King Midas Sound – Image and Sound

A well put together short introduction film thing for KMS. The sound design is so apt for what they are doing.

New album, Without You, is released in early November, and it features contributions from…check this – dBridge, Kode9 & The Spaceape, Cooly G, Green Gartside aka Scritti Polliti, Mala, Ras G & The African Space Program, Kuedo, Hype Williams, Dabrye, Flying Lotus. Is that enough for ya?

Mala – Digital Mystikz / Clandestino Festival

This time last year we had the opportunity to have Mala deal a DJ set at Clandestino Festival, it was class, very very dutty. Mala is not with us this year, however you can get your ear mittens around a mix he’s done for the podcast series of Xlr8r. Download here.

As for Clandestino, it’s already kicked off with Debruit laying it down at the inauguration a couple weeks ago, with the main action taking place this coming weekend.  On-board are Susheela Raman, the destroyer Mutamassik, DJ Gavana, Baloji, French beat-maker Onra, Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Amazigh Kateb,  Hype Williams who recently signed to Hyperdub, Soom T & Disrupt (Jahtari), and plenty more.  I know I’ll see some of you there.  It’s my 50th birthday on the Saturday, so your welcome to join me, Aleksander, Karin, Nat, Gavana, Fasterpeace, JayStarSeven, The Nazarenes and the entire Clandestino crew for a drink or two.  Maybe I should finally decide what I want to do when I grow up,

Kevin Martin talks The Bug, King Midas Sound, Adrian Sherwood

 

Somebody who is influenced by Crass, Discharge, 23 Skidoo, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Joy Division, The Birthday Party, On-U Sound, SunnO))), The Bomb Squad, Kode9, Steely and Clevie and Dave Kelly can’t be that bad can they?

Up now at The Quietus, a freshly brewed interview with the K-Mart.

On ideas for the next Bug album,”….. it’ll be like The Buena Vista Social Club on crack.”

Something to look forward to.

In the meanwhile we’ll have a King Midas remix project and The Bug’s London Zoo in Dub featuring Adrian Sherwood to contend with….life’s shit innit?

Dubstep meets Scientist

Going full circle and still forward.
Lord have mercy, the dub legend that is Scientist has mixed tracks some of the top bass producerss (Kode 9 and The Spaceape, King Midas Sound, Mala, Shackleton, Pinch, Loefah, RSD)  for Tectonic. How high, low, deep, deeper still and weighty is Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space going to be?  We’ll find back end of November.

Infinite boiling ain’t gonna soften this stone.

More juice, full tracklisting at RA

Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast

With this gig coming up on Friday at El Tanque Espacio Cultural en Santa Cruz, gotta figure out what works in a space with an apparent reverb of around 12 seconds.  Regardless, it will be a space to experiment, play out somethings that don’t work it other venues.  Namely it’s a speaker issue with many venues this way.  As I may have mentioned here recently, El Guincho spoke about the lack of  respect to the whole frequency spectrum in many venues.  What we need is a Plastic People sound system.  A place to experience and hear the fullest spectrum of  the elements that producers / musicians put into what they do.

I’m still in a cloud of the Ninja Tune catalogue. Thrown in a couple more cuts from The Bug’s forthcoming Infected EP out in November.  Also dug back into some future movements via Squarepusher‘s remix of Scratch Yer Head by DJ Food, with that toothbrush sample, my god. I recall being at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, London when Coldcut’s Stealth club night took place for about a year. Squarepusher came loaded with just a drum machine and his bass.  He tore new assholes in a pleasant way for all of us present.  I think his programming was a source of inspiration not only for music heads, but also programmers and creators of music software, no doubt.  He set a mark.

The Cinematic Orchestra’s ‘All That You Give’ features the voice of Fontella Bass, who I now know was also wife of the late great Lester Bowie of the Art Ensemble of Chicago fame.  ‘All That You Give’ is her testament to her husband who passed away in 1999.  It is beautiful tear.

The forthcoming  album from The Creole Choir of Cuba was welcomed with open arms and ears.  It sounds nothing like what is generally  associated with music from Cuba.  The creative pallet is much broader than assumptions. The work of the Mighty Zulu Nation or Umabatha, The Zulu Macbeth, soaring voices free of restrictions on mind body and soul.  The Creole Choir have just been announced to perform at Womad Las Palmas.  A wish has been answered.

Another contender for Womad could be Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions.  Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label are preparing to drop a 4 to the floor, bass step stomper with frenzied horns sending you all over the place.

Tune in tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 GMT+1

Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast

Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 / Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (40Acres and a mule/MCA)
Killer Mike / Swimming (prod. by Flying Lotus) (Adult Swim)
The Bug / Tune In featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)
The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Fontella Bass / All That You Give (Ninja Tune)
Mala / Return II Space (dmz)
Christian Parenti / War on Terror
Salem / Asia – oOoOO Remix
DJ Food / Stratch Yer Head – Squarepusher Remix (Ninja Tune)
Afronaught / Work It (Apollo)
Red Snapper featuring MC Det / The Sleepness – SUAD Remix (Warp)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Scratch DVA Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Skream Remix (Ninja Tune)
Soil and Pimp Sessions / Pop Korn – WAFA Remix (Brownswood Recordings)
Los Destellos / Elsa featuring Fefe – Sonido Martines Remix
El Guincho / Ghetto Facil (Young Turks)
The Creole Choir of Cuba / Edem Chante (Real World)
Cauto / Despertar (Disboot)

Ear Conditioning 32 – Adjust the Treble and Bass

Crash, bang, wollop.  Today’s program was almost wrapped up until I checked the inbox.  Freshly minted beats and rhymes from the Foreign Beggars.  Following on from their ‘United Colours of Beggattron’ album, Beggatron REmixed 2, a package that’s pushing some weight. Detroit legend Dabrye, Om Unit, Planas (Ranking Records), Blue Daisy (Black Acre), Diverse Concepts and world dj champ and producer DJ Troubl & Dj 2 Tall. Guest vocalists include rappersJehst, Kashmere, Ben Sharpa (Pioneer Unit South Africa), American soulstress and ex – Macy Gray/Plantlife vocalist Audra Nishita and newly celebrated Graziella of Miss Frank

Starting the proceedings this week however we have Mech, a producer from Gran Canaria.  For his contribution to the program, he’s taken a classic isa and rewired the components to bring traditional Canarian folk music into the age of now.  Mech is part of the Colectivo +0 crew, who are in the midst of putting together an event featuring Mech and myself in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria at the beginning of October.  More details as they come in.

Ninja Tune are celebrating twenty years in the game, and hence they are about to release an absolutely massive box set, featuring lord knows how many tracks.  The package clocks in at around 60 tracks or something.  In line with this, Ninja are giving away a track a week via their website, hence The Herbalizer contribution, remixed by Roots Manuva, who also has his own remix package coming out next month.

Sitting on my shelf is an album by the folks that put together the All Tomorrow’s Parties.  I haven’t dug this album out in a long time, which is a crime.  Who is on it?  Boards of Canada, Autechre, Mike Ladd, Co Flow, Cannibal Ox, Prefuse 73, Tortoise for starters.  Seek and enjoy.

Without a doubt, one of the pioneers in electronic music was World Domination Enterprises.  They captured a vibe that was present in London in the late ’80’s, alongside the likes of Renegade Soundwave, Mutoid Waste Company, and that Jack Dangers produced band whose name as presently escaped me, Meat Beat Manifesto.  While recently in London, I passed by the building that used to be home for the Mute group of labels.  Mute have now moved within the offices of EMI, however the new building on the former Mute site, is now called Miller House, in honour of Mute founder Daniel Miller, how about that?!

Coming back to now, we have a track from the long player from Mala, a collection of three vinyl slabs for you to meditate on.

Well that should do you for now.

Tune in via Sunhole dot net from 22h00 GMT tonight.

Oh, in case you do feel like showing up, I’ll be at Txola este viernes desde 23h00

Ear Conditioning 32 – Adjust the Treble and Bass

Mech / Isa antigua de Valsequillo
Foreign Beggars / Asylum bound featurng Ben Sharpa – DJ Trouble Remix (Dented)
The Herbalizer / Something Wicked / Roots Manuva Dub (Ninja Tune)
Foreign Beggars featuring Dabrye and DJ 2 Tall / Gravity (Dented)
Boards of Canada / In a beautiful place ou tin the country (ATP)
Fe Mi Time / Mother Liza (Pressure Sounds)
World Domination Enterprises / Jah jah call you (Product/Mute)
Mala / Mountain Dread March (dmz)
Shoes / Saving Mr. Billy’s Soul / We Don’t Row Enough / Cosmic Clock / Which Jesus Am I / Shit / So Much For Loving You, Baby / Everything (Shoes)
Andreya Triana / Lost where I belong – Flying Lotus Remix (Ninja Tune)

Mala – Return II Space

Lining up the first DMZ release for awhile, (it is an album or a triple-pack?)  Mala (DMZ / Digital Mystikz) spends some time answering questions fired from FACT Magazine’s Joe Muggs.

Frequencies, Hank Shocklee, DMZ, Francois K,  inspiration and more get discussed in this four page interview.

FACT: Would it be fair to say you’re not about trying to kick against the pricks and fight bad things that do on, but about trying to create a zone where there’s a minimum of that exploitation and bullshit?

Mala: You can’t stop it. Even if you wanted to stop it you can’t and I think that’s a pointless battle to even entertain the thoughts of.  But that’s not for me, and you don’t have to go down that route; I think in some strange way I’ve always hoped that that’s what this whole thing can show other people that are like-minded or just want to put out their music and not worry about all the nonesense that comes with it.

Mala will be performing a set at Clandestino Fstvl, scheduled for Friday June 11 at midnight.  You know where I’ll be.

Clandestino Festival – June 11-13 2010

Lee 'Scatch' Perry

The initial confirmations for eighth edition of Clandestino Festival in Gothenborg, Sweden are:
Mala/Digital Mystikz; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with Adrian Sherwood on the live mix; TrashVanTraxx (Barcelona); Wu Fei (Bejing/NYC); Little Dragon (Gothenborg); Staff Benda Bilili (Kinshasa)
We are still finalizing the programming, however should this tempt you, early-bird tickets are available  here.