Hey!Zeus, producer behind the beats with Obba Supa gets to work with Ray Vendetta. An EP is on its way.
The Bug Man took some time out from the studio and touring to have a holiday. Where better to come than here?
K-Mart is definitely one of the hard working and most committed people I have ever had the luck to to come across. I heard plenty of new and old crackers this week. Some of that new Bug stuff, which he will drop on us in due time. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the King Midas Sound remix album, It’s a remix album with a difference, that’s all I’m sayin’.
This week’s set put together by sharing time and tuneage like when we both lived in BabyLonDonZooLand. Could not fit everything in 60minutes, part three will come soon, dig this for now.
Ear Con68 / Bug + Wattage Ear Raid 2
Ezekiel Honig / Distant Breakfast Highway
Clouds / Lots Of Calls From No One (Deep Medi )
Echologist / The Mercy Beat feat. The Spaceape (Resopal Red)
Ricardo Villalobos / Unflug
Ding Dong / Bad Man Forward – The Bug Remix feat. FlowDan (Greensleeves)
Lee Scratch Perry / Blackboard Jungle (Studio One)
Samiyam / Taco Delay (Brainfeeder)
Earl Sweatshirt / Earl (Odd Future)
The Beastie Boys / Make Some Noise – Bug Remix (Capitol/EMI)
King Abid / Yezzi Mil Viss (Also Records)
Obba Supa / Arabic Shisha (Word is Bond)
DOOM / Gazillion Ear – Thom Yorke Remix (Lex)
MachineDrum / TMPL
Kode9 and The Spaceape / Green Moon (Hyperdub)
Stray / Break Your Legs (Brownswood)
Shackleton / Death Dub – King Midas Sound Remix (Honest Jons)
Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 11 (Roughamericana)
The label Project Mooncircle came to my attention when I thankfully received some promos of the Obba Supa stuff. Offkey hip hop coming to ya from the left side of the brain of rapper Teknical Development and producer by Hey!Zeus
Now comes 40 Winks a project from uh, I don’t know actually, however the samples cut and pasted in the manner they are creates a wonderful vibersphere – thats vibes and atmosphere okay. The album is called ‘It’s A Trip’, true that. Instrumental hip hop that is where it’s at.
Ear Con58 – Ear Invasion
This uzi weighs a ton.
‘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?
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)
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
Catch it via Mixcloud
Got an email from Hey! Zeus, the production half of Obba Supa the other day, informing me about this vinyl exchange thing he has going on with a record shop and some fellow producers, crate diggers, vinyl lovers. It goes like this….A couple djs, a couple producers and a record shop bring down a crate of records they are up for swapping and they’re set up on a little table or something and people can come in with their own records they would like to swap have a chat wth said dj or producer go through whats in their crates and swap records with the dj/producer and also with other people who came to the event to do the same and so on.
The first event takes place 24 July at the Silver Bullet, Finsbury Park, London.
Bring yer mask as well, it seems.
Obba Supa have some new tuneage available via the link to their name above. Check it.
The season of giving is upon us, so some of the selections that comprise today’s program are just that, gifts from others that I’m just passing on, such as the 10 years of Flying Lotus mixed by Gaslamp Killer; also in the pot, tracks from Obba Supa, Soundspecies featuring Ahu. The curtain comes down with Red Label No.1, from a forthcoming EP from King L Man.
This edition of Ear Conditioning will be broadcast at Sunhole Radio tonight at 22h00, and next week Tuesday at Radio Norte, 89.4FM, 21h00.
Much thanks to the producers, musicians, DJ’s, commentators, singers, players, promoters and the public that have made 2009 what is was.
Also much thanks to Goyo/Sunhole; Leo at Radio Norte, Juan Fierro at Planet Radio for giving me the opportunity to do it on the regular.
Can we have some more please for 2010?
Photo: What you see may not be real – Chen Wenling
As summer gives way to autumn, it’s only right to kick things off with Scanuppia, a track from latest album of recordings by Chris Watson. Here he records natural sounds in the Alpine region of Italy. The results are very much of the forehead-raising variety, quite a surprise at what can be recorded in temperatures of -25 degrees. Great samples too! It sits well with my new find of the week, James Blake / Air & Lack Thereof. A seemingly gospel sample, ‘Calling heaven and hell’ sitting on a bed of electronic buzzes flying through the air, a whiplash snare, an inviting melody and bass. Also on the bass tip this week is RDS, ‘Forward Youth’. RSD is Rob Smith of Smith and Mighty fame, so you know it’s legit.
My rewind champions of the last couple of weeks, Obba Supa, recorded a Gilles Peterson radio session featuring music from Floating Points, and with seeing the name several times I had to check to see wha’ g’wan. A day later in the inbox from the promo kings, All Young Kings, was the new ‘Vacuum’ ep from Floating Points, so I am sharing this with the listeners. Hammond organ, skip hop beats, jazz brushes, techno sensibilities in one package. Also more Obba of course.
Techno. I love the original Detroit stuff like Mayday, Kevin Saunderson, moving onto Stacey Pullen, the European hijacking of Techno was natural to a degree, but on the whole, naff for my ears, and when somebody me says ‘Techno’ I get all weird. Maybe because they generally mean that Euro shite. Anyway, back to the goodness, Underground Resistance, well, I have to give them props 100%, even if I don’t like the majority of their tunes, I’ll buy ’em just to support them for their political stance. I heard Codebreaker, and it was immediately in the crate. Beeps, seeping gases, 909s, shakers percussion and gorgeous pads got me good.
Everytime, well, to be honest, three of the four times, that I’ve played Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Ebo Lala’ at my Txola sessions somebody has moved their lips in a way that makes me think they are saying “What is this?” The thing with dj’ing with mp3s, is you can’t show them the cover. Luckily I’m an old skool fucker, so I have the vinyl that I can show the cover while cueing up the next slab with my other hand (talented eh?)
Next Txola session is this Friday, entonces para ellos aqui en el norte de la isla o cerca, venga! Did I tell you that Txola was listed in the El Pias newspaper as one of the best 50 clubs/bars in ‘Spain’? If I didn’t, I just did.
Over to you.
Ear Conditioning – The left side of the brain
- Chris Watson – Scanuppia (Sound Threshold)
- Elixir – Trapdoor to another world (Quartermass)
- James Blake – Air & lack thereof (Hemlock)
- Fandango, Duende y Taraf – Title Unknown
- Mulatu Astatke – Ebo Lala (Soundway)
- Bebel Du Guetto – Beijo na Boca
- Bulat Project – Title unknown
- Onra – Last Tango in Saigon
- Obba Supa – 2am but not (Project Moon Circle)
- Guilty Jackson – Coroners Music (Stones Throw)
- Dorian Concepts – Fort Teen (Kindred Spirits)
- Underground Resistance – Codebreaker (UR)
- RSD – Forward Youth (Punch Drunk)
- Floating Points – Argonaut (Eglo)
- Chris Watson – Cima Verde (Sound Threshold)
As usual, this weeks edition of Ear Conditioning is available at the following locations:
Tonight / esta noche (Tuesday / martes) 22h00 Sunhole (Repeated weekdays mornings at 11h00)
Thursday / jueves 23h00 Planet Radio
I received some gorgeous music last week with the name of Obba Supa attatched to it. Technical Development runs the mic. His 100% London accent brings honesty, knowledge and Lewis Parker to mind. The production of Hey!Zeus holds plenty heritage within and forward thinking with jazz-brewed off-key beats and keys that hit your soft spot with no apologies. Rewind champion of the week.
As previously mentioned this week is the global launch of the latest output from Indigenous Resistance, and what a cast included. See below for the list of all participants, some no longer with us, but on record yes. I’ll be dropping Routes to Rootz at the Boreal Festival this coming Saturday after Tropico 28 and Karlovy Vary take the stage.
A good friend of mine introduced me to Intik, a rap group from Algeria. While checking the cd booklet, I noticed the name of Imhotep in the production credits for one track. He is/was, not sure, part of French rap legends I AM. He released a solo album which was miles away from I AM. The album, Blueprint, published in ’98 is one of my favourites when it comes to Maghreb and contemporary beats sharing the bath water. I played this album to whoever I could, and seriously only one person was not impressed. You be the judge…..
Ear Conditioning – Phonetics and Instrumentation
- Obba Supa – 102 2am but not (Project Moon Circle)
- Obba Supa – Barefaced (Project Moon Circle)
- Herbie Hancock – The Stick Up
- MadVillan – Raid (Stones Throw)
- Amir Sulaiman – Spit
- A. Russell – Got the Hunger (The Heavy Remix)
- Negitvland – Truth in Advertising (Eerie Materials)
- Zinc – Faster (Bingo)
- Elixir – Alien Rainbow (Language)
- Chrome – Melody (Language)
- El-P – Excerpts from Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixx2 (Def jux)
- Grand Master b.k.a. “Gundel” – The Solution? (Uppercut)
- Indigenous Resistance – Routes to Rootz featuring Freshmint, Benjamin Zephaniah, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, Eagleheart Singers, Chuck D, Santa Davis, Scully, The Ghost, DJ Rodrigo, Tohununu (Indigenous Resistance)
- Intik – Entre Deux Feux
- Horace Andy & Tapper Zukie – Natty Dread a wha she want
- King L Man & Grenouille – Red Label No.1 (Ear Con)
- Martyn – The Bridge (3024)
Tonight (Tuesday) Sunhole 22h00 (Program repeated every weekday morning at 11h00)
Thursday: Planet Radio 23h00