Chrome ‘Melody’

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A pre-internet tune that could be released today an’ nobody would be any wiser.  It was on ‘The Family Album‘, compiled by Tony Thorpe for his Language label than ran in the early-mid ’90s.  I think the producer was either Optical or Matrix, which was totally out of step with that they were doing at the time. Definitely forward thinking on the beats.  And Chrome, the rapper, where is he?

“24hours of flick-through brainwashTV shite, Trapped in a maze ’til you sleep and day and rise and night, That’s when we are in our element, Wanna hear the bass-line roar, fuck the radio, that’s too innocent…”

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

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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

Tony Thorpe & Si Begg

Globestepping, is a project headed by my good spar Tony Thorpe aka The Moody One Boyz.  Music librarians / publishers Boosey & Hawkes have deep vaults of recordings from all about, and they are getting contemporary producers to twist and bend as they see fit.  Si Begg, (Noodles,  Tresor,Ninja Tune)  joins Tony on lead track ‘Kongotronic’, a rolling UK-bass-meets-funky number with bright synth stabs and distant African vocals. The B-side sees Bobby Friction favourite Nuphlo (Universal, Nasha, High Chai) bring the desert storm to ‘Dusty Path’, and Mixmag “one to watch” Pempi (Studio Rockers, On U Sound) puts a zen flavour on ‘Chai Garden’

Nuphlo – 40 Thieves

Tony Thorpe’s Studio Rockers label is working with Nuphlo, here’s the vid’ for 40 Thieves.

The 12″ vinyl release  is backed with the delighfully glitchy ‘Scatterbrainz‘  with tabla rhythms amalgamated with quick-fire ragga vocal snippets – all of which are skilfully crafted and infused with elements of dancehall, glitch and dubstep.
Also there is ‘Mahal‘ which, literally translated from the Hindi means ‘Palace’ and takes its inspiration from the 1949 Bollywood horror hit of the same name.