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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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Last night we saved a DJ’s life

Theorizing that one could time travel within their own lifetime, 20jazzfunkgreats led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top-secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove their theories or lose funding, 20jazzfunkgreats prematurely stepped into the project accelerator, and vanished. They awoke to find themselves in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not their own. Fortunately, contact with their own time was maintained through brain-wave transmissions with Al, the project observer, who appears in the form of a hologram, that only 20jazzfunkgreats can see and hear. Trapped in the past, 20jazzfunkgreats finds themselves leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, and hoping each time that their next leap will be the leap home.

Goddamit. This shit feels like being stamped on by Zeus’s henchmen after being cut into 10,000 slivers by a galatic egg slicer. It really smarts. Right, where the frik are we? Just need to find a mirro…JESUS CHRIST what’s that? Oh, it’s only our new face. Looking kinda rough. Seem to be in a teenagers bedroom of some kind. There’s a girl passed out on the bed. I hope we’re not too late. Oh, it’s OK she’s alive. Would guess from the remorseless pounding coming through the floor there’s a party going on downstairs. Best to check it out, want to get the hell out of here ASAFP.

Party was right. Not that our swiss cheese brain can remember what a party was like. Pretty sure it wasn’t a bunch of teenagers drunk on booze, high on Marijuana and listening to New Beat though. Or was it? What language are they speaking? luckily we were trained to a high degree of fluency in all world languages, along with all major martial arts and mathematical disciplines before coming here. Shame we can’t remember any of them. At a push we would say it was one of the northern European Germanic dialects, let’s go with maybe….Dutch. If that guy doesn’t stop tapping us on the shoulder we’re going punch to his lig……Oh, hi Al.

What in frig’s name is going on? ‘Oh well according to Ziggy your name is Wilfred’. Yeah that’s really useful Al, anything else? Quickly, before we have a go on this jazz cigarette. ‘Ah well, the location has been identified as Breda, which according to Ziggipedia is a town in the southern Netherlands. And??? ‘See that guy over there DJing?’ Yeeeeas. ‘His name is Tijs Michiel Verwest, he might be playing some quality New Beat tracks right now, but tomorrow he goes to a record store and buys ‘9.p.m. til I Come’ by ATB’

What’s wrong with that? our warped, fucked-up, rotting memory seems to remember that was a great record.’No but you don’t understand, according to Ziggy, in 2010 Tijs Michiel Verwest is charging people 140 euros a ticket to watch him mix ‘The Scatman’ very badly into some other chart trance anthems and calling himself  ‘The World’s Greatest DJ’. That record literally changes his life. In order to leap back to your happy life as a grumpy blogger, you need to convince him to buy a different record in that store tomorrow, or the whole world is doomed, and you will be stuck here as his manager forever. You have 3 paragraphs.’

Where can we begin with Concentration vol. 1? It took us 2 weeks to even pick something from the vastness of its mitigating fermament, let alone any words decent enough to grace its many complex charms.  Lovefingers and the whole ESP Institute crew have collaborated on a mix so vast, plotting co-ordinates from dangerously tantric prog-funk fantasies to house music made out of records so obscure, the original artists forgot they’d even made them – educating and soothing our calamitous souls like a tube of Deep Heat rubbed into Satan’s back muscles. ‘Mensa’ supplied by Sombrero Galaxy was peaking on our subliminality bar chart today, so prey let us share. This is obvs from a mixed CD so it cuts in a little sharp…..

ESP Institute – Mensa

Mensa is the psychic on-stage antics of a 13 piece synth-boogie band beautifully rendered in VHS. No sound comes from their amps, their matching uniforms are blue screen devices for the projection of your soul. Outside the venue, an HD universe tries to get in, seeping through cracks and window frames in time. There is only one way out of here, and it’s upon the transcendent flourish of a dexterous soloist embellished with the soul-glo of the chosen one.

Concentration vol 1 is out now from all regular vendors, with all proceeds rather heartwarmingly going to the Harmony Project charity.

San Francisco’s Hunt with a Cat dropped some Demos on our doorstep like an abandoned Apollyonsprog.

Hunt With a Cat – Wrapped in Rope

With weapons so often deployed on these pages, ‘Wrapped in Rope’ attacks from a different angle, occupying regenerated territories, swooping down over a hematic dirtplane where Phuture armies battles with a Hawnay Troof in the name of tenebrous Basement Jamz.  Watching on screen we select the deadly button combo of button X + button A whilst twisting joypole 2 in a 3 quarters semi-perpendicular motion to unleash pixelated napalm all over a platoon of skeletal drum machine warriors in an act of digital genocide that was strictly just for kicks, mister.

As we said these are demos, so no release info. But if any A+R mans be reading, it’s time to flip out the chequebook wethinks.