I normally take a recorder to capture dj sets, however there is always something falling foul of the correct alignment of the planets: forgetting the press the record button, running out of juice aka batteries when the power cable is too short to reach the socket….there is always a crap reason. The run of DJ session’s this year has been memorable for more than a minute, from the Las Terasitas beach in Santa Cruz, Mojo Club in Las Palmas, GCMN at Druga Godba Festival in Llubljana, Clandestino Festival, Micromusic TEA, the Keroxen do’s in Tenerife and in Los Jameos del Agua, Womad Fuerteventura and all points inbetween.
Inspired by and for those that turned up throughout the year, and also the people behind the voices or stories and artists contained within.
Ingredients: Guantanamo Stories from Shaker Aamer, recently released from the Yankee enclave in Cuba; political discourse and opinions from Yanis Varoufakis, whose book The Global Minotour has got me wrapped up. Also some news from Palestine / Occupied Territories via Electronic Intifada. The Arabic discussion before that piece, is taken from a documentary about divorce in Iran.
Regarding the music and sound, contributions from the likes of Batida, Maga Bo, El Mahdy Jr. Kink Gong, The Bug, Kode9, Stereotyp, Tupperwear, Morgan Craft, KingLMan, Kiki Hitomi, Mohammed Al Madloul, Waipoo Petchsuphan, Public Enemy, Stock Hausen & Walkman; MF Doom, SK Simeon, Machinedrum, Oh No, DJ Vadim, Sol Monk, Fun’da’mental, DJ Spinn, Danny Brown, Muslimguaze, Rootsman, 16 Bit vs. Dj Leo, Manolo Viera, Job Ledesma, Mizz Beats, Jeru The Damaja, Nochexxx, Sensational, Walter Gross, theUnderachievers, The Beastie Boys, Audio Two, Gil Scott Heron, Namebrandsound, Source Direct, CDM, and RP Boo. There could be several names missing, hope it doesn’t hurt.
Last week I read of William Calley’s recent apology for the massacre at My Lai back in the days of the US aggression in Vietnam. Calley was the man responsible, and the only justice faced was three years of house arrest for the murder of over a 100 people. Zip forward to now and the shit hitting the fan regarding the ‘compassionate release’ of al-Megrahi, the man found guilty of the Pan AM 747 bombing over Lockerbie. I looked at the two stories, and the usual machinations ran through my system.
“How is it that there is outrage aimed at a brown man, foreigner, arab, yet the same outrage doesn’t exist when one of their ‘own’ is responsible for pulling the trigger and sending innocents into early retirement?”
Alternet provided a thorough read on the burning question. Oh, let’s not mention oil again shall we!
As for sports, Ripley left a message here last week to say she thinks it’s a good time for music. I would agree. One person Ripley has commented on a couple times is Ras G. For those not familiar with the name and the sound, he is part of the Brainfeeder crew. His manipulation of the binary codes makes me think Sun Ra is living in his body, holding court with Coltrane and Burning Spear. The door is open should you disagree.
Brainfeeder also embodies the crisp beat bending likes of Samiyam, Dr. Strangeloop, Flying Lotus, MatthewDavid and Teebs. Within the last couple weeks another member of Brainfeeder, The Gaslamp Killer released an EP, titled My Troubled Mind. Brain penetrating drums nicely toasted and brewed lay the foundation for slightly psychotic exercises.
I know I’ve gone on quite a bit about this lot, and it may turn some people off, however, where I live, forward thinking music is a bit limited on the ground, and it is my duty to introduce and burn certain things into people’s skullboxes. They have to know, should they want to of course.
Everybody has their take on things, has their likes and dislikes, and we share this information. The Ear Conditioning radio program is made with the people of Tenerife in mind, even though it’s available to all who care to partake. The lowest common denominator has taken hold and people settling for bullshit, weak-azz, commercial-banality with a scary ferocity. The potential hovers around, occasionally surfacing for air before being diving back down below the radar, where I suppose it’s better place to be.
Anyway getting back on point this week we’re entertaining a thirty minute mix from Joker with further beat-led ventures. Judging by the amount of gigs he’s got lined up for the rest of this year, people all over this floating rock are lined up to face the fire when he hits their town.
Former Cabaret Voltaire man, Chris Watson has a new CD ‘Cima Verde’ featuring his natural sound recordings available. The sound of air moving at 3000ft is quite a thrill.
New cumbia tuneage from the Dutty Artz crew, in the vain of La Yegros, and Stereotyp, Austria’s finest measured up some weight for his Major Lazor remit.
Also in the inbox and out again for your ears is the latest production / remix work from Hashashan aka Firebomb Fritz. He’s down with the Speed Camera Shy lot.
Been working with Famille Bou Bess this week, in preparation for the Salpica Festival, and got them to drop some lyrics over a Shawn J. Period beat. Shawn J. was the man behind the boards for some of the early Mos Def beats. He, Shawn kinda disappeared but I believe he’s working on beats again. Very fresh, smooth keyboard, smokey jazz vibes, no samples used….he’s heavily against sampling.
We want Shawn, we want Shawn, we want Shawn.
Plenty of things for you to get your chops around this week.
Ear Conditioning – The Crooked Beat
Chris Watson – Soffi de venta
Cooly G – Love Dub Refix (Hyperdub)
The Very Best featuring M.I.A. – Rain Dance
La Yegros – Trocitos / Marcelo Fabian remix (Dutty Artz)
Gaslamp Killer – Anything Worse (Brainfeeder)
Wreckless Eric – The Crooked Beat (Sandinista Project)
Major Lazer – When u hear the bassline /Stereotyp mix (Mad Decent/Downtown)
Speed Camera Shy – Blindspot by the lighthouse / Hashashan remix
Joker – £10 Bag mix
1. Joker – Solid State [Free download]
2. Joker – Do You [Dubplate]
3. Joker – Output One and Two [Dubplate]
4. Joker – City Hopper [Dubplate]
5. Joker – How Do You Like (Remix) [Free download]
6. Joker & Ginz – Re-Up [Kapsize]
7. Joker – Do It [Kapsize]
8. Joker – Psychedelic Runway [Kapsize]
9. Joker – Taste The Rainbow [Dubplate]
10. Joker & Ginz – Purple City [Kapsize]
11. Joker – Gully Brooke Lane [Terrorhythm]
12. Joker – Retro Racer [Terrorhythm]
The Gaslamp Killer – Ruskie Electric (Brainfeeder)