Ear Con70 – Freshly Squeezed and Stepped On

90% Fresh new goodies, people have been busy busy yo!

K-Mart turned me onto the brutally raw Death Grips, then at the other end of the spectrum we have a sample of the new album from Martyn, which will be coming out via Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.  Death Grips is brilliant, boom bap beats laced with an upfront One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest sanity vocal approach.  It’s on the edge for sure.

Finally got me mittens on the Radiohead album.  Saw a post that said they were the greatest band to walk the earth, could have a point.  Also in the pot, a ten minute excursion  from Semtek, Toddla T and Roots Manuva remixed by Sebastian….hey Sebastian,  you coulda left some of Roots’ vocals in however.

Kick things off with Marsmobil, who has a release via Compost. Marsmobil is Robert Di Giola, after hearing this new thing, I will try to keep an eye and ear on him. He’s cut his teeth working alongside the likes of Roy Ayers, Dj Hell, Brain Ferry, Henrik Schwarz, Kruder & Dorfmeister. New work, ‘Black Album’ is out next month.  What I’ve heard is a Pelahm123, psychedel-funk, 70’s vibe, adventurous and trippy.

Brothers from Ottawa, Canada,  A Tribe Called Red bring First Nation love to the bass arena – up for release pronto pronto,  their official début single, Northern Cree – Red Skin Girl (A Tribe Called Red Remix),worldwide on Masalacism Records.  A Tribe Called Red consists of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness. The single is a powerful dubstep remix of the Northern Cree Singers’ Red Skin Girl, done in their unique and hard-hitting Pow Wow Stepstyle, a mix of traditional Pow Wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Check their Soundcloud, plenty there for you to feast upon.

Dorian Concept, a fav around these parts gave away some remixes that me had done, I can’t find the link to pass onto you, however you may find something via his FB page.

The King Tubby contribution is from the Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds compilation, put together by Stuart Baker of Soul Jazz Records, London and K-Mart aka The Bug/King Midas Sound.   If you aren’t aware of either of these guys or the Soul Jazz label, all I can is quality assured.  This 2CD package presents some of the most forward riddims coming out of JA, buffed up with contemporary channel destroyers.  Roots Manuva, Shadatek, Ward21, Dave Kelly, Prince Jazzbo, Sly an’ Christopher Birch, Steely & Clevie, South Rakkas Crew, Diplo…with me now?

Robot Ramifications EP, that’s where you will find this Native Machine track Africa, reworked by Om Unit, an esoteric exploration analogue synth driven number, bliss.

Sebastian has ripped a hell of a bitcrushing on Toddla T’s ‘Watch Me Dance’ with Roots Manuva.

Had to bring things to a smooth landing with Brenk, and a sample from his third album in three years, which drops in September. More juice on him here

Tune in tonight via  Sunhole at 22h00 London/Tenerife time to see what I’m talking about.

Ear Con70 – Freshly Squeezed and Stepped On

  • Marsmobil / Unconcious Mind Bend (Compost)
  • A Tribe Called Red / Red Skin Girl (Masalacism)
  • Death Grips / Klink
  • Dorian Concept / Game Over
  • Inverse Cinematics / 7 x 7
  • King Tubby / Fat Ting (Soul Jazz)
  • Radiohead / Little By Little
  • Radiohead / Little By Little – Caribou mix
  • Death Grips / Cut Throat
  • Raffertie / You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That (Ninja Tune)
  • Martyn / Mask (Brainfeeder)
  • Semtek / Pizza (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Toddla T / Watch Me Dance – Sebastian Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Native Machine / Africa (Hit and Hope)
  • Brenk / Predido (Melting Pot)
  • Future Sound of London / Papau Dub (Jumpin’ and Pumpin’)

Ear Conditioning 53 – Trapped in the Room With You

Ear Con 53 – Trapped in the Room With You

What’s that damn noise?

Lykke Li / I Follow Rivers – Tyler, The Creator Remix
Massive Attack / Girl I Love You So feat. Horace Andy (Virgin)
Dorian Concept / Toe Games Made Her Giggle (Ninja Tune)
Jneiro Jarel / Gosohaurd (Label Who)
Pixies / Bone Machine – Live
Pixies / U Mass – Live
Pixies / Isla de Encanta – Live
Audio Shrapnel in Mix Mode

Transmission times:  Sunhole – Tonight 22h00 GMT (Repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 GMT)

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Ear Conditioning / Transmission 10 – Air Force One

Phew, that’s another wait over.  The wait being yesterday’s release of the Gonjasufi album, A Sufi and a Killer.  I thought the album title referred to Gonja and his main production partner on this record, The Gaslamp Killer, but apparently not, it’s the two sides of the man, the peaceful tranquil yoga teacher, and then the somebody who would not hesitate to break a motherfucker off some, should it need to occur.

It’s a trippy record for sure, don’t get me wrong Gonja, this album woulda worked wonders on the set of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

A batch of records that I ordered some five months back arrived yesterday too, one of them being the Black Comm album.  Black to Comm is Marc Ricther, and his album Alphabet 1968 is a radio transmission from over yonder, static,  glockenspiels, loops, and distant voices escaping into the atmosphere.

Also in the package was the Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics collaboration on Strut.  Yesss!

I’ve always got time for Jnerio Jarel, a man of many aliases.  His Dr. Who Dat? guise was the one that dropped on my lap first, and I’m keeping tabs on him for sure now.

The ariel is also alert for James Blake.

Transmission 10 – Air Force One

  • J. Robinson, I. Rainford & C.Pearson – Pig Pen2 (Disposable)
  • Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Addis Black Widow (Strut)
  • Sa Ra Creative Partners – Bitch Baby
  • Shafiq Husayn – Nirvana (Rapster)
  • Dr. Who Dat? – Viberian Experience
  • Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words
  • Black to Comm
  • Kode 9 & The Spaceape – Time Patrol featuring Chacha (Hyperdub)
  • Airhead & James Blake – Lock in the Lion
  • Scapler – Threepointonefour (Border)
  • Dorian Concept – Sandwich Terror
  • Flying Lotus – Disco Balls (Hyperdub)
  • The Bug & The Spaceape – Ghosts of Brixton
  • Gonjasufi – Duet (Warp)
  • King Midas Sound – One Ting / Dabrye Remix (Hyperdub)
  • Massive Attack featuring Guy Garvey – Flat of the Blade (Virgin)
  • Andy Fairley – Jack The Biscuit (On-U Sound)
  • Martin Fredrix – Ennio (On-U Sound)
  • Black to Comm – Hotel Freund (Type)

Tune in via Sunhole Radio, tonight at 22h00 London/Tenerife time, and will be repeated weekday mornings at 11h00.

Ear Conditioning – Transmission 19.01.2010

Yesterday, Lamin of the Dutty Artz crew informed me that he’s got his latest mix “a series of emotions” within a thirty minute plus capsule, posted up on the DA site.  Subsequently we exchanged a few emails about the tracklist and more.  We have a shared liking of Shlohmo, a lanky nineteen year-old producer from out Cali way. His’ Tomato Squeeze’ comes in after the ten minute contribution from the second volume of Manouâat Amazighia, which I picked up in Agadir last July during the Timitar Festival.
Leading up to the release of their Hegioland album, Massive Attack come with another remix from an album track, this time She is Danger tackle ‘Girl I’m in Love’ featuring Horace Andy.  I’m finding this remix a bit more to my liking than the previous one’s associated with this album.  Looking forward to the Flying Lotus and Burial ones that are due.
Continuing on the beat tip, we’ve got Onra, Ras G, Busy, Paul White, J. Dilla, Mustang, and Dorian Concept.  Mustang is one of the aliases of Alex Attias, who I believe has moved back to his native Switzerland after years in London.  Part of the ‘broken beat’ scene with New Sector Movements, 4Hero/2000 Black, Domu, Bugz in the Attic, which in turn were all centered around the record distributor, (the name of which I can’t remember).  I heard his Purple Moon track on the Coldcut/Solid Steel show that used to run on London’s BBC station.  The next day or so, I went around to the distributor, which was around the corner from the Virgin office where I worked, Alex was there, and he gave me his last remaining white label.  Top geezer!
Mutamassik, returns with another cut from last year’s Commo EP.  That and Dr. No’s Ethiopium have been on heavy heavy rotation here this week.
Delve into the links, and enjoy the beats.
Tune in at the usual spot, Sunhole Radio tonight at 22h00
  • Taslit-Laârbi Ihihi from Manouâat Amazighia Vol. 2
  • Shlohmo – Tomato Squeeze
  • J. Dilla featuring Phat Kat (Rapster)
  • Portishead – Silence (Island)
  • Onra – Apocalypse Now
  • Mutamassik – Commo the Rag (Run Riot)
  • Blue Daisy – Wolf  (Black Acre)
  • Paul White – Ultra Violet (One Handed Music)
  • King Midas Sound – Outer Space (Hyperdub)
  • Ras G – 1derful Beings
  • Bim Sherman – What Sweet Yo So
  • Mustang – Purple Moon
  • Massive Attack – Girl I Love You / She is Danger Remix (Virgin)
  • Busy – Ecleptic Armilla (Beat Dimensions Vol.2)
  • Dorian Concept – Fort Teen