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Man Jumping

Man Jumping

Man Jumping


Man Jumping were formed in the mid-1980s from the members of Lost Jockey who were variously described as playing 'systems music' (which refers to the repetitive musical loops and themes of avant garde US composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley) or 'systems funk'. The band formed Man Jumping to get away from that tag. Instead they drew on jazz fusion, ethnic musics, electronics and funk to create an alternative world dance music Read more on Last.fm
Man Jumping were formed in the mid-1980s from the members of Lost Jockey who were variously described as playing 'systems music' (which refers to the repetitive musical loops and themes of avant garde US composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley) or 'systems funk'. The band formed Man Jumping to get away from that tag. Instead they drew on jazz fusion, ethnic musics, electronics and funk to create an alternative world dance music from a heady mix of influences (keyboardist Orlando Gough said in an interview in March 1985 'I suppose there is some kind of nebulous central core of ideas, which may to do with us all having come out of systems music and our interest in foreign music but actually we are influenced by Steely Dan, James Blood Ulmer, Bach, Beethoven'). A demo produced by Mike Hedges led to a contract with Bill Nelson's Cocteau Records who released their first album 'Jumpcut' in early 1985. Produced by Philip Bagenal, it attracted rave reviews. A series of 12" remixes whilst immaculately produced, failed to fully crossover to the nascent dance scene of the era however. The original LP with the additional 12"s and alternative mixes was reissued in 1999 on the Shaping the Invisible label (since deleted but available again on the Carbon 7 label). A long out of print second album appeared on vinyl (and briefly on CD) on Editions EG in 1987 entitled 'World Service'.

Less organic than its predecessor and more obviously electronic, it occupies a similar space to The Penguin Cafe Orchestra (of imagined ethnic music from the Tropics and Eastern Europe) and the Miles Davis 80s electric work with Marcus Miller. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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