Brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal


I normally take a recorder to capture dj sets, however there is always something falling foul of the correct alignment of the planets: forgetting the press the record button, running out of juice aka batteries when the power cable is too short to reach the socket….there is always a crap reason.  The run of DJ session’s this year has been memorable for more than a minute, from the Las Terasitas beach in Santa Cruz, Mojo Club in Las Palmas, GCMN at Druga Godba Festival in Llubljana, Clandestino Festival, Micromusic TEA, the Keroxen do’s in Tenerife and in Los Jameos del Agua, Womad Fuerteventura and all points inbetween.

Inspired by and for those that turned up throughout the year, and also the people behind the voices or stories and artists contained within.

Ingredients: Guantanamo Stories from Shaker Aamer, recently released from the Yankee enclave in Cuba; political discourse and opinions from Yanis Varoufakis, whose book The Global Minotour has got me wrapped up.  Also some news from Palestine / Occupied Territories via Electronic Intifada. The Arabic discussion before that piece, is taken from a documentary about divorce in Iran.

Regarding the music and sound, contributions from the likes of Batida, Maga Bo, El Mahdy Jr. Kink Gong, The Bug, Kode9, Stereotyp, Tupperwear, Morgan Craft, KingLMan, Kiki Hitomi, Mohammed Al Madloul, Waipoo Petchsuphan, Public Enemy, Stock Hausen & Walkman; MF Doom, SK Simeon, Machinedrum, Oh No, DJ Vadim, Sol Monk, Fun’da’mental, DJ Spinn, Danny Brown, Muslimguaze, Rootsman, 16 Bit vs. Dj Leo, Manolo Viera, Job Ledesma, Mizz Beats, Jeru The Damaja, Nochexxx, Sensational, Walter Gross, theUnderachievers, The Beastie Boys, Audio Two, Gil Scott Heron, Namebrandsound, Source Direct, CDM, and RP Boo. There could be several names missing, hope it doesn’t hurt.

Click here or on the image above to get to it.

First DJ set of 2016 to be announced soon in Madrid come early Feb., with an appearance on RNE.  More as it happens. Hasta pronto.  All the beats, and thanks for tuning in.





Ear Con 66 – Peace Go With You My Brother

Ear Con66 – Peace Go With You My Brother

Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson / Peace Go With You, Brother As-Salaam-Aleikum (Strata East)
John Berberian And The Middle Eastern Ensemble / The Oud & The Fuzz (Rev-Ola)
– Junebug Productions / Listen To Your World (Codek)
Argonaut / Mingus Mundana (Language)
– Ella Fitzgerald / Whatever Lola Wants (Verve)
J-Live / A Charmed Life (Coup d’Etat)
Nubian Minds / 2010 Nubian (Archive)
Samiyam / Cushion (Brainfeeder)
Finn Peters / Purple (Mantella)
Supersoul / So Real So True (Metatronix)
Stereotyp / Police and Soldiers (BMG)
Black Chow / Wonderland (Jahtari)
– Radiohead / Codex (Mojib Remix)
Willamette Singers / Pray On
– Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson / Peace Go With You Brother Wa-Aleikum-Salaam (Strata East)
– Gil Scott Heron / Parents (XL)
– Gil Scott Heron / Being Blessed (XL)
Slum Village / Go Ladies Outro (Wordplay/Virgin)

Hearable via Sunhole tonight, 22h00 GMT+1, or Saturday via The Magic Show at eFM/Radio Studentski – Bosnia i Herzegovina

Ear Conditioning 15 – Cannibal Instinct

  • Gil Scott-Heron – NY is Killing Me – 1200 Squad Remix featuring Nas (XL)
  • Amir Sulaiman – Spit
  • G.A.F. – Alien Love (Foehn)
  • Mighty Zulu Nation vs. King L Man
  • Kode9 + The Spaceape – What I See (Hyperdub)
  • King Cannibal featuring Daddy Freddy – Dirt (Ninja Tune)
  • The Micronauts – The Jag / Speedy J Remix (Science)
  • Drum Cunt – Bonnie Tyler/Snow White   (Bunkland)
  • Noisses – Crank Dat
  • Jazzsteppa – Investment  Decision  (Studio Rockers)
  • Dr. Strangeloop – Are We Lost Mammals (Brainfeeder)
  • Indigenous Resistance featuring Deeder Zaman, The Ghost – Galdino 2010 / D.WattsRiot Remix (I.R.)

As usual this edition of Ear Conditioning is available via Sunhole Radio tonight at 22h00 Tenerife/London time.

Also repeated weekday mornings at 11h00.

Ear Conditioning / Transmission 6

This is how we do for this week’s transmission.  I’ll put links in to some of the artists later, time to go for a walk before the rains start again.
  • Gil Scott-Heron – On Coming from a Broken Home (XL)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL)
  • Gonja Sufi – Ancestors (Warp)
  • Sufian Husayn – The U.N. Plan (Rapster)
  • Obba Supa – 2am but not
  • Nochexxx featuring Sensational – Smashing your System
  • Debruit – Changement
  • Flyng Lotus – 1983 / Daedelus Odd Party Dance Remix (Plug Research)
  • Slugabed – Slugabed Says….
  • Profisee and Emprom – Zoning / RVLT Remix
  • Martyn featuring The Spaceape – Is This Insanity? / Ben Klock Mix (3024)
  • Dub Gabriel featuring U-Roy – Luv n’ Liv / Timeblind Mix (Destroy All Concepts)
  • Martyn – Brilliant Orange / Illim Sphere No. 14 Mix (3024)
  • Sculpture – Rainbow Ink
  • Cannibal Ox / Scream Phoenix (Def Jux)
  • William S. Burroughs – The Cut Up Technique

This transmission will be in online at Sunhole tonight at 22h00, and will float in the atmosphere via Radio Norte on the frequency 89.4FM, next week  Tuesday at 21h00 and Saturday at 20h00

Gil Scott-Heron interview

When I was part of CKLN Radio in Toronto many moons ago, one of the highlights was being asked to be the master of ceremony for a concert by Gil Scott-Heron onstage. That really meant announcing him onstage. When the time came, I had to announce to the full house at the Bamboo club that Gil was delayed at the airport. Rumours started buzzing around the place that he was held up because of drugs, which turned out not to be the case, but I supposed one could forgive sections of the audience for believing so.

After many a year in the wilderness, he returns with a new album, out from Monday.

You can read about his trials and tribulations in an interview for The Guardian, with Sean O’Hagan, (not the Sean O’Hagan I once confused with the Sean O’Hagan of the band Microdisney)

“People keep saying I disappeared,” the singer tells me, laughing heartily, when I speak to him. “Well, that’s a gift I didn’t know I had. You ever see someone disappear? That makes me a superhero, right?”

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

“You gotta listen to your parents, their parents and their parents too….”

As you may know, the legendary Gil Scott-Heron has returned with a new album for the first time in many a year.
You can listen to it here, then get your ass down to the record shop and order it, so it arrives on yer doorstep soon as it’s released next Monday.

His lyrical bullets are still intact and on target.  The music travels through the Blues (of course), spacial minimalism, hip hop, gospel and beyond.

Welcome back Gil.