Category Archives: JR Seaton

An Appeal From Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

Featuring : JR Seaton + Virgo

We recently received a phone call from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, asking us to stop putting articles about Sci-Fi author Preston G. Parallax up on Wikipedia. When asked why, he said it was because the supposedly fake (his words) scribe didn’t meet their ‘notability guidelines’ (whatever they are). Considering that to us, Preston is one of the most notable figures in the development of speculative fiction and pseudomusicology, we found this statement very odd (citation needed).

We know Jimmy’s been down on his luck lately, so rather than give him a hard time we went down to Wikipedia Inc’s HQ with Preston, to prove that he is in fact flesh and blood. The receptionist there was everso helpful, and guided us to a waiting room simply marked AUDITS. There we took a ticket, and sat next to a man named Jesus. He was just about to reveal the secret of staying on Wikipedia when your existence hasn’t been proved by any legitimate source, when we were called in to see THE AUDITOR OF ALL KNOWLEDGE and his special team of advisors.

THE AUDITOR OF ALL KNOWLEDGE was a white-bearded man of about 70 (although he could have been about 970, such was the incredible wisdom emanating from his face). He stood in a white room with a white clipboard. The room would have had a kind of pearly gates atmosphere, were it not for the huge concrete bunker placed sinisterly behind the Auditor’s white desk. All Preston could make out in the bunker window were several sets of radiant red eyes. The Auditor spoke…..

“SO PRESTON, YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN WIKIPEDIA – WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT’S OF ANY NOTE?” (The Auditor didn’t shout, but what he says is so authoritative that it has to be written in block capitals)

“Well, in the early 80s I wrote a couple of Science Fiction novels..”

“THAT’S GREAT PRESTON, BUT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT’S OF ANY NOTE?”

“Well, they were quite well recieved…”

“HOW MANY COPIES DID YOU SELL?”

“Um, the first one sold 36 copies….”

“THAT’S NICE PRESTON, BUT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT’S OF ANY NOTE? WE ONLY TAKE NOTABLE PEOPLE HERE”

“Well once someone quoted me in their school thesis once….”

“HMMM, NOW YOU’RE ONTO SOMETHING”, he turned to the bunker “ANY OF YOU LOT HEARD OF HIM?”. There was a negative murmur from his team of advisors.

“I’M SORRY PRESTON, BUT IN ORDER TO BECOME PART OF THE SUM OF ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE THEN, YOU MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING NOTABLE….” he paused and took a second look at him

“HANG ON A SECOND, YOU’RE NOT A FICTIONAL CHARACTER ARE YOU?….”

We will get poor Preston past THE AUDITOR OF ALL KNOWLEDGE, and into his rightful place on Wikipedia soon – watch this space……

Seems like to get on Wikipedia these days you gotta shift some serious units, so let’s help some people do that! Last week we introduced you to the Call Super supergroup of which J R Seaton is a member.

JR Seaton – In Your Mask (Strip 4 Drumstix)

Not content with that supergroup, on his new EP ‘The Grey Flower’ he has assembled another one. This time with Brassica and Binary Chaffinch, and as you can imagine the results are very pretty, and highly dexterous (to say the least). ‘In Your Mask’ is a solo effort, and we guess this might be the track from the EP that people who use terminology like ‘big room techno’ might go for. Here at 20JFG we like ‘cloak room techno’, so Joe’s slightly stripped down version (not available on the EP) is just the ticket. As instructed, we take his hand. He doesn’t mind when ours gets a bit clammy. And it does often because ‘In Your Mask’ is an exhilarating flight through jagged analogue terrain – a bit like the ‘virtual reality’ game Pierce Brosnan used in the Lawnmower Man, except reprogrammed by the Tyrell Corporation (that’s Alden Tryell the artist not Alden Tryell the character, but if you like…..).

The Grey Flower EP is being put out by the very nice Relish recordings crew this very Friday (available in Beatport only apparently, vinyl coming soon!)…

 

Oh, Virgo Four boxed-set, where have you been all our lives?

Virgo Four – The Mop

Whilst currently scraping together enough pennys to collect all thirty tracks, may we pay homage to the vibin sounds that have cleansed our ears and embellished our souls for the past couple of weeks. If you haven’t already seen/heard about the Virgo Four ‘Resurrection’ album then it’s some total ‘lost tapes’ affair which makes you glad you live in the age of reissues, and also the age of the internet. We already used the term ‘life changing’ to describe this album to our 20JFG colleague this week ,and that’s no exaggeration. Imagine the most intimate moment of ‘It’s You’ by ESP’ time stretched across across a 3 hour movie about Jamie Principle floating on the ethereal plane and perhaps you’re getting there.

If you’ve never really listened to much Chicago House, or you’re feeling stuff that Future Times are putting out then we totally recommend picking up the cd version at least. But really it’s gotta be the wax – both very much out now on Rush Hour – just save us a copy, OK?

 

 

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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20jfg Podcast: JR Seaton

Featuring : JR Seaton + Podcast

Tis that time again. Here follows the mixtape by JR Seaton we promised you a couple of days ago. His excellent new 12′ on Relish is a valiant expedition into unexplored boscages of house music led by a crack team of Kosmiche-nics armed with Jazz machetes and postpunk compasses. The full course across musical history that inevitably leads to the primordial invention that is the ‘She had a Wing EP’ is plotted herein for your understanding and enjoyment. JR also runs the rather fabby Nocturnes label and additionally graced us with the artwork you see above, which is coming from a group show happening soon in Berlin. We rather dig this dude.

JR Seaton – 20 Jazz Funk Tears Mixtape

Tracklist

1. Reinhard Lakomy // LCD Soundsystem – Klangzeit // 45:33
2. John Dodds Trio – Blue Clarinet Stomp
3. Laurent Lomande – Maboko Marie
4. Weather Report – Crystal
5. Horace Andy – Money Money
6. Matias Aguayo – Ay Ay Ay (JR Seaton Edit)
7. Reinhard Lakomy – Raumzeit
8. Mike Banks, Carl Craig & Wendell Harrison – Twilight (Live)
9. Wax 10001
10. FXHE #5
11. Rebolledo – Caminando
12. Venus – Paranoia
13. Jamie Principle – Bad Boy (Unreleased Mix)
14. New Order – Confusion (JR Seaton Splice)
15. Barrabas – On The Road Again
16. Flock of Seagulls – Modern Love is Automatic
17. Brassica – Varnish

He Sublimed Me!

Featuring : JR Seaton + Los Massieras

In the cataclysmic sewers deep beneath the haunted architectures of Northern Europe there runs rivers of purest ectoplasm. EU directive 2010/666/8 dictates that a certain level of all energies contained in this powerfully emotive substance be kept in balance at all times, lest there be some hardcore spiritual ruptures happening at some seriously inopportune moments. Who can forget the great invasion of the undead Roman empire in 1846 or the Parisian ‘fantôme du chien’ incident of 1924. Not good for tourism.

In our new job as EU parapsychologist we were sent to investigate some alarming readings received on our rusty equipment over the last couple of weeks. Not one to get our hands dirty we sent a couple of our lackeys down into the Northern Territories’ marbled underpits to collect a sample of said ‘plasm.

Now, for those of y’all that don’t know, ectoplasm is the substance that can bind the living with the dead and it is a most sensitive of chaps, absorbing whatever are the most prevalent vibes, be they good or bad. We recently had to file another EU directive against people leaving negative comments on Youtube. Because if one more comment along the lines of ‘you can fucken go suck on your on fucken pussy for bein a fucken asshole you fucken dumbass’ had been posted on there, the negative energy would have made flesh to a spirit so foul, that we would have been looking at the end of humanity itself.

Upon our most recent analysis of this vibes-substance there was found unbelievabley high levels of cosmic energy. This is not necarsarily a bad thing but in high enough levels this kind of positive energy can be just as dangerous, and liable to summon all manner of heavenly undesirables without the correct paperwork. Looking at our Euromap for potential sources of this high concentration, there can only be one culprit.

In the monochrome subzone just perpendicular to Berlin on the astral plane, there is said to walk powerful Kosmiche overlords, and these good spirits preside over the well being of the city’s inhabitents. Some residents report this as a feeling of a hand on their shouder, others as a voice in their ear whispering words of comfort, although as they speak in their native language of German most expats can’t understand what they are actually saying.  We heard that one such spirit named Damiel wanted out of the game. Bored of his divine voyeurism he yearns to breath fresh air into his lungs and to kiss a lady. To drink a coffee and smoke a fag, put it out, see his freinds, see the sights and feel alright.

Therefore this recent build up of energy is his doing. Charge up the rivers with enough good energy and he can become human, and find out for himself just how bad a Maccy D shrimp burger really tastes.

Much as we would love to help him out, it’s more than our job’s worth. Therefore we cannot have any more cosmic energy coming out of this city and as such, the spinning of the following records is now banned under EC directive 2010/667/9.

Los Massieras – Allrighty

The Oliver Reeds of re-edits Los Massieras fall out of a cab onto the welcoming pavement of 20jfg once again. Thee heady masters of appropriation take their scalpels to Italy to place motorik stomps where they were not before, in ‘Allrighty’ creating a pulsating future-world where skuzzy afrobeat horns of the past might seem out of place floating by, but they’re sure as hell working out for ya as they file themselves into areas of your cortex you never knew they belonged. You Say Party!, We Also Say Party!

Better than Italians EP out now on Banamania. As Tim Westwood might put it, Go cop that joint.

Absolutely double banned as it’s liable to cause a cosmic rupture in the very cobbles beneath our feet is

JR Seaton – Azklementyne (12′ mix)

Working safely under the watchful eye of Damiel, JR Seaton is a true craftsman able to explore unchartered areas of house music with rarely touched tools such as clarinets and musical ideas. ‘Azklementyne’ and in fact the whole of the ‘She Had a Wing EP’ is like watching Peter Falk sketch in his notebook from a monochrome plain, only to realise that he can see  and hear you, only to then realise that he was once like you, only to then realise that it’s not Peter Falk at all but Mr Fingers and he wasn’t sketching in his notebook at all,  but actually laying down a synth pad so soulful you’re not going to forget about it for the rest of your life.

12′ out soon in Relish replete with a remix by our beloved Brassica. Different versions out now on digital replete with a remix by another family fave Headman. JR has also made us a rather stunning mix which has been loaded into our podcast photon torpedo to be launched at yr unsuspecting flanks this coming Saturday.