Morgan Craft – The Living Mythology

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No software was used for the generation of any sound.
All sounds made by, on, or through solo electric guitar.
Improvised and recorded live.

There is a part on this record that I ‘doubted’ the above sentence, but knowing the Rough Americana crew as I do, I believe in them and any statements that make.  “How the hell did he create that jungle break only with his guitar?” is another way of putting it. Hours, days, months of picking up his stringed instrument to delve into the vibrations that exist between one and two.  150 continuous days in the studio to be exact.

RA, Morgan Craft and Mutamassik always present their respective theories with their music, no change here, you can depend on them to be thorough, consistent and honest. If they were ever presented with a rule book but was burnt upon receipt.

“Science relies on precise mathematics to produce vibratory phenomena that is not seen as music, per se. Never trust anyone who claims that music is mathematics. I think we’ve all heard that before, time and time again, that music is mathematics, to the point where it becomes taken for granted, that music is mathematics. It’s not true. Music is not mathematics. Music can be approximated using mathematics, but will always fall short of the truth.”

Morgan Craft – The Living Mythology Bandcamp

Cover painting: Mutamassik

Rough Americana website

Update: Mutamassik will be doing a set in Berlin this Saturday.  See here for more juice

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Apologies to RA for saddling them with my 666th post.

The Ear Raid

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Mazes to the Motherlode: Brandon Locher

 

I used to fret about making mixtapes, anyone that makes them knows the deal about having to repeatedly start again due to an error committed along the way, such as the volume too high, something turned down, off, a missed cue point, take 56, uff, enough already! I stopped fretting once I remembered it’s supposed to be fun. This selection covers nuff nuff in less than thirty minutes.  Fresh jams from Mutamassik, who came out with her new work Monday past, ‘Symbols Follow’.  It’s heavy heavy, her hardcore roots are not hidden, she is a minor threat indeed.  Last week I had a session on the beach in Santa Cruz, por fin.  Was looking forward to dropping the DRC tune, and it worked like a dream.  A lot of other joints from that session are included here, you are just missing the sand, don’t let that put you off.  Gotta give props to Patrick de Groote who organizes the Sfinks Festival.  It was through that festival I saw Máximo Jimenéz, a Colombian vallenato singer, a singer of the pueblo, of the people, he had to leave Columbia quick quick, to live in exile.  The truth damn near got him killed. Must get an update on his whereabouts.  Right, work to do.  PEace.

Ear Raid

Quincy Jones: Jazz Corner of the World

JJ DOOM: Waterlogged (Lex)

Mutamassik: Ke Nin Kai  (Discrepant)

DRC Music: We come from the Forest feat. Bokatola System

El Mahdy Jr. & Gulls: Disco Maghreb (Boomarmnation)

Rabit: Bloody Eye (Tri Angle)

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (with Mbene Diatta Seck)

Moderat: Seamonkey (BPitch Control)

Salome de Bahia: Batucada Fantastica (Yellow)

Uproot Andy: El Botellon (Dutty Artz)

Máximo Jimenéz: La Gente de Mongteria (Alegre Cumbion)

DJ Premier: Come With Me Now (Skit)

DigitalDubs feat. Duda Do Boreal: O Cemela Vacilou (Man Recordings)

Kahn: Abattoir (dmz)

The Bug feat. Flowdan: Black Rain (Ninja Tune)

Kubo: Kookoo

KingLMan: 7MWM feat. Kiki Hitomi & Count Dubulah (EarCon)

Death Grips: Government Plates (Third World)

NameBrandSound: Name Brand Ah Murdah  (Big Dada)

RP Boo: 03_02-52-03 (PlanetMu)

El-P: Instrumental No.6 (DefJux)

Vincent Price: Discussing Racism & Religious Prejudice

More on Brandon Locher, who created the image up top

Ear Con97 / What, you again?

Ear Con97 / What, you again?

This edition of Ear Con will be transmitted at 20hCET via The Magic Show on eFM / Radio Sarajevo, and on Tuesday via Sunhole dot net, and 22h GMT+1. There is plenty in there to sink your teeth into.

Memotone / It’s out there waiting (a future without)
OFWGKTA / Intro
Earl Sweatshirt / Home (oddfuture)
Magnificent Ruffians / Intro
Magnificent Ruffians / Spanglish Conquistatores feat.
Blest One & Dkoldis (magnificentruffians.bandcamp.com)
El-P / The Full Retard (fat possum)
Prince Far I & The Arabs / Mansion of Invention (trojan)
Prince Fatty vs. Hollie Cook in Dub / Shadow Dub (mr.bongos)
Andy Fairly / Segue (on-u sound)
Anenon / Acquiescence (non projects)
Elkat and Moleskin / Hurt – The Elementz Remix (hit & hope)
Mutamassik / Ni itu rekkez
Face-T / What?
Middleswood Sessions / Nowhere in Between (middleswood)
Schlachthofbronx / Juego (disko b)
Filastine / Colony Collapse – Squeaky Lobster remix (post world industries)
Amenta / Stormy Weather (first world)

Ear Con91 – LaPlatanera Session

Due to an intense snowfall in Sarajevo last night, this week’s show, is here now

Dropped the song in the video below at LaPlatanera presentation party last week, one of the ace card’s of the night.

EarCon91 – LaPlatanera Session

Gonjasufi / Timeout (warp)
Zdenek Liska / The Song of the Siren (finders keepers)
Deco Child / Nocturne – Crewdson Remix (ninjatune)
General Levy Professional Ganja Smoker – prod. Fusing Naked Beats
Schlachthofbronx feat. Warrior Queen / Dickie Rider (schlachthofbronx)
Ital Tek / Gonga (planet mu)
Caju e Castanha / Vou Dormir Pra Sonhar
King L Man / Regime Nah Change
Martyn / Distortions (Brainfeeder)
Warrior One / Warrior
Neon Jung / Delirium Tremens – Nathan Fake Remix (Magic Wire)
School of Seven Bells / Babelonia – Sepalcure Remix
Mutamassik / ni itu rekkez sampler
Chris Watson / Veracruz (Touch)

Ear Con 69 – Eat As Much As You Want

Ear Con69 – Eat As Much As You Want

Mutamassik / High Alert – Interlude for Grampa (Soundink)
Ras G / 14.303 Vs. Tell-lie-version (forthcoming on Ramp)
Teebs / Untitled 10 (Brainfeeder)
G.A.F. y La Estrella de la Muerte / Let’s Fuck (Foehn)
Prince Francis / Rockfort Shock
Jackie Opel / I Am What I Am (Rio)
The Bug feat. Cutty Ranks / Gun Disease (Rephlex)
DHS / The Forbidden (Hangman)
Hype Williams / Badmind (soon come from Hyperdub)
Flying Lotus / Zodiac Shift – Sonnymoon Remix
Company Flow / End to End Burners – The Lost Mix (therealelp)
Dub Gabriel feat. The Spaceape / Is This Revolution (coming soon via Destroy All Concepts)
Silkie / Head Butt Da Deck (Deep Medi)
Blackdown / Lata (Keysound)
Filastine / Hungry Ghosts (Soot/Jarring Effects)
Nuphlo / Atma (Meerkat)
23 Skidoo / Just Like Everybody (Fetish)
The The / The Sinking Feeling (Some Bizarre/CBS)
G.A.F. y La Estrella de la Muerte / Sky Before Us (Foehn)

This sixty-minute collection of sound will be transmitted today via Sunhole at 22hGMT+1, and via eFM/Radio Sarajevo, Saturday at 16hCET

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,

Ear Con62 – Viña Rock Fest’ Warm Up

This weekend I’ll be doing a set at the Viña Rock Festival in Villarrobledo, Spain. Adding some percussion concussions will be Ventor de la Guardia. His band, Line and I have been spending a lot of time in the same studio over the last couple months, recording our respective projects.  As for the festival, I’m looking forward to seeing Kid Koala, who’ll be playing the night before us. Ghostface Killah was supposed to be down, but in typical Wu-Tang fashion he ain’t making it. Okay, that dig was unfair, reason for the no-show is something to do with passport stroke visa issues, has meant he’s canceled his whole Euro-tour.

This weeks radio set has the usual mixture of old and new, fast and slow.  The new is represented by Kode9 & The Spaceape, The Dirtbombs, Young Montana? and Jon Phonics.  Mr. Phonics has connections with Chakra Sounds, who came to my attention through the album by Obba Supa, which was off the hook fresh.  So for that alone, if Chakra’s name is on it, I’ll check.  Mr. Phonics does not disappoint.  Young Montana? was given the Mary Anne Hobbs seal of approval as best unsigned act/producer, and the California label AlphaPup are on the case.  AlphaPup is run by Daddy Kev, he the mastering engineer for Flying Lotus, and head honcho at  beat head heaven, the Low End Theory club in L.A.

Have to throw in some more Mutamassik and Morgan Craft, really into their respective albums which came out within the last twelve months, oh we are so lucky.  Get them, they are even free dammit.

From this region where I reside we have some freshness from Postman aka Abstract Grooves, the appropriately named ‘Perfect Beat is Killing You’.

I’m on a mission to spread the gospel according to On-U Sound, as a friend recently said, “People have to know”.  Hence I close with two classic dub cuts from Dub Syndicate.

Tune in if your ranking, tonight at Sunhole at 22h00 GMT+1 and Saturday via eFM / Radio Sarajevo, 18h00 CET.

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Ear Conditioning 62
Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 1 (Rough Americana)
Jimi Hendrix / Am The Gods Made Love (Polydor)
Cooly G / Love Dub [Refix] (Hyperdub)
Kode9 & The Spaceape feat. Cha Cha / Black Sun (Hyperdub)
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions / Pop Korn – WAFA Remix (Brownswood)
Gerardo Frisina / Latin Seeds
Tino / Intro Latin Beat (Tino Corp.)
Tino / H-Bomb (Tino Corp.)
Young Montana? / Repetition (AlphaPup)
Mr. Oizo / The End (Brainfeeder)
Salem / Asia – oOoOO Remix (Merock)
The Dirtbombs / Bug in the Bassbin – Kyle Hall Remix
Mutamassik / DounDoun/TheCrux (Rough Americana)
Fun-Da-Mental / Pollution (Nation)
Postman / Perfect Beat is Killing You
Jon Phonics / Bruk Out (Chakra Sounds)
Ricky Ranking / Can’t Kill I – Flootsramental (Banana Klan)
Dub Syndicate / Hi Fi Gets A Pounding (On-U Sounds)
Dub Syndicate / Reggae Raga (On-U Sounds)

Ear Con 36 – Stealth Movements

The Bug being monitored

It started with me looking for a sample from the DJ Food album, ‘Recipe for Disaster’ to chuck into the set at Rollercoaster last weekend.

Then in conversation with Studio Rockers man, Tony Thorpe, he said “Chocolate Weasel, what you don’t have the album Spaghettification?  It’s on Ninja, came out about 12 years ago, surely….”  Chocolate Weasel is/was T-Power, (always remember him for the 12″ featuring  ‘Cuba’ that was on Botchit & Scarper, I think, its a white label after all) and a partner, whose name is not presently to hand. Spaghettification is a weird ahead of it’s time sample-laden beat album, that is not out of place now at all.  On a similar path at times, or at least it made me think of Prince Charming on Wordsound.

So getting  back to Ninja Tune, it didn’t stop there. The weekly free downloads promoting the massive Ninja Tune XX release, to commemorating the labels 20 years of beats and pieces came to mind – we are talking Amon Tobin, Coldcut, DJ Vadim, Squarepusher, Speech Debelle, AntiPop Consortium, Roots Manuva, Jaga Jazzist, Poirier, Mr. Scruff, and so on.  If that weren’t enough, The Bug sent a couple tracks from his new EP, soon to come via Ninja.

Around the time I was getting into Ninja Tune back in the day,   I was also coming across the work of Bryn Jones, aka Muslimgauze. Who is this cat that releases albums with titles like Vote Hizbollah? His reworkings of ‘Babylon’ by Unitone HiFi always crushed dancefloor residents.  When in Tokyo we  went record shopping and the selection of albums of his that they had,  tons of his releases instore, like a proper section dedicated to him.  Bryn could knock out five albums in a day easily, no joke.  That is why, many years after he prematurely passed away, you can still find new things you never knew about.  Which brings me to Babylon iz Iraq.  It’s an album of remixes of UniTone HiFi, this time, an albums worth, when I think he may have been asked to do one, but he sent nuff nuff.

This week I was able to take a break from getting seared while painting the roof, and I chose to listen to Morgan Craft’s latest work, Absence of Day and Night.  As with his partner’s productions, it’s available for free at RoughAmericana.  All the sounds on the album are made by Morgan and his guitar.  It’s layered, or gives the impression of being so, it’s works day or night, you can hear yourself think, hear the blood moving through your body, you can sense how your mind comes to decisions, it’s perfect to have as you walk across canyons, forests, taking in view, swallowing meteorites.

As usual, Ear Conditioning can be ‘eard tonight at Sunhole dot net, 22h00 GMT +1.  Repeated daily at 11h00 GMT+1

Ear Conditioning 36 – Stealth Movements

Chocolate Weasel / A Blue Furry Plughole (Ninja Tune)
Chocolate Weasel / Mientes with (Ninja Tune)
Amon Tobin / Eight Sum (Ninja Tune)
Letherete / Dance Brace (Ho Tep)
DJ Food / Scratch Yer Head (Ninja Tune)
El-P / Eat My Garbage 2 (Def Jux/Gold Dust)
El-P / He Hit Her, So She Left (Def Jux/Gold Dust)
Radiohead / The National Anthem (EMI)
The Bug featuring Flowdan / Skeng – Autechre Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Hitomi / Catch A Fire (Ninja Tune)
Chocolate Weasel / Coda (Ninja Tune)
Poirier featuring Burro Banton / Trust None a Dem (Ninja Tune)
Shafiq Husayn / Evil Man – Flying Lotus Remix (Plug Research)
African Head Charge – Throw It Away (On-U Sound)
UniTone HiFi – Babylon – Muslimguaze Remix (Muslimtapes)
Morgan Craft – Absence of Day and Night 9 (RoughAmericana)

Heavy Heavy Load


It’s a great week for some, a shit sandwich for others. With the posi-drive in hand, there is tons of new tunes – from the Ivory Coast, powerhouse crew CIAfrica, with /Rupture delving into the hard drives to select snyth-devastating coarse dense dancehall, switch hip hop beats, pro-black fist mentality reality lyrics. Bouncing while standing firm, no holding back, stabbing fuck-me bass-lines unleashed dropping mayhem, check ‘Babylon Advisory’  a perfect example.  Our Clandestino Festival crew have a stage at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg this weekend. /Rupture’s Nettle outfit will also be gracing the stage, so too  Ras G, Rango, Mutamassik. Is that good enough for ya?  On the other stages/tents will be the likes of xx, M.I.A. the Chems, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Pavement, Mary Anne Hobbs…..yeah, you get it now,  it’s effing huge.

Mutamassik by the way has edited and produced a video for  Take the Hit from her latest album, That Which Death Cannot Destroy. Viewable here.  I don’t know what’s in the water in Tuscany where Mutamassik and her partner Morgan Craft live, maybe it has nothing to do with it, actually it has sweet eff all to do with how productive they are.  Morgan just made me aware of a round table discussion that he participated in with Matthew Shipp (Anti Pop Consortium, El-P, Springheel Jack) and Mark Lomax a Columbus, Ohio-based drummer, composer, and bandleader. In addition to leading his Trio, Quintet and Afro-Chamber Ensemble, Lomax has worked with, among others, Marlon Jordan, Ellis Marsalis Quintet, and Azar Lawrence. I haven’t finished reading all of it yet, you can start here in the meanwhile.

64meg of a King Midas Sound remix is the perfect counter to the lingering CIA rough-house with a spacious vinyl reverbed enhanced bliss zone.  CV313 handed over the files to Mr. Kevin Martin, and he in turn entered how much I don’t know into his studio mind. Roger Robinson’s Trini-‘scent vocals start the proceedings with a little discourse on what it’s like, how you know you’ve met the one. Hitomi takes over laying out the comforting arms.  Excellent use of space.

El-P’s third installment of the ‘Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx‘ series hit the streets last week, in many formats.  The physical versions have an added bonus, links to download the previous two editions that were limited to 500 cds and only sold on tour.  One of the digital versions has stems of one of the beats, so you can jack and rework to your hearts content.  Skip to Passion of the Weiss for a lengthy interview with the man.

I bought the Silkie album last week, titled City Limits Vol.1, it certainly captures and re-presses that all-embracing London ting.  The opener is an epic 8 and a half minutes, he works it. This is a gorgeous album, threatening and calming. If 4Hero started out now, they would sound like Silkie.

Indigenous Resistance come back again with a Sawandi reworking of the Galdino Jesus dos Santos track that came out earlier this year.  The bass is sitting just right, and the drums criss, and they carry the terrible story of how the vocalist met the family of the murdered Galdino, and how they showed photos of his charred body, burns to over 90% of his body.  The killers, sons of the elite basically walked, after all, it was only a ‘joke’.

This week is a heavy heavy load indeed, you have to be physical fit.

Tune in via sunhole dot net tonight at 22h00GMT, otherwise you catch the repeat same place at 11h00 every weekday morning.

More as it happens,