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  • Abducted by Post-Future Vagabonds MP3

    (Video from Duangle’s Nowhere, a surreal sandbox game set outside of everything, title from a M. Brough game). Sometimes 20JFG’s mother – yes, 20JFG has a mother, and she has many faces, and claws so sharp she leaves a trail of tears wherever she goes – questions 20JFG’s penchant for video games. “Futile escapism”, she says, “pointless excursions into virtual wor...

    23.11.2013

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  • Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Swans, Nick Cave, black metal, and Public Enemy MP3

    (Art is by ☆ – ☆ zutto) You know how whenever you read a review of a new artist, and the PR comparisons start with Kate Bush, Bjork, Laurie Anderson… and you know you’re just going to hate whoever it is they’re talking about, because even though you love Kate Bush, Bjork, Laurie Anderson… you really can’t bear to hear one more person taking that magic sour...

    26.06.2013

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  • Another World MP3

    Last week we remembered with nostalgia the optimistic stargazing of the engineers of the Voyage probe, which went rambling down stellar valleys & nebulous moors in 1977. Its hope of establishing contact with a pan-galactic federation was encoded in the wonderful golden disc we celebrated in that post. It was also about that time that the video games industry propelled its own black probe – the Atari Video...

    23.06.2013

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    23.06.2013

  • Death Grows MP3

    Imagine a line drawn from 60s whimsy through 80s paranoia, before toppling into some dark velvet club. Down in that club, a strobe pulses viciously; covering the stage is blue/black/blue. A wood-effect drum machine teeters on the edge of a barstool, forming a wiry totem at the edge of the stage.  It dreams of bubblegum pop but can only communicate in gated punches into the air. A synthesiser hovers over all of th...

    20.06.2013

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    20.06.2013

  • Stingers MP3

    (Fan art by Christopher M. Eisert and TonyForever) For our fellow readers still trying to find sunshine in the UK, we celebrated the first (only?) day of summer by walking from Worthing, West Sussex (for those unfamiliar, picture a modern-day Innsmouth) to Brighton while listening to all the soundtracks for the first three Halloween films. Hey, seasonal! For me, the only thing that could top William Basinski’...

    18.06.2013

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    18.06.2013

  • 20jfg podcast : so bad you’ll want to lick them MP3

    Xxjfg are happy to stew in our own constantly evolving aesthetic of dividing you, dear readers, into the lovers and the haters. Good music is innovative Good music is useful Good music is not understandable Good music is both obtrusive and unobtrusive Good music is honest Good music becomes long-lasting Good music is fascinating down to the last detail Good music can be as little music as possible All music is aest...

    17.06.2013

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    17.06.2013

  • kjh:Lk’pI{P0OuytFKkJGIYR&^4&6t MP3

      (Photography by Harley Weir.)   Despite playing straight into our ever-nerdy hands with a Dune reference for a band name, Stillsuit don’t sound anything like the rhythms of the cosmos undulating synth-drones that you’re probably picturing in your head right now and which we have acquired a rep for streetdealing in undiluted form. No, Stillsuit sound like this: kjh:Lk’pI{P0OuytFKkJGIYR&am...

    17.06.2013

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    17.06.2013

  • Myriad Sounds of our Pale Blue Dot MP3

    At home poorly with a chest infection recently, I decided to gorge on duvet and movies. This included Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, a bunch of late-era Star Trek flicks that I’d somehow missed the first time round, but figured must be better than the screaming electric crapfrest that is JJ Abrams’ The Wrath of Khan reboot – the clumsy passing of the torch from Kirk to Picard in Generatio...

    17.06.2013

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    17.06.2013

  • Use of Interfaces MP3

    (This post was written before Iain Banks sublimed/was reassigned. It goes to him in any case. The artwork is by Trevor Naud via 50Watts.) After Iain Banks’ Transition and a delightful detour into music literature (with David Byrne’s ‘How Music Works’), 20JFG just started reading another book based on the premise of trans-dimensional movement of people and artefacts. No-one should be surpri...

    10.06.2013

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    10.06.2013

  • Higher Handbag MP3

    There’s something about the much maligned mid-90s genre of Handbag House that seems to inspire people to see a bizarre reflection in it (not to mention the rabbit-hole of handy sexism in that alliteration).  Claire Denis ended her dissection of masculinity, Beau Travail — which is vying with Carpenter for being referenced on this site — with Denis Lavant dancing to The Rhythm of the Night.Â...

    06.06.2013

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  • Early days of Early Adopters MP3

    We must have become officially middle-aged, because today is about our very own yesterday.  We feature two songs that, in the last week or so, have induced in us some memories, or fragments of memories, or empty spaces that should have been filled with memories, and instead are filled with lizardly flashbacks of muscular swing & release in the grim dance-floor of a hostile quasi-club in Brighton’s tatt...

    02.06.2013

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    02.06.2013

  • XXJFG has not been feeling like partying lately MP3

    (Art is Cocaine Cobra by Paul Lobel.) We originally meant to post this galactic rockin’ party bangin’ Space Dimension Controller joint weeks ago. We’ve been digging his album, Welcome To Mikrosector-50, for ages. But the time just never seemed right. And it still doesn’t feel right. We’re writing this right now with one eye on the news, watching the world rot through a television s...

    30.05.2013

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    30.05.2013

  • Screwface for Scowlface MP3

     (Art is Preemptive Nostalgia by Scott Scheidly.) Fabric 69 has to be the most dense and claustrophobic in the entire series. Previously, DJs such as Optimo, Metro Area and Swayzak weren’t above dropping  a bit of Negativland, Fad Gadget, Xex, or even Ministry into their mixes, but it was all with an understanding of light and shade, matter and antimatter, Force and Dark Side. Basically, the mood music ...

    29.05.2013

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    29.05.2013

  • The transport of delight MP3

    Illustration above by Gianmarco Magnani, via Sci-fi-o-rama. Iain Banks Transitioneers flit between an infinity of possible universes. They occupy a body for a short period, undertake a task, deliver a parcel, send a message, assassinate a foe, or one who would one day become a foe. They are endowed with a special sense of the history of a place called Fragre, which they use to orient themselves as they navigate the ...

    26.05.2013

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    26.05.2013

  • Ecology of Eden MP3

    Having spent almost two weeks trapped in the throbbing FTL Drive of Stellar OM Source’s Joy One Mile has led us to develop a theory about the constitution of its sound. Here we outline this theory, contrast it with the reality of its making, and find a poetic way of integrating both things. The theory:  There is something about the elements of Joy One Mile and how they fit together that fascinates us. Thei...

    20.05.2013

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    20.05.2013

  • Chicago Sprawl MP3

    This is a post about mid-90s Asian cinema, late-80s cyberpunk and Footwork.  This is how it goes down. Though Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express was often pilloried for its sentimentality, its true calling was as a mainline to a vision of Hong Kong beneath all the hyper-capitalism.  While the idea of Tokyo as a living embodiment of Cyberpunk was pretty well established as a trope by now, it was the street...

    16.05.2013

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    16.05.2013

  • lower-case synth-odyssey MP3

    (Art is by the excellent Gordan Shark.) It’s like getting really, really close up to a Roy Lichtenstein painting – smudging your face up against the glass and crossing and uncrossing your eyes, focusing on a cluster of dots at a time and rocking your head back and forth to approximate some sort of internal zoom lens. I wonder if that’s how Chris Smith of Fractal Skulls sees the world –...

    16.05.2013

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    16.05.2013

  • Screeching Tyres, Gunshots, Ejaculating Fire Hydrants MP3

    The debut Fantomas album – Patton’s first major release since leaving Faith No More – was intended as a literal musical transcription of a comic book, one which the listener is not privy to, but instead has to decode in the stampeding drums, electric-shock guitar-bursts and gibbered vocals – all postmodern ‘KAPOW’s and ‘KERRUNCH!’s Delirium Cordia was a wordless ...

    15.05.2013

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    15.05.2013

  • Everything converges in the human MP3

    This post is dedicated to our friend Matt. We have long known that good science fiction isn’t really about the future but about the present. Contemporary situations, concerns and trajectories of development are stretched to fit an altered framework, and from this strange viewpoint, we reach new insights. This means that good science fiction isn’t prediction, but a reflection about today’s zeitge...

    12.05.2013

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    12.05.2013

  • Loves of Life MP3

    Peter Gordon and Factory Floor‘s Beachcombing is a chimera and a mirage that confounds our expectations about what is warm (the saxophone), and what is cold (those electric machines). The synths ululate like creatures of the dark forest, or cruisers creating their own zone of perversity in a forlorn park under the shadow of an squadron of leprous high rises. The saxophone is a relay releasing mega-bursts of in...

    09.05.2013

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    09.05.2013

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