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20jazzfunkgreats best of 2010: Paranormal Beauty Contest

As we approach thee end of 2010, we open the gun locker, gaffer tape a flashlight to our pump action shotgun and slide into the vietcong tunnels of what went on this year. There be monsters there.

Being the all encompassing unstandardised weirdoes that we are, we make no attempt at ranking our choices, or to classify them by format. We just about manage to drop them into different buckets which aren’t quite genres, but a chromatic scale of the kirlian aura colours that they impressed upon us.

Let’s begin with black. Things that go slash in the night.

Chris Carter – The Space Between: Optimo music present to us a resurrected artefact from the dawn of our current philosophies.  Instrumental sides to the freestyle battles of Gods.

Chris Carter – Clouds (posted 2008)

Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics Vol. 1.: An urban survival guide for the modern existential hero. Can be read as a cyberpunk anthology, or as a collection of fashion tips for the cavalcade of the damned.

Eleven Pond- Watching Trees (posted in 2009)

Florene – Homemade Extacy. Those blips you see breaking the speed limit in your radar, lt. Strumpf, as you swig on your hip flask behind a battered roadside advert in the scorching Texan night, they aren’t your average joy riders. No, they are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and they are looking for a rave.

Florene- Homemade Extacy (new post)

Gatekeeper: Giza.Herr Mannheim, I think that upgrading the operating system of our robotic assembly line with a code sequence downloaded from an anonymous source located somewhere in the sidereal voids wasn’t such a hot idea.

Gatekeeper- Serpent (posted Dec 6th)

Indian Jewelry: Totaled. Dorothy is bored in her house in the middle of the desert. A whirlwind takes her to a world of impossible colour . She jacks a pickup truck and storms down the yellow paths with her gang of metal men and talking beasts, under a black cloud of flying monkeys. Oz is toppled and anarchy ensues.

Indian Jewelry- Excessive Moonlight (posted May 18th)

Liars: Sisterworld. This is the sort of pop music that fills the airwaves in those desolate places where prepubescent worshippers of a pagan cult slaughtered all the adults.

Married in Berdichev: Readying. Walking down the private collection of the Hunterian museum at night, where beauty stands still, preserved in aspic.

Married in Berdichev- I Need the Sun (posted July 27th)

Model Man – Shouldn’t I be Dead by Now? Dry ice and airbrushed laser beams thunder over a brutal coastline as Tron’s less binary characters engage in fatalistic plans for their escape.

Model Man – Shouldn’t (posted October 18th)

Mueran Humanos: S/T. The dead are not quiet in Mueran Humanos’ album. Within, walls continue upright, bricks meet, floors are firm, and doors are sensibly shut. Silence lies steadily against the wood and stone. And we who walk here… walk alone.

Mueran Humanos: Festival de las Luces (New post)

Psychic Ills- FRKWYS 4: Doomsday ragas kinaesthetically synchronised with the infra-red output of the Predator’s mask, while manhunting in the Arabian desert.

Psychic Ills- Mantis (Juan Atkins Remix) (Posted August 26th)

Puerto Rico Flowers: 4. Me and Bauhaus getting it on in the abandoned abattoir (a love story).

Puerto Rico Flowers: Let’s Make Friends (new post)

Salem – King Night: Filling 20JFG’s lungs with bewitching dreams since 2008, Salem deliver the album that brushes past any middling concerns of genre partisans.  Exquisite beauty lurking beneath waves of delay and syrup.

Salem – Frost (New Post)

Scorpion Violente: Uberschleiss. The Gabber Meinhof aren’t a wild bunch of decadent noisemongers hellbent on collapsing society by industrial means. No, they are the research & development department of the survivalist massive, prototyping sonic armaments to be deployed against the undead hordes crawling from an oversubscribed hell.

Scorpion Violente: Viol et Revanche (posted October 18th)

Teeth of the Sea: Your Mercury. Sexual transcendence you achieve while your flesh dissolves under the leathery wings of the bat people of The Beastmaster.

Teeth of the Sea: A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. (posted October the 7th)

Xander Harris – Urban Gothic Synth drenched ode to Brian Keene.  A mix tape of all our favourite horror scores ripped to shreds and assembled into terrifyingly catchy shapes.

Xander Harris – Opening Credits (posted August 20th)

A Twist at the End

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Bernard Fevre’s compositions are a castle of mercury threads laid down by a crystal goliath spider. Bernard Fevre’s compositions are the sound of a shadow tapping on the thin walls of your dreamworld. Bernard Fevre’s compositions are the vertices linking nodes in a conspiracy that ended with several headless corpses washed out in the shores of the Seine, the gendarmes are still scratching their heads about that one. Bernard Fevre’s compositions are the schemata of a gold gilded telescope through which to behold stellar reticles perpendicular to the ones we think we know. Bernard Fevre’s compositions are the ghosts that dance down the corridors of Yoyodine’s R&D labs at night, and the noise of molecules tinkling malevolent inside chemistry glasses at the chilly laboratory below Hawkline manor.

If you are a sci-fi bitch with a psychedelic demeanor, Bernard Fevre is your man, his latest compilation, ‘The Strange New World of Bernard Fevre‘, out on Lo Recordings contains 14 gems of haunted minimalism for you to ideate noir plots around, get cracking.

Bernard Fevre- Molecule Dance

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Comrade in arms Damon tells us of Dark Entries, and of their re-issue of Bas Relief, a lost nugget of trebly synthetic pop/metronomic minimal wave by Eleven Pond. Watching Trees is a choice cut infected with glimmering synthetic sequences, memories implanted in a replicant’s RAM which feel way realer than the real thing, and a rumbling killer lobotomised italo bassline that flips all the right switches at the control panel of your ‘throw robotic shapes while you cry’ 20jazzfunkgreats emotional cyborgs. Get it while you can.

Eleven Pond- Watching Trees

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Many lay content in the golden sands of a Balearic beach of wistful prettiness and marihuana induced lethargy, it’s all well and good and we dig the sloooowly unfolding sounds as much as the next Studio fan. However, we believe there is a need for more cats to take things further, say, stand up and run into the black waters reflecting shards of a silver moon, break the spell and swim into the unknown, oblivious to treacherous currents and through mesmerising vortices. In his new 12 in Thisisnotanexit records, Night Plane does precisely that, the result is a mirage of fire devils, red shadows and pounding sexy cadences, a motorik disco epic which tells tales of a hallucinated peyote pilgrimage under very heavy skies. It draws on the muscular desperation of the shit kicking country music that all those AOR titans of the 80s ripped the shit off, and laces it with sizzling acid, the result is a thick witches brew that we lap eager. Special.

Night Plane- Chinese Shadows

To celebrate the release of the single, Night Plane has come up with a blinding mix of properly dirty pumping dubbed out disco rock for guys with non-ironic cowboy shirts to do the tribal stomp to. Time to sweat young colts.

Night Plane Promo Mix

Tracklist

Fleetwood Mac – world turning (night plane edit)
Marianne Faithful – broken english (baron von luxxury slow touch remix)
Jackpost – ragazza
Chicken Lips – feast of freeks (steve kotey tape edit)
Holger Hiller – das feuer (pilooski edit)
The Detachments – circles (night plane remix)
Voyage – point zero
African Suite – in the pocket
Supermax – african blood
Edwin Birdsong – lollipop (kai alce edit)
Azymuth – may I have this dance
Cosmo Vitelli – frydman
Moolah – crystal waters