Going Underground

Dark, smelly, filthy and crawling with rats – while this may be an accurate description of many subway stations and tunnels around the world, it definitely doesn’t apply to Barcelona’s Drassanes Station, Stockholm’s Tunnelbana, the Munich U-Bahn or 11 other bold, colorful, modern and just plain beautiful stations. Travelers taking these trains can catch a glimpse of a stunning abandoned station in New York, an ancient river under Athens, a nuclear bunker in North Korea and much more.

More images at Web Urbanist

Here Hear


What do we have hear (sic)?

Ways the re-use vinyl that’s what.

Not that I plan on finding other ways to use what vinyl I have, lord no?

I just liked the picture, courtesy of Web Urbanist.

Now sports….

As I mentioned in an earlier post, on the way back from Urkult Festival, I had one day of record shopping in the noisy big smoke we call Londin.  It had been a year since I was back ‘home’ and so many record shops have closed down since.  Actually a lot of everything has closed down with new things in their place, waiting their turn to experience the financial slaughter.

One place that hasn’t shut down in Soul Jazz Records.  Seems to be a good place to hook up with Kevin ‘Da Bug’ Martin.  He pointed me in the direction of some joints by Onra (Vietnamese beats-master) and Dorian Concept (Viennese beat-maestro in the vain of  Flying Lotus, but very importantly, not a copy of FlyLo).  I didn’t even listen to them, “Carl, add these to the pile please.”   Kev’s missus, Kiki, gave me a  cd by  N’danka N’danka.  Japanese band / artist with excellent hypnotic / tribal drumming, frenzied Idris Muhammad style hi-hat action.  Highly recommended.

Our man in New Zealand, Stinky Jim runs a label called RoundTripMars, and he’s on a bit of a frenzy at the moment, with tons of records coming out.  He supplied a taster of the upcoming split seven inch featuring Jefferson Belt and UniTone HiFi.  The Jefferson track features an almighty Rastafarian spoken-word piece delivered over a weird electronica movement, very unique. RoundTripMars, they don’t do twee.

Skintologist Fritz Catlin dropped their latest production on me last week…the aptly named Biotic Dub.  It does exactly what is says on the label.

So I raise my glass to good friends with excellent taste helping me bring it home.

Ear Conditioning / Here Hear

  • Portishead / Silence (GoDiscs!/Island)
  • Jefferson Belt / The Creeping Tings of the Earth (RoundTripMars)
  • Gaslamp Killer / Hell and the Lake of Fire
  • Nosaj Thing / FWD
  • N’danka N’danka / Gallop  (Lastrum)
  • Onra / The Anthem  (Baked Goods)
  • Speech Debelle / Go Then, Bye – Photomachine & El-B Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Skintologists / Biotic Dub
  • UniTone HiFi / Sneeze Off  (RoundTripMars)
  • Hue Jah Fink / Out of Reach – Tempest Mix
  • DVA / Nasty Nasty Nasty – Sukh Knight Remix
  • Daby Toure & Skip McDonald / Past Time (Real Word)
  • Silkie / Test (Deep Medi Musik)
  • Joker / Untitled RNS (Tectonic)

This weeks program is available at the following stations and times:

Sunhole Tuesday 22h00 (Repeated every morning at 11h00)

Planet Radio Thursday 23h00

Radio Norte next Tuesday 20h30 (This weeks show will go out next Tuesday at R.Norte)

The Spanish daily newspaper El Pias, recently had  ‘the best clubs/bars in Spain’ list, and I’m glad to report that Txola was one of the three clubs/venues/bars listed for Tenerife nightlife lovers.  Hold tight, Txola will re-open end of this month.

Also for those out Isla Baja way (that’s here in Tenerife) I’ll be returning to Los Silos to take part in the Boreal Festival Sept. 26th. We’ll be bombin’.  Big thanks to Juanjo for thinking of me.

Hasta luego.