Jon Carter releases his first album for 25 years, after re-inventing himself in various guises outside of the music world, and being away from music for over a decade. He only returned to producing again 18 months ago, but now the dance music legend is back with a bang.

‘Medication Time’ has already received much early critical acclaim from various music legends, who heard it in late 2023. The album sees Jon return to the fray with a slew of tracks ranging from discerning styles of house music, acid and techno through to discursive electronica, all underpinned by his trademark eclecticism.

The title track, meanwhile, was one of his first productions when he returned to music. “I wanted to explore a deceptively simple, driving, pleasing, engaging electronic rhythm, with a breakdown that suddenly disorientates the listener by losing the kick-drum, with a sonic drop into the chaotic sound of the urban maelstrom we leave behind when we are on the dancefloor. Suddenly, it snaps you back into the escape of the disco, with the call to the prescription — ‘Medication Time’,” Jon says.

“There is a theme throughout this album that I tried to maintain whilst producing it,” Jon continues, “of addressing wo/mankind’s diverse beliefs, and how we could better manage our time in this world.” To this effect, all other vocals were provided by the recently departed Reverend Don Gorgon, with some words of wisdom.

Reverend Gorgon is “a character and a half” that Jon met whilst down on the beach one day. “A part of him will always be within me,” says Jon, wistfully.

Opening track ‘Sail We Must’ (and its intro) is a tribute to Jon’s late friend and inspiration, Andrew Weatherall.

‘Fail We May, Sail We Must’ are Andrew’s most renowned tattoos, “and is as good a statement of living in this world as I have ever heard,” Jon says. “This track was made very much with Andrew in mind, especially his later works and ALFOS DJ sets. It started as a beatless track made to encourage a peaceful frame of mind, which I did not even realise was being conducted by the rhythmic sound of the waves lapping outside my window by the sea, where I now live and work.”

“In short, whether he likes it or not, Andrew changed the course of my life through his music. I like to think he would like this piece, and that it is deserving of the name”.

Medication Time

Release Date : February 16, 2024
Artist : Jon Carter
Format : Jack Said What
Catalog ref. : JSWAL004