With this gig coming up on Friday at El Tanque Espacio Cultural en Santa Cruz, gotta figure out what works in a space with an apparent reverb of around 12 seconds. Regardless, it will be a space to experiment, play out somethings that don’t work it other venues. Namely it’s a speaker issue with many venues this way. As I may have mentioned here recently, El Guincho spoke about the lack of respect to the whole frequency spectrum in many venues. What we need is a Plastic People sound system. A place to experience and hear the fullest spectrum of the elements that producers / musicians put into what they do.
I’m still in a cloud of the Ninja Tune catalogue. Thrown in a couple more cuts from The Bug’s forthcoming Infected EP out in November. Also dug back into some future movements via Squarepusher‘s remix of Scratch Yer Head by DJ Food, with that toothbrush sample, my god. I recall being at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, London when Coldcut’s Stealth club night took place for about a year. Squarepusher came loaded with just a drum machine and his bass. He tore new assholes in a pleasant way for all of us present. I think his programming was a source of inspiration not only for music heads, but also programmers and creators of music software, no doubt. He set a mark.
The Cinematic Orchestra’s ‘All That You Give’ features the voice of Fontella Bass, who I now know was also wife of the late great Lester Bowie of the Art Ensemble of Chicago fame. ‘All That You Give’ is her testament to her husband who passed away in 1999. It is beautiful tear.
The forthcoming album from The Creole Choir of Cuba was welcomed with open arms and ears. It sounds nothing like what is generally associated with music from Cuba. The creative pallet is much broader than assumptions. The work of the Mighty Zulu Nation or Umabatha, The Zulu Macbeth, soaring voices free of restrictions on mind body and soul. The Creole Choir have just been announced to perform at Womad Las Palmas. A wish has been answered.
Another contender for Womad could be Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions. Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label are preparing to drop a 4 to the floor, bass step stomper with frenzied horns sending you all over the place.
Tune in tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 GMT+1
Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast
Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 / Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (40Acres and a mule/MCA)
Killer Mike / Swimming (prod. by Flying Lotus) (Adult Swim)
The Bug / Tune In featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)
The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Fontella Bass / All That You Give (Ninja Tune)
Mala / Return II Space (dmz)
Christian Parenti / War on Terror
Salem / Asia – oOoOO Remix
DJ Food / Stratch Yer Head – Squarepusher Remix (Ninja Tune)
Afronaught / Work It (Apollo)
Red Snapper featuring MC Det / The Sleepness – SUAD Remix (Warp)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Scratch DVA Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Skream Remix (Ninja Tune)
Soil and Pimp Sessions / Pop Korn – WAFA Remix (Brownswood Recordings)
Los Destellos / Elsa featuring Fefe – Sonido Martines Remix
El Guincho / Ghetto Facil (Young Turks)
The Creole Choir of Cuba / Edem Chante (Real World)
Cauto / Despertar (Disboot)