Here Hear


What do we have hear (sic)?

Ways the re-use vinyl that’s what.

Not that I plan on finding other ways to use what vinyl I have, lord no?

I just liked the picture, courtesy of Web Urbanist.

Now sports….

As I mentioned in an earlier post, on the way back from Urkult Festival, I had one day of record shopping in the noisy big smoke we call Londin.  It had been a year since I was back ‘home’ and so many record shops have closed down since.  Actually a lot of everything has closed down with new things in their place, waiting their turn to experience the financial slaughter.

One place that hasn’t shut down in Soul Jazz Records.  Seems to be a good place to hook up with Kevin ‘Da Bug’ Martin.  He pointed me in the direction of some joints by Onra (Vietnamese beats-master) and Dorian Concept (Viennese beat-maestro in the vain of  Flying Lotus, but very importantly, not a copy of FlyLo).  I didn’t even listen to them, “Carl, add these to the pile please.”   Kev’s missus, Kiki, gave me a  cd by  N’danka N’danka.  Japanese band / artist with excellent hypnotic / tribal drumming, frenzied Idris Muhammad style hi-hat action.  Highly recommended.

Our man in New Zealand, Stinky Jim runs a label called RoundTripMars, and he’s on a bit of a frenzy at the moment, with tons of records coming out.  He supplied a taster of the upcoming split seven inch featuring Jefferson Belt and UniTone HiFi.  The Jefferson track features an almighty Rastafarian spoken-word piece delivered over a weird electronica movement, very unique. RoundTripMars, they don’t do twee.

Skintologist Fritz Catlin dropped their latest production on me last week…the aptly named Biotic Dub.  It does exactly what is says on the label.

So I raise my glass to good friends with excellent taste helping me bring it home.

Ear Conditioning / Here Hear

  • Portishead / Silence (GoDiscs!/Island)
  • Jefferson Belt / The Creeping Tings of the Earth (RoundTripMars)
  • Gaslamp Killer / Hell and the Lake of Fire
  • Nosaj Thing / FWD
  • N’danka N’danka / Gallop  (Lastrum)
  • Onra / The Anthem  (Baked Goods)
  • Speech Debelle / Go Then, Bye – Photomachine & El-B Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Skintologists / Biotic Dub
  • UniTone HiFi / Sneeze Off  (RoundTripMars)
  • Hue Jah Fink / Out of Reach – Tempest Mix
  • DVA / Nasty Nasty Nasty – Sukh Knight Remix
  • Daby Toure & Skip McDonald / Past Time (Real Word)
  • Silkie / Test (Deep Medi Musik)
  • Joker / Untitled RNS (Tectonic)

This weeks program is available at the following stations and times:

Sunhole Tuesday 22h00 (Repeated every morning at 11h00)

Planet Radio Thursday 23h00

Radio Norte next Tuesday 20h30 (This weeks show will go out next Tuesday at R.Norte)

The Spanish daily newspaper El Pias, recently had  ‘the best clubs/bars in Spain’ list, and I’m glad to report that Txola was one of the three clubs/venues/bars listed for Tenerife nightlife lovers.  Hold tight, Txola will re-open end of this month.

Also for those out Isla Baja way (that’s here in Tenerife) I’ll be returning to Los Silos to take part in the Boreal Festival Sept. 26th. We’ll be bombin’.  Big thanks to Juanjo for thinking of me.

Hasta luego.

How to devalue music…


Have been in contact with Fritz Catlin recently,  He be one of the founders of the legendary 23Skidoo.  

Legendary, a word that many say has been overused when applied to contemporary music.  I’ve checked, it’s definitely okay to use on this occasion.

Fritz sent two cd’s, one of his recent project with bassman Mike Joseph, called The Skintologists.  It’s pure straight-up dub.  The other cd, loaded with 147 tracks of all shapes, blends, and sizes.  The accompanying note read  “How to devalue music?  Give enormous amounts away at once.”  Reefer tunes, classic dub, dancehaul (sic), hip hop, Indo-jazz fusion, Alice Coltrane, Mutabaruka, Roland Alphonso, phew!

For this week’s program, some of Fritz’ selection is intertwined with the following –  Taslit – Laârbi Ihini from the Manouâat Amazighia Vol.2 that I copped in Agadir a couple weeks back.  Also joining in, we have  ‘lectro-synth bass frequency newness from the Hyderdub label, ‘Wind It Up’ from Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith;  Hackman, new on the scene from our friends at Studio Rockers, who will be releasing a three track EP from this 19 year-old producer.  

Cessa, of whom very little is known, except they produce music that embraces the goodness, roots and electronica. Listening to it now, the 4/4 beat reminds me of a tune by The Drum Club that I used to rinse.  That makes sense now, as music from 15-20 years past always seems to have a certain influence on a percentage of current producers.

Back to now, stepping up  is the sound recordist / mini-documentary maker,  the Sao Paolo based producer  Maga Bo.  His second album on Soot, Archipelagos is out now.  By the way, Maga is now booking dates for a European tour in November, and he’ll be doing his thing at Womex in Copenhagen, so any promoters reading this,  check him out, give him a shout if you need some of that Transnational Bass to warm up your cockles before winter sets in.

Anybody remember Culture Club’s ‘Murder Rap Trap‘? it’s on the b-side of ‘I’m Afraid of Me’ featuring Captain Crucial on the MIC. Love that tune yes, had to drop it last week at Txola.  When a guy asked me “What tune is this?” (in spanish of course) I produced the sleeve, and he thought I was taking the piss.  It happens every time.

This week’s program can be heard from tonight at 22h00 at Sunhole Radio, (then repeated weekday mornings at 11h00).

Thursday it’s the turn of Planet Radio, at 23h00, and next week Tuesday 20h30 at Radio Norte 89.4FM.  Radio Norte are a week behind when broadcasting the program, which means you can catch Taliesin vs. DJ Rodrigo tonight, if you missed it last week.

Thanks to all singers, players, listeners, readers, promoters, visitors, people dem in the crowd.

From Russia with Tunes

Koul Sharif Mosque Kazan

The above shot is of the mosque in Kazan, which was the backdrop to the Celebration of Peace Festival in Kazan, Russia.  Great huh?!  Kazan was a welcome break from Moscow, a lot more open space there, and 90% less diesel fumes. 

I didn’t expect to come across surf music while in Moscow, but that’s just what happened.  While Dj’ing at an after gig party at МАСТЕРСКАЯ,  a young lady called Antonina tried to have a conversation with me while the music was pumping, a bit difficult to say the least. She proceeded to hand over four or five cd’s featuring Messer Chups, Streamer and  Oleg Kostrow before disappearing into the atmosphere.

Also featured in this weeks program is Clark, who has an album, Totem’s Flare, coming out on the Warp label, so you know that has to be checked.

Sa Ra are back, and this type of nu-soul is working on me.

One of the founders of the legendary 23Skidoo, Fritz Catlin aka Firebomb Fritz, has a reggae project called Skintologists, and he kindly sent some of it over my way.  

As I mentioned last week, Gilles P, has a new compilation on his Brownswood label, and back for more is the El Michels Affair orchestral nursery school funk version of Shimmy Shimmy Ya.  Yep, that’s right.

Dig it if you can.

Much thanks to all that shared everything from food, drink, Afghan someting, music, the stage, hands, time etc. in Moscow, St. Petersberg, and Kazan over the last week.  Ask Javi about the man that shared the compartment on the night train from St. Petes to Moscow.  Maybe you shouldn’t actually, it may result in a bad mood.  Manu Chao and his band, Radio Bemba were on top form, and not a trace of over-blown ego at all.

No thanks for the Russian Customs who are some of the most needy of a course in manners and protocol.  My bags didn’t make my flight, yet I have to go to the airport the next day, and pay 200€ to get my luggage?  &ucked up, no doubt!  Anyway back to sports….

Ear Conditioning for the last week of June

  • Streamer – It’s Started Again (Kidnap Records)
  • Messer Chups – Flash of the Night  (Solnze)
  • Wale – Um Ricka featuring K’Naan
  • Skintologists – The6thgreatextinction 
  • King Cannibal featuring Daddy Freddy – Dirt (Ninja Tune)
  • Streamer – Hunted Down (Kidnap Records)
  • Bulat Project – Track 5 from “Online” CD
  • Oleg Kostrow – Doo-Little Love (Solnze)
  • Clark – Rainbow Voodoo (Warp)
  • Sa Ra Creative Partners – Bitch Baby (Ubiquity)
  • El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Brownswood)
  • Oumou Sangaré –  Iyo Djeli (Brownswood)
  • Martyn – Eden St.  (3024)
  • Diplo – Sarah (Big Dada)
  • Oleg Kostrow – Lovers on Moon (Solnze)

The program is now repeated on Sunhole every week day morning at 11h00, except Tuesday’s where as usual the program goes out fresh, at 22h00GMT. Radio Norte broadcasts the program Tuesday at 20h30GMT.  Planet Radio dish it out on Thursday, 23h00GMT.