Jan Jelinek
Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records


4.6
superb

Review

by robertsona STAFF
December 24th, 2023 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bitch I’m Jan Jelinek! (fumbles through rhyming dictionary) Uhhhhhhhh

Jan Jelinek’s 2001 LP LOOP-FINDING-JAZZ-RECORDS strikes one not through its showstopping innovation nor its seamless exploration of a particular sonic thread but through its perfection. Apparently built from granular samples of jazz records decelerated or accelerated into abstraction, the album’s formal means are hard to discern and it doesn’t sound much like jazz. LOOP-FINDING-JAZZ-RECORDS sounds, I suppose, like it follows the spirit of the subgenre of microhouse but not its letter: it certainly “clicks and cuts” along with early-decade classics by Sasu Ripatti and fellow German maven Hendrik Weber, but the sonic material is warmer, rendering tactility counterintuitively as a haze, somehow feeling dreamy and real at the same time. It is a remarkably controlled album, one that entangles webs of seemingly incidental sound generated by the physical imperfections of a vinyl sampler with aquatic button-thumps of percussion, organ, synth wash, and insistent bass ostinatos, all perfectly placed within an enveloping sonic weave. This mix of aleatoric principles and an inimitable rock-solid groove begs both the question of how this music could possibly have found its origins in jazz, as well as how it could have not.

The relationship of LOOP-FINDING to “jazz” per se, in fact, is both a music-nerd question about genre boundaries and a very real vantage point onto the record’s powers. The swing of “They, Them” has been so atomically reconstituted as to not at all feel anchored in the rhythms of big band, cool jazz, post-bop, any of that—and Lord knows which subgenre Jelinek pulled from to create its addicting backmasked triplet twinkle. But some mysteriously jazzy element sustains itself in the flux of popping and rattling micropercussion and psychedelic pads. The element being sustained is not the genre’s improvisatory mode nor its coolness per se nor the pull of any particular melodic scale so much as the aforementioned mission to capture perfection, a perfection available to be rendered only in the moment, grasped at through a cognition and then execution of music as a series of moving parts, a structural mesh of interdependence and independence, a metaphor for democracy.

LOOP-FINDING-JAZZ-RECORDS teems with life but finds for its bursts of creativity a perfect holding context, a workmanlike tan suitcase of an aesthetic in which to hold its many ideas. The aesthetic mostly depends upon a deep arrangement of bass tones under a suspended organ or synth chord, over which skittering, vivid, and highly treated house and techno rhythms unfold. Never at all boring, the album regardless plays exceedingly well as both background and foreground, dense with enough disruptive sonic ideas to garner interest when actively listened to but extremely practical in its repetition and sculptural subtlety for the purposes of writing, studying, and getting work done. With or without trumpets, Jan Jelinek here has accomplished a great musical task that transcends genre borders, manipulating sounds with delight until he is able to render a musical safe space, a vehicle that sets us somewhere else—a world with more order to its rollout of items of interest, more warmth, more euphoria—and right where we belong. This is one definition of great art: that enigmatic, lithe shape which Jelinek envisions under his marble block of minuscule jazz samples is that which authorizes our collective vista onto paradise. Praise nonetheless the generosity of the sculptor who can turn that vista into a mirror.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Whew

Ryus
December 24th 2023


36907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

at long last will read ahrd m/////

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

This needed one bad





robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

listening to kaito’s long RECONTACT mix and thinking you might dig it btw

Mort.
December 24th 2023


25185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this didnt have a review! crazy



great album, close to a 5 for me

Mort.
December 24th 2023


25185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'it certainly “clicks and cuts”'



ah this is a very good way of describing it

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

"clicks and cuts" is some kind of accepted microhouse terminology, though probably overrepresented as a descriptor by the kinds of music writing I'm liable to read.

Mort.
December 24th 2023


25185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im pretty new to microhouse and certainly havent read much about it so 'clicks and cuts' is new to me and certainly sounds accurate

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

yeah it always struck me as a good term for the genre lol

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

moth (burial and four tet) if it counts, vocalcity (2000), this bliss (2007), loop-finding, "angel echoes"/"love cry" by four tet, some of vapaa muurari live, thora vukk (2011, underrated), some of my favs.

Ryus
December 24th 2023


36907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice robert i like some of kaito’s music i believe. love listening to long dj mixes while working so will add it to my list m/



i like the discussion of the “jazz” element in this review. really special album for me, one of those monumental albums that shaped my taste in music

Ryus
December 24th 2023


36907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

spooky ghost colton

izakaya
December 24th 2023


277 Comments


at long last [2] good to see this got a review

saw recently that a few of the songs on this had +2 million plays on spotify - has it been featured somewhere? feels like a niche/surprising album to get those numbers

izakaya
December 24th 2023


277 Comments


is the front page glitching or are comments getting deleted?


robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

It’s genuinely hard to say it’s a very consistent album. Throw it on next time you’re coding that sounds perfect. Maybe they them

climactic
December 24th 2023


22743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great alb and review. Tendency was always my fav from this

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2023


60521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

the eagle has landed lfg CLICKS N CUTS

(thought the term originated for specifically glitch music (landmark Oval releases etc) but obvs a load of healthy overlap with microhouse right there)

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Christmas Music



Makes sense for it first to have applied to oval et al; house just gave it a more graspable backdrop

DocSportello
December 25th 2023


3376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This kept me up way past my bedtime 😡

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2023


27486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Such a good album to throw on, easy peasy



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