Ear Conditioning / Transmission 18 – Flying High

Can’t shake that juvenile feeling of excitement regarding a record release.  Instead of running down to the record shop to get the first copy, it’s turn on the ‘puter and check the inbox.  When ordering the cd or vinyl of the Flying Lotus ‘Cosmogramma’ album via Bleep one gets an mp3 of said album sent out on day of release also.

Did anyone else get an empty file?

The postman dropped the cd at my door before I could say boo to Bleep.

Being born in the sixties, I was captured by the sight of men going into space.  However, btrothers never had a connection with space until George Clinton/Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun-Ra.  We watched as a few white men went into orbit, walked, played golf, and drove cars on the moon, and collected rocks.  It was George and Sun-Ra that brought space to us, looking at the cosmos, it’s properties and it’s mysteries in the quest.  From Chocolate City to The Mothership Connection.  With Flying Lotus, it’s from Los Angeles to The Comsos. Cosmogramma,  a space beat odyssey .  Searching within to capture some of dreams and possibilities of where one can go, reside, exist, partake of, explore, seek.

Funk.  That’s one of the things that separates Flying Lotus from a lot of those that bite his sound.  He’s got a profound sense of funk that the others miss.  A few numbers on Cosmogramma rides on deep bass drawl of Stephen (Thundercat) Brunner, (Suicidal Tendencies/Eryka Badu/Shafiq Husayn).

Rebekah Raff’s control of the harp provides a a perfect floating companion and guide.  Dorian Concept, Thom Yorke, Ravi Coltrane and Laura Darlington don’t fall asleep at the wheel either.

Ear Conditioning – Transmission 18 Flying High

Sunhole 22h00 GMT

  • Black To Comm / Void
  • African Head Charge / Throw It Away (On-U Sound)
  • Bim Sherman / Slummy Ghetto (On-U Sound)
  • Cornershop / Sounds Super (Beggars Banquet)
  • Mohammed Al Madloul / Unknown Title (Sublime Frequencies)
  • 1 Speed Bike / Taliban Horton Overnight Price Doubling
  • Mistachuck / Tear Down That Wall (SlamJamz)
  • King Midas Sound / Earth A Kill Ya (Hypedub)
  • Gonjasufi / Duet (Warp)
  • Flying Lotus / Computer Face  (Warp)
  • Flying Lotus featuring Thom Yorke / And The World Laughs At You (Warp)
  • Flying Lotus / Infinitum – Dimlite˙s Re-finitum (Warp)
  • Flying Lotus / Pickled! (Warp)
  • Flying Lotus / Massage Situation (Warp)
  • King Midas Sound / Lost -Heat Wave Ham – Flying Lotus Mix (Hyperdub)
  • Flying Lotus / Shifty (Plug Research)
  • Flying Lotus / Satelllliiiiiteee  (Warp)
  • Andreya Triana / Lost Where I Belong -Flying Lotus Remix Instrumental (Ninja Tune)
  • Radiohead / Reckoner – Flying Lotus Remix
  • Flying Lotus / Unexpected Delights featuring Laura Darlington (Plug Research)

Gonjasufi

We’ve been trying to nail this Mr. Gonjasufi guy down for one of the festivals I’m helping curate this year and looks like we are gonna have to go to Las Vegas to find him. Well, I ain’t going.  I can’t ‘cos I got a Cuban stamp in my passport, and that’s a no-no if you wanna get into the USA.  How fucked up and juvenile is that?
Anyway here’s a link to an interview Gonja did for P4K
His album is out a week Monday on Warp, don’t ya know?!

MP frees

For all us miserable sods, who don’t wanna pay for being miserable, there are some free songs from Massive Attack at RCRDLB. One is the She is Danger remix of Girl I Love You featuring Horace Andy and the remix by Gui Boratto of the Hope Sandoval voiced Paradise Circus.  No need to give your first born, just follow the link.

For a dose of freeness with the name Flying Lotus attached to it, go to the Warp site for three tracks, including the previously mentioned Gonja Sufi track ‘Ancestors’.

Enjoy

Autechre

At last years Clandestino Festival, I spent an afternoon with Leila and her tour manager brother (forgive me for not remembering his name, Ali, I think).  The previous night she performed a set which comprised of long vocal samples, her own tracks and those of others, presented via turntable, cd player, her own effects units and lord knows what else and manipulating it all sitting in front of a 24 channel mixing desk.

She started her set playing a dialogue carried by an arresting ancient voice. The subject was ‘What is art?’ or something like that.  Anyway the next day I asked her what was the dialogue she played.  Leila not only told me, but gave me about six cd’s of music and dialogues that she used in her set,  a million miles far cry away from dj’s who won’t tell you jack-shit when you ask “What track was that you just played?”

So during our afternoon taking in a bit of Gothenburg on foot, we talked briefly about Autechre.  “You’ve got to get their first album” she said with an abundance of enthusiasm.  I still haven’t got that album, but some of the bits I’ve got, they do it.  I think it was a remix of DJ Food’s Sexy Bits, then a remix of Soft Ballet Forms knocked me for six.

Apparently they’ve been about for over twenty years.  A new album is out on Warp Records soon.  Which brings me to say, Warp got it going on this year.  Also to come the follow-up  to the Los Angeles album from Flying Lotus.  Also the Gonja Sufi album which once again Mr. Lotus has a part it producing, mi madre!  Oh yeah, Mr. Lotus speaks of his new album over at Pitchfork, sez too he’s doing a Massive Attack remix, figures dunnit?!  I’m hoping it will be some of different tone that the remixes they’ve offered so far.  Anyway, back to the meat, catch up on Autechre  here:

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Paul Morley