Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe


John Zorn: Peur sur la ville – (From The Big Gundown LP, Icon)
Mr. Zorn records a tribute to Ennio Morricone. Stellar list of collaborators on-board for this excursion.

Owiny Sigoma Band: Yukimwi (Brownswood)
Reminds me of seeing King Sunny Ade & His African Beats live and direct. Solid drum on the one funk.

Ibo Combo: Ti Garcon (Haiti Direct CD)
Had to buy this when recently in London, Haitian music like I never heard before. I am familiar with the Voodoo drum stuff, but the big band stuff? Never, until recently, it was a no-brainer.

Earl Sweatshirt: Uncle Al

Strange U: Strange Universe in Africa (Eglo)
“Dear Eglo Promo, I’m feeling the track, however I think it’s a bit distorted.”
Eglo Promo: “It’s supposed to be like that.”

Tricky: Nothing’s Clear (The Hard Cell, Earth Recordings)
The first time I heard Tricky, on this benefit album to highlight sickle cell disease, which is a disease known to affect mainly Afro-Caribbean-Americans, if you didn’t know.

3D & Jupiter Bonkonji: 3D on Jupiter (BattleBox)
Sparse worming synth, thudding affective kick, great vocal tone and presence.

Giganta: Is Ma Beat (Werkdiscs)
New producer from Greece, good on ya girl, keep it coming. On a 2Step vibe, I’m not keen on pitched vocals however there are a few joints on this ep i went back to a few times.

Tao: Riot in Lagos – Future Forces Inc. Remix (Language)
Mid-late 90’s output from Tony Thorpe’s Language label. Tao, originally from Japan made an album while in London, Here he tackles Ryuichi Sakamoto’s classic. Not one I’d have the nuts to tackle.

Nico: Copies (No U-Turn)
While in a studio several years ago, in walked a man who knew the engineer I was working with. It was Nico, I’d never seen him, but I had his music. “Pleased to meet you”, and I remember him getting around to saying “You liked that bass sound eh?” That mean’t ‘his bass sound’, oh yes, dark and nasty.

Charles Mingus: Better Git It In Your Soul (From Ah Um LP)
One of my early DJ partners Angus Angus, played this on his program last week, I caught the tail end of it with drum solo. I made a call, “What was that track before the Tackhead beat?”

Chris Watson: Haefest (Touch)
A regular on radio and tv, although you may not know it. Chris Watson records natural sounds, and was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, a group that introduced me to different manner of presenting and expressing music and sound.
Haefest is a cut from an album that takes its inspiration from Eadfrith, the Bishop of Lindisfarne, writing and illustrating the Lindisfarne Gospels during the late 7th C. and early 8th C. He would have been immersed in the sounds of Holy Island whilst he created this remarkable work. This production aims to reflect upon the daily and seasonal aspects of the evolving variety of ambient sounds that accompanied life and work during that period of exceptional thought and creativity.

Socos Dúo: Mariel (These Times We Are Living LP, Ear Conditioning)
Yes, our first record, coming out next month. Pleased.

Ear Con 110: It’s normal, we live in a strange universe by D.Wattsriot on Mixcloud

Mixed Goods: Fuel to Fight with Yasser Arafat’s Radio


Fuel to Fight with Yassar Arafat´s Radio by D.WattsRiot on Mixcloud

Nancy Dupree                       Introduction
Muslimgauze                         Yassar Arafat’s Radio
Paul Bowles                           Jilala Wedding Procession
Matar Dub
Mahmoud Ahmed                 Belomy Benna
Obeid Al Jum’aa                    Mejwiz
Akoya Afrobeat                      B.F.B.F (Panama)
Raicot Street Recording
Chankegi Payal
Malombo                                Perefere
The Striking South Wales Miners Choir & Test Dept.  Fuel to Fight

Idris Muhammad                  Wanderer
Ella Fitzgerald                       Whatever Lola Wants
Ryuichi Sakamoto                 Nuages

Ear Con 34 – Stereo Output

It’s been too hot to be doing much moving around outside, the house captures plenty heat throughout the day, night time is welcomed with the coolness that it brings.  One of the reasons for laid back nature of todays selection.  That and because there is plenty plenty out there that needs to be shared; Art Blakey and Sabu Martinez, Saul Williams, Dudu Pukwana, Portico Quartet, and much more.  The Sakamoto/N’dour collaboration is up there in the ‘One of the most beautiful songs ever’ category.

I was fortunate to see a performance by Mary Margaret O’Hara around the time of her ‘Miss America’ album release. She captured the audience with her eclectic country-tinged songs coming through the Bakerlite radio sound, seemingly random body movements, and sheer honesty in how she is.

Ear Conditioning 34 – Stereo Output

Transmission time: 22h00 London/Tenerife time tonight at Sunhole dot net.

  • Udi Neset Bey / Setaraban Taksim – From the ‘Scratch your Heart’ compilation (Honest Jons)
  • Portico Quartet / Line (Real World)
  • Little Axe / Hammerhead (Real World)
  • Art Blakey & Sabu / Message from Kenya (Blue Note)
  • Dudu Pukwana / Balyoi  (Earthworks)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto featuring Youssou N’dour / Diabaram  (VIrgin)
  • Cessa / Recon (Missing Link)
  • Seiji / The King
  • Mos Def, Q-Tip & Tash / Body Rock (Rawkus)
  • Saul Williams / PG
  • Saul Williams / Telegram
  • Audio Two / Top Billin’
  • Kode9 & The Spaceape / Nine (Hyperdub)
  • Mary Margaret O’Hara / You Will Be Loved Again (Virgin)