The Musical Book

Take a deep and colourful dubfunk-jazzical trip in the quest to discover the truth behind the galaxy’s most elusive and mysterious icon,

Kaptain Karnival

Deity, Confucius or downright cheeky monkey?  Immerse yourself in a highly original musical-visual voyage as you seek to unravel the mystery behind this tantalising and symbolic enigma, worshipped and revered, mocked and mistrusted in equal measure.

Voyage through fantastical worlds and  bizarre scenarios in a psychedelic Hero’s Journey of thrilling and surreal art accompanied by a luscious deep electronica soundtrack from the mind of celebrated artist and composer Jem Panufnik, the creative force behind Finger Lickin’ Records and more.

This highly original 96-page, lavishly illustrated hardback book includes a CD of specially-created music (streamable also), with an array of incredible musicians including Ben Castle (Quincy Jones, Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Radiohead) and Dominic Glover (Incognito, Primal Scream, Brand New Heavies, Orbital).

Book with CD out now on Velocity Pressorder here right now

The Album

The fifteen-track musical album The Legend of Kaptain Karnival, as well as on a decorative CD beautifully incorporated within the book, is simultaneously released digitally by Bona Fido Recordings

Stream or download on all platforms including Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Tidal, JunoDownload, Beatport etc by clicking here.

Two monstrously funky singles have already been released: Moose Knuckle Sandwich and Everybody’s Hugging The Horse  (click respective titles for all streaming platforms)

The Art Show

An explosive exhibition of art from the book is being staged at the brand-new Farsight Gallery in the heart of London’s West End from 26th to 31st July, which is then set to tour a series of UK cities and towns including Bristol, Birmingham and Brighton over the following months. Confirmed dates and venues will be displayed here shortly.

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Farsight Gallery, 4 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DJ

25th-31st July 12-6pm, free entry


You can buy a fabulous glossy A2 poster here, and very soon there will be a limited edition t-shirt. Jem will also be selling glicée fine art prints, stickers and postcards from his website store. Watch this space.

The Author

Artist and composer Jem Panufnik is possibly best known as co-founder of internationally-renowned, pioneering dance music label Finger Lickin’ Records for which over a decade provided a springboard for his talents as a DJ and record producer as well as creating the distinctive sleeves and iconic branding.

Since then Jem has further established himself as a distinguished visual artist, exhibiting solo shows in the US and UK. His inimitable and often surreal comic-funk style can be seen on everything from record sleeves, t-shirts and tattoos to rock posters and beer labels. As a musician and producer Jem has a huge repertoire of club hits and remixes under his various aliases including Soul of Man and of course Jem Stone, as well as scoring for film, TV, immersive experiences and live events.

“Jem’s work leaps out at you. Whether it’s pouncing from the speaker or jumping off the canvas, there’s a vivid playfulness and sense of adventure across both of his disciplines. It’s very rare you see such artful dexterity in dance music culture.”  

Dave Jenkins (Bandcamp Editorial/International DJ Mag)


“Jem “Stone” Panufnik’s contributions to the party movement never cease to inspire. He continues his joyously unpredictable groove assault with awesome graphics over a laid-back slab of fun-poking, swaggering beats. Predictably tasty.”


“Where do you start with Jem Panufnik?! Without a doubt one of the most talented and ground-breaking creatives I know. His musical legacy (even before you look at his family tree) took the world by storm and continues to resonate now. A true force of the art world, this incredible new album/book as expected is testament to his musical/visual passion.”

Chris Bailey (Ministry of Sound Radio)

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