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This song is way too short.
Plato’s Analogy of The Cave describes mankind imprisoned in darkness, gazing at the shadows of perfect concepts and ideas as they march down the walls. The role of the philosopher is to venture outside and bring knowledge to enlighten the prisoners. That is also the role of the artist, hunter/gatherer of fragments of beautiful stuff, the stuff that dreams are made of.
Loose Shus is one of these artists. He left some time ago in a ship made of synthesisers from across the ages.
Tonight he struts back in, a tip of the hat and a shake of the shoulders, with fragments of that elusive yet timeless concept, ‘cool’, as envisaged by P-funk explorers and synth boogie alchemists.
Cool unfettered by the pressure to compete, or made an instrument for something else. Instead of that, the smooth purr of a motor as you cruise a grid of neon, synth moods drawing zones you flow with as they shift, with grace and swing.
For a while now, one of 20JFG’s significant others has been listening to the outputs of Chile and Argentina’s modern pop music scene, which to our minds, is now up there with Sweden in its ability to deliver seductive silky smoothness. Club Fonograma is a good place to start learning about the scene/s.
Coiffeur is part of this. In their recent album, ‘Conquista de lo Inútil’, they scour the beaches of heartbreak for materials to build an exquisite diamond of melancholy disco dancing. Inside, subtle echoes of Rimini, the creative class ennui of Kelley Polar, the downtown strut of Glass Candy minus the NYC edge, pastel filters turned up to 11 and the force of gravity turned down by half.
We haven’t been to a party like this for a while, we sure have missed it.
Go and pick up Conquista de lo Inútil from iTunes.
Memory-burning effervescent proper pop music that we’re not just including because we still love nostalgia for the fictionalised 1980s (a trope mined so effectively in the video for this song) but because a) it’s Arthur Russell-grade gorgeous, and b) it sounds like all of the colours in the above image
Remixed into the kind of Now 2-esque chart delirium that the likes of Kindness aspire to by none other than Matt Collins, leader of mid-00s Toronto legends Ninja High School and creator of a noise that soundtracked many 20JazzFunkGreats DJ nights back in the day.
This is a pop song that sounds like you imagine Phoebe Cates kisses. If you dig this then you should check out the rest of Kids On TV’s album Pantheon - which features Austra’s Katie Stelmanis on a cover of Cloudbusting that brilliantly sounds nothing like you’d expect. And you should really listen to some of the ace stuff Matt’s been cooking up solo lately: