The Crooked Beat

Max Papeschi
Max Papeschi

Last week I read of William Calley’s recent apology for the massacre at My Lai back in the days of the US aggression in Vietnam.  Calley was the man responsible, and the only justice faced was three years of house arrest for the murder of over a 100 people.  Zip forward to now and the shit hitting the fan regarding the ‘compassionate release’  of al-Megrahi, the man found guilty of the Pan AM 747 bombing over Lockerbie.  I looked at the two stories, and the usual machinations ran through my system.

“How is it that there is outrage aimed at a brown man, foreigner, arab, yet the same outrage doesn’t exist when one of their ‘own’ is responsible for pulling the trigger and sending innocents into early retirement?”

Alternet provided a thorough read on the burning question.  Oh, let’s not mention oil again shall we!

As for sports, Ripley left a message here last week to say she thinks it’s a good time for music.  I would agree.  One person Ripley has commented on a couple times is Ras G.  For those not familiar with the name and the sound, he is part of the Brainfeeder crew. His manipulation of the binary codes makes me think  Sun Ra is living in his body, holding court with Coltrane and Burning Spear.  The door is open should you disagree.

Brainfeeder  also embodies the crisp beat bending likes of Samiyam, Dr. Strangeloop,  Flying Lotus, MatthewDavid and Teebs.  Within the last couple weeks another member of Brainfeeder, The Gaslamp Killer released an EP, titled My Troubled Mind. Brain penetrating drums nicely toasted and brewed lay the foundation for slightly psychotic exercises.

I know I’ve gone on quite a bit about this lot, and it may turn some people off, however, where I live, forward thinking music is a bit limited on the ground, and it is my duty to introduce and burn certain things into people’s skullboxes.  They have to know, should they want to of course.

Everybody has their take on things, has their likes and dislikes, and we share this information. The Ear Conditioning radio program is made with the people of Tenerife in mind, even though it’s available to all who care to partake. The lowest common denominator has taken hold and people settling for bullshit, weak-azz, commercial-banality with a scary ferocity.  The potential hovers around, occasionally surfacing for air before being diving back down below the radar, where I suppose it’s better place to be.

Anyway getting back on point this week we’re entertaining a thirty minute mix from Joker with further beat-led ventures.  Judging by the amount of gigs he’s got lined up for the rest of this year, people all over this floating rock are lined up to face the fire when he hits their town.

Former Cabaret Voltaire man, Chris Watson has a new CD ‘Cima Verde’ featuring his natural sound recordings available.  The sound of air moving at 3000ft is quite a thrill.

New cumbia tuneage from the Dutty Artz crew, in the vain of La Yegros, and Stereotyp, Austria’s finest measured up some weight for his Major Lazor remit.

Also in the inbox and out again for your ears is the latest production / remix work from Hashashan aka Firebomb Fritz. He’s down with the Speed Camera Shy lot.

Been working with Famille Bou Bess this week, in preparation for the Salpica Festival, and got them to drop some lyrics over a Shawn J. Period beat.  Shawn J. was the man behind the boards for some of the early Mos Def beats.  He, Shawn kinda disappeared but I believe he’s working on beats again.  Very fresh,  smooth keyboard, smokey jazz vibes, no samples used….he’s heavily against sampling.

We want Shawn, we want Shawn, we want Shawn.

Plenty of things for you to get your chops around this week.

Ear Conditioning – The Crooked Beat

  • Chris Watson – Soffi de venta
  • Cooly G – Love Dub Refix (Hyperdub)
  • The Very Best featuring M.I.A. – Rain Dance
  • La Yegros – Trocitos / Marcelo Fabian remix (Dutty Artz)
  • Gaslamp Killer – Anything Worse (Brainfeeder)
  • Wreckless Eric – The Crooked Beat (Sandinista Project)
  • Major Lazer – When u hear the bassline /Stereotyp mix  (Mad Decent/Downtown)
  • Speed Camera Shy – Blindspot by the lighthouse / Hashashan remix

Joker – £10 Bag mix

1. Joker – Solid State [Free download]
2. Joker – Do You [Dubplate]
3. Joker – Output One and Two [Dubplate]
4. Joker – City Hopper [Dubplate]
5. Joker – How Do You Like (Remix) [Free download]
6. Joker & Ginz – Re-Up [Kapsize]
7. Joker – Do It [Kapsize]
8. Joker – Psychedelic Runway [Kapsize]
9. Joker – Taste The Rainbow [Dubplate]
10. Joker & Ginz – Purple City [Kapsize]
11. Joker – Gully Brooke Lane [Terrorhythm]
12. Joker – Retro Racer [Terrorhythm]

  • The Gaslamp Killer – Ruskie Electric (Brainfeeder)
  • Famille Bou Bess Freestyle

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape

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The release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi sure has kicked off a political stink.  All the fuss being made, chah!

The USA has forgotten that it’s a primarily ‘Christian’ nation, and therefore should forgive and move on.  Yeah, I know, I’m dreaming.

The US families of the Pan-Am victims are somewhat pissed, however it’s strange that the majority of the British victims are looking through a completely different set of glasses, and feel that something in the case against al-Megrahi stinks.

As you may recall, originally, the perpetrators of the bombing were thought to be of Palestinian origin, and the bombing was retaliation for the US shooting down an Iranian airliner, that took place six months prior to the Lockerbie incident. All 209  pepople on-board were killed instantly after being hit by two sea to air missiles.  The crew of the US Navy ship that targetted the Iranian airliner were rewarded with medals upon their return home.

al-Megrahi has been returned to Libya on ‘compassionate grounds’ and was welcomed home by a couple thousand people.  He didn’t get a medal, and he’ll most probably be dead by the years end.

The USA, for it’s survival it evades and is resistance to justice, escaping moral servitude.
Sometimes you have to take it even though it hurts. Sure you don’t like the taste, but that’s what happens when you fuck with people. It’s called blowback.

And now sports:

Ooh, did ya see the news that Flying Lotus is on the way to completing his new album for 2010 release? He’s also done a remix for Shafiq of Sa Ra. I dropped some of his tunes in last weeks program, you may recall should you be tuned in to what goes on in these parts.

Also due for release between now and then is the debut long player from King Midas Sound. An email exchange with the King Bug-man, Mr. Martian held information that he has just mastered the album over the previous two days.

Exciting times ahead indeed, keep those ears pinned back and on the ready.

Back to now, also lined up for travelling the high-speed cables, fibre-optics and FM airwaves, is some of that old time, new release material from Jahdan Blackamore, produced by DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadatek.  Yes, them two responsible with a few more co-horts for what is known as Dutty Arts.  The dubplate skit is tops, “What’s name of your sound?”  asks Jahdan, in reponse to the question if he voices dub-plates.  Man sound called, Moonrakerinternationalsuperficalifimarshalnopartialsoundsystemcentipedecoxmanboozemandrunkard.

Jahdan and Matt Shadetek also make an appearance in the mix from Spoek / H.I.V.I.P.  Spoek’s been a vry busy man this year, churning out mixes and productions at quite a feverish rate.  Shame on me.

After  remixing Amy Swinehouse, Bloc Party, Roots Manuva, Prince Fatty and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry  (did I miss anybody Tony?) The Moody Boys return to their own material with Freedom Dub.

Also returning to the fray are Breakestra.  Their new album will surface next month methinks.

As mentioned in last Friday’s post, The Sandinista Project was made available as a good quality download for the first time.  The Lothars version of The Call Up is on it’s own. Like the Kode9 and The Spaceape reworking of  ‘Sign of the Times’ , the only reference to the original is the lyrics, the music totally original, and so is the vocal delivery, which rides on a skanky hopping kind of rollercoaster theramin rhythm.

There you have it, plenty to get your ears around for this week.

As usual, Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at the following locations and times:

Sunhole Radio – Tuesday 22h00 GMT  (Repeated weekday mornings 11h00)

Planet Radio – Thursday 23h00 GMT

Radio Norte – Uh, they’ve gone on holiday, so forget them for the time being.

Ear Conditioning / Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape Program

Ras G + The African Space Program – Behind the sun (Brainfeeder)

Breakestra featuring Chali 2Na – S’posed to be  (Strut)

Onra – Live from Hue (Bo Bun)

Jahdan Blackamore  – Dubplate for Moonshine (Dutty Artz)

Jahdan Blackamore – Like This  (Dutty Artz)

The Moody Boyz – Freedom Dub (Studio Rockers)

Famille Bou Bess vs. Flying Lotus – Melt the place.

Spoek Mathambo – H.I.V.I.P. Unied States of Ayobaness Mix

  • Spoek Mathambo & So Called Friend – Fever (Hostage Remix)
  • Crazy Couzinz – Bongo Jam  –  (Bokbok  & L-VIS1990 REFIX)
  • Alcapoem – Akuse
  • Sunship feat. Warrior Queen – Almighty Father (Solid Groove Remix)
  • Matt Shadatek – Wonton Garden
  • Spoek Mathambo, Jahdan Blackamore & 77 Klash  – Dem no Like It
  • La Roux – Bulletproof (Foamo REmix)
  • Foamo – Wardance
  • Lyki Li (BURAKA SOM SISTEMA) – Dance, Dance, Dance
  • Kasi House Mafia  – Bitch Made
  • DJ What What – Dreams
  • Red The Homeless GFunk Beatbox – I’ma tell your mama on you

Oleg Kostrow – Do0-Little Love

The Lothars – The Call Up (Sandinista Project)

Radiohead – These are my twisted words (Dead Air Space)

Flying Lotus – Auntie’s Harp  /  Rebekah Raff Remix (Warp)

(Warp)