Ear Con One O O

Ear Con100

What’s in the goodie-bag Mr. Wolf Watts?

More field recordings from India.  We escaped the madness and filth of Delhi, and Daramkhot was the place that received us with calm and serenity.  In McCleodganj is an area that has become a  Tibetan refuge, hence  there is a Buddhist temple there, where I recorded some 60-odd monks performing a mantra.

As far as the music is concerned, got some tunes that I bought in India in preparation for Harjinder and Mafe’s wedding party that I was to spin at.  What does one play at a Punjabi wedding?  ‘A Complete Marriage Album‘ of course.

New fresh beats are fully represented this week, with releases from Poirier collaborator Face-T, who dropped his Tuff Like Stone album earlier this year; Ill Blue with something on Hyperdub; Hot Sugar new album for NinjaTune; StayFresh grimmin’ out with ‘I Hear Ya Don’.  Leading up The Full Retard, the new joint from El-P, we’ve got a couple gems from his former group Company Flow, who incidentally just completed their reunion dates.  Apparently that’s it now for Co-Flow.  We’ll see.

End this current sound fiesta with new remix for Indigenous Resistance.  The original riddim was by Dr. Das, so the remix had to be tuff, hope you like the result.

You’ve got your monies worth for this week, later.

Monks of McCleodganj Buddhist Temple, India / Mantra
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland aka Hype Williams / Sinn Fein (hyperdub)
Thom Torke / Harrowdown Hill – The Bug Remix (xl)
Kalabat & Warrior Queen / Shooting Range (soul jazz)
Artist Unknown / Segue Bezikh – from Choubi choubi – Iraqi pop & folk (sublime frequencies)
Pammi Bai  / Boliyan – from ‘A Complete Marriage Album’ (saregama)
Face-T / Hands Up Deh, feat. Boogat (dep/universal)
Company Flow / Simple (rawkus / def jux)
Company Flow / Lenorcism (rawkus / def jux)
El-P / The Full Retard (def jux / fat possum)
StayFresh / I Hear Ya Don feat. Mayhem (stayfresh music)
Hot Sugar / The Girl Who Stole My Tamagotchi (ninja tune)
Ill Blu / Clapper (hyperdub)
I.R. Collective / Shadow War – Upright People Dem reMix- Cousin It (indigenous resistance)

Available every day this week at 11h GMT+1 via Sunhole, Saturday via eFM / Radio Studenski Sarajevo at 19h00 CET

King Abid

The music machine that is Poirier has the keys to a new label, it’s called Also Records.  The second release on the digital label is “Yezzi Mil Viss” (“Quit Showing Off” in Arabic) by King Abid, with Poirier on the beat.  Arabic dancehall yes.  When I dropped the track at Clandestino, the Tunisians and Egyptians clocked it right away.  All other nationalities rocked with it.

More info via http://alsorecords.bandcamp.com/track/king-abid-yezzi-mil-viss

Ear Con68 / Bug + Wattage Ear Raid2

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.

Going out tonight via sunhole dot net at 22hGMT and eFM on Saturday at 16h CET, as part of The Magic Show.

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)

Ear Con 52 – Esperanto Take Out

Ear Conditioning 52 – Esperanto Take Out

Broadcast tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 Tenerife/London Time and Friday via eFM at 18h00

Thanks to the singers, players, promoters and dealers.

Ear Conditioning – Transmission 19 – CS Gas

Listen via Sunhole dot net, tonight at 22h0 (Tenerife.London)

  • Doudou N’Daiye Rose – Rose Rhythm (Virgin France)
  • Flying Lotus – Melt (Warp)
  • African Head Charge – Belinda (On-U Sound)
  • Poirier – Militaris Riddim  (Ninja Tune)
  • Farook Sharma – Bellydance
  • Unknown Artist – Oh Mother, the handsome man tortures me  (Sublime Frequencies)
  • Future Sound of London – Papau New Guinea Dub (Jumpin’ and Pumpin’)
  • Matty G – 50000 Watts – Loefah Remix
  • Oh No – Excalibur (Stones Throw)
  • El-P – Garbage No.1 (DefJux)
  • El-P – Dirtier Than Thou  (DefJux)
  • El-P – Sparrow [Escape from the tombs]  (DefJux)
  • Mutamassik – Commo the Rag
  • Bugskill – Floppy Disk (Digitalis)
  • Jneiro Jarel – Cosmic Congo (Label Who)
  • Jneiro Jarel – Jaws of Clover  (Label Who)
  • 2nd Gen – Slowburn featuring Mau  (Mute)
  • Alice Coltrane – Blue Nile
  • Cannibal Ox – Scream Phoenix (Def Jux)
  • The Echologist – The Mercy Beat featuring The Spaceape
  • I.R. featuring Deeder, The Ghost – Galdinos 2010 / D.WattsRiot Mix  (Indigenous Resistance)
  • Daedelus – Fin de Siècle (Brainfeeder)

Human Fat Reduction Unit


Human Fat Reduction Unit.

That’s what the advert said.

Gotta get me one of them things.

No, the title will be sufficient.

Kicking of this week’s musical shower is a look at the new work from Shafiq Husayn, one third of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, who have already released an album this year.  Busy, busy, busy.  The music is soul on a 21st century level, dope beats, a full bottom end, and liquid synths cooking up a vibrant brew.

Yesterday was the release of the third and final ‘L.A.’ EP installments from Flying Lotus, so I had another one of those juvenile ‘gotta get the record as soon as the shop opens’ moments.

When will this affliction end?

Among the record bins of Wild Pytch Hip Hop record shop in London, I came across a promo 12″ from the latest release in the Arabesque series – featuring the vocals of Mariem Hassan who I managed to see perform at Womad Las Palmas last year.  The aspirations of her fellow Berber people are within her music and lyrics.

My former employer, EMI,  maybe  sucking it pretty hard right now, but they do have an archive many would like to get a look at.  As we have seen with the releases by Honest John’s, which have released several compilations that have their origins as EMI recordings, the label Finders Keepers have released a seven inch vinyl ‘I am very Sorry‘, licensed from EMI Pakistan.  Featuring the talent of soaring vocalist Noor Jehan, the music is typical a Indo-Pak affair – tons of strings, horns, quirky synth lines, drama induced by a hundred or so changes within a four minute lifespan.  Quality.

Soon after I returned to work at Virgin (0wned by EMI) millions of pounds / dollars went towards paying the severance package of Charles Koppleman, the former top man at EMI USA.  Fifty million dollars was what he got for running the company into the ground.  Fifty million, can you fucking believe it?  I couldn’t.  Human Fat Reduction Unit indeed.  So come on you little record companies, help get EMI out of their debts, there are thousands of tracks waiting for you to license for re-release.

Martyn’s remix of Efdemin has an underlying calypso / carnival vibe (well to me anyway) which kinda sets up the adventures of Ghislain Poirier and Ize.  After those workouts, it was fitting to bring the curtain down with the glorious string-laden work of Ekkehard Ehlers.

Oh, before I sign off, news just in on the Poirier front, his ‘Busy Signal’ workout is available here.

Ear Conditioning / Human Fat Reduction Unit

  • Shafiq Husayn – Album Teaser mixed by DJ Lefo
  • Flying Lotus / Endless White (Warp)
  • Zomby / Expert Tuition [from the One Foot In Front of the Other EP]
  • Mariem Hassan / Magat Milkitna Dulaa – Mock & Toof Remix (Mo’Zik)
  • Noor Jehan / I Am Very Sorry (Finders Keepers 7″)
  • Tommy McCook / Persian Ska (Treasure Isle 7″)
  • Flying Lotus / Parisian Goldfish – Take Remix (Warp)
  • Nickelus F / Cowboys featuring Portishead – Thank You Version
  • Green Dog / Afristepdub
  • Efdemim / Acid Bells – Martyn’s Dark Mix  (Curle 10″)
  • Four Tet and Burial / Wolf Cub (Text)
  • Ghislain Poirier / Immigrant Visa featuring MC Zulu (Ninja Tune)
  • Ize / Tronku di Mundo
  • Ekkehard Ehlers / Plays John Cassavettes Pt.2, taken from Uproot, mixed by DJ/Rupture (The Agriculture)

The above program is ‘earable at the following locations / times:

Sunhole Radio Tuesday, as in tonight at  22h00 (Repeated weekday mornings at 11h00)

Planet Radio Thursday 23h00

Radio Norte Next Tuesday 20h30 (Repeated following Saturday 22h00)

Note:  All times are London/Tenerife time.