Mapa Sonoro 45

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Spanish TV music program Mapa Sonoro, takes it name because it travels around the country, and it’s territories, such as the Canary Islands.  It is creating a national map of sound.  Episode 45(rpm)

Somebody had my back, El Especialista Manel, a dj based in Las Palmas, recommended me to the program producers, so the producers called me up, and we spoke about Canarian culture, my habits, daily routine etc.

The program fixed me up with Germán López from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  He plays the Timple, a five string instrument, that is very common in these parts.  It is not to be confused with the Ukelele.  I had been casually looking for a Timple player for nearly two years, and the wait was worth it.  He played one of his compositions, called Lux, a delicate melody evoking the surroundings hit my ears, and that was that.  Really keen to do a respectful remix of this asap, then get my butt over to Las Palmas for another studio session with the man.

Major thanks to the crew of Mapa Sonoro: Carola Guerreo, Roberto Herroros and Xavi Lensman.

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 1

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 2

Mapa Sonoro takes a break after the show46, but there are plans for the show to return next season.  If your into music that is made in Spain and it’s colonies, check it.


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This week’s program delves into space.

Usually the week of Womad Las Palmas the program is kinda dedicated to the festival, but change is good, so we’ll save the muesli-eating, sandal-wearing stuff for another time okay.

As I was saying, space….the result of speaking with the Bugman Martian over the weekend. We spoke of influences, gigs we’d like to witness, the death of record shops, blah, blah, blah.  Adrian Sherwood was/is a major influence on us both and the work he did on the Primal Scream album ‘Echo Dek’  is a favourite without a doubt.  Speaking of Adrian, then you have to mention Prince Far I.  Through his work with Adrian I was introduced to the voice of Prince Far I.  Yeah, he was the man too, however he was senselessly cut down over some stupidness in Jamaica. Bloody annoying, finding out about an artist, musician, writer, politician whatever, wanting to find out more, to see them live, and to find out they are six feet under…bloody annoying indeed.  But I digress…so we have more explorations from 4Hero, from the Macro Dub Infections album that Mr. Martian compiled for Virgin Records.  4Hero weren’t ones to play safe, and witnessed by their contribution, The Paranormal in 4 Forms, not your typical drum and bass fare, at all.  Which reminds me, Roy Ayers, with whom 4Hero collaborated several times will be at this years Womad Festival, so if your in the area and fancy some quality, get your butt down to Las Palmas, it’s free.

  • King Midas Sound – Outer Space (Hyperdub)
  • Augustus Pablo – Pablo in Moonlight City (Pressure Sounds)
  • Roots Manuva – Tears (Big Dada)
  • Matty G – 50000 Watts – Loefah Remix
  • Mark Stewart – Loner (Crippled Dick)
  • Salvador Dali
  • Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish – Take Remix (Warp)
  • Paul Schultz – Throat Full of Stars (Virgin)
  • King Midas Sound – Earth a Kill Ya (Hyperdub)
  • Primal Scream vs. Adrian Sherwood – Wise Blood (Creation)
  • Prince Far I – Shuffle and Deal (Blood and Fire)
  • Dr. Alimantado – Mash It Up (Blood and Fire)
  • 4 Hero – The Paranormal in 4 Forms (Virgin)
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Witness – DJ Scud Remix (Nation)
  • Prince Charming – Transcendental Expectorations (Wordsound)

This episode of Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at Sunhole Radio, tonight 22h00 (GMT), and repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 until next Tuesday.

John Peel – Dandelion Radio


In celebration of BBC Radio dj John Peel, Dandelion Radio in the UK are dedicating October to transmitting sessions by bands/musicians that had the honour to be asked to produce music for the legendary Peel sessions.

Fun-da-mental had two sessions, that I recall, there may have been one before I joined the band.
I’ve done a forty minute mix of FDM material, including a couple live tracks from the Urkult Festival in Sweden and the collaboration with Bakshi Javad Salat from Womad Gran Canaria all those years ago.  Also in the pot, tracks that inspired and motivated us, eg. Bad Brains, Public Enemy, The Clash, Sex Pistols; and there’s a few other joints.

Check Dandelion for transmission details.

Speaking of Peel Sessions, the Maide Vale studios where the sessions were recorded may be sold off according to a report in the Independent newspaper.