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.

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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.

 

 

 

Ear Con 50 – The Puppet Show

Computer fuckries have wreaked havoc upon me, put after contributing to  Mr. Jobs’ healthcare plan, the Ear Conditioning program is back on track.  I see last week Apple announced some 6Billion dollars in profits.  I paid over £1500 for this computer, two years later I have to pay €500 to get a new motherboard.  Yes, the word mother came to mind, but ‘board’ did not come after it.

Now sports,

We cover plenty ground this week, new movements from DJ/rupture’s Nettle project, proper blues from RL Burnside, alt. blues from the Blues Explosion, contributions from William Burroughs, former engineer for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seigen Ono and his runway music for Comme de Garcons, the lord of nasty Drum and bass, Nico remixing Endemic Void, Squarepusher, Homeboy Sandman guesting with Das Racist, upcoming material from the Eglo stable featuring Mizz Beats, with the fantatistically title 2 Bit Road..it does make sense.

Ear Conditioning 50 – The Puppet Show, ‘earable tonight at Sunhole dot net at 22h00 Tenerife/London time and Friday over at eFM Student Radio Sarejevo at 18h00 CET.

Put that in your pipe….

  • DJ Food / Full Bleed (Ninja Tune)
  • William S. Burroughs / Pay It All Back
  • RL Burnside / Got Messed Up (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Hold On (Mute)
  • Seigen Ono / All Men Are Heels featuring Sussan Deyhim (Venture/Virgin)
  • Endemic Void / Lionstone – Nico Remix (Language)
  • Squarepusher / Deep Fried Pizza (Rephlex)
  • Nettle / Nakhil (Soot White Label)
  • J. Dilla / Sycamore (mpfree)
  • Wagon Christ / Shadows (Ninja Tune)
  • Sugar B / Authentic Dub Disco
  • Atticus Blues / Contemplating Jazz (Mo Wax)
  • Das Racist featuring Homeboy Sandman / I’m Up On That
  • Mizz Beats / 2 Bit Road (Eglo)
  • Andreya Triana / Far Closer – Tokimonsta Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Nettle / Red Masque Ticker (Soot White Label)

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

Schools kill Creativity

On the way back from the Urkult Festival I stopped in London for a day to record shop.  Amongst the twenty or so discs, I copped the latest release on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik label and since then I thought I’d drop Mala a brief note to say I really liked the two tracks, Silkie‘s ‘Test’ and ‘Purple Love’ by Silkie vs. Mizz Beats.

As i checked out Mala’s myspace I came across the video below.  Besides producing / dj’ing / being label manager, Mala also does social / educational work, hence the link.  It’s a brilliant, humorous speech by Sir Ken Robinson making a clear case for letting people “move to think”, that means letting children take their natural path to unleash the potential within.