Bas Jan


Bas Jan’s latest album ‘Baby U Know‘ was released on Lost Map Records 28/01/2022.

“The point where The Slits and The Fall meet SLapp Happy and the Iliad, Bas Jan do high-art pop on a low budget, their violin-heavy second LP another showcase for the untogether brillliance of Jarvis Cocker collaborator Serafina Steer 9/10 MOJO

” Full of emotional U-turns, musical detours and conversational leaps, Baby U Know demands and deserves undivided attention.” 4/5 UNCUT

It “recalls the off-kilter mantras of The Slits and The Raincoats, especially the slightly sinister act of adoration that is You Have Bewitched Me, but adds a cool, satirical gaze and eerie strings to the mesmeric mix” according The Scotsman

Baby U Know marks a consolidation of Bas Jan as a four piece,” says Serafina. “It was recorded at Cafe OTO in London over three days and then finished with Capitol K at the Total Refreshment Centre in London in September 2020. Getting the Arts Council Funding and making the album represented a coming together out of the solitudes of 2020, carving out the possibility of a future for the band at a time when Brexit and Everything cast all those things very much into doubt or, at best, made them a very low priority. The time constraints of having to finish the record before one of the band entered third trimester of pregnancy, and with a winter lockdown pending, probably added a rawness to these recordings. It’s kind of a pragmatically hopeful record.”

Bas Jan’s debut album ‘Yes I Jan’ was released on Lost Map Records in February 2018. The record features the combined talents of Steer, Sarah Anderson (electric violin & OP1), Jenny Moore (drums) and Emma Smith (bass guitar). It was recorded by Capitol K, Leafcutter John and Leo Abrahams. The album launch party took place at Total Refreshment Centre, Dalston with Steer, Emma Smith (violin) and Rachel Horwood (drums) and Sarah and Jenny joining for ‘King Of Holloway Road’, support from SDF.
This was followed by a remix mega mix tape- ‘Yes We Jan’ featuring remixes by Natalie Sharp (aka Lone Taxidermist), Jason Buckle (All Seeing I), Benge (Wrangler), Hannah Peel, Ube Babae (aka Rachel from Trashkit, Bamboo and Bas Jan), SDF, Chooc Ly Tan (FKA Spacerwoman), Danelaw, Lunch and Gameshow Outpatient (composer Matt Rogers).
They have been championed by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley. Bas Jan have performed (at The British Film Institute) & recorded with Jarvis Cocker on an adaptation of ‘Likely Stories’ by Neil Gaiman for Sky (See ‘Listen’ below). They have performed live at Serpentine Summer Pavilion in london, Green Man, End of the Road and Supernormal, as well as BBC 6 Music Live and Radio 3. Last summer they performed at Berlin’s Wassermusik Festival ‘Brexit- Goodbye UK and thank you for the music’, along side Scritti Politti.
In November 2018 they released ‘Instant Nostalgia’ EP on 12 inch vinyl with Rachel Horwood on drums and Emma Smith on Violin. The album launch took place at Five Bells in New Cross with support from Clementine March. At that time, they also toured the UK supporting Drinks (Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley). 

 Reviews for Bas Jan’s debut album ‘Yes I Jan’-



 “DAY-TO-DAY STORIES FULL OF UNCANNY POP PUNK MAGIC” , THE QUIETUS. ‘Yes I Jan’ was also included in The Quietus albums of 2018 list.

Bas Jan Live Stream gig at Cafe Oto

October 2o2o

Sound engineers on the night were Shaun Crook and Luca Consonni. Camera people were Amy Dickson and Zara Miller

We are grateful that this performance was made possible by Arts Council England National Lottery Grants, Upset The Rhythm and Beats To The Bar.



released on Lost Map Records February 2018




Also included in The Quietus albums of 2018 list

Jarvis worked on the score for the series with musicians Alasdair Malloy (percussionist to Scott Walker), Serafina Steer, Sarah Anderson, Jenny Moore (collectively known as Bas Jan), Martin Slattery (The Hours, Black Grape) & drummer Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down). Adrian Utley (Portishead) makes a guest appearance playing synth and Swarmatron on the Main Theme.



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