When presenting Fat Planet many moons ago, I was always keenly attuned to sounds that fused my two (then) primary concerns – broad internationalism and rugged experimental beats. Proponents of such a fusion were (and to a large extent still are) few and far between, but Mutamassik, dj/Rupture and Filastine stood out, stood proud and stood very loud. Often abrasive, and never compromising, they nonetheless married the promotion of global sounds throughout Western lands with an unfailing respect, collaborative diligence and due payback for the local artists involved. To herald the release of his ‘Extra Dirty Bomb’ EP (reworks and live tracks that “shits on geography & genre”, with mixes from Jahcoozi, Cardopusher, Phowa, Deep Throat X, Maga Bo and Electromeca), I’m delighted to post Grey Filastine’s new mixtape of insurrectionary bass music, and as an accompaniment, asked him for a few words on its genesis.
“Last year’s tour started in Oceania January 1st and ended at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in late December. I went there to do a sound intervention, broadcasting 5-channel noise collages from moving bicycles as part of the larger direct-action bike bloc. The state repression was massive, we were detained, searched, and had our workspace raided. Meanwhile the COP15 Summit itself was a fucking disaster, as the leaders of the world proved yet again that we can’t rely on solutions from above. While there I also did a Filastine gig, in a circus tent inside the free-town of Cristiania, which ended in teargas & police helicopters pounding overhead. On return to Barcelona I began working on this mix, it was to be a “promo” for a new EP of remixes, but the urgency of this moment shaped it into something else. I hope it triggers some reflexion, some inspiration, or perhaps even some action.” Grey Filastine
We Are Experiencing Turbulence – Insurrectionary Bass Music Sin Fronteras (A Mixtape by Filastine)
– Infernal Noise Brigade- live in Mexico at street protest
– Jazzsteppa- AmeriCa B
– Filastine/Cardopusher Discontinuities (Singularities remixed- from the EP Extra Dirty Bomb)
– Fnaire- Lalla Mennana
– Filastine/Jahcoozi- Opium Den (Desordenador remixed- from the EP Extra Dirty Bomb)
– Beats Antique- Oriental Uno (feat. Fanafara Kalashikov)
– Oro 11- El Cangrejo
– Arena & Etian acapella- excerpted from Voces Rebeldes project
– Filastine/Ill Gates- Pharma Sutra (Fitnah remixed- from the EP Extra Dirty Bomb)
– Filastine/Maga Bo- Batalha Cotidiana (Btalla remixed- from the EP Extra Dirty Bomb)
– Chancha Via Circuito- Calzada
– Foxdye- Foxdyechek Collision
– Frikstailers- Sudaka Invasor
– Tego Calderon- Diento de Oro acapella cameo
– Sonik Omi- Ye Jawani Hai Mera Jaan
– Simbad- Airport Beat 1008
– Jahdan Blakkamoore- Dem A Idiot (instrumental – prod. by Matt Shadetek & Modeselektor)
– Amir Sulaiman- Danger
– Sunship feat. Warrior Queen/ Sinden(remix)- Quits
– Filastine/Deep Throat X- Con Las Manos En La Masa (remixfrom the EP Extra Dirty Bomb)
– Madera Limpia- La Lenta (Schlachthofbronx remix)
– Bassnectar- Cozza Frenzy
– Venetian Snares- Sabbath Dubs
– Kray Twinz feat. Twista- What We Do
– Suckafish P. Jones- Caribbean Nightmare Agent
– Dubchild- Cant Keep Me Down
– Caving- Slimthug
– Dog Murras (feat. Propria Lixa)- Vai Levar Galheta
– Brasil 96- Batucada
– Lightning Bolt- On Fire
– Rhythm Collision featuring- Indian Street Music #3 / Sein Sah Thin / Tabuh Winangun Marga / Venetian Snares /
– Filastine / Drumcorps
– Filastine- Como Fugitivos (instrumental version)
with words lifted from:
– UK newscasters
– Carl Sagan dubbed into castilian spanish
– ANC Radio Freedom BroadcastSouth Africa1969
– a US Military Commander
– Waking Life
– The Century of Self
– Slavoj Zizek
– and more sources of lost origin
BUY: Extra Dirty Bomb at iTunes | Additech | vinyl
In June 2009, I gave away a free mixtape to new subscribers of FBi Radio during my ‘Disorient’ show. The mixtape, titled ‘Disorientation Session’, features a few tracks that you can find on the first two Discontent mixtapes (Mixtape One and Two), with additions from various artists that appeared regularly on the show’s playlists, or as earlier single posts on the Discontent blog. As an aggregator of the sounds found on the (somewhat short-lived) Disorient radio show, this will more than likely remain the only existing audio document.
I’m particularly fond of this mixtape as its sensibility stretches back to the earlier days of the Fat Planet radio show – a focus on more innovative and often experimental music from around the world, before the beats and bass kicked in. I particularly like the way that Salem’s screwed, slow-core can nestle near Villa Diamante’s warped take on South American cumbia and AGF’s truly distressing cover version of Rhianna’s ‘Disturbia’. An eclectic and surprising session, I hope you agree.
DOWNLOAD: Disorientation Session: Disorient’s Mixtape For FBi (105MB)
- 1. Dalt Wisney – Sci-Fi Dot Fiends [Pakistan] 2:03
- 2. The Craters – Samba Party [U.S.] 2:40
- 3. Ghoul – Fuck Math [Australia] 1:54
- 4. Salem – Brustreet [U.S.] 5:02
- 5. 7VWWVW – Mammal Theme [Scotland] 5:55
- 6. Villa Diamante – Tonolec vs Kromestar [Argentina] 2:56
- 7. Berrettaz – Pense A [Côte d’Ivoire] 2:44
- 8. AGF aka Antye Greie – Disturbia [Germany] 4:07
- 9. Filastine – B’talla (feat. Rabah) [U.S.] 3:10
- 10. I Buried Paul – Favola [Brazil] 3:17
- 11. Fletcher – Dreadlox Dub [South Africa] 6:17
- 12. The Peronists – Cumbia Maligna [Argentina] 3:39
- 13. Atomhead – Unsuspecting Broken Receiver [Belgium] 2:09
- 14. Growing – Green Flag [U.S.] 6:16
- 15. Sleepmakeswaves – Exits To Nowhere [Australia] 3:41
- 16. Rothis Bournias – Last Days Part Two [Greece] 7:07
- 17. Inverness – Bats [Brazil] 3:13
- 18. Flica – Mid [Malaysia] 4:53
Note: All music on the mixtape is licenced via Creative Commons or has otherwise been made freely available by relevant artists & labels. If you like what you hear, please support the artists -visit their site, buy their music.
Cover image by Irving Liaw (under CC Licence).
As an itinerant annalist of a melange of sounds from around the world, Filastine has little or no equal. From the first moment that he drafted a set of sticks as drummer for Seattle’s Tchkung! in 1990s, through his life as rebel leader of the “tactical mobile rhythmic unit” Infernal Noise Brigade through to the 2006 Filastine debut, ‘Burn It’ – Grey Filastine has forgone convention in favour of confrontation. The collage of sounds, philosophies, ideas and cultures that once again spring to attention in the new full-length ‘Dirty Bomb’ come off as an uncompromising, unfettered alternative soundtrack to Life On Earth.
Grey points out that there were no “canned loops” or “mail-order vocals” – acoustic instruments and vocals were sourced, discussed, recorded and bound to hard drive in collaborative sessions. Sweeping through Bucharest, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Bangladesh, Sydney, Granada and Marrakesh, ‘Dirty Bomb’ uniquely treats these original recordings as the source samples that are then dragged mercilessly through layers of processing, and landing somewhere altogether new and hitherto undiscovered. ‘B’atalla’ features Rabah from French / Algerian hip hop crew MBS, who – on this one track alone – raps in French, English, Berber, Arabic and Spanish.
Filastine – B’talla (feat. Rabah) | mp3
In collaboration with with DJ/Rupture’s Soot records and Post World Industries, ‘Dirty Bomb’ also marks the first release for Australia’s ‘Uber Lingua‘ label – the natural extension of the DJ, VJ, MC and live collective that has been largely responsible for introducing a new vision of contemporary and alternative ‘global’ music into the aural culture of the country. Aus / NZ residents can buy ‘Dirty Bomb’ now from uberlingua.com and can also look forward to a Filastine tour (including appearances at the Sydney Festival), in tandem with Maga Bo, in January.
Previous Filastine, Infernal Noise Brigade and Tchkung! releases available via Post World Industries.
Download another track from ‘Dirty Bomb’, ‘Fitnah’ (featuring Jessika Skeletalia Kenney) at Pitchfork.
Israeli Raz Mesinai has been a major player in the outernational music scene since the early 90s – blending traditional Middle Eastern influences with dub, bass-heavy electronica and distorted beats. From his early experiments under the influential Sub Dub project, to releases as Ladyman and Badawi, and latterly through his film scores, Mesinai has long established himself as a creator of innovative, politically charged beats and soundscapes.
His latest release, Unit Of Resistance, is the first time the combination of aliases Raz Mesinai and Badawi have come together on record; gathering together recordings made in 2004 and subsequently reworked by a team of producers over the intervening years. The original source material was recorded as a “conscious act of political protest”, laid down at a Madison Square Garden studio, directly adjacent to the Republican Party convention being held nearby.
Drawing from audio elements pushed back and forth over the web, the roll call of producers is impressive – DJ Spooky, DJ Olive, Kode 9, DJ/rupture, Filastine and more. Whilst Diplo and friends scour the planet for uptempo global club and party beats, it’s producers such as Mesinai that take the darker route; pulling the international colours of sound into a deep, black pool of sounds that disrupt, agitate and disarm – a perfect brew for an unholy voice of dissent.
A ‘Fat Planet’ interview with Grey Filastine, originally broadcast on FBI Radio on 8th October 2006. Grey discusses his previous work with Tchkung! and his misadventures with the Infernal Noise Brigade, then bringing us up to speed with the genesis of Filastine and his audio travels around the world.
DOWNLOAD: FILASTINE judas goat (terror mix)
DOWNLOAD: FILASTINE figuig
regular readers will know i’m a fan of dj rupture (aka jace clayton) – undoubtedly at the forefront of marrying global sounds with radical contemporary production. think ‘afro house’ and then think of its exact polar opposite – and that’s where you’ll find rupture.
rupture‘s label soot has previously brought us egypt’s incomparable mutamassik as well as releases from japan’s ove naxxand jace’s own nettle project; and their next release comes from seattle-based solo producer filastine. having studied rhythms and worked with percussionists worldwide, filastine filters all those experiences into his new album ‘burn it’ (available now through boomkat).
short album samples on filastine’s site suggest that ‘burn it’ will deliver a diverse mix of hip hop, broken beat, ragga and deep electronic dub, all fused together with vocal samples and field recordings that represent an incredible diversity of music from around the world. note, once more, the term ‘world music’ does not apply.
the above remix of ‘judas goat’ kicks off with a feeling that you’re falling into a deep mantra, reflecting on bush’s ‘war on terror’ – and as you’re drifting through that elongated moment of discovery, filastine’s drops a mix of heavy dub (double-)basslines and eastern percussion and pipes. the original version of the track can be found on a recently released soot 7″, b/w a dubhop excursion with sweet french vocals (clip).
the second mp3 comes via comfort stand, described as a “community-driven label where all releases are free … striving to bring you recordings that we find interesting, compelling and downright enjoyable. everybody needs free music.” well said. the mp3 album is called ‘people doing strange things with electricity too‘ and is 25 tracks of artists that i’ve never heard of. i sense of morning-worth of downloading approaching.
more filastine: check out parts one and two of his mix as part of sonar calibrado (with maga bo), and this field recording entitled ‘mob destroys bank in argentina’.