dilla / Sycamore (mpfree)
  • Wagon Christ / Shadows (Ninja Tune)
  • Sugar B / Authentic Dub Disco
  • Atticus Blues / Contemplating Jazz (Mo Wax)
  • Das Racist featuring Homeboy Sandman / I’m Up On That
  • Mizz Beats / 2 Bit Road (Eglo)
  • Andreya Triana / Far Closer – Tokimonsta Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Nettle / Red Masque Ticker (Soot White Label)

Ear Conditioning 48 – The Show

When I was working as a press officer for Virgin Records, one of the most interesting gigs I had on my plate was going with the band Les Negresses Vertes to Beirut in 1991.  The reason being them giving the  first concert by a ‘Western’ band since the war started eighteen years previous.  One day we had a  trip via bus around the city and surrounding areas,  “This is the spot that Terry Waite was kidnapped.” The window next to the seat where my butt was parked had a bullet hole roughly head-height as in the photo above.  That photo is from the recent bruh hah hah between the Korean states.  It just seems that we are living in a big show, a massive production, whereby we are the actors and also the witnesses to absurdities seemingly without precedent. The current WikiLeaks furor is a case in point.  Very little political blow-back for those that masterminded murder, rape, pillage. No major heads on a platter. The political arena is awash with corruption that goes unpunished in most cases and accountability is just another word in the dictionary.  For it to be more than a collection of words that move air, it seems that it would require death.  So be it, but not Julian Assange’s as some commentators have said.

It’s one big fucking Show.

Now sports…..

Mr. Oizo‘s 2005 lp,  “Moustache (Half A Scissor)” album gets a re-release via Flying LotusBrainfeeder label.  Listen to the album and it all makes sense.  Apparently his label at the time F-Com just didn’t get it.

Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings have brought in Lefto and Simbad to help craft some new releases from all the records they come across in the search for the perfect beat.  Worldwide Family is a new series that sees Gilles Peterson hand over compiling duties to trusted friends of the label. Exile / grooveman Spot / Onra / TOKiMONSTA / Trilogy / Airhead / Illum Sphere / Cooly G / Zed Bias / Seiji / KU BO… and a whole host of under-the-radar talent. Volume one hits the streets Jan. 3/2011

Also due soon on Brownswood is the debut album from GhostpoetPeanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam continues a fine tradition of spoken word delivery with this man from Coventry, UK. The single, Cash & Carry Me Home is released next month, with the album to follow in February.  Tonally there is a similarity to Roots Manuva, same too with their drawl.  To be checked.

My man in Auckland, Stinky Jim, yes he, of the long running Stinky Grooves radio program on bFM and label RoundTripMars, has offered some free nuggets via the label website.  We sampled a twist on Horace Andy’s Skylarking by Jefferson Belt.  More available via the link in the tracklisting.

Thrown in near the end is a remix of Fun-da-mental’s ‘B4 I Leave’ from the Japanese edition of the ‘All is War’ album.  We’ll be making that and the other exclusive remix available to you soon…..ya dig?!

Ear Conditioning 48 – The Show

  • Intro / Pay It All Back (On-U Sound)
  • Mr. Oizo / The End (Brainfeeder)
  • Prakash Band / Aj Aj – Today Today (Disk Union)
  • The Death Set / Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head -O.G Version (Counter)
  • DJ Food / Half Step (Ninja Tune)
  • Little Annie / I Think Of You (On-U Sound)
  • Andy Fairley / Jack The Biscuit (On-U Sound)
  • Ghostpoet / Cash & Carry Me Home (Brownswood Recordings)
  • The Bug featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)

Tune in tonight via Sunhole or Friday via eFM / Student Radio Sarajevo.

Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast

With this gig coming up on Friday at El Tanque Espacio Cultural en Santa Cruz, gotta figure out what works in a space with an apparent reverb of around 12 seconds.  Regardless, it will be a space to experiment, play out somethings that don’t work it other venues.  Namely it’s a speaker issue with many venues this way.  As I may have mentioned here recently, El Guincho spoke about the lack of  respect to the whole frequency spectrum in many venues.  What we need is a Plastic People sound system.  A place to experience and hear the fullest spectrum of  the elements that producers / musicians put into what they do.

I’m still in a cloud of the Ninja Tune catalogue. Thrown in a couple more cuts from The Bug’s forthcoming Infected EP out in November.  Also dug back into some future movements via Squarepusher‘s remix of Scratch Yer Head by DJ Food, with that toothbrush sample, my god. I recall being at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, London when Coldcut’s Stealth club night took place for about a year. Squarepusher came loaded with just a drum machine and his bass.  He tore new assholes in a pleasant way for all of us present.  I think his programming was a source of inspiration not only for music heads, but also programmers and creators of music software, no doubt.  He set a mark.

The Cinematic Orchestra’s ‘All That You Give’ features the voice of Fontella Bass, who I now know was also wife of the late great Lester Bowie of the Art Ensemble of Chicago fame.  ‘All That You Give’ is her testament to her husband who passed away in 1999.  It is beautiful tear.

The forthcoming  album from The Creole Choir of Cuba was welcomed with open arms and ears.  It sounds nothing like what is generally  associated with music from Cuba.  The creative pallet is much broader than assumptions. The work of the Mighty Zulu Nation or Umabatha, The Zulu Macbeth, soaring voices free of restrictions on mind body and soul.  The Creole Choir have just been announced to perform at Womad Las Palmas.  A wish has been answered.

Another contender for Womad could be Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions.  Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label are preparing to drop a 4 to the floor, bass step stomper with frenzied horns sending you all over the place.

Tune in tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 GMT+1

Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast

Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 / Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (40Acres and a mule/MCA)
Killer Mike / Swimming (prod. by Flying Lotus) (Adult Swim)
The Bug / Tune In featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)
The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Fontella Bass / All That You Give (Ninja Tune)
Mala / Return II Space (dmz)
Christian Parenti / War on Terror
Salem / Asia – oOoOO Remix
DJ Food / Stratch Yer Head – Squarepusher Remix (Ninja Tune)
Afronaught / Work It (Apollo)
Red Snapper featuring MC Det / The Sleepness – SUAD Remix (Warp)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Scratch DVA Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Skream Remix (Ninja Tune)
Soil and Pimp Sessions / Pop Korn – WAFA Remix (Brownswood Recordings)
Los Destellos / Elsa featuring Fefe – Sonido Martines Remix
El Guincho / Ghetto Facil (Young Turks)
The Creole Choir of Cuba / Edem Chante (Real World)
Cauto / Despertar (Disboot)

Autechre

At last years Clandestino Festival, I spent an afternoon with Leila and her tour manager brother (forgive me for not remembering his name, Ali, I think).  The previous night she performed a set which comprised of long vocal samples, her own tracks and those of others, presented via turntable, cd player, her own effects units and lord knows what else and manipulating it all sitting in front of a 24 channel mixing desk.

She started her set playing a dialogue carried by an arresting ancient voice. The subject was ‘What is art?’ or something like that.  Anyway the next day I asked her what was the dialogue she played.  Leila not only told me, but gave me about six cd’s of music and dialogues that she used in her set,  a million miles far cry away from dj’s who won’t tell you jack-shit when you ask “What track was that you just played?”

So during our afternoon taking in a bit of Gothenburg on foot, we talked briefly about Autechre.  “You’ve got to get their first album” she said with an abundance of enthusiasm.  I still haven’t got that album, but some of the bits I’ve got, they do it.  I think it was a remix of DJ Food’s Sexy Bits, then a remix of Soft Ballet Forms knocked me for six.

Apparently they’ve been about for over twenty years.  A new album is out on Warp Records soon.  Which brings me to say, Warp got it going on this year.  Also to come the follow-up  to the Los Angeles album from Flying Lotus.  Also the Gonja Sufi album which once again Mr. Lotus has a part it producing, mi madre!  Oh yeah, Mr. Lotus speaks of his new album over at Pitchfork, sez too he’s doing a Massive Attack remix, figures dunnit?!  I’m hoping it will be some of different tone that the remixes they’ve offered so far.  Anyway, back to the meat, catch up on Autechre  here:

Wh? aRe th(e)ir ti.tles s o crypt-ic andOR incomplete oRand a little tonginchikk-the driest sense of humour o/r a private game celebrating the necessarily vague and open-ended/a hygienic emptying of connections/typographical errirs3/spell check resisisting.

Paul Morley