Ear Con96 – Hello Darkness

Ear Con96 – Hello Darkness

This is a bit of a hangover from sets over the last couple weeks, got some jams that just wouldn’t let go.

Morgan Craft / A Cycle of Seven 3 (circle of light)
Omar Faruk Tekbilek / Aksak – Amon Tobin Remix (5 points)
Filastine / Colony Collapse – Squeaky Lobster Remix (post world industries)
The Heavyweights Brass Band / Nueva Orleans (brownswood)
James Blake / Air & Lack Thereof (hemlock)
Scalper / Slanted (scalpermusic)
Hodgy Beats prod. Flying Lotus / Lamented (oddfuture)
Martyn / Hello Darkness (brainfeeder)
Burial / Loner (hyperdub)
The Gaslamp Killer / All Killer – Parts 1-4(finders keepers)

This edition of Ear Conditioning is bouncing out tonight at 22h GMT+1 via Sunhole dot net and on Saturday via The Magic Show, eFM Radio Sarajevo

Ear Con84 – You Know It

Ear Con84

Shigeto / Lineage (ghostly)
Deco Child / Nocturne – Crewdson Remix (ninjatune)
Young Montana? / Repetition (alpha pup)
Blackstar / You Already Knew (blackstarhub)
Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program / Lisa Bonet (ramp)
Onra / New Dynasty  (allcity)
Onra / The Arrival (allcity)
Muta / Sleepshop (king deluxe)
Martyn feat. The Spaceape / Love and Machines (Brainfeeder)
Martyn / Popgun (Brainfeeder)
Thavius Beck / Thavihaus (mush)
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer / Reannounce (ecm)
The Elements / Bumpa Riddim
Sepalcure / See Me Tell Me (hotflush)
Postman / Perfect Beat is Killing You (Postman)
Machinedrum / Door(s) (planet mu)
King Midas Sound / Cool Out – Ras G rework (hyperdub)
Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 9 (rough americana)

Broadcast tonight via Sunhole at 22h GMT+1 and Saturday 16h CET via eFM / Radio Sarajevo

Ear Con71 – is that real?

Apologies to the listeners in Sarajevo, I had this session ready for last Saturday’s excursion via eFM, however there was no innernet connection out Botnik way where I was for the Clandestino event there.

However, back on track for this week.

New material from guitarist Morgan Craft kicking off things, and closing, for that matter. Experimentation is where it is at. The XPRiMentashun continues with Ras G and Shafiq broadcasting from their way out respective corners, dabbling in radiophonics.

German label, Project Mooncircle bring the latest package of their Finest Ego worldwide beat-producer series, this time beatheads from the UK and Ireland stand up.  On it is Seagull Mansions’ ‘Survivor’ which, like Teebs,  was a cut that was included in Gaslamp Killers ‘no track info’ mixtape ‘Hell And The Lake Of Fire Are Waiting For YOU‘.  I’ve had that CD for at least two years slowly slowly the identities of the music used on it is coming to light.  At this rate, I know the complete tracklist in fifteen years or so.  Back to the Mooncircle compilation, it’s out next month, and besides ‘Survivor’, I’ve thrown in T-Wok. More to come from this album over the next few weeks fer sure.

Does Mark Pritchard ever sleep?  With his Afrika Hi-Tech project still rolling via Warp, see new remix from Scratch DVA which is floating out there rightaboutnow, the former Global Communications man steps up again, this time teaming up with vocalist Trim for a project via Planet Mu, Pritch & Trim, simple.  It’s very English, the samples have a ’60’s British comedy film strand to them, or at least to me, I could be way off, if so, sue me.  Planet Mu are on it hard, also firing the Machinedrum album into our faces.  Brilliant programming in their son.

Washington-based Dutchman, Martyn has completed his follow up to his ‘Great Lengths’ album, and for the new joint, Flying Lotus has signed Martyn up, so it’ll come with that Brainfeeder stamp, tough.

There you have it, tune in, if you don’t just please make sure your doing something ya like.  This edition of Ear Conditioning is ‘earable via Sunhole dot net at 11h00-12h00 weekdays until the new show next Tuesday, and for my Sarajevo crew, this Saturday.  There maybe a time change from the usual 16hoo, will check.  All the beats.

Ear Con71 – is that real?

Morgan Craft / A Cycle of Seven 1 (RoughAmericana)
Ras G / Black Dusty Radio (Ramp)
Shafiq / DNA – Splice Mix 3 (All City)
T-Wok / Roll Dat (Project Mooncircle)
Seagull Mansion / Survivor (Project Mooncircle)
Dawoud/ Could It Be
Cleo Brown / Title unknown
Pritch & Trim / Stereotype (Planet Mu)
Renegade Soundwave / Cocaine Sex – Bonus Beats (Mute)
Funkineven / Take Back (Eglo)
Don Drummond / Confucious
Den5hion / Tu feat. Caballo
Aurita Castillo / Chambacu
G.A.F. y La Estrella de la Muerte / Chapultepec (Foehn)
The Underachievers / Move On
Onra / Chop Your Hands (Favorite)
Machine Drum / TMPL (Planet Mu)
Martyn / Viper – Ghost People Edit (Brainfeeder)
Morgan Craft / A Cycle Of Seven12 (RoughAmericana)

Ear Con70 – Freshly Squeezed and Stepped On

90% Fresh new goodies, people have been busy busy yo!

K-Mart turned me onto the brutally raw Death Grips, then at the other end of the spectrum we have a sample of the new album from Martyn, which will be coming out via Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.  Death Grips is brilliant, boom bap beats laced with an upfront One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest sanity vocal approach.  It’s on the edge for sure.

Finally got me mittens on the Radiohead album.  Saw a post that said they were the greatest band to walk the earth, could have a point.  Also in the pot, a ten minute excursion  from Semtek, Toddla T and Roots Manuva remixed by Sebastian….hey Sebastian,  you coulda left some of Roots’ vocals in however.

Kick things off with Marsmobil, who has a release via Compost. Marsmobil is Robert Di Giola, after hearing this new thing, I will try to keep an eye and ear on him. He’s cut his teeth working alongside the likes of Roy Ayers, Dj Hell, Brain Ferry, Henrik Schwarz, Kruder & Dorfmeister. New work, ‘Black Album’ is out next month.  What I’ve heard is a Pelahm123, psychedel-funk, 70’s vibe, adventurous and trippy.

Brothers from Ottawa, Canada,  A Tribe Called Red bring First Nation love to the bass arena – up for release pronto pronto,  their official début single, Northern Cree – Red Skin Girl (A Tribe Called Red Remix),worldwide on Masalacism Records.  A Tribe Called Red consists of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and Bear Witness. The single is a powerful dubstep remix of the Northern Cree Singers’ Red Skin Girl, done in their unique and hard-hitting Pow Wow Stepstyle, a mix of traditional Pow Wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Check their Soundcloud, plenty there for you to feast upon.

Dorian Concept, a fav around these parts gave away some remixes that me had done, I can’t find the link to pass onto you, however you may find something via his FB page.

The King Tubby contribution is from the Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds compilation, put together by Stuart Baker of Soul Jazz Records, London and K-Mart aka The Bug/King Midas Sound.   If you aren’t aware of either of these guys or the Soul Jazz label, all I can is quality assured.  This 2CD package presents some of the most forward riddims coming out of JA, buffed up with contemporary channel destroyers.  Roots Manuva, Shadatek, Ward21, Dave Kelly, Prince Jazzbo, Sly an’ Christopher Birch, Steely & Clevie, South Rakkas Crew, Diplo…with me now?

Robot Ramifications EP, that’s where you will find this Native Machine track Africa, reworked by Om Unit, an esoteric exploration analogue synth driven number, bliss.

Sebastian has ripped a hell of a bitcrushing on Toddla T’s ‘Watch Me Dance’ with Roots Manuva.

Had to bring things to a smooth landing with Brenk, and a sample from his third album in three years, which drops in September. More juice on him here

Tune in tonight via  Sunhole at 22h00 London/Tenerife time to see what I’m talking about.

Ear Con70 – Freshly Squeezed and Stepped On

  • Marsmobil / Unconcious Mind Bend (Compost)
  • A Tribe Called Red / Red Skin Girl (Masalacism)
  • Death Grips / Klink
  • Dorian Concept / Game Over
  • Inverse Cinematics / 7 x 7
  • King Tubby / Fat Ting (Soul Jazz)
  • Radiohead / Little By Little
  • Radiohead / Little By Little – Caribou mix
  • Death Grips / Cut Throat
  • Raffertie / You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That (Ninja Tune)
  • Martyn / Mask (Brainfeeder)
  • Semtek / Pizza (Don’t Be Afraid)
  • Toddla T / Watch Me Dance – Sebastian Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Native Machine / Africa (Hit and Hope)
  • Brenk / Predido (Melting Pot)
  • Future Sound of London / Papau Dub (Jumpin’ and Pumpin’)

Ear Con60 – Black Sun Burnin’


Yesterday the sun was black.  It will be like that for awhile, judging by how timeless ‘Memories of the Future’ the first album by Kode 9 and The Spaceape feels.  It still resonates with the freshness upon the first encounter.  The follow up work, ‘Black Sun’ rose yesterday.  It’s a environment that is not dissimilar to that which was presented via the film ‘Children of Men’ to which Kode9, The Bug, Digital Mystikz contributed music.

Kode 9 interview from Fader Magazine

We deliberately tried to make Spaceape sound like I’ve tuned in to him on some kind of frequency from another place, like he’s transmitting from another location. That location is this fictional world we tried to create, a world after an unknown, unclassified radioactive event. The album takes place in the repercussions of this event and what it’s done to the atmosphere. The album is really about populations dealing with the ecological consequences of this radioactive event. Now, that’s not an attempt to reflect what’s going on in the world. It’s distant in the sense that it’s a fictional world, that  we don’t know where it is and we don’t know when it is. The music evoked a world that we didn’t expect and now we’re just trying to work out what that world is.

Also contributing to the sunburn this week are Badawi, who did the artwork for the ‘Black Sun’ album, Martyn, The Bug, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Youssou N’Dour, Four Tet, Scratch DVA, Vision and the Riddler (thanks for that tip Manjeev), Silkie, The Gaslamp Killer with Gonjasufi on board.  And there are a few more gems in there, finishing of with the closing track from ‘Black Sun’ which features FlyLo.

Transmission tonight via (Black)Sunhole at 22h00 GMT and via eFM Radio Sarajevo on Saturday at 18h00 as part of The Magic Show.

Ear Con 47 – Strike!

Beat labs are in full swing, came across some newness from Souleance, who is also known as Fulgeance, a beatmaker from Paris. Passarinho is kinda on the Jneiro Jarel Brazillian tip, lovely smooth vocals over a steady groove, luscious comes to mind.

A compilation of beatmakers fron Russia has arrived courtesy of Finest Ego.  I maybe behind the curve, but this cat Pavel Dovgal has got some weapons, glad to know of him.  I also pulled Long Arm from the same compilation for an outing today.

Martyn may have appeared to have gone underground, but he’s in the midst of his next album which is due to surface next year.  We have the first taste of the new gear with a single on his 3024 imprint.  Out now, two tracks, Left Hander and Shook Up.  Bass music with that Detroit Techno pad smoothness.

Contender for track title of the year.  Consider, Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On Hovercraft Only To Crash Directly Outside of Gates.  That’s a track that didn’t make the final cut to El-P’s instrumental WeareallgoingtoburninHellMegaMixx3.  It’s cop’able here.

A  crew that is on a similar beat path is Odd Future.  Great to see some offkey warped beats and lyrically absurd donuts coming out of Watts, LA.

“Try talking on the blog with your fucking arms cut off.”

Back in 1984, the UK was gripped by a fierce fight between the government of that bitch Margaret Thatcher,  and the coal miners.  The police got used by the state to do the governments dirty work, and the many parts of the media did their best to help her.  On the other side, communities that were to be affected by the closing of mines in the UK received help from all quarters.  Many musicians did what they could.  From Test Department collaborating with the  South Wales  Striking Miners Choir and releasing an album to raise funds.  Billy Bragg, The Redskins, etc. did their bit too.  Under the name The Enemy Within,  drummer Keith LeBlanc got in on the action to produce Strike, along side Adrian Sherwood.  At the time, using vocal samples wasn’t as common as it became, these guys were ahead of the curve.

If hear that sweet voice that is Horace Andy, then you know you’ve found us…..

Ear Conditioning 47 – Strike!

Transmission Time/Dates:

Tonight at Sunhole 22h00 GMT

Friday at 18h00 CET via eFM / Student Radio Sarajevo

  • Horace Andy & Naggo Morris / Heart is Gone (Wackies)
  • Horace Andy & Naggo Morris / Heart Dubwise (Wackeis)
  • Carl Bradley / Slipping into Darkness
  • The Enemy Within / Strike!
  • Pavel Dovgal / Is On Fire
  • Souleance / Passarinho (First Word)
  • Martyn / Left Hander (3024)
  • Mizz Beatz Sactuary (Eglo)
  • Earl / Couch featuring Ace Creator
  • El-P / Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On Hovercraft Only To Crash Directly Outside of Gates
  • Sunn O))) / It Took The Night To Believe (Southern Lord)
  • Pixies / U-Mass (4AD)
  • Parliament / Funky Woman (Invictus)
  • DJ Vadim / Terrorist – GasLamp Killer Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Long Arm / The Roots (Finest Ego)
  • DOOM / Green Whore Net
  • Samiyam / Catch Me Riding Dirty

Ear Conditioning 37 – Boreal Speaker Spazm

Gracias a todos Borealitos, we all made it happen.  What is takes to put on a festival is an unknown entity to the majority that attend, it’s not really their concern. “just make sure there’s plenty of beer alright?!”

For awhile it seemed that after all our work, especially that of Juanjo y Evelin – a year of planning, meetings, emails, phone calls, more meetings, up and down the autopista, from one end of the island and back again countless times in an effort to secure funding – was going to be all in vain, a big fat zero.  The cut-backs in sponsorship and financing that saw many of the long established  festivals like Eolica, Aguaviva, Mueca, Costa de Musica take an enforced break this summer.

Last year Boreal was a free festival.  The motor behind the festival, Juanjo of Birding Canarias, took a hit of well over 14,000€. This year we had to charge a little entrance fee, 8€ for a full day of various activities, workshops, stalls with everything from handmade crafts, photos, massage, ecological building materials, self-designed T-shirts, community radio stations, adventure activities.  Events like this is areas such as this, far from the metropolitan centre, don’t get many events of this nature happening, so it was even more necessary for it to happen.  Boreal 2009 ran out of beer, and so to did the whole town, same with Buenavista, you see, benefits for the local economy eh!

A big thanks to all involved, all that came, took part and supported.  People like the ‘Sauzaleros and  Teo, my  bass-making friend who made mad efforts to get there after a full day working in a bar then hoping on a bus to get to the furthest part of the island to be part of the night.  Sorry my set was a bit short, you know how it can be at festivals.

See you at Boreal 2011.

As for info for tonights set, I’m come back to it later to put in links, for now, the tracklisting:

Tune in via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 London/Tenerife time, that’s GMT+1

Ear Conditioning – Boreal Speaker Spazm

This Heat / Horizontal Hold
Flying Lotus / Kill Your Co-Workers (Warp)
1 Speed Bike / Taliban Horton Overnight Price Doubling
Anti-Pop Consortium / Volcano – Four Tet Remix (Ninja Tune)
Santigold + Diplo / Guns of Brooklyn  (Mad Decent)
Heatwave  featuring Kelis, Beenie Man, Unknown Artists
Mr. OK feat. Larose / Yaya
J*Star / Whoostar  (J*Star)
Gaslamp Killer feat. Gonjasufi / When I’m In Awe (Brainfeeder)
Barry Adamson / Snowball Effect (Mute)
DJ Shadow / Def Surround Us
DJ Vadim / Terrorist – Gaslamp Computer Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug feat. FlowDan & Killa P / Skeng – Autechre Remix (Ninja Tune)
Martyn / Brilliant Orange – Illum Sphere No.14 mix  (3024)

Ear Con 35- Different folks stroke it different

Tonight set is comprised of random bits that are in the box for upcoming gigs.  Between Friday and next week Saturday, hay muchas opportunidades para escuchar buena musica.  Tengo tres sesiones, Txola, La Laguna este viernes, sabado a Rollercoaster Fstvl, Santa Cruz y el dia 18 de septiembre, Boreal Fstvl, Los Silos.  No hay escusa. Wash away the end of summer blues.

Got some newsness via the label behind Pavel Dovgal, Obba Supa, John Robinson & Lewis Parker,  Project Mooncircle.  They have an album, titled ‘Finest Ego’ dropping next month. Chock full  of Japanese beat makers following in the footsteps of Krush, Hide, Sak. Stepping up to the boards are  BudaMunk, a.z, Daisuke Tanabe, The Astronotes, Dj Olive Oil, FERRARI, RLP, SATO, Ogiyy, ichiro_, Eccy & Himuro Yoshiteru.

My first experience of Negativland was the album Helter Skelter, featuring ‘Christianity is Stupid’.  It’s an concept album, which I’m not gonna get into right now, however it’s a brilliant cut and paste work.  More juice on Negativland? Go to the source.

Ear Conditioning 35 – Different Folks Stroke it Different

  • Wayward Soul / Different strokes for different folks (PIAS)
  • Negativland / Methods of Torture (Seeland)
  • Banda Los hijos de La Nina Luz / El Sapo – Crees Que Soy Sexy (Soundways)
  • Peter King / Shango
  • Messengers / Babylon Advisory – from DJ/rupture presents CIAfrica (dutty Artz)
  • Africa HiTech / One Two (Warp)
  • Tupperware / Exilio
  • King Cannibal featuring Daddy Freddy / Dirt (Ninja Tune)
  • Tino / Intro Latin Beats (Tino Corp)
  • Cutty Ranks, Diplo, Santigold / Dutty Six Pack
  • DJ Scud / Kill or be Killed
  • Tiga / Gentle Giant – Martyn’s Heaven REmix (Different)
  • Silkie / Cyber Dub (Disfigured Dubs)
  • Negativland / Announcement (Seeland)
  • Stacey Pullen / Vertigo (Science)
  • DJ Olive Oil / Jap Angele

22h00 London/Tenerife time

Catch it via Mixcloud

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.