I saw the documentary about A Tribe Called Quest a few days ago, phew, bloody brilliant.  It’s so well put together, the story, the editing, it could be released as a audio file and it would still carry the weight, be coherent. As the credits rolled, Madlib’s name appeared, and it reminded me I had this link to the Pefect Sound Forever  piece on Madlib.  It’s here.

Photo: Marcel Sison


Ear Conditioning Transmission 12.01.10

Still in the mode to wish prosperity, justice, health, love to those that thoroughly deserve it for twentyten, dos mil dies, 2010.  We’ve got two years before than Mayan shit kicks off, so let’s do it like its 1999.

Powers that be do their very best to complete fuck this up for the majority of the worlds population, but within that majority are those you in turn do their best to fight the power, fight the amnesia, fight the those that should know better, fight the racists, suppress the anger to laugh at the ignorance, oppress the oppressor, see through the deceit and return fire with whatever materials are at their disposal.

The first new program of the year presents a cut from the new Scalper album, Flesh & Bones. My former collegue in Fun-da-mental is now based in Auckland, Aeoteroa / New Zealand.  If only the immigration authorities had known what was behind the smile of Nadeem Shafi, they might have thought twice about letting into the country.  You can find him by following the trail of bloodied remains.  Flesh & Bones will be released next month.

Mutamassik is holding her own with a track from last years Commo EP.  She’s got production skills that I am in search of.

I had no idea until last week that Oh No is the brother of Madlib.   For his latest project Dr. No’s Ethiopium, think Mulatu Astatke, the Ethiopiques, Mahmoud Ahmed on the the Beat Konducta tip, and your at the right place.

Maga Bo is currently a little bit north of here, dropping his sound grenades in Portugal, Germany and Holland.  In case you didn’t feel like showing up, his Outra Terra Mix tape is streamable at his site, which is reachable on by pinching his name at the beginning of this paragraph. It’s 100% Bo-productions with input from the phat likes of  Jahdan Blakkamoore (Brooklyn), BNegão (Rio de Janeiro), Poirier (Montreal), Filastine (Barcelona), Pacheko (Caracas), Fletcher (Cape Town), Dr. Das (London), Matona (Zanzibar), Abena Koomson (NYC), Teba (Cape Town), Xuman (Dakar), Speed Freaks (Rio de Janeiro) and  many more.

Poirier releases the Low Ceiling EP  next month on Ninja Tune,  his management have been kind enough to share it with us, so we are going with the suitably titled Marathon – you have to be physical fit for dis one.

Grenouille was called in to sprinkle some of his dust on King L Man’s Red Label No. 1.

And that’s the lot radio-wise for this week.  Tune into Sunhole Radio Tuesday at 22h00 (GMT) for the shot.

Ear Conditioning – The Adventure / Transmission 12.01.2010

  • Unknown Preacher and Gospel Choir  – I am a Witness
  • Scalper – Abacus (Border)
  • Poirier – Marathon (Ninja Tune)
  • Mutamassik – 5 x 8 Cell (Run Riot)
  • Oh No – Adventure (Stones Throw)
  • Oh No – Pussy (Stones Throw)
  • Maga Bo – Outras Terras Mix
  • King L Man & Grenouille – Red Label No.1

In case you do feel like showing up, I’ll be at Txola, La Laguna on Friday, and Saturday I’ll be doing it with Famille Bou Bess and maybe other guest vocalists at Cafe Quilombo in La Orotava.  This night is a benefit for an friend of FBB who was illegally placed in prison after being charged with piloting a boat with thirty Africans without papers through the gates of European paradise.  He needs some funds to fight his case, so if your up for helping out, it would be great.  It’s only three euros.

A Boom Bap Continuum

2tall, DJ Clockwork and Kper present a decades worth of quality hip hop in a megachuck of a downloadable mixtape, yeah, it’s still called a mixtape even though tape bit of the mix ain’t been used since last week.

What’s on it?

Dilla, Spacek, Mos-Def, Co-Flow, El-P, Flying Lotus, Matty G, Loefah, Samiyam, GLK, Ras G, Mike Slott, Danny Breaks, Nosaj Thing, Group Home, High & Mighty, Shawn J. Period,  J-Zone, Lootpack, Madlib, Pete Rock, Cannibal Ox, Rdj2, DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada, DJ Vadim, Busdriver, Pharoah Monch, Slum Village, Jaylib, De La Soul+MF Doom , Dabyre, Vast Aire, Roots Manuva, Prefuse 73, The Bug, Boom Bip, Oh No, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Modeselektor, Onra, Rustie, Jneiro Jarel plus about three giga more.

Download here

Thanks to Daily Swarm for the heads up.  How goes it Todd?

Madlib + Guilty Simpson = OJ Simpson


Madlib, he’s a producer who’se shit resonates in this area.  That man digs deep for breaks to create his sound.  Pleased to know a new project is due to be released out on Stones Throw label.  Madlib teams up (again) with rapper Guilty Simpson, to present the OJ Simpson album. No references to the Juice, it’s just that Madlib’s real name is Otis Jackson, and Guilty Simpson, okay you got it now.  The first single, ‘Coroner’s Music‘ off the block that is the album is now available via among other places.
You can download  Madlib in session at Radio Nova / Paris.  A very invigorating and inspiring set, as you would expect from someone of Madlib’s calibre. It’s out there.

I’ve been in a bit of a foul mood for a couple hours, however this mix has rescued me from the blahs

Coroner’s Music hits the right buttons too, yeah?!   Disfruten.

Speaker Spazm




The trend of Autotune has not struck a like-able chord with me at all.  I fuggin’ hate it with a passion.  As soon as a track kicks in and that sound drifts up to my ears that’s it, OFF, change the channel, in a fraction of a fraction of a second.  I must however, delve further into the recent post by  /Rupture on how the use of Autotune in the Maghreb circuit is much different than that in the contemporary field that is occupied by everybody from Lil Wayne, Yeezy, etc.  Anyway, Dubterror have a new an EP out soon, and they use AT on the vocals of Horace Andy, and I think because he can sing, it’s not annoying me like AT usually does.


Generation Bass had a post last week with the words Tom Waits at the top.  So that had to be checked, and good thing too, two remixes of Mr. Waits (featuring M.I.A., Blaqstarr, Gza, The Optimist) and a Brazilian cover version.  Not bad for free huh?


It’s twelve years since the release of Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus LP.  It’s been out of print since 2006, but Co-Flo’s El-P has re-issued the album through his Def Jux imprint. 


Youssou N’dour is coming our way soon, and that is something to look forward to.  I saw him at a MOBO Awards do several years back, and he and Jill Scott were easily the best live acts on the night.  The Youssou track in this week’s pgm is a collabo’ he did with Ryuichi Sakamoto, real beauty, honestly.


Last week at Txola I dropped a zydeco version of  jimi’s Hey Joe by Buckwheat Zydeco.  Yep, that Louisiana bayou blues sound on the classics.  It definitely works.


There just aint time to be listening to shit music is there James

James is also known as Global Souljah, and he has joined the Planet Radio crew.  If your into some of what goes on hear (sic), then you’ll appreciate his program too.


Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at:

Tuesday  20h30 Radio Norte, note, they have a habit of being a week behind, strange as they are just around the corner from my house.

More dependable is Sunhole, Tuesday’s at 22h00, and repeated throughout the week.

Thursday it goes out on Planet Radio 23h00



Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Pt. 1 

UNKLE – Main Title Theme

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Youssou N’dour – Borom Gal

Gnawa Njoum Express – Kami Ni Mantara

Reggada Instrumental

Nyabhingi Poem

Toy Selectah / Hay Guey 

Mexican Instituto de Sonido / Yo digo baila

Christian Harmony – Fiesta de Campesinos

Nadsronic – Leopards

Buckwheat Zydeco – Hey Joe

Dubterror – Mr. Terror

Tom Waits – Way Down in the Hole (M.I.A. & Blaqstarr Remix)

Tom Waits vs. Gza – Round 3  The Optimist

Company Flow – Info Kill

Madlib – Lifetime (Lifeline)

Sofa Surfers -Yoyogi Uehara

Carlos Cacheq – Eu E Meu Cachorro Louco [Brazilian version of Rain Dogs]

Joe Strummer – Sandstorm