Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe


John Zorn: Peur sur la ville – (From The Big Gundown LP, Icon)
Mr. Zorn records a tribute to Ennio Morricone. Stellar list of collaborators on-board for this excursion.

Owiny Sigoma Band: Yukimwi (Brownswood)
Reminds me of seeing King Sunny Ade & His African Beats live and direct. Solid drum on the one funk.

Ibo Combo: Ti Garcon (Haiti Direct CD)
Had to buy this when recently in London, Haitian music like I never heard before. I am familiar with the Voodoo drum stuff, but the big band stuff? Never, until recently, it was a no-brainer.

Earl Sweatshirt: Uncle Al

Strange U: Strange Universe in Africa (Eglo)
“Dear Eglo Promo, I’m feeling the track, however I think it’s a bit distorted.”
Eglo Promo: “It’s supposed to be like that.”

Tricky: Nothing’s Clear (The Hard Cell, Earth Recordings)
The first time I heard Tricky, on this benefit album to highlight sickle cell disease, which is a disease known to affect mainly Afro-Caribbean-Americans, if you didn’t know.

3D & Jupiter Bonkonji: 3D on Jupiter (BattleBox)
Sparse worming synth, thudding affective kick, great vocal tone and presence.

Giganta: Is Ma Beat (Werkdiscs)
New producer from Greece, good on ya girl, keep it coming. On a 2Step vibe, I’m not keen on pitched vocals however there are a few joints on this ep i went back to a few times.

Tao: Riot in Lagos – Future Forces Inc. Remix (Language)
Mid-late 90’s output from Tony Thorpe’s Language label. Tao, originally from Japan made an album while in London, Here he tackles Ryuichi Sakamoto’s classic. Not one I’d have the nuts to tackle.

Nico: Copies (No U-Turn)
While in a studio several years ago, in walked a man who knew the engineer I was working with. It was Nico, I’d never seen him, but I had his music. “Pleased to meet you”, and I remember him getting around to saying “You liked that bass sound eh?” That mean’t ‘his bass sound’, oh yes, dark and nasty.

Charles Mingus: Better Git It In Your Soul (From Ah Um LP)
One of my early DJ partners Angus Angus, played this on his program last week, I caught the tail end of it with drum solo. I made a call, “What was that track before the Tackhead beat?”

Chris Watson: Haefest (Touch)
A regular on radio and tv, although you may not know it. Chris Watson records natural sounds, and was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, a group that introduced me to different manner of presenting and expressing music and sound.
Haefest is a cut from an album that takes its inspiration from Eadfrith, the Bishop of Lindisfarne, writing and illustrating the Lindisfarne Gospels during the late 7th C. and early 8th C. He would have been immersed in the sounds of Holy Island whilst he created this remarkable work. This production aims to reflect upon the daily and seasonal aspects of the evolving variety of ambient sounds that accompanied life and work during that period of exceptional thought and creativity.

Socos Dúo: Mariel (These Times We Are Living LP, Ear Conditioning)
Yes, our first record, coming out next month. Pleased.

Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe by D.Wattsriot on Mixcloud


Just updating my Resident Advisor page blah blah and they got an interview with Raz Mesinai, the man behind Badawi.

Badawi’s ‘Final Warning’  EP has been in my record box for a good ten years, not sure how it’s survived, but yeah, essential t’ing dat.

Great story about when he met John Zorn, who we dig here.

I met Zorn at a fundraiser for this venue called The Cooler. I was playing percussion on this wooden box that was running through a Line 6 and distortion pedals and stuff. I came off the stage afterwards and he said, “Who the fuck is this kid with that fucking box? What the fuck was that?” Just screaming at me and laughing his ass off. I was like, “Oh my god, this guy’s a prick, who’s this guy?” He had Tzitzit, which is what Orthodox people wear, but he had no yarmulka—he’s a total enigma and a wonderful guy. So I went up and pulled the Tzitzit and was like, “What the hell is this?” and everyone in the room was dead silent, like you could hear a pin drop, and he left and went to play and someone was like, “Do you know who that is?” “Who?” “John Zorn!” “Oh.”

Later on I started listening to his music and I started realizing what a big deal he was. One day he came to a show that I was doing, and he said he wanted a record. I said, “Oh, do you want a Badawi record?” and he was like, “Fuck that Badawi shit! I want something new, I just want you to explore, just go as far out as you can possibly go—just use your abilities and try to come up with something new,” so I did the record Before The Law. It was a pretty amazing experience—it changed my life.


Just Another Damn Song!

  • Frederic Galliano / Le Poussiere (F Communications)
  • Nettle meets Hrvatski / Unciviliz: Uncivilibertarian (The Agriculture)
  • Ray aka Saul Williams / Sha Clack Clack (Immortal)
  • Dodo / Iridium (Sideburn)
  • John Zorn / Battle of Algiers (Icon)
  • John Lurie / Are You Warm Enough? (Crammed)
  • Flying Lotus / Roberta Flack – Mike Slott Reflunk Mix (Warp)
  • Future Sound of London / Papau New Guinea Dub Mix (Jumpin’ and Pumpin’)
  • Bad Brains / At the Movies (Victory)
  • Bad Brains / Just Another Damn Song (Caroline)
  • Bad Brains / Attitude (Caroline)
  • Cutty Ranks meets Diplo / Dutty Six Pack (Mad Decent)
  • Hue Jah Fink / Out of Reach – Darkest Dub (Binary Feedback)
  • Cottie / Warrior Charge featuring 2Nice (Studio Rockers)
  • S.U.A.D. / Epileptic – Martyn’s No Strobe Mix (Z Audio)
  • Blackdown / Crackle Blues – Burial Mix (Keysound)
  • Q-Tip / Renaissance Remix featuring Lil’ Wayne, Busta Busta & Raekwon
  • Public Enemy / Son of Public Enemy – Flava Whop Version (Def Jam)
  • Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at the following locations:

    Sunhole Radio: Tuesday 22h00

    Radio Norte: 89.4FM Tacoronte, Tenerife: Tuesday 20h30

    Planet Radio: 99.0FM in Santa Cruz/La Laguna; 88.5FM Tenerife Norte; 99.5 Tenerife Sur Thursday 23h0oBad Brains T