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20jazzfunkgreats best of 2010: Step Up

What vinyl platters could wake 20JFG prematurely from its cryogenic slumber in 2010? What repetitive beats could make its unconscious and partially thawed corpse shuffle towards the nearest dancefloor? What warm-hearted heaters could possibly defrost that heart of stone and illuminate that mind of disillusionment? What songs offered comfort when we were sat down and told that our plan to freeze ourselves in search of a better life in the future, had received some major setbacks? In the year that moved at 60 b.p.m, magic at higher tempos shone like the opening ceremony of the Ark of the Covenant.

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2 Dogs In a House – Scream in the Night (posted 25th June)

Echoes of Mr. Fingers drift across prehistorical plains where the proto-wolves wait 10,000 years to devour us.

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Beautiful Swimmers – Big Coast (posted July 5th)

The soundtrack to Streets of Rage 2 as rerecorded by Shriekback whilst holidaying on Easter Island.

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Brassica – New Jam City (posted August 26th)

Prodigious astral boogie 1st heard in the pastel discotheque of Count Ramulus III, Lord of the Vapour Folk (the DJ wouldn’t tell us what it was but we sneaked a look at the label while he was in the toilet).

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Charanjit Singh – Raga Megh Malhar (posted March 31st)

Humanity’s ongoing search for ‘The Future’ in electronic music was called off when it was discovered in the past.

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Cos/Mes – Gozmez Land (posted November 4th)

A luscious trip into the humid rainforests of Selza-G where the indigenous folk speak only a percussive language based on distant Gamelan mythology.

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Crystal Ark – The City Never Sleeps (posted March 22nd)

This is what happened when you dropped the schematic for that trans-dimensional love-canon on your visit to the druid camp.

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Crystal Ark – The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous (posted November 16th)

This is what happened when they worked out how to build it.

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DJ Nate – Make Em Run (posted July 6th)

Planet Mu gave the Europe a 4-part lesson in how they do things in Juke-Town. From Ramellzian voyages into unchartered arrangements by the younger generation, to telepathic hyperspeed bangers from the seasoned vets – each part served to further bend our stiff upper lips and get that booty shaking like it was Mecha-Godzilla being throttled by King Kong.

DJ Roc – Phantom Call (posted September 22nd)

DJ Rashad – Teknitianz (posted September 16th)

DJ Elmoe – Whea Yo Ghost at Whea Yo Dead Man (posted June 22nd)

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Hunt with a cat – Wrapped in Rope (posted August 13th)

Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall) and his best friend, Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), are 15-year-old nerds with low social standing at their Shermer, Illinois high school. During a weekend at Wyatt’s house in which his parents are out of town they came up with ‘Hunt With a Cat’, the finest mechanoid basement-acid act in the land.

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Hyetal – Phoenix (New Post)

Between two stratosphere piercing peaks lies a valley shrouded in a synthetic mist: atmospheric and portentous.  Still, no amount of scene setting can quite prepare you for the majesty of those two peaks. “Last song of the night”-of-the-year.

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Hyetal & Shortstuff – Ice Cream (posted January 26th)

Pitch bended celestial ballroom music so good, just hearing the opening takes us five years into the future whereupon we chance on a dank basement club, hear the first few chords of Ice Cream and levitate.

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Jonathan Kusuma – Days are Numbered (posted August 27th)

One of many awesome transmissions from Indonesia this year via Space Recs.  Kusuma opening in a baroque fashion with a mile long procession towards a dark and foreboding tower…before storming it in thunderous style.

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JR Seaton – Azklementyne (12′ mix) (posted August 5th)

The 20JFG specification document genre known as ‘Beatnik Beats’ was created especially for this blazed out intellectual battle of wits between Lil Louis and Artie Shaw.

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Malvoeaux- Targets (posted July 5th)

The moment in Tron:Reloaded where Daft Punk finally remove those helmets to reveal thier unspeakable Teuthidian faces.

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Pagan Future – Ancient Ritual (posted October 15th)

Delicate images from the insecure formation of techno preserved at a lower bpm for us to greater appreciate their beauty.

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Protect-U – Double Rainbow (posted June 10th)

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain, where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.

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Rocha- Hands of Love (Fingers of Sand) (Gatto Fritto’s Menorcan Nightmare Version) (posted March 22nd)

This is what hell wants you to think it sounds like down there, so that you will spend your life robbing banks and not helping old ladies across the road.

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Steve Moore – Zero Point Field (posted october 13th)

This is what it felt like to be the LHC in the moments leading up to the first collision.

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It has long been speculated that the observed periodic radial velocity pattern for the K giant Pollux might be explained in terms of an orbiting planetary companion. We have collected 80 high-resolution spectra for Pollux at Lick Observatory yielding precise radial velocities with a mean error of 3.8 m s<sup>-1</sup>, providing the most comprehensive and precise data set available for this star. Our data confirm the periodicity previously seen in the radial velocities. We derive a period of 589.7+/-3.5 days and, assuming a primary mass of 1.86 M<sub>solar</sub>, a minimum companion mass of 2.9+/-0.3M<sub>Jup</sub>, consistent with earlier determinations.

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Valis- Exegisis (posted May 9th)

A 13 piece uniformed funk band named Cameo raided a Government building in 1984. Only 3 of them made it out alive, so they moved to Essex and renamed themselves Nitzer Ebb.

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Afrofuturistic Interdimensional Entertainment News (part 1)

Featuring : DJ Rashad + Extrol

Greetings fellow transdimensional beings and welcome to this evening’s installment of the Afrofuturistic Interdimensional Entertainment News, brought to you in association with LightSPEED ‘liquid energy’ buzz capsules. It’s the 7th portion of the 243th anisphaer, and if you’ve just joined us, here is a quick recap of today’s top stories.

Jeno Scrarisia, one of the members of Geraxian-Disco act ‘The Scrarisia brothers’ was arrested today in what police called ‘ a shocking act of brotherly discombobulation’.  According to eyewitness reports, an argument broke out between the highly volatile brothers whilst on the Prophaxis Nebula leg of their tour. This quickly escalated into a scuffle during which Jeno drew his photon pistol and fired squarely at his brother Simo’s face, pausing only to smile for the crowd of amassing paparatzzi who were attracted over by the scuffle (pictured). Simo suffered mild burnages to the face and a bruised ego, but doctors say he will make a full recovery.

This is not the first time the 2 brothers, responsible for continuum-wide hits such as ‘You give me the Jetpack’ and ‘The Girl with 3 of Everything’, have hit the headlines with thier sibling bust-ups. Their many high profile spats have earnt them the unfortunate title of ‘The Gallagher brothers of the Quasron-Hoxo Sector’.

Jeno Scrarisi was released on bail pending trial by a Pescitari Jury. The future of the band is uncertain.

Profiteering-Warmonger-of-the-Xadrant-quadrant-turned-Popstar, Karg the Unfaithful courted controversy today after his performance on peaceful agriculture-moon, Hadron-5. Fans of Karg who attended the concert were shocked to see him wearing what appeared to be a replica uniform of the former Hadraci regime, a brutal fascist dictatorship who ruled the planet for over 100 cycles, and whose symbolism is now very strictly banned from ever being shown in public.

His stage costume, consisting of a head to toe leather uniform and pink armband , was almost identical to the one worn by the former regime’s foot soliders. He even wore the same pair of infra-red goggles worn by former dictator AKK-u-Didac. Defending his actions through the Telepathic social networking device he said ‘man what the fuck I can’t wear myself a pink armband on stage, I’m just trying to express myself, these Hadronians are waaaay too sensitive’. Later on, after hostility towards him rose further, he added ‘if these fools don’t like it they can taste the full wrath of my planet removal laser’.

The incident is currently being investigated by Hadronian officials. And now for this week’s new releases reviewed by Spambot 20-JFG.

OK here’s the real news. Planet MU‘s summoning of Chicago Jukemeisters onto UK wax through the Stargate of their unstoppable label continues unabated. This time with one of the scene’s undisputed lords DJ Rashad and his Itz Not Rite EP.

DJ Rashad – Teknitianz

Teknitianz beats down the door to our disco with a 93 Jungle bassline in accapella, but as the dust settles and we expect execution by snare rush, we instead float away on the wings of varicolor sprites left over from the commodore 64 film tie-in franchise game of Hitchcock’s Birds. A little bit more straight ahead than some of the younger abstractions of DJ Nate or DJ Elmoe, but still ramping the syncopation into a +6 cerebral setting, pushing accents into place you dreamed they’d never go and offering us a true afrofuturist vision that requires no ridiculous costumes or outlandish plots to make stick (although we dig both of these things too).

You can pre-order it here.

Almost 30 years its senior and sounding just as fresh, Extrol by E.S.P comes with scant info. Which in it’s own way is a good thing because, like the DJ Rashad we get to project our own rabid fantasies all over it.

E.S.P – Extrol

To us ‘extrol’ sounds like it was made to soundtrack some kind of booty-controlled analogue rodeo where Meccano cowboys straddle laser cattle whilst a toothless android yokel beats on a plastic cowbell in a plastic log cabin nearby. OK yes we actually now nothing about this record other than what it says on the label, but we do know that there is a patch cable feeding across time from this to Booty/Ghettotech/Juke and we thought it relevant to share with you today. Have a listen, see what you think? Pick up from discogs only.

More news after the film.