Brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal

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I normally take a recorder to capture dj sets, however there is always something falling foul of the correct alignment of the planets: forgetting the press the record button, running out of juice aka batteries when the power cable is too short to reach the socket….there is always a crap reason.  The run of DJ session’s this year has been memorable for more than a minute, from the Las Terasitas beach in Santa Cruz, Mojo Club in Las Palmas, GCMN at Druga Godba Festival in Llubljana, Clandestino Festival, Micromusic TEA, the Keroxen do’s in Tenerife and in Los Jameos del Agua, Womad Fuerteventura and all points inbetween.

Inspired by and for those that turned up throughout the year, and also the people behind the voices or stories and artists contained within.

Ingredients: Guantanamo Stories from Shaker Aamer, recently released from the Yankee enclave in Cuba; political discourse and opinions from Yanis Varoufakis, whose book The Global Minotour has got me wrapped up.  Also some news from Palestine / Occupied Territories via Electronic Intifada. The Arabic discussion before that piece, is taken from a documentary about divorce in Iran.

Regarding the music and sound, contributions from the likes of Batida, Maga Bo, El Mahdy Jr. Kink Gong, The Bug, Kode9, Stereotyp, Tupperwear, Morgan Craft, KingLMan, Kiki Hitomi, Mohammed Al Madloul, Waipoo Petchsuphan, Public Enemy, Stock Hausen & Walkman; MF Doom, SK Simeon, Machinedrum, Oh No, DJ Vadim, Sol Monk, Fun’da’mental, DJ Spinn, Danny Brown, Muslimguaze, Rootsman, 16 Bit vs. Dj Leo, Manolo Viera, Job Ledesma, Mizz Beats, Jeru The Damaja, Nochexxx, Sensational, Walter Gross, theUnderachievers, The Beastie Boys, Audio Two, Gil Scott Heron, Namebrandsound, Source Direct, CDM, and RP Boo. There could be several names missing, hope it doesn’t hurt.

Click here or on the image above to get to it.

First DJ set of 2016 to be announced soon in Madrid come early Feb., with an appearance on RNE.  More as it happens. Hasta pronto.  All the beats, and thanks for tuning in.

PEace.

 

 

 

Beyond Digital

DJ/rupture, Maga Bo, lensman John Francis Peters  and crew were in Morocco in June, working on a project delving into the rhythm of life there, slightly more in-depth than simply trying the local beer. We are dealing with what goes behind contemporary Moroccan music.  /rupture is about the only person I can deal with regards to Autotune, I ain’t got time for it, however in this case……

More on the Beyond Digital project at Fader Magazine

Ear Con58 – Ear Invasion

Ear Con58 – Ear Invasion
This uzi weighs a ton.

Why?

‘Cos within the allotted sixty minutes, for your ears, hearts and minds we present newness from Débruit, Maga Bo, Obba Supa, and Jeremiah Jae. (I’ll post more details about Maga Bo’s new EP within the next couple of days)

Old-time music from Robert Crumb’s collection, that be Paul Specht & His Orchestra.

Good ole dutty funk from Funkadelic.

Reggae vibes from Horace Andy, Barry Brown and Dr. Alimantado.

Plus curveballs from Gaslamp Killer, Black Chow, El-P, Jeremiah Jae, den5hion and Primus

Is that good enough for ya?

Going out via Sunhole Radio 22h GMT tonight and on Saturday 16h-18h CET via The Magic Show at eFM, Sarajevo.

Obba Supa / Arabian Shesha (Chakra Sounds)
Calle 13 / John El Esquizofrenico (den5hion remix)
Katakresis / La Cumbia Malvada
Funkadelic / Red Hot Mamma (Westbound)
Paul Specht & His Orchestra / That’s What I Call Sweet Music
Horace Andy /Talk About Zion (Blood & Fire)
Barry Brown / Natty Roots Man (Blood & Fire)
Dr. Alimantado / Mash It Up  (Blood & Fire)
Black Chow / Danger (Jahtari)
Maga Bo / Ransom – Timeblind Mix (Senseless)
Maga Bo / Gondar (Senseless)
Débruit / Turkish-ish (Civil Music)
RJD2 / Silver Fox (Def Jux)
Jeremiah Jae / Kings Bop (Brainfeeder)
Primus / Los Bastardos (Interscope)
Obba Supa / Yumm Yumms (Chakra Sounds)
DJ Vadim / Terrorist – Gaslamp Computer Killer Remix (Ninja Tune)
El-P / Lab Rat Bravely Escapes Only to Crash Into the Gates (Def Jux/Gold Dust)

Ear Con 57 – Electronic Waltz

Mix up, mix up.

Jumped all over the Kode9 mix for the Essential program on BBC and the xlr8r give-away that i linked to yesterday.  Extracted the Kode9 produced joints from the forthcoming second album from he and The Spaceape.

Also this week, new material from one of the best loved Canarian bands, Las Ratas.  Known for their rap/rock direct assault, they have upped their game by producing a ‘rock opera’ based in the nearby Western Sahara.  The new work,‘Sahara 1975’ tells a story of friendship and love between two young men who is torn by the exodus of the Spanish after the invasion of Morocco on the Saharan territory, in the historical event that became known as the ‘Green March’.  Flamenco guitars, pianos, violins, subtle electronic touches provide beds for a fine cast of vocalists,  such as Luis Morea, Andrew Mollo, Javier Ruibal, Ivan Mura, Julio Tejera, Alfredo Llanos, Elisa Falcon, Olga German.  This is such a leap I think they have left most bands behind by some serious mileage.  It’s a work of tremendous determination, ten years from initial concept to completion.

Finally, somebody produced some instrumental hoip hop with some cumbia flavour, his name is Katakresis, you can sample his free goodies at his soundcloud page, which is below, here his name is in the playlist. He’s also done a refit with a Mos Def acap’ that was floating around recently.

If you tune in and hear some ‘housy 4×4’ stuff, that’s most probably the African Government tune by Mr. Raoul K. Simple and effective I think.

That’s enough scribbling for now, time to eat, later.

Ear Con57 – Electronic Waltz

  • Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 2 (Rough Americana)
  • Las Ratas / Title unknown (Creativa Canarias)
  • Seiji / Second Nature (Bitasweet)
  • Maga Bo feat. Teba / Abaphantsi  (Soot)
  • Tha Greensella / Represent (CIAfrica)
  • Mr Raoul K / African Government
  • The Dirtbombs / Bug in the Bassbin – Kyle Hall Remix (Scion A/V)
  • Katakresis /La Cumbia  Malvada
  • Junip / Always – Prefuse 73 Remix (City Slang/Mute)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (Odd Future)
  • Hodgy Beats/ Laxin featuring Ace Creator (Odd Future)
  • 40 Winks / Sales over soul (Project Mooncircle)
  • Kode9 / Essential Cuts
  • Kode 9 & The Spaceape featuring Cha Cha / Time Patrol Dub (Hyperdub)

 

Tune in via Sunhole tonight 22h00 GMT (repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 GMT)

Saturday via The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Studentski Sarajevo 16h00-18h00 CET

Ear Con 27 – Don’t Spit Here

When in London a couple weeks ago, getting prepped for the Fun-da-mental – Taqwacore gig, the local council where FDM head-honco Aki  Nawaz and many a man from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan live,  has embarked on a program to highlight the ‘nastiness’ of spitting pan, the equivelent of chewing tabacco.  Anti-pan spitting propaganda competes with the beautiful sari’s for your attention.

A day after returning home, the “King of Ghetto-Tech” Maga Bo came to Tenerife on his way to  the Fuerteventura en Musica festival.  One of the digital gifts he dropped on me was the Audiofile Collective’s ‘Do Not Spit Here and There‘  project.  If you’ve never been to the Indian sub-continent, this CD is a very good  Lonely Planet audio guide.  If you have been to the Indian sub-continent, it’s  a very good  audio photo –  field-recordings of prayer calls, dhols, traffic horns, markets, radio scans, airplanes, discussions, cinema audiences and the like neatly mixed, like twenty-four hours compressed into 30 minutes, Chris Watson style.

A healthy portion of ‘Do not spit here and there’ take up the opening of todays program. The Kominas, with whom we shared the Meltdown festival stage come in with their edgy take on matters.

As usual, being in London meant meeting up with Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin at Sounds of the Universe, before it was ‘tart o’clock’.  At Sound…we delved into re-pressings of Ruddy & Redeye Original Sounds 7’s, like Wayne Marshall’s Gunshot, and Errol Bellot’s What A Wonderful Feeling.  I also picked up one of the first  tunes I recall, U-Roy’s ‘Welding’.

Tody’s program also opens it’s doors to The Dead Kennedys’ Kill The Poor, Cutty Ranks, Kode9, an exclusive from Adrian Sherwood featuring Congo Ashanti Roy and the late Mikey Dread inna bass-heavy drop – Blackanized from Glasgow with ‘What a G’waan?’;  Ricky Ranking with his first outing for Roots Manuva’s Banana Klan label….oh speaking of Roots Manuva, The Bug gave this head a blast of a couple tunes from the version album of London Zoo, and yes, finally the long desired pairing of Roots and The Bug will come out soon.  Oh check this too, Public Enemy remixed by The Bug.  Yeah, that’s right, now your panting like the cats outside my house that are in serious heat.

Also kicking the stuffing out of weak speakers is Timeblind with the environmentally sound Rastabomba, giving a discourse on the use of solar panels and other The Man trick you to using dere tings when all the goodness is here all about, and how dem/we pollute all de wata, unnastand?

Hopefully you’ll dig it, tune in via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 tonight

More as it happens

1 Speed Bike – Pashto Translator Required

I saw a 7″ on the Broklyn Beats label several years ago, with the name 1 Speed Bike, I think it was Manjeev that put it in front of my eyes, yeah, it was Manjeev when he was dealing over the counter at  Rough Trade Portobello Road.  “This is by the drummer for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, it’s fucked up, noisy, glitchy..”

Bought it.

Caught up with 1 Speed through a bounce over to Maga Bo’s site yesterday.

1 Speed Man (aka Aiden Girt) has an album reflecting Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

What is this war? They claim it’s to liberate woman and to fight drugs and terrorism but woman are worse off then under the Taliban and opium is triple and you can’t win a fight against a tactic. Anyways Osama Bin Laden used to work for them, like Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein, who will be next? Maybe its just to punish Afghanistan for being a mess because its been fucked over by other countries? So lets fuck them over too? People do fucked up things in Afghanistan, they hate woman and aren’t tolerant of other religions. We hate woman and anyone who isn’t christian so let’s bomb ourselves? Why do we only hear about Canadian soldiers dying? Why doesn’t the CBC report on how many Afghanis we kill every day? Do we ever kill any? Are we not very good soldiers? Does killing people get in the way of trying to save them? We don’t give a fuck about Afghanistan or Somalia or Haiti or Yemen or Ethiopia or Colombia or any Native Reserve in this country, of course not, no one in charge of this country cares about anything except making money and keeping power. And most people not in charge don’t care about anything beyond getting laid, making money, buying stupid shit they don’t need and pulling weird power trips on those closest to them. So fuck you too. Oh by the way, fuck your yellow ribbons, it’s a volunteer army, you take your chances, those bumper stickers are just a distraction. But what the fuck is wrong with us? Why do we let this go unopposed? Why aren’t we out there in the small town high schools talking to kids, the ones that the Canadian Army is out there recruiting? Why aren’t we out on the streets and malls about this?

Download the album , Pashto Translator Needed by pressing on this

Ear Conditioning 12 – The Endemic Void

This is the tracklisting for the program that was transmitted yesterday at Sunhole dot net. The program is repeated weekday mornings at 11h00, so it’s there for the week.

  • Black to Comm / Void (Type)
  • Moussa Doumba / Keleya
  • Dub1 / Sound of Trumpet
  • Gonjasufi / Kowboys and Indians (Warp)
  • Rubberoom / Space and Time
  • Mos Def / Universal Magnetic  (Rawkus)
  • Fauna / Piratas del Zanjon – Frikstailers remix
  • Mutamassik / ElGabbaraNox (Rough Americana)
  • Filastine / Batalha (PostWorld Industries)
  • ASC / Porcelain
  • Cooly G / Love Dub Refix (Hyperdub)
  • Flying Lotus / Heat Wave 2 – (Blu Jemz Beat Machine)
  • Wesley Willis / The Frogs (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  • Bad Brains / Banned in DC (Caroline)
  • Bad Brains / Supertouch (Caroline)
  • Bad Brains / Jam (Caroline)
  • Mighty Zulu Nation – King L Man Mix

Ear Conditioning 11 – Foreign Affairs

Begin:

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.

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.

How to devalue music…

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Have been in contact with Fritz Catlin recently,  He be one of the founders of the legendary 23Skidoo.  

Legendary, a word that many say has been overused when applied to contemporary music.  I’ve checked, it’s definitely okay to use on this occasion.

Fritz sent two cd’s, one of his recent project with bassman Mike Joseph, called The Skintologists.  It’s pure straight-up dub.  The other cd, loaded with 147 tracks of all shapes, blends, and sizes.  The accompanying note read  “How to devalue music?  Give enormous amounts away at once.”  Reefer tunes, classic dub, dancehaul (sic), hip hop, Indo-jazz fusion, Alice Coltrane, Mutabaruka, Roland Alphonso, phew!

For this week’s program, some of Fritz’ selection is intertwined with the following –  Taslit – Laârbi Ihini from the Manouâat Amazighia Vol.2 that I copped in Agadir a couple weeks back.  Also joining in, we have  ‘lectro-synth bass frequency newness from the Hyderdub label, ‘Wind It Up’ from Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith;  Hackman, new on the scene from our friends at Studio Rockers, who will be releasing a three track EP from this 19 year-old producer.  

Cessa, of whom very little is known, except they produce music that embraces the goodness, roots and electronica. Listening to it now, the 4/4 beat reminds me of a tune by The Drum Club that I used to rinse.  That makes sense now, as music from 15-20 years past always seems to have a certain influence on a percentage of current producers.

Back to now, stepping up  is the sound recordist / mini-documentary maker,  the Sao Paolo based producer  Maga Bo.  His second album on Soot, Archipelagos is out now.  By the way, Maga is now booking dates for a European tour in November, and he’ll be doing his thing at Womex in Copenhagen, so any promoters reading this,  check him out, give him a shout if you need some of that Transnational Bass to warm up your cockles before winter sets in.

Anybody remember Culture Club’s ‘Murder Rap Trap‘? it’s on the b-side of ‘I’m Afraid of Me’ featuring Captain Crucial on the MIC. Love that tune yes, had to drop it last week at Txola.  When a guy asked me “What tune is this?” (in spanish of course) I produced the sleeve, and he thought I was taking the piss.  It happens every time.

This week’s program can be heard from tonight at 22h00 at Sunhole Radio, (then repeated weekday mornings at 11h00).

Thursday it’s the turn of Planet Radio, at 23h00, and next week Tuesday 20h30 at Radio Norte 89.4FM.  Radio Norte are a week behind when broadcasting the program, which means you can catch Taliesin vs. DJ Rodrigo tonight, if you missed it last week.

Thanks to all singers, players, listeners, readers, promoters, visitors, people dem in the crowd.