IR – Shadow Wars

Cousin It, (which is me and Sav) recently completed a remix for Shadow Wars,  the next installment of political discourse from I.R.
The following video in collaboration with EarthRitual, is based around Deeder Zaman’s contribution, “Us & Us”. Examining one of the broader themes of the song, the genocide that happened to the indigenous people of Brazil and the more recent murder of Pataxo warrior Galdino Jesus Dos Santos.  The video spotlights the activities of activists in diverse places like Brazil and Colombia to bring awareness about the case of Galdino and continuing genocide against indigenous peoples.

Shadow Wars will be released later this month.  See DubReality blog for more information:

Ear Con One O O

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What’s in the goodie-bag Mr. Wolf Watts?

More field recordings from India.  We escaped the madness and filth of Delhi, and Daramkhot was the place that received us with calm and serenity.  In McCleodganj is an area that has become a  Tibetan refuge, hence  there is a Buddhist temple there, where I recorded some 60-odd monks performing a mantra.

As far as the music is concerned, got some tunes that I bought in India in preparation for Harjinder and Mafe’s wedding party that I was to spin at.  What does one play at a Punjabi wedding?  ‘A Complete Marriage Album‘ of course.

New fresh beats are fully represented this week, with releases from Poirier collaborator Face-T, who dropped his Tuff Like Stone album earlier this year; Ill Blue with something on Hyperdub; Hot Sugar new album for NinjaTune; StayFresh grimmin’ out with ‘I Hear Ya Don’.  Leading up The Full Retard, the new joint from El-P, we’ve got a couple gems from his former group Company Flow, who incidentally just completed their reunion dates.  Apparently that’s it now for Co-Flow.  We’ll see.

End this current sound fiesta with new remix for Indigenous Resistance.  The original riddim was by Dr. Das, so the remix had to be tuff, hope you like the result.

You’ve got your monies worth for this week, later.

Monks of McCleodganj Buddhist Temple, India / Mantra
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland aka Hype Williams / Sinn Fein (hyperdub)
Thom Torke / Harrowdown Hill – The Bug Remix (xl)
Kalabat & Warrior Queen / Shooting Range (soul jazz)
Artist Unknown / Segue Bezikh – from Choubi choubi – Iraqi pop & folk (sublime frequencies)
Pammi Bai  / Boliyan – from ‘A Complete Marriage Album’ (saregama)
Face-T / Hands Up Deh, feat. Boogat (dep/universal)
Company Flow / Simple (rawkus / def jux)
Company Flow / Lenorcism (rawkus / def jux)
El-P / The Full Retard (def jux / fat possum)
StayFresh / I Hear Ya Don feat. Mayhem (stayfresh music)
Hot Sugar / The Girl Who Stole My Tamagotchi (ninja tune)
Ill Blu / Clapper (hyperdub)
I.R. Collective / Shadow War – Upright People Dem reMix- Cousin It (indigenous resistance)

Available every day this week at 11h GMT+1 via Sunhole, Saturday via eFM / Radio Studenski Sarajevo at 19h00 CET

This Land is Not For Sale

Coming soon from Indigenous Resistance, ‘This Land Is Not For Sale’.  Contributors include Dr. Das, Asian Dub Foundation, Ramjac, Visionary Underground, Fatta (Jamaica), Adrian Sherwood, and myself.  There’s also gonna be some Spanish versions packed in there also.
What is Indigenous Resistance?  It’s a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan-global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases are completely autonomous self-funded works achieved through barter, little money, but an abundance of commitment and co-operation.  Are you part of IR?
More juice here….
To the Ghost:  Hold one of dem Mark Stewart shirts for me please!

Dubversive LP

If your familiar with this page, Dr. Das and Deeder Zaman (Asian Dub Foundation), Underground Resistance, Adrian Sherwood, Michael Franti, you may be aware of their involvement with the label Indigenous Resistance.
With an ever growing army of concerned heads, the mission is to educate and inform about situations that exist around the First Nation people throughout South and North America.

Next up on IR’s release schedule is IR25, the ‘Dubversive’ LP.  Recorded and mixed in Brasil, Colombia, Mexico, Solomon Islands, Sosolakam, South Pacific, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, England, Jamaica, Germany and Canada . This is an album made with no budget, no mega studios, no A& R department, just dub people colloboarating across artificial borders, donating their time and energy to put some righteous dub into this world. There is some special visual dub in the works  in conjunction with the launch of the album with grafitti artist, Chite Yarumo in Colombia, see image above. Musical contributions from Christiane D., Benjamin Zephaniah,  Jah 9, Mad Mike Banks/UR, Ramjac, the aforementioned Dr. Das, Deeder, myself with some subtle guitar movements from Arka (Break & Culture).

Available via iTunes

More juice on IR and Dubversive here

Galdino 2010 – Sawandi Pressure

New version of Galdino 2010 by Jamaica’s Sawandi. IR24 point two  features The Ghost, Jah9, Zumbi and tapeDave.  It’s now grabbable / obtainable / purchaseable  at iTunes and Believe Digital.

Label, Indigenous Resistance will be coming with an album length remix package in due coarse.

Read more via interview with Simon Sawandi and Jah9  in The Jamaican Gleaner newspaper here

Resistance is fertile.

Heavy Heavy Load


It’s a great week for some, a shit sandwich for others. With the posi-drive in hand, there is tons of new tunes – from the Ivory Coast, powerhouse crew CIAfrica, with /Rupture delving into the hard drives to select snyth-devastating coarse dense dancehall, switch hip hop beats, pro-black fist mentality reality lyrics. Bouncing while standing firm, no holding back, stabbing fuck-me bass-lines unleashed dropping mayhem, check ‘Babylon Advisory’  a perfect example.  Our Clandestino Festival crew have a stage at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg this weekend. /Rupture’s Nettle outfit will also be gracing the stage, so too  Ras G, Rango, Mutamassik. Is that good enough for ya?  On the other stages/tents will be the likes of xx, M.I.A. the Chems, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Pavement, Mary Anne Hobbs…..yeah, you get it now,  it’s effing huge.

Mutamassik by the way has edited and produced a video for  Take the Hit from her latest album, That Which Death Cannot Destroy. Viewable here.  I don’t know what’s in the water in Tuscany where Mutamassik and her partner Morgan Craft live, maybe it has nothing to do with it, actually it has sweet eff all to do with how productive they are.  Morgan just made me aware of a round table discussion that he participated in with Matthew Shipp (Anti Pop Consortium, El-P, Springheel Jack) and Mark Lomax a Columbus, Ohio-based drummer, composer, and bandleader. In addition to leading his Trio, Quintet and Afro-Chamber Ensemble, Lomax has worked with, among others, Marlon Jordan, Ellis Marsalis Quintet, and Azar Lawrence. I haven’t finished reading all of it yet, you can start here in the meanwhile.

64meg of a King Midas Sound remix is the perfect counter to the lingering CIA rough-house with a spacious vinyl reverbed enhanced bliss zone.  CV313 handed over the files to Mr. Kevin Martin, and he in turn entered how much I don’t know into his studio mind. Roger Robinson’s Trini-‘scent vocals start the proceedings with a little discourse on what it’s like, how you know you’ve met the one. Hitomi takes over laying out the comforting arms.  Excellent use of space.

El-P’s third installment of the ‘Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx‘ series hit the streets last week, in many formats.  The physical versions have an added bonus, links to download the previous two editions that were limited to 500 cds and only sold on tour.  One of the digital versions has stems of one of the beats, so you can jack and rework to your hearts content.  Skip to Passion of the Weiss for a lengthy interview with the man.

I bought the Silkie album last week, titled City Limits Vol.1, it certainly captures and re-presses that all-embracing London ting.  The opener is an epic 8 and a half minutes, he works it. This is a gorgeous album, threatening and calming. If 4Hero started out now, they would sound like Silkie.

Indigenous Resistance come back again with a Sawandi reworking of the Galdino Jesus dos Santos track that came out earlier this year.  The bass is sitting just right, and the drums criss, and they carry the terrible story of how the vocalist met the family of the murdered Galdino, and how they showed photos of his charred body, burns to over 90% of his body.  The killers, sons of the elite basically walked, after all, it was only a ‘joke’.

This week is a heavy heavy load indeed, you have to be physical fit.

Tune in via sunhole dot net tonight at 22h00GMT, otherwise you catch the repeat same place at 11h00 every weekday morning.

More as it happens,

Ear Conditioning 11 – Foreign Affairs

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Surprises, don’t you just love ’em?  One of the joys of going to music festivals such as Womad Las Palmas for example, is the unknown.  Who are we going to see?  For the  majority of artists and festival go’ers it will be the first time encountering each other.  Chancing upon Trio Chemirani was a highpoint of going to Womad about three or four years ago.  They played early on the first day, a percussive trio, an Iranian family, a  father and his two sons, playing the zarb, a drum that isn’t technically a drum. Makes sense yes?  As the zarb is played with all ten fingers, this presents melody, as well as rhythm, dope let me tell say.

Been listening to the Gonjasufi album alot since it’s release last week.  Funkadelic, Chic, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Mustafa Ozkent and more  come to mind, and it’s still original get me?  It’s well worth the price of admission.

Last Friday I handed over my contribution to the Galdino 2010 release, which I wrote about in the previous post.  A little bit of tweaking to be done at Tuff Gong, and we are set.  Adrian Sherwood is on the case as well, so it should be a quality package, as well as a damn good cause to publicize.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry takes on Black Sabbath, then Pempi went an’ dark’d it up with a bass frenzied attack. Eh? yeah, I know.  When I dropped it at Txola last Friday, the one called Jose, was all WTF?! in my face.  Now if we can get some bass-bins in the joint, then there’s gonna be some serious trouble.  The newly-installed town-council enforced dB limiter as a right pain in the ass, so now we are only tickling people with the sound, and dat nah right.

On the subject of bass music, had to dig out Horsepower Productions, some quality pressure if I remember correctly.

The show as usual as it turns and twists, but not enough the throw you off the deep end, which maybe it should do actually.

In that case, I’ll try again next week, so for now….eat this.

Ear Conditioning (Week 11) – Foreign Affairs

  • Palestinian Radio
  • Trio Chemirani – Reng é Rāchel (émouvance)
  • Vilayat Khan – Morning Raga /Jalsaghar The Music Room
  • Portishead – Silence (Island)
  • Zinc – Faster (Bingo/Polydor)
  • Horsepower Productions – Special 131 (Tempa)
  • Maga Bo – Homeboys (Soot)
  • Reso – Channel Pressure (Civil Music)
  • Low Limit – Turf Day (Rush Hour)
  • I.R. featuring Deeder Zaman, Paxato Singers, the ghost,  Zumbi – Galdino 2010 D.WattsRiot Rmx (Indigenous Resistance)
  • Mutamassik – DounDoun (Rough Americana)
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Nochexxx – Smashing Your System featuring Sensational (Werk)
  • Other Weapons – Who You Be [Instrumental]  (Destroy All Concepts)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Iron Man Dub / Pembi Remix (On-U Sound)
  • S.U.A.D. – Epileptic – Martyn’s Remix (Z Audio)
  • Gonjasufi – Rebirth (Warp)

This transmission will be floating out there via Sunhole Radio from 22h00 GMT  tonight and maybe Radio Norte next week Tuesday at 20h00 GMT.  Sunhole also repeat the program every weekday morning at 11h00.

Update: The above program is now available to listen at your convenience via Pod-O-Matic.

Galdino 2010

Following up on the recent post regarding Galdino de Jesus Santos, a Pataxo Indian who was brutally murdered by elite sons of elite bitches in 1997, the label and activists that is/are Indigenous Resistance are releasing an EP to inform those interested, raise awareness of the situation for Pataxo and other indigenous communities in Brazil and South America in general.

The EP, ‘Galdino 2010’  features contributions from Deeder Zaman, Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound), Skip McDonald (Little Axe), Paxato Singers, Zumbi, Dr. Das, and Brendon Harding (Octave Productions).

‘Galdino 2010’ EP from iTunes at the end of the month.

I’m currently having a ginger tea/blog break, while mixing my contribition at Digital Arena studios.  Manolin is on mix duties, and Arka Medina (ex-Tropico28) on guitar.

More as it happens.