Fun-da-mental ‘Audio Shrapnel’ XFM Superchunk

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First broadcast in December 2001 for the Eddie Temple-Morris & James Hyman program on XFM.  Big respect to DJ Overhaul who constructed the final mix on his jack after my back put me on ice for a few days.  It represents the manner to which we hit gigs in the short time we threw down as the Nation World Service / Audio Shrapnel DJ team, throwing everything into the pile.  (Thanks to Suki for the tracklist)

Tune in hear (sic)

James & Eddie Intro’ (Nation/XFM),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Fire Water’ (Nation),
Yam Yam ‘The Spectacle’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Gold Burger’ (Nation),
The Chemical Brothers ‘It Began In Afrika’ (Virgin),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘New World Order’ (Nation),
Drain ‘Wendy Will Win’ (Astralwerks),
Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Around The World’ (Warner Bros),
Asha Bhosle ‘Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta’ (Nascente),
2nd Gen ‘Sweet Fucking Molotov’ (Flo),
Swami ‘Hat Jo Hat Jo’ (Envy),
Techno Animal ‘Piranha’ (Matador),
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Witness (DJ Scud Remix)’ (Nation),
The Bug ‘Politicians & Paedophiles’ (Morpheus),
Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come On Eileen’ (Phonogram),
Public Enemy ‘Bring The Noise’ (Def Jam),
Public Enemy Megamix ‘Burn The Place’ (White Label),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘No More Fear’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Dog Tribe’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental, ‘Demonised Soul’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Rape’ (Nation),
Charged ‘Elektro Punjabi Da-koo’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Cointelpro’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Wandering Soul’ (Nation),
Bollywood Soundtrack ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ (Outcaste),
Rage Against The Machine ‘Calm Like A Bomb’ (Sony),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘GodDevil’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Spy Cat’ (Nation),
Squarepusher ‘Plaistow Flex Out’ (Warp),
Tino’s Breaks Volume 5 ‘D-U-B Dub’ (Tino Corp),
Eek-A-Mouse ‘Wa-Do-Dem’ (Greensleeves),
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘War’ (Island),
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘America The Beautiful’ (Sony),
Elephant Man ‘The Bombing’ (Greensleeves)?
‘Bhangra Track What Samples ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (?),
Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (Elektra),
Bubba Sparxx ‘Ugly’ (Beat Club/Interscope),
Elephant Man ‘Bring The War’ (Greensleeves),
Surinder Shinda ‘Mera Punjab’ (?) Transglobal Underground ‘Temple Head’ (Nation)
Adam & The Ants ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ (CBS),
Labh Janjua & Panjabi MC ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ (Nachural),
Dippa Dosanjh ‘The Next Episode’ (Envy),
TJ Rehmi ‘Who Killed Bhangra?’ (Nation),
Orchestral National De Barbes ‘Alaoui’ (Virgin France),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Death Cult Mix)'(Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Pollution’ (Nation),
Roots Manuva ‘Ital Visions’ (Big Dada),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘More Than A Hundred Times’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘The Last Gospel’ (Nation),
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal & Temple Of Sound ‘Love Moves The Sun’ (Real World), Transglobal Underground ‘Lookee Here (Dreadzone Remix)’ (Nation),
Gearwhore ‘Vector Tribe’ (Astralwerks),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Tagai Soul’ (Nation),
Leftfield ‘Phat Planet’ (Hard Hands/Sony)
Recycler ‘FUH 115 (Elite Force Remix)’ (Nation)
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Strong Culture (Juttla & Charged Remix)’ (Nation),
Elvis Costello & The Attractions ‘Pump It Up’ (Radar/WEA),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Anarchy’ (White Label), Rich [Nation Records] ‘James, Eddy & Ian Camfield Outro’ (Nation/XFM)”

KingLMan feat. Earl 16/The Mighty Zulu Nation LV Remix

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The second release on our label is about to get out there.  I had the pleasure to lock down singer Earl 16 when he came to Tenerife for a show awhile back.  I shot the video while in London a few months back, and Alejandro Oñate put in the time to piece the video together.   This track is backed with a LV remix of a ‘Abantu’  by the Mighty Zulu Nation.  I think it was September 20o1 that we hooked up for the first time, Fun’da’mental toured with this crew, a twelve strong choir from South Africa.  I remember seeing them for the first time, at soundcheck for a show we did at Cargo in London; their voices rose majestically over our beats…my mouth was wide open, but no words would come.

FDM Director of Operations, Aki Nawaz went on to produce an album for them, hence how I got my hands on the acapella. Pleased to finally make this remix public.  For the record, it will be released July 21st, and is available via my bandcamp site, here.  XLR8R review of the original Mighty Zulu Nation album can be read here, Aki did a great job.

The Mighty Zulu Nation album on iTunes

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/94639073″>KingLMan-Vultures&#8217; Bazaar feat. Earl 16</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/earconditioning”>Ear Conditioning</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

D.WattsRiot entrevista en Diario de Avisos

 

Blah blah blah en español.

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Entrevista completa del proyecto KingLMan, entre otras cosas, en Diario de Avisos

Click below if your Spanish is better than mine, or do that Google Translate thang, lord knows I do.

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Ear Conditioning Label news

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We are releasing a record, as in a vinyl record, we must be mad.

No, we´re just passionate about something.

The first record features King L Man, with Earl 16 singing.

The song is called ¨Vultures´Bazaar¨

King L Man is juvenile in name, but not in manner.

It´s my molotov cocktail.

The flip-side has LV remixing ‘Abantu’ by The Mighty Zulu Nation.

Abantu is the title of their album that Aki Nawaz of Fun-da-mental produced in 2004.

The first record will be released end of next month, via Nation Records

We are preparing to release an album by Socos Dúo, they play chello and marimba

We hope to avoid the crevice of being pigeonholed, don´t like pigeons.

Grenouille are in the final stages of recording their album too.

We are amp´d.

More as it happens.

Truth is Concrete

A 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art. 21– 28 Sept. 2012, Graz.

While in Graz, Austria a few months ago, a representative from ‘Truth is Concrete’ informed me about their event.  Pleased to say they have incorporated Fun Da Mental, The Kominas plus a DJ set from myself, D.WattsRiot (…anyone else?).

The following is from their home page: These have been months, years of unbelievably fast change all over the world. Uprisings in the Arabic world. Revolutions and counter-revolutionary attempts. Islamistic threats and the fetishisation of Islamistic threats. Demonstrations and repercussions in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia … Persecution of artists – sometimes under a bright spotlight as in the cases of Pussy Riot or Ai Wei Wei, but more often unnoticed by a broader public. The nuclear disaster in Japan. The appearance (and disappearance?) of Occupy all over the world. The rise of the right wing in many countries – often as a side-effect of the financial devastations that threaten the whole European project. The fundamental destruction of social, educational and cultural structures … Where to start, where to end?

On our travels during the last one and a half years – be it to Zuccotti or Tahrir Square, to Japan after Fukushima or to Moscow during the wave of demonstrations, to London, Budapest, Athens, Istanbul, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Rio or Buenos Aires – everywhere artists were among the first to get involved, among the first to join the political and social movements. But how did art, how did artistic strategies and tactics play a role? At a time when art, theory and practice seem to be constantly lagging behind reality? When art is seen more and more as a mere leftist hobby rather than a foundation of humanity?

http://truthisconcrete.org

Sounds and looks good to me.

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.

Bosnia i Herzegovina

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The first time Fun-da-mental performed in Bosnia i Herzegovina was in 1997, the city of Sarajevo was a bombed out mortar scarred bullet riddled environment where people died simply because they dared be born over an imagined line, be it religion, location, associates, culture, ‘nationality’, etc.  People raped, killed, tortured former friends, neighbours.  Potential doctors, musicians, artists, teachers, drug addicts, nurses, bus drivers, fathers, mothers, grandparents, street-sweepers, millionaires, carpenters, all cut down before they had a chance to do it.  Mothers died simply because the attempted to get food or clothing.  Stepping outside of their houses, only to appear in the crosshairs of snipers in the surrounding hills would be the end for them.

Far away in safe European homes and houses of parliament, people that knew better did nothing, and left the Bosnians with nothing but prayers to defend themselves.

One can piece things, information, together and come to a conclusion that there is something definitely afoot when it comes to ‘European’ and ‘Western’ attitudes to Islam, and that is what the majority of Bosnians follow, yes Jane, they are Muslims.

On a day trip to Mostar, one of our guides when asked about the civil war, he replied, “In my opinion, it wasn’t an act of war, it was ethnic cleansing.”  The Serbs can get entry to the UK easily, Bosnians, well that’s a different story.  And it costs money.  When planning to visit friends in France, the same guide told of how his hosts would need to have 20,000€ in their bank account before our man could visit them for five days.  That buys a lot of fucking croissants no?

Naturally all the information I have, is  a fraction  of what is out there.  Therefore it is incomplete, however, Yes, I’d say that it looks as if you Muslim people are paying the price for being what you are, dating back centuries. You are being wiped out, or at least a concerted effort to push you to the edge of back where you came from.  Banning the building of minarets in Switzerland, the whole burka, veil issue in France, UK and lord knows where else is designed to drive you over the wall and to stay there, until if and when your time comes again.

Photos: Azeem Bass