Set up by D.WattsRiot, Ear Conditioning is a new label that started life as a radio program only to mutate into an entity representing local and international artists including Gonjasufi, Mutamassik, Socos Dúo, Grenouille and King L Man – who features on the A-side of the label’s first release.
Featuring the soulful vocal talent of Earl 16 (Studio One, Leftfield, Dreadzone), ‘Vultures Bazaar’ dives head first into the “current(cy) situation“, the globalitarian power-play of economics presented as ‘democracy’. A world where the fattest cats get fatter and fatter still, while poverty could be eliminated at the push of an ‘enter’ key.
The AA side features a 2013 update by LV of ‘Abantu’ by The Mighty Zulu Nation, a choir from Durban, South Africa. LV’s afro-futurist ‘Sebenza’ (Hyperdub) album’s vocal content was based around South African MCs and this joyful excursion provides a great foundation for the majestic vocals of this 12 piece group.
2013 will see Ear Conditioning releasing albums by Socos Dúo, Grenouille and King L Man.
Release Date: 27th May 2013 Format 10” Vinyl Cat No. EARV001
A: King L Man: ‘Vultures’ Bazaar’ featuring Earl 16
AA: The Mighty Zulu Nation ‘Abantu’ – Remixed by LV
STREAM NEW TRACK “FEEDIN’ BIRDS” NOW
MINI-ALBUM MU.ZZ.LE OUT JAN 24 IN THE US
Musician, poet and unmistakable vocalist Gonjasufi (aka Sumach Ecks) has unveiled the cryptic new track from his forthcoming mini-album MU.ZZ.LE.
Hear “Feedin’ Birds”
The track, a duet with his wife, is indicative of the deeper and more personal nature of MU.ZZ.LE.
As Sumach explains, “(The record is) a way to reflect on my actions. It’s very emotional and dark, the record. It’s been a dark time of my life, probably the darkest, but I’ve been able to maneuver through that and turn the darkness into light.”
MU.ZZ.LE is released on January 24 in the US and follows his debut album, 2009’s acclaimed A Sufi and A Killer and 2010’s remix project The Caliph’s Tea Party.
Recorded and mixed at his home, it also includes recent track “Nikels & Dimes” – available for free download here: www.warp.net/gonjasufi
The mini-album will be available on CD, digitally, double 10″ vinyl and as a limited screenprinted poster with download code at select record stores.
MU.ZZ.LE, although short in it’s length, is huge on messages. Political, social and spiritual interpretations that define an artist. Written on the road, it was an outlet for Gonjasufi to challenge himself. It’s the response to all the adrenaline, aggression and anger he felt traveling the world, it’s a spectrum of his creativity and a testimony of how one man’s passion and determination is often misunderstood as anger. “There’s a duality that exists and to deny it, is the biggest mistake”. The album’s downtempo strings, heartbreaking soul, reanimated hip-hop and crackling haunting vocal stylings are stitched as a running thread throughout each song like a patchwork quilt.
6.aeroplane-we cant fly
7.gonjasufi-a sufi and a killer
9.jaga jazzist-one armed bandit
10.four tet-there is love in you
2.james blake-limit to your love
6.floating points ensemble-post suite
8.gil scott heron-me and the devil
9.nicolas jaar-mini calcutta
10.erykah badu-out of time
monkeykings Best Of 2010
01.ORIOL-Night And Day LP
02.Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer
03.Lazer Sword – Lazer Sword
04.Rick Wilhite presents – Vibes New & Rare Music
05.A Guy Called Gerald – Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions
06.Urban Tribe-Program 1 – 12
07.Robert Hood – Omega
08.Grooveman Spot – Change Situations
09.Onra – Long Distance
10.Altered Natives-Serial Vendetta
01.Marco Bernardi – Broken Silences (feat Keith Tucker)
02.Alland Byallo – Walking
03.Davide Squillace-On The Road
05.Africa Hitech – Blen
06.Atjazz-From Me To You (Original Mix)
08.Fudge Fingas – About Time
09.Tornado Wallace – Paddlin’ (Linkwood remix)
10.The Timewriter-Push Push
So What ?Di Khrap
1-Flying Lotus # Cosmogramma
2-F # Energy Distortion
3-Eleven Tigers # Clouds are Mountains
4-Shackleton # Fabric Live 55
5-Teebs # Ardour
6-Ostgut Ton # Fünf
7-Sumsun # Samo Milagro
8-Madlib Medicine Show Series
9-Gnod & White Hills # Gnod Drop Out with White Hills II
10-Actress # Splazsch
Fede -Best Tracks
Piece Of Shh… – Diablo Riddim (Hektagon remix)
Eskmo – Cloudlight
Lorn – Cherry Moon
Com Truise – Sundripped
Girl Unit –Wut
Midland – Play the Game
James Blake – CMYK
F – Shift
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – ‘NY Is Killing Me’
Caribou – Sun
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
Balam Acab – see Birds
Subskrpt – We’ll Be Fine
Darkstar – Gold
Mount Kimbie – Would Know
Isotroph – Nenuphar (Neat’s Bloom remix)
Four Tet – Angel Echoes
Flying Lotus – Table Tennis
(in no particular order)
Toro Y Moi – Causers of This
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Darkstar – North
Forest Swords – Dagger Paths
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Caribou – Swim
Teebs – Ardour
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer
oOoOO – oOoOO EP
Mount Kimbie – Crooks and Lovers
From The Gaslamp Killer EP ‘Death Gate’, out 11th October. Get a free download of ‘When I’m In Awe’ from Pitchfork.
‘Death Gate’ marks the return of Los Angeles-based producer and DJ William Bensussen, otherwise known as The Gaslamp Killer. The new five track EP, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, is a dark, bleak creation that is unmistakably part of the GLK’s universe. Describing the record, he states “Death Gate is about exploring the places between life and death, and the shattering of inner journeys that wait for us there.”
Released by: BRAINFEEDER
Release/catalogue number: BFDNL013
Release date: Oct 11, 2010
Low End Theory resident and world travelling show stopper THE GASLAMP KILLER is releasing “DEATH GATE”
his new EP on October 12th through Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records. The EP contains 15 minutes of new music
by GLK that is being released on limited-edition private press 10″ vinyl and digital formats.
On Sunday, October 10th 2010 (101010), GLK, Brainfeeder and Hit+Run present a very special “DEATH GATE”
Release Party at the DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT Theater in Los Angeles. 10 SECRET GUESTS will be performing
at a very rare night of collaboration by GLK and his crew.
Only 200 tickets will be sold for the party, and this event will sell out! Purchase a special pre-sale package now
before tickets are gone. The Package includes one admission to the 101010 party, a limited edition “DEATH GATE” tote bag,
one blank shirt to customize with HIT+RUN at the party, and your choice of either a “DEATH GATE” 10″ or digital download.
100 strictly limited $30 Pre-sale packages are on sale now HERE. When these are gone another 100 tickets
will be sold for $40, until there are none left. Don’t miss out on your chance to witness history and be there on 101010!
It’s a tricky thing, re-working a completely unique and peerless piece of music. It is made even trickier when the personality behind the original music is so vivid and otherworldly that it is almost sure to continue to cast it’s long shadow over whatever new form is chosen for it.
Of course the questions of whether or not to remix Gonjasufi’s classic A Sufi and A Killer arose, but with that voice and those songs, it was never going to fail. Of course the fact that Gonja had made fans out of quite a few incredibly talented artists didn’t hurt either.
So, The Caliph’s Tea Party was slowly summoned to life. Like the Caliphs of the Ummahs of the 7th century, orchestrating affairs from their palaces, Gonjasufi has assembled a collection of artists in his musical world and invited them to exchange ideas. In this spirit, the symbolic and musical centerpiece of the album, as well as its namesake, is the result of the mutual admiration formed between Gonjasufi and Broadcast and The Focus Group. A bewitching, drastic re-working of ‘DedNd’ it takes the form of a suite of layered compositions and radiophonic transmissions.
Elsewhere, reinterpretations from new talents shine while established artists continue to surprise. Mark Pritchard channels Ennio Morricone with epic orchestral dystopia on his remix of ‘Ancestors’ while retaining the inherent gravity of Flying Lotus’ original production. Young guns Shlomo and Jeremiah Jae eschew their labeling as ‘beatmakers’ and tap into a fractured emotional core within ‘Change’ and ‘Holidays’, respectively, giving them new leases on life as subtly mechanized melancholia. Bibio smooths out the rough edges of ‘Candylane’ for a remix indebted to the 1980s R&B leftfield, while Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven and Oneohtrix Point Never deal in heavy motorik meditations and ethereal musique concrete.
That The Caliph’s Tea Party lives up to it’s concept as a companion piece to A Sufi & A Killer is not only a sizeable accomplishment, but also a testament to the source material. Gonjasufi has emerged in 2010 as the most striking new voice in a vast musical landscape that continues to outrun true classification. With so many errant strands of creativity moving in all directions, it may well prove fortunate that a Caliph has been selected.
Gonjasufi – Ancestors ((Dreamtime) Mark Pritchard Rmx)
Gonjasufi – Love Of Reign (Bear In Heaven Remix)
Gonjasufi – The Caliph’s Tea Party
Released 4th October 2010 on silver foiled digipak CD, limited edition silver foiled vinyl and digital
01. Ancestors ((Dreamtime) Mark Pritchard Rmx)
02. Candylane (Bibio Remix)
03. Ageing (Dam Mantle Remix)
04. The Caliph’s Tea Party (Broadcast & The Focus Group “DedNd” Remix)
05. Kobwebz (Jeremiah Jae Remix)
06. Love Of Reign (Bear In Heaven Remix)
07. She’s Gone (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)
08. Holidays (MRR Remix)
09. Change (Shlohmo Remix)
10. My Only Friend (Hezus Remix)
11. DedNd (agdm Remix)
12. SuzieQ (Dem Hunger Bowel Blood Remix)