Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Jem Panufnik : A Funking Brilliant Artist
As part of Soul of Man Jem has contributed some absolute bangers to the world of breaks and funk. I'm thinking about tracks like 'Sukdat' and 'Between The Eyes' . . . proper lovely funky goodness.
And the label that he created has acted as a springboard for a plethora of breaks and funk talent and really catapulted this awesome music into the position it is now.
But, musical epicness aside for a moment, it is his other field of artistry that I want to concentrate on for a bit here.
Finger Lickin' Records, and created not only the freakishly brilliant record sleeve designs, but also helped create the whole aura that surrounds Finger Lickin's and it's output.
I cast my mind back to last Saturday when, waking from 4 hours uncomfortable kip on a mate's sofa after throwing some shapes to a Mr A.Skillz until the wee hours, I decided to head down to Richmond to check out the exhibition of Jem's work - titled 'Riverside Robo Attack'.
There were some absolute jems (get it!? . . sorry, couldn't resist) on display, and not only the art itself to admire, but a hung-over meander down a musical memory lane as well. Record sleeves from tunes that had (inexplicably) fallen off recent playlists stared back at me from the walls, resplendent in their finger lickin' glory.
The Drummatic Twins, A.Skillz, Soul of Man, Slyde, as well some original artwork from Jem that didn't make it to record covers or poster artwork.
If you can't make it down to Richmond, then head on over to www.jempanufnik.com where you can get a taste of his work without leaving your home.
It's also well worth your while checking out some Soul of Man music below, as it is, basically, flipping quality. Enjoy.