EarCon93-Suck it Dry

This week’s set is ready to go in about two hours via Sunhole dot net (22h GMT+1).

Featuring the goodness from Bonobo, New Order, Public Image Ltd., Laximikant Pyarelal (from the Bollywood Bloodbath album on Finders Keepers): from Project Mooncircle, in celebration of their 10 years in the game and roughly 100releases, DZA and Gards from KC; Also visitations from Busy, Funkadelic, Samiyam, Flying Lotus, De La Soul, Dream Continuum, and Kuhn, in the hands of Philip D. Kick (who is also part of Dream Continuum, or so I gather.)

More details on the tracklist later on.

As usual you can catch the repeat on Sunhole, weekdays at 11h GMT+1, and on Saturday at 16h CET at eFM

Ear Con80 – Guilty of Incitement to Riot

Ear Con80 – Guilty of Incitement to Riot

Intro – Edison Phonograph + Chris Watson / Cima Verde (touch)
fLako / Broken Toy (project mooncircle)
The Underachievers / Sh!& & My Mouth Says
Roots Manuva / Get The Get (big dada)
Main Source / Fakin The Funk – A Tribe Called Red Remix
Grooverider / Where’s Jack The Ripper (sony)
Reso / War Machine (civil music)
Jehst / Two Point Four (ynr)
Filastine / Shanty Tones (postworldindustries)
Ras G / 13.40 Bus (ramp)
Stereotype feat. JahDan / Regiment 2011
Onra / A New Dynasty (all city)
Bad Brains / Daytripper-She’s A Rainbow (caroline)
Stray / Break Your Legs (brownswood)
Little Roy / Lithium
Mike Ladd / Secret Passage (marathon of hope)
DVA feat. Vikter Duplaix / Madness (hyperdub)

Transmission: Tonight via Sunhole @ 22h GMT+1  / Saturday via eFM Radio Sarajevo 16hCET

Ear Con 57 – Electronic Waltz

Mix up, mix up.

Jumped all over the Kode9 mix for the Essential program on BBC and the xlr8r give-away that i linked to yesterday.  Extracted the Kode9 produced joints from the forthcoming second album from he and The Spaceape.

Also this week, new material from one of the best loved Canarian bands, Las Ratas.  Known for their rap/rock direct assault, they have upped their game by producing a ‘rock opera’ based in the nearby Western Sahara.  The new work,‘Sahara 1975’ tells a story of friendship and love between two young men who is torn by the exodus of the Spanish after the invasion of Morocco on the Saharan territory, in the historical event that became known as the ‘Green March’.  Flamenco guitars, pianos, violins, subtle electronic touches provide beds for a fine cast of vocalists,  such as Luis Morea, Andrew Mollo, Javier Ruibal, Ivan Mura, Julio Tejera, Alfredo Llanos, Elisa Falcon, Olga German.  This is such a leap I think they have left most bands behind by some serious mileage.  It’s a work of tremendous determination, ten years from initial concept to completion.

Finally, somebody produced some instrumental hoip hop with some cumbia flavour, his name is Katakresis, you can sample his free goodies at his soundcloud page, which is below, here his name is in the playlist. He’s also done a refit with a Mos Def acap’ that was floating around recently.

If you tune in and hear some ‘housy 4×4’ stuff, that’s most probably the African Government tune by Mr. Raoul K. Simple and effective I think.

That’s enough scribbling for now, time to eat, later.

Ear Con57 – Electronic Waltz

  • Morgan Craft / Absence of Day and Night 2 (Rough Americana)
  • Las Ratas / Title unknown (Creativa Canarias)
  • Seiji / Second Nature (Bitasweet)
  • Maga Bo feat. Teba / Abaphantsi  (Soot)
  • Tha Greensella / Represent (CIAfrica)
  • Mr Raoul K / African Government
  • The Dirtbombs / Bug in the Bassbin – Kyle Hall Remix (Scion A/V)
  • Katakresis /La Cumbia  Malvada
  • Junip / Always – Prefuse 73 Remix (City Slang/Mute)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (Odd Future)
  • Hodgy Beats/ Laxin featuring Ace Creator (Odd Future)
  • 40 Winks / Sales over soul (Project Mooncircle)
  • Kode9 / Essential Cuts
  • Kode 9 & The Spaceape featuring Cha Cha / Time Patrol Dub (Hyperdub)


Tune in via Sunhole tonight 22h00 GMT (repeated weekday mornings at 11h00 GMT)

Saturday via The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Studentski Sarajevo 16h00-18h00 CET

The Magic Show, coming to town

I very much appreciate both Tanin at Sunhole and Emil of the Magic Show at Bosnia’s eFM radio station taking my weekly transmission from these parts.  Coming up in the next few weeks will be further collaborations with the two stations, as I’ll be presenting the Magic Show within the Ear Conditioning slot every now and then, giving my listeners an indication of what’s being felt in Sarajevo.  On occasion, our brothers and sisters in Sarajevo will get a further dose of what goes down at Sunhole via Tanin’s program.  More as it happens.

21st century – mp3 vs. vinyl vs. cd

The move to digital, embracing technology, sticking with the old.

Who gives a shit?  Use what you got, what ever gives you a woody, just get your message across.

Many different schools of thought, must be as many of them as there are DJ’s, and you know there are tons of us out there.

One of the things I like about using vinyl is when asked, “What was that last track you played?”, I can whip out the sleeve and show them.  They can step into the world of the artist, get a broader picture that goes along with what they heard a minute ago.  Encounter a new name, style, band, artist, producer, label, artwork designer, etc. They may see a familiar or re-occuring name and add another piece to a link they are forming.  We come across some much this way.  I learned that Kevin Metcalfe is a really good mastering engineer, ‘cos Adrian Sherwood / On-U Sound always has him cut his records.  So, if I’ve got a track, album project that has reggae, hard twisted funk sensibilities, I know who to get in contact with or recommend.  If your doing bass-led music, you need to speak with Jason at Transition for the best cut sound.

Whose that drummer, guitarist, thumping bass player?  Don’t get that with an mp3. Read here what Brian Eno has to say on the subject.

“So, everything is a different way of listening. But also I think that there’s something that I still like about the fact of a package, like the latest report from somebody. “Okay, this is what they’re up to now; this is what they’re doing; who’s working with them?” It infuriates me that stuff from the Internet routinely doesn’t include all the credits. Because as soon as I listen to something, if I like it, I want to know, “Who’s the bass player?” “Who did that?” “Who’s the engineer on this?”

Parliament / Funkadelic albums have stories, concepts within the cover, artwork by Pedro Bell and worked the space of an album sleeve to their advantage.  Put that record on, sit on the couch and read, become engrossed in the tales of Dr. Funkenstien and Sir Nose’Dvoid of Funk.  Don’t get that with mp3.

Spinning with Traktor, and some one asks about the music, just gotta write the name down on a napkin or toilet paper and hand it to them.

On the other hand, I’ve been booked for several events where I’ve turned up to do the do, and what do we have here, the first ever Technics 1200’s.  They are old, battered, at least one leg missing – oh that’s great for scratching thanks.  Oh, and the mixer, where did you find this, under your grandmothers skirt? My rider said a four channel mixer, not two lines sharing line/phono inputs. Then, like a knight, Kevin Martin turned up to spend a weeks holiday and he brought a a gift, a Vestax VCI DJ controller.  Now, when I ain’t sure of what’s going to be on offer, I take the mac and Vestax, use Traktor.  “All I need is to plug in left and right outputs to your DI boxes, thank you.”  is what I can now say to the soundman.

An agent once told me I didn’t get a certain gig because the promoter wasn’t sure if he would be able to get the turntables and mixer that I requested on the event day in question.  Sounds a bit strange to me, however, I won’t have to go through that again.

In the week that Panasonic announced the end of the production road for the bedrock of DJ’s, the Technics SL1200 turntables, Mr. Scruff had something to say in The Guardian,

“Everyone said: “You can put jam on your CDs, you can put peanut butter on them,” because they were supposedly so durable (although you could fit far more jam on a record!). I have a real problem with these “one format v another format” debates. It’s like books v newspapers, or a plate v a cup. I quite like to use both.

Saying that, one aspect I’ve noticed with software-based DJing on programs like Serato and Traktoris that, because you can carry so many, you tend to play whole tunes much less. People are playing 30 seconds of a track and skipping to another one. It almost seems like people get attention deficit disorder when they’re DJing. It’s very old school but I’m a firm believer that, if something’s good quality, I want to experience all of it – whether it’s a good meal, a good film or a good piece of music. I think if a record’s good, it should be listened to all the way through”.

The debate, though not a serious life-threatening one, continues.

Speaking of digital, I’m now posting the Ear Conditioning radio program on mixcloud, hopefully I put up a show a week after it’s been broadcast at Sunhole and new friend The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Sarajevo.  First up is Ear Conditioning 35 – Different People Stroke it Different.

Ear Conditioning – Transmission 19.01.2010

Yesterday, Lamin of the Dutty Artz crew informed me that he’s got his latest mix “a series of emotions” within a thirty minute plus capsule, posted up on the DA site.  Subsequently we exchanged a few emails about the tracklist and more.  We have a shared liking of Shlohmo, a lanky nineteen year-old producer from out Cali way. His’ Tomato Squeeze’ comes in after the ten minute contribution from the second volume of Manouâat Amazighia, which I picked up in Agadir last July during the Timitar Festival.
Leading up to the release of their Hegioland album, Massive Attack come with another remix from an album track, this time She is Danger tackle ‘Girl I’m in Love’ featuring Horace Andy.  I’m finding this remix a bit more to my liking than the previous one’s associated with this album.  Looking forward to the Flying Lotus and Burial ones that are due.
Continuing on the beat tip, we’ve got Onra, Ras G, Busy, Paul White, J. Dilla, Mustang, and Dorian Concept.  Mustang is one of the aliases of Alex Attias, who I believe has moved back to his native Switzerland after years in London.  Part of the ‘broken beat’ scene with New Sector Movements, 4Hero/2000 Black, Domu, Bugz in the Attic, which in turn were all centered around the record distributor, (the name of which I can’t remember).  I heard his Purple Moon track on the Coldcut/Solid Steel show that used to run on London’s BBC station.  The next day or so, I went around to the distributor, which was around the corner from the Virgin office where I worked, Alex was there, and he gave me his last remaining white label.  Top geezer!
Mutamassik, returns with another cut from last year’s Commo EP.  That and Dr. No’s Ethiopium have been on heavy heavy rotation here this week.
Delve into the links, and enjoy the beats.
Tune in at the usual spot, Sunhole Radio tonight at 22h00
  • Taslit-Laârbi Ihihi from Manouâat Amazighia Vol. 2
  • Shlohmo – Tomato Squeeze
  • J. Dilla featuring Phat Kat (Rapster)
  • Portishead – Silence (Island)
  • Onra – Apocalypse Now
  • Mutamassik – Commo the Rag (Run Riot)
  • Blue Daisy – Wolf  (Black Acre)
  • Paul White – Ultra Violet (One Handed Music)
  • King Midas Sound – Outer Space (Hyperdub)
  • Ras G – 1derful Beings
  • Bim Sherman – What Sweet Yo So
  • Mustang – Purple Moon
  • Massive Attack – Girl I Love You / She is Danger Remix (Virgin)
  • Busy – Ecleptic Armilla (Beat Dimensions Vol.2)
  • Dorian Concept – Fort Teen

Connections – Minsk Calling


In 2007, a gathering of like minds took place in Minsk, Belarus. The occasion was Unsound Minsk and featured Pole along side local artists, and it must have been good as it gave birth to collaborations between artists from Western Europe and Belarus. Alongside the aforementioned Pole, there is Pinch, Buben, Jacek Sienkiewicz & Arciom Kaveluski, Minorscene, The National Fanfare of Kadebostany. That’s right, I never heard of them either until now, and that’s the point. I hadn’t heard of Flying Lotus or Parliament/Funkadelic until I did, get me?  You may have an idea what Pinch and Pole sound like, what about Kassian Troyer?  His contribution would not be out of place on Chris Watson enviromental recording. Top dog!

The following tracks are available as a free download (proper quality too, not that 96kbps bullshit) and cd’s will also be given away at four events that are taking place about now in Krakow and Minsk.

See here for more information.

For this week’s radio program I’m dropping the album in it’s entirety, all backing it up with the following: contributions from Scalper, ‘Zero’ (from his forthcoming debut album which I mentioned last week); ‘Simple’ from the remastered Funcrusher Plus album by Company Flow, and a blast of South Africa’s hip hop crew Basemental Platform, their sound was very left-field like Co-Flow, disjointed beats somehow fitting together in a mind-bending kinda way. I lost the album that I had, but luckily I have two tracks burned on a cd. So that’s the radio program sorted for this week.

Ear Conditioning – Connections Special

  • Pinch Meet Pavel – Poison / Remedy
  • I/Dex vs. Pole – Minsk
  • The National Fanfare of Kadebostany – Untitled
  • Milf meets Minorscene – Constans (White Jack Dub)
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz & Arciom Kaveluski featuring Minorscene – Alfabet
  • Kassian Troyer – Plant Shift
  • Buben vs. Hermann Muntzing – Counterbalance
  • The Vulva String Quartet w/ Eugene, B. Twisted, Uladzimir Likhaswhapka – Live at Cafe Planeta
  • Company Flow – Simple (Def Jux)
  • Basemental Platform – Title Unknown
  • Scalper – Zero

Ear Conditioning is ‘earable at the following times and locations:

Radio Norte 89.4FM Tenerife Tuesday 20h30

Sunhole Radio Tenerife Tuesday 22h00 (Program repeated weekdays at 11h00)

Planet Radio Thursday 23h00

All times are Tenerife / London time.

Martyn – The Count’s Secret Planet


Our favourite Washington DC based Dutch producer that is Martyn has dropped a podcast mix on his friends at Brainfeeder.  A selection of beats from Dilla, MF Doom, Tom Tom Club, Madlib,  and a host of udders others awaits, copable here.  Over at Martyn’s 3024 blogspot page or here you can find  a mix from a couple years back that’s more in the minimal techno vein.  Tanin should be pleased.

Control+Alt+Dlt v2.0



Power switch ON.

Clipped Beats, Altered Sounds, Fractured Notes, Time-stretched waves all   courtesy of Electricity.

The Long Trail –  “What is at stake is the operating system of audio social reality.”   Kodwo Eshun + Steve (Kode9/Hyperdub) Goodman 

Surf-dancehaul?   Thanks to Diplo and Switch aka Major Lazer for that new genre. That Diplo man, he just don’t stop.  Where was it I read last week that everybody wants to be on Diplo’s dick?  True though neh?

Ear Conditioning – Control Alt Dlt Program

  • Major Lazer / Boom 1 (Mad Decent)
  • Martyn /  The Only Choice (3024)
  • Steve Goodman & Kodwo Eshun – The Long Trail excerpt (mpfree)
  • Martyn / Little Things (3024)
  • Echologist featuring The Spaceape / The Mercy Beat Dub
  • Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program / Veggie Burrito (Brainfeeder)
  • XRABIT + DMG$ / Follow The Leader – Mexicans with Guns Remix
  • Daedelus / Off to the Races (Meanest Man Contest’s Remix feat. Cuzzo)
  • Don Cash / On the Strength 
  • Ghislain featuring Mr. Slaughter  / Get Crazy  (Ninja Tune)
  • TV on the Radio / Dancing Choose – Prefuse73 Remix (4AD)
  • Major Lazer / Hold the Line (Mad Decent)
  • Starkey featuring Durrty Goodz – Gutter (mpfree)
  • Reefer – Let It Go / Flying Lotus Remix (mpfree)
  • Nosaj Thing – Coat of Arms (mpfree)
  • Filastine – La Muerte (Filastine)
  • King L Man – HuhWhat?  (Ear Conditioning)
  • Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens / What Have You Done, My Brother (mpfree)
  • Buddah Music – Zone 05 (The Wire mpfree)
  • The Naturists – Lost in Space  (Interactive)

Ear Conditioning is ´earable on Tuesdays at

Radio Norte 89.4FM, Tacoronte and neighbouring pueblos from 20h30

Sunhole Radio www.sunhole.net from 22h00

On Thursday, tune into Planet Radio www.planetradio.es see link for frequencies within Tenerife.

I´ll be hoisting the record bag over to Txola this MayDay Friday.  If your in the area, venga, la dia es la cumpleaño de mi mujer.

Hey soundbwoy, you wanna turn that goddam music off?

The Ear Conditioning radio program will soon be moving from Radio Norte to a new home at Planet Radio, which I’m pleased to say covers all of Tenerife.  Ever since I moved to Radio Norte, due to my inability to communicate perfectly in Spanish, I never spoke directly about what I was playing on the program, and although I was generally fine with it, I gradually felt a slight nagging in a corner of my brain, that people were missing out on one of the foundations of what I/we do as radio presenters.  I mean, I’ve got nothing wrong with mix programs, but yeah, we are communicators, and while people can check the blog, it’s good to know right there and then what is being played.  So, there will be some changes to the program when it gets onto Planet Radio, which should happen within a few weeks.  The program will still be going out on Sunhole however, there my boys too ya know.

For those folks in Gran Canaria, I will be playing at the Bass Gordo event on Friday 27 March / marzo en Sala Paraninfo  Also on the bill, from Sweden, LoopTroop Rockers, and local crews, Alma Sin Dueńo and U+O.  With a name like Bass Gordo (Fat Bass) there should be sufficient wattage and speakers to handle some bottom end.  Finally!  You don’t know how hard it is to play in clubs and events here.  Bass is like a foreign entity in these parts except when Jah Ras takes out his sound system.



Clandestino Festival, which takes place in Gothenborg, Sweden in June,  has just  announced the line-up.  I’ve been helping out on the curating side since last year’s edition, and we are pleased to say that we got Konono No.1, Leila, Buju Banton, Speed Caravan, Bass Fiction aka Kode9 + The SpaceApe set and ready to go.  More info here.  Flights are available via Cryin…uh RyanAir, among others.  See you there.

Ear Conditioning Playlist / March 24 2009

  • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou / Sé Wé Non Nan (Analog Africa)
  • Broki / Mi Ritmo (ABCD)
  • Seńor Coconut / Mucha Fritura – From Freezone 5 (SSR/Crammed Discs)
  • Schlachthofbronx / Landergschwister Isatalerghettoschuten (mpfree)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry vs. Kode 9 / Yellow Tongue  (On-U Sound)
  • The Bug featuring The Space Ape  (NinjaTune)
  • Santo Gold + Diplo: Presents…..The Clash / Ghetto Defendent (Mad Decent)
  • Warrior Queen / Check It (Mad Decent)
  • Santogold vs. Benga / Unstoppable / Night Dub  (Mad Decent)
  • Shawty Lo vs. Skream / They Know / Stagger  (Mad Decent)
  • Mighty Zulu Nations vs. Mala/Digital Mystikz  (Ear Conditioning)
  • Radiohead / Reckoner – Flying Lotus remix (mpfree)
  • King L Man / Aziz Visitation (Ear Conditioning)
  • Jazzsteppa / Taylor Rain (Studio Rockers)
  • Squarepusher / Title Unknown  (Warp)
  • Public Enemy / Shut ‘Em Down – Pete Rock Remix (DefJam)
  • Peteres Boom & Chime / Title Unknown (Stonetree)
  • King L Man / Huh What? (Ear Conditioning)

Ear Conditioning is currently ‘earable on Tuesday at the following locations:

Sunhole (Internet) Radio  22h00 GMT (and repeated randomly during the week)

Radio Norte 89.4FM  20h30 (Repeated Saturday 22h30)