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At the Centre of it All

Featuring : U

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This week on 20 Jazz Funk Vids, we bring you the self-directed music video for U’s U2.

Created from layers of classical samples, looped and folded into recognisable sounds in alien tempos, U2 is Bernard Herman doing a strictly 2-step soundtrack.  U2 is Industrial music if it didn’t go on to influence Techno but instead found its way to South London in the 90s.  And finally, U2 is the waltz and the horror of fin de siècle Vienna (where these sampled records were found), refined, cultured and possessed of horror.

The video for U2 is similarly constructed from incongruous samples.  Old footage of clouds forming; people travelling; train stations; pigeons riding on a rotating advertising (or informational) display.  At the centre of it all, a drunk/disturbed man moves about a train station.  Sometimes interacting with the camera, more often, lost in his own world.  His movements sometimes syncing with the underlying music, his words sometimes appearing in the mix.

This is the hallucination that snippets of reality, snippets of the sampled truth conjures.  A portal between the dislocated present and the past we can not possible know, but that we can possess for a reasonable price.

U2 is taken from the album Vienna Orchestra which is out now on Where to Now?.  And you can get it right here.

Entropy R Us

Featuring : U

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Last Friday we attended the wonderful Where To Now party at the post-Turkish Bath basement of Stoke Newington’s The Waiting Room.

The whole night was a delight, but we were particularly blown away by U, with his Cronenberg/Wild Palms TV set up, and his all-encompassing electronic music, one moment of intolerable flaying by blunt giant cylindrical fingers, followed by another spent boogieing levitationally across ill-defined ketaminic strata.

It was like plugging into some sort of panopticon style Russian novel if you replace the varied circumstances of the populace before the Bolshevik revolution, with the varied circumstances of humanity in a cyberpunk, data-overloaded, neon-crypto-message pumping world that’s  already arrived, how come you didn’t notice?

You were distracted by the shiny lights and the bumping beats, that’s why.

Let us go to U’s first release, “Eah”, out in ManMakeMusic in 2012 shows the dancefloor face of the performance we witnessed in Friday: abstract soul techno smudged with a dash of 2-step shuffle.

You pass through it as if through a collection of scented, iridescent membranes, leaving something behind, maybe a digital copy of your brain took a wrong turn and ended trapped in U’s murky alcove? Hard to prove that, but don’t worry, if it did, U has enough tricks, twists and traps to keep that other U entertained until the heat death of the universe.

U – Eah

(Image via jpegheaven via Otaku Gangsta)