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.

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Ear Con65 – Happiness will arrive at 11.59

Ear Con65 – Happiness will arrive at 11.59

Transmissions:  Tonight, 22h GMT+1  via Sunhole / Saturday via eFM – Radio Sarajevo 16h CET

Ear Con 46 – I.E.D.

Sad news via Anne Haak aka Mohak,  the passing of one half of the Argentinian Cumbia-tronic producers Fauna. Federico Rodriguez died on the weekend, last day of their current tour, I don’t think he was even thirty yet. Links to Fauna download packages via the Fauna in the tracklist below.  I was hoping to have them perform a festival next year.  We’ll be spinning some Fauna material to keep that flame burnin’.

Good to see Massive Attack are onto the Jneiro Jarel train.  He’s been roped in to remix the track Atlas Air from the Heligoland album.  The Atlas Air remix package, released to support charity War Child is available now.  Also on the freshly unwrapped goods tip, car battery energizing label Eglo come with a new platter of synth plunderings from Arp 101, and UK rapper DELS, gets the clutter off his chest with new single for Big Dada.

It’s all in there for this weeks show, the blues from John Lee Hooker, Indian film music, cumbia, beats, Afrobeat, industrial strength noise from 2nd Gen, frizzed circuitry from Ras G, and tons mo’.  That Akoyo Afrobeat track is good one to put on when a toilet break is needed during the dj set, especially when it gets rammed at Txola, which reminds me, I will be there this saturday night, manning the decks from 11pm ’til 2am.

Ear Con46 – Improvised Explosive Device

  • Intro: 2nd Gen/And,Or vs. The Beatnuts
  • Massive Attack / Atlas Air – Jneiro Jarel’s Lavender Remix (Virgin)
  • Tricky / Pondersosa – Dobie’s Rub Part 1. (Island)
  • Aurita Castillo / Chambacu
  • Mech / El Baile del Vivo (+0)
  • Fauna / Piratas del Zanjon – Frikstailers Remix – Sonido Martines presenta: Nueva Cumbia Argentina (Soot)
  • Arp 101 / Flush (Eglo)
  • Bugskull / Subterranian Life (Digitalis)
  • Vilayat Khan / The Kite Song – The River Le Fleuve (El Records)
  • Lata Mageshkar / Title Unknown
  • Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program / 1derful Beings (Ramp)
  • 2nd Gen / Slowburn featuring Mau (Mute)
  • John Lee Hooker / House of Blues (Pye)
  • Akoyo Afrobeat / B.F.B.F. Panama
  • Cannibal Ox / Pidgeon Instrumental by El-P (Def Jux)
  • DELS / Trumpalump (Big Dada /Ninja Tune)

As usual you can catch Ear Conditioning via Sunhole dot net tonight at 22h00 London/Tenerife time and Friday  with The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Sarajevo 18h00 CET