For those with weak hearts

Featuring : Pharaoh Sanders


This weekend, all four corners of 20JFG were in Madrid  with our close friends to celebrate the imminent wedding of one of our cabal.

While there we perused the Museo del Prado – a many-treasured vault of a building holding level after level of mind-bending genius from Goya and Bosch among others.

In our depleted Sunday morning state, though, I was perhaps even more drawn to the traditional Catholic art depicting religious icons. As an atheist who had no particular links to religion when growing up, I find religious art both terrifying and soothing.

I love the weirdness and passion of Catholicism’s depictions in paintings, which border on the psychedelic, but I also love the beauty and elevation of religious music, whether it is polyphonic chant, the ayin used to soundtrack the graceful twirls of Sufi whirling dervishes, or 20th century gospel.

The music of Pharaoh Sanders reads like modernist Islamic hymns – full of devotion, but teetering on the edge of holy abstraction.

Pharoah Sanders – Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum Allah

Though indifferent to the deities held precious by such music, I find its abundance of faith of nourishing. If I ever get married, it will not be in a church or use religious traditions, but I will always find comfort in the sounds of another human’s love for the supernatural, when sung sincerely and with a certain heart.

For those with weak hearts, like me, complicated music making uncomplicated promises has restorative potential.

Buy Jewels of Thought by Pharaoh Sanders (1969)

art is Born Cross-Eyed, 2015 by Jordan Pontell


Nerd synth delirium

Featuring : Eduard Artemiev


We were actually going to post a track from this album anyway, but to celebrate the announcement yesterday that XXJFG’s proposal on Eduard Artemiev’s Solaris has been shortlisted for publication as a 33 1/3 book, we’ve shuffled this deep cut from Artemiev’s lesser-known 80s oeuvre to the front of our ‘to blab on about’ list.

Birth of Earth is the opening track from Warmth of Earth – a 1985 non-soundtrack album by Tarkovsky’s main score composer. It is a must-listen for any fans of genuinely weird music. Synthy, operatic, symphonic, ambitious and irreverent to rules, Warmth of Earth has moments that prefigure The Knife or Add N To X – or that echo fragments of Rick Wakeman’s White Rock analogue synth burnout soundtrack to the 1976 Winter Olympics* – but mostly just sound like little else.

Eduard Artemiev – Birth of Earth

Fans of the Solaris or Stalker soundtracks will be surprised but delighted upon checking this one out. Oneohtrix named it has one of his 13 favourite albums in a 2011 Quietus piece, to give you some idea of the kind of nerd this synth delirium might appeal to.

Who knows whether our Solaris idea (technically written by just one of us, but is likely to be done with so much assistance and support from the other three JazzFunkers that it will be practically a co-write) will achieve fruition, but, right now,  it’s an honour to be considered among classics of music crit such as John Darnielle’s Master of Reality, Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love and – indeed – Drew Daniel’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

Many of the other proposals on both the long and shortlists look amazing too (When The Haar Rolls In, Kimono My House and Lulu to pick just three), though that hasn’t stopped certain people from acting like total fucking crybabies over their pitches not being accepted. Not a good look, guy.

*Interestingly, Artemiev would go on to score the opening ceremony of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Apocalypse-strength acid techno: an interview with Johnny Superglu


He started out his musical career as a guitarist in rock bands, though that isn’t obvious by the apocalypse-strength acid techno in evidence on Johnny Superglu’s Rambo Village LP.

We caught up with Mr Superglu himself for a quick chat on what a rambo village is and whether or not his music can be defined as “Belgian skweee.”

“i found that those two words,Rambo and village put together side by side just sounded great to me, also it brings lots of images to mind ..for me, it s the imaginery place that we can reach by listening to the record, with red masked poeple dancing forever

Johnny Superglu – Rambo Village Calling

“Soundwise, everything can be done with only a computer nowadays, but i still prefer messing around with hardware cause it makes me feel less lonely.

“I like peace of gears with sequencer included cause a sequencer is basically like a musician, it can brings unexpected ideas that will sometimes unlock what i’m stukked into

“I usualy record and edit in ableton or logic

“Skweee is the name for the chiptune funk scene..it’s a swedish producer named daniel savio who found the name. get the most with the less! you have to squeeze the life out of your synth to have the best from it. The cool thing is that when you name something it allows it to exist. when i started to produce around 2010 i found out that what i was doing was related to that scene . it was a good way to be more visible, better than sayin , yeah im doing funky tunes with cheap synthesizer.

“and belgian skweee was my way of skweeeing

“I still play guitar and guitar is still part of my music altough people dont necesserally hear it.. cause everybody expects guitar to sound like acoustic folk chord or distorded powerchord..for me it’s just a piece of wood with strings that makes sounds

“but anyway  it s something that doesn’t matter anymore..

“with all the effects you put after, guitar can sounds like a synth and synth like guitars…

“i tend to see it like an interface to play sounds whatever it’s synth, drums, bassline…or even guitar sometimes!”

We asked Johnny to list the tracks that define him best as a musician and a human. He came back with:

Errorsmith and Mark Fell – Cuica Digitales

The Beach Boys – Our Prayer

Buy Rambo Village from Plynt Records

art is internet feels: skeletons (3), 2015 by Corey Johnson


Surfing Solaris

Featuring : The Host + Trust Image


Among many other things, Solaris is an account of humanity’s attempt to understand scientifically the alien of its own mind. This is an effort destined to paradox, because understanding the mind requires stepping outside of it, which is not possible for us.

Perhaps this is the reason why the discovery of Solaris creates such excitement among academics. Finally an opportunity to study a mind from the outside. The difficulty is to interpret the phenomena being observed, especially after they become entangled with the act of observing. Solaris responds to the human presence around it, perhaps even uses their presence as an opportunity for a bit of psychic research of its own.

Several chapters of the book overview the scholarly debates that ensue. Instead of participating on those, we have decided to get our surfing boards and get immersed in Solaris, participant observers in an act of xenography for which the songs below provide a most suitable soundtrack.



The Host – Sunset Induction

The Host’s Esalen Lectures represent a moment of pure wonder after our immersion in a dazzling ocean, just before our cognitive frameworks kick in to give the whole thing some structure. We experience the baroque coral constructions, the lightning bolts of refracted sun-light shooting from above and the strikingly patterned life-forms dancing their delicate ballet as a unique hyper-connected whole by which we are engulfed and purified.

Somewhat ironically, we are posting but an excerpt from an album that needs to be experienced in its null gravity completeness. Get the rest from Touch Sensitive records here.


Trust Image – Sun

Jungle to us always represented an effort to impose progress on the stasis of London’s circulatory grid, as well as an eerie prophecy of its high-tech cityscape.

Trust Image’s Rory’s World maintains that sense of energy, direction and flow, but unfolding above the immaculate jungles of a cosmic nature reserve, in a sleek hover-bike probably designed by Moebius.

Get it from 1080p.

(Illustration of a Mimoid by Natalie Kay-Thatcher)

The past is a terrifying place

Featuring : Flatliner

Flatliner - Black Medicine (HD025) - cover

Flatliner hit that 80s action sci-fi horror hybrid thing with the sort of gay abandon usually reserved for the Fight Supervisor on said 80s action sci-fi horror hybrids.  Getting in those combos early: synth washes under murderous melodies; stabby, stabby.  Above, our Lord and Saviour J.Carpenter haunting the sky.

Our collective 80s becomes an intersection of Prog and Electro and Punk and Industrial and New Age in some unholy mess.  A times a brutal intersection of the fascism of ‘on and off’ and the nostalgic primitivism of the handmade and lung powered.  Disjointed and with their (imagined) connections all muddled. 

Although we were barely there so how could it be anything else?

The era of supply side Jesus and the painfully slow death of the communes (and the idealism that went with them) beckoned for the the otherworldly brutality of the culture that sprang up to serve it — we always got the Arnold we deserved.  So why do we produce and devour the synths once more?

Maybe…#cue voiceover-guy#…it’s here from the past to remind us of the terror our present sprung from.

Flatliner – PC Corporation

Flatliner’s EP, Black Medicine is out now on Holodeck Records.

For club and kitchen use

Featuring : Project Pablo


This could be the real lo-fi funk. A clockwork, underwater funk that isn’t quite as danceable as it thinks it is, but instead magics up all kinds of hallucinatory thoughts about dancing in your mindbrain.

I Want To Believe by Project Pablo has perhaps unexpectedly proved to be one of the albums of 2015. Its submerged disco is loved by music fans across the board – from tape ‘heads’ to lovers of more ‘proper’ dance music.

Project Pablo – Follow it Up

Pablo himself categorises I Want To Believe as “rich, taped out moods for club and kitchen use.” What deliciousness would you cook in accompaniment to these sounds? Let us know in the comments.

Originally released on cassette, selections from I Want To Believe have just been reissued by 1080p as a limited edition 12″!

gif via StudioGhifli



Featuring : Known Ocean


Here at das 20JFG we are suckers for driving music.

Especially if the driving involves traversing terrifyingly grandiose wastelands, like the journey to Prometheus’ alien mausoleum.

If it takes place under the dead gaze of inhuman idols perched in the crests of ancient hills.

If we are accompanied by a melody that wails like My Bloody Valentine’s guitars scrambling for survival in the nightmare computer world of I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream.

If we are propelled by a mecha-motorik beat which is a cybernetic prosthesis for The Wipers’ vectorised punk shriek.

All of this will help you understand why Known Ocean’s 141028 has made us lose our shit, basically.

Known Ocean – 141028

Known Ocean’s S/T album is out in Valley Sound Records. You can get the rest of the album freely from Free Music Archive.