Ear Conditioning 23 – The Lash Out

Tonight’s transmission contains the following ingredients:
Jneiro Jarel, Gonjasufi, The Bug & Roger Robinson, BLK KJS, James Blake, Boards of Canada, Dodge Vyrus, Jah Stitch, Africa HiTech, King L Man, Flying Lotus, Bugskull

Did I leave anything out? I may have done, but I have no problem showing you the contract.

Tune in via Sunhole dot net, 22h00 GMT (Tenerife/London Time y’all)

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.

Transmission 7 – That Which Death Cannot Destroy

The title for this week’s transmission is the title of the new album from Mutamassik, which was released/unleashed yesterday.  I may be wrong, I think you can download from her RoughAmerica website.  Egyptian breaks, emphasis on breaks, stings, percussion, bells, audio snatches from the radio, tension, suspense,  elements of Ennio Morricone, crunched beats, scratched fragments coming at you from left, right, and head-on.  Mutamassik is on her own path, avoiding a path that has become somewhat well worn as of late.

The Gaslamp Killer is a big fan of the Finders Keepers label, hence when approached to do a mix with the first twenty releases of the label, it was pure joy.  The catalogue is perfect for his psychotic/delic/out there  pallet.

If your a fan of King Midas Sound, Dokkebi-Q may interest you, as both groups share the vocalist that is Hitomi. Dokkebi-Q is rough digital noise steppas business, well Goibbledygook anyway.

A personal situation has directed me to have The Bug and Wayne Lonesome’s  Fuck Y-Self on rewind this past week. The opening salvo is perfect.

I must admit I had my head elsewhere when the first Wu Tang album dropped, although I did get onto several of the individual projects, and when time came for the second Wu album, I was already to step to the London concert that was planned around the release date.  I think a work conference kept me away from the gig, but I didn’t miss anything as only a couple of the members showed up.  Anyway, if you haven’t already, you must check the Wu Tang meets the Beatles mash up.  No, it’s not as bad as it sounds, or rather looks like with words.  The man who did this put time, thought and effort into it, and it ain’t no cheap bullshit thing.  Using obscure Beatles material and cover versions, this is a project EMI would love to have done themselves. Available via free download at this spot You can read about it here And, while your at it, check the MF Doom stuff  that TC remixed.  It’s on the money. UPDATE: I guess due to the popularity of the Wu Tang / Beatles thing, Apple Corp. and / or EMI have got in touch, and it’s no logner available….well, not through Teasearecords.com

Filastine returns from a cleansing period to drop an EP of mixes from his Dirty Bomb release.  Extra Dirty Bomb features Deep Throat X, Cardopusher, Jahcoozi, and Maga Bo among the cast of collaborators.

Ear Conditioning – Transmission 7 will be broadcast tonight on Sunhole Radio at 22h00, and then next week Tuesday 21h00 and Saturday  20h00 at Radio Norte 89.4FM

  • James Blake – Air & Lack There Of  (Hemlock)
  • Dokkebi Q – Gobbledygook (DokkebiQ)
  • Unknown Artist – Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me (Sublime Frequencies)
  • The Gaslamp Killer Mixes Finders Keepers – Tracks Three & Four (Finders Keepers)
  • Filastine – No Lock, No Key featuring DJ Collage (Post World Industries)
  • The Bug featuring Wayne Lonesome – Fuck Y-Self  (Rephlex)
  • RSD – Murderation
  • Matty G – 50,000 Watts / Loefah Remix
  • Zomby – Spliff Dub / Rustie Remix (Hyperdub)
  • Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program – Dishwater
  • ODB & Kelis – Got Your Money from Wu Tang vs. The Beatles (Tea Sea Records)
  • Manusa – Black President
  • Massive Attack  – Paradise Circus featuring Hope Sandoval / Gui Boratto Remix (Virgin)
  • Mutamassik – DounDoun/The Crux (Rough Americana)

High like Otis

Magnus Muhr
Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr creates  like no other, as you can see from above.   Yes, he finds inspiration in the simplest things.  How come nobody ever thought of this before?  Go on Magnus.  Maybe I like this series so much because I have recently come across a great way of killing flies when they enter the kitchen.  Using an empty plastic water bottle.  Got this theory that the impending doom of the clear plastic bottle isn’t detected until it’s too late, unless I’m a bit slow.  I’d estimate the kill rate is about 95%.  It’s not known if Magnus put his models into early retirement, or if they died from natural causes.

And now sports….I was digging through some of the six cd’s that Leila gave me after her appearance at this years Clandestino Festival.  Included are dialogues on art by such illuminaries as Dali, (and others…can’t read the writing on the cd’s sorry,)  Also among the pile was a track that El-P used for his Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixx2, it’s by Modeselektor, and my man El-P added vocals and some El-P sonics to the track for his mixtape version.  Surprised the hell outta me believe.

New joints this week, come courtesy of the second installment of the Beat Dimensions series.  It’s got the likes of Dorian Concept, Ras G, Samiyam, Mike Slott, Nosaj Thing and Busy doing their thing.

Priming up the ears for the release of new material from Tom Waits, his label, -Anti have made several live tracks available for download, head over to www.tomwaits.com for what you need.

One of the highlights for me and others I know at Womad Las Palmas a couple years ago was Justin Adams, yes he the guitarist with Robert Plant and producer of the latest Tinariwen albums.  I believe he was supposed to perform with Judleh Camara, but visa problems I believe put a spanner in that idea, so Justin and his percussion partner knocked off a set of blues centered improvisation.  For this years Womad Las Palmas, it’s all set to go with Justin and Judleh booked to perform tracks from their new collaborative effort.  If your in the area, make an effort to catch the set if UK/African blues strokes your fancy.  Other artists confirmed are viewable on the Judleh link above.

Ear Conditioning – Take you high like Otis

  • Barry Adamson – Preface (Mute)
  • El-P – Tasmanian pain coster [Instrumental] (Def Jux)
  • Tom Waits – Get behind the mule (-Anti)
  • Dub Colossus – Negus Dub (RealWorld)
  • Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara – Fulani Coochie Man (RealWorld)
  • Massive Attack – Splitting the atom (Virgin)
  • Busy – Ecleptic Armilla (Rush Hour)
  • Modeselektor – Title Unknown
  • James Blake – Air & lack thereof (Hemlock)
  • Shape of Broad Minds – Raiders of the lost mix (Lex)
  • Filastine featuring – Como fugitivos (Soot/Jarring Effects)

This week’s program is ‘earable at Sunhole, repeated weekday mornings at 11h00.

Planet Radio is undergoing some program changes, so not sure what the deal is there, I’m sure they’ll let me know what a gwan in the distant future.

Ear Conditioning – Left side of the brain


Photo:  What you see may not be real – Chen Wenling

As summer gives way to autumn, it’s only right to kick things off with Scanuppia, a track from latest album of recordings by Chris Watson. Here he records natural sounds in the Alpine region of Italy.  The results are very much of the forehead-raising variety, quite a surprise at what can be recorded in temperatures of -25 degrees. Great samples too! It sits well with my new find of the week,  James Blake / Air & Lack Thereof.  A seemingly gospel sample, ‘Calling heaven and hell’ sitting on a bed  of  electronic buzzes flying through the air, a whiplash snare, an inviting melody and bass.  Also on the bass tip this week is RDS, ‘Forward Youth’.  RSD is Rob Smith of Smith and Mighty fame, so you know it’s legit.

My rewind champions of the last couple of weeks, Obba Supa, recorded a Gilles Peterson radio session featuring music from Floating Points, and with seeing the name several times I had to check to see wha’ g’wan.  A day later in the inbox from the promo kings, All Young Kings, was the new ‘Vacuum’ ep from Floating Points, so I am sharing this with the listeners.  Hammond organ, skip hop beats,  jazz brushes, techno sensibilities  in one package.  Also more Obba of course.

Techno.  I love the original Detroit stuff like Mayday, Kevin Saunderson, moving onto Stacey Pullen, the European hijacking of Techno was natural to a degree, but on the whole, naff for my ears, and when somebody me says ‘Techno’ I get all weird.  Maybe because they generally mean that Euro shite.  Anyway, back to the goodness, Underground Resistance, well, I have to give them props 100%, even if I don’t like the majority of their tunes, I’ll buy ’em just to support them for their political stance.  I heard Codebreaker, and it was immediately in the crate.  Beeps, seeping gases, 909s, shakers percussion and gorgeous pads got me good.

Everytime, well, to be honest, three of the four times, that I’ve played Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Ebo Lala’ at my Txola sessions somebody has moved their lips in a way that makes me think they are saying “What is this?”  The thing with dj’ing with mp3s, is you can’t show them the cover.  Luckily I’m an old skool fucker, so I have the vinyl that I can show the cover while cueing up the next slab with my other hand (talented eh?)

Next Txola session is this Friday, entonces para ellos aqui en el norte de la isla o cerca, venga!  Did I tell you that Txola was listed in the El Pias newspaper as one of the best 50 clubs/bars in ‘Spain’?  If I didn’t, I just did.

Over to you.

Ear Conditioning – The left side of the brain

  • Chris Watson – Scanuppia (Sound Threshold)
  • Elixir – Trapdoor to another world (Quartermass)
  • James Blake – Air & lack thereof (Hemlock)
  • Fandango, Duende y Taraf – Title Unknown
  • Mulatu Astatke – Ebo Lala (Soundway)
  • Bebel Du Guetto – Beijo na Boca
  • Bulat Project – Title unknown
  • Onra – Last Tango in Saigon
  • Obba Supa – 2am but not (Project Moon Circle)
  • Guilty Jackson – Coroners Music (Stones Throw)
  • Dorian Concepts – Fort Teen (Kindred Spirits)
  • Underground Resistance – Codebreaker (UR)
  • RSD – Forward Youth (Punch Drunk)
  • Floating Points – Argonaut (Eglo)
  • Chris Watson – Cima Verde (Sound Threshold)

As usual, this weeks edition of Ear Conditioning is available at the following locations:

Tonight / esta noche (Tuesday / martes) 22h00 Sunhole (Repeated weekdays mornings at 11h00)

Thursday / jueves 23h00 Planet Radio