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Never Knows Charting Dark Corners Chart on Beatport

In support of ”Untitled 20“, his most recent release on Untitled & After, Never Knows charts ten tracks for the darkest corners of the dancefloor on Beatport.

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Never Knows Charting Dark Corners Chart

Never Knows – Untitled 20

01.11.2011

A – Poe
B – Fear of the Known

A fusion of dancefloor techno and dark gothic atmospheres, Never Knows’ first original tracks on Untitled & After creep into the shadowy, unseen corners of clubland. Untitled 20 is a reminder that the nightclub is a site for rituals best performed at night.
With all this talk about Witch House, Grave Wave and countless other microgenres, so much attention had been thrown to utterly forgettable tracks and artists that explore vaguely dark terrain. But, looking down those dark alleys, you’re unlikely to find dance music. Or even a memorable melody. But that’s what Never Knows creates: compellingly dark body music.
While Poe is deeply atmospheric, the unmistakably techno bassline and almost post-punk rhythm section are emphatic and propulsive. Vocals ‘from beyond’ loop in rapid-fire – issuing some vague message that is at once commanding and lamenting. The eerie synth lead quivers and wanders like a theremin stinger from some vintage British horror film.
Fear of the Known slows things to a creeping gallop beneath phantasmic clouds of echoing melodies, mysterious resonance and haunting distortion. The track is a call-and-response between the unseen and the strangely familiar pairing direct techno rhythms with early-80s goth.

Land Sound – Untitled 19

12.07.2010

A – See Emily Play (Never Knows Version)
B – See Emily Play (Robert Crouch Version)


Over a year since their epic and hypnotic collaboration “The Sea”, Land Sound return to Untitled & After with two versions of their latest “See Emily Play”. Rather than release a singular, “definitive” version, each member of Land Sound, (Robert Crouch and Never Knows) give their own unique spin on a track they never finished as a duo.
Never Knows (the new alias of Untitled & After label owner Marc Kate) creates a remix full of dense textures that throb and pulsate. Fluttering in and out of the mix, vague impressions of melodies dance around each other and create something more like a low-viscosity liquid than a hummable tune. For fans of Luciano’s darker side or the subtle grit of DJ Koze.
Robert Crouch pushes the atmosphere deeper and denser, immersing the listener in a haunting architectural space. Soft echoes resound with snippets of human voice, chattering strings and sounds so distant from their sources, its hard to discern their origins. If this is still techno, it is techno at its deepest.


Support
Cio D´Or (Prologue)
The Promos of Untitled & After are always a surprise between Rhythm & soul. Thanks a lot!

Hagen Pfennigstorf / Autodeep (Urban Torque / Wild Trackin’ / Trapez Ltd.)
Yeah, some really crazy mental stuff from the U&A camp again. We dig!”

Deepchild (Trapez / Anabatic / Resopal)
Pretty beautiful stuff…and I was always a fan of the original Pink Floyd version too. WIN.

DJ Three (Hallucination Limited)
Rating: 5/5 – wow. fantastic. love love love both cuts.

Perc (Perctrax / Kompakt / Drumcode)
Rating: 4/5 – Robert Crouch version is good, will play early in my warmup sets.

Orde Meikle (Slam / Soma)
Rating: 4/5 – both nice trax – will try out – thanx

Max Cooper (Traum Schallplatten / Autist / Very Very Wrong Indeed)
Robert Crouch’s mix is great – soundscapes of a quiet and busy space!

DJ Bleed (De:Bug Magazine)
Rating: 4/5

Nori (Posivision mag / MSN Beat culture)
Sounds cool, awesome

Dave Mothersole (Ministry Of Sound Radio)
Rating: 4/5 – i like the never knows version – cool track. thanks

Omid Nourizadeh / 16B (SexOnWax / Alola / Matter / Ministry Of Sound)
Rating: 4/5

Birdcage (Foureal / Synapse / Untitled & After)
Never Knows version is soo deep!! I’m digging this sound very much!! thanks a lot!!

Spesh (Loöq Records, Qoöl, Jondi & Spesh)
another sublime release! love the never knows version. will be a bit of a trick to find an occasion to fit it into one of my sets as it’s quite deep.

tomi chair (Nice & Nasty / Ballarine)
I love Never Knows version. Deep & Clear Melody.

Andrew Duke (Cognition Audioworks)
Rating: 5/5 – Untitled & After label continues to impress. Thanks much!

Anton Lanski (Etoka / Exquisite Music)
Rating: 4/5 – great never knows version. deep vibe with atmospheric fill
Land Sound’s Untitled Chart now on Beatport

In conjunction with their new release on Untitled & After, “Untitled 19″ Land Sound has posted a new chart of their favorite tracks on Beatport.

Land Sound’s Untitled Chart

Yellowcake – Untitled 18

10.19.2010

1 – Under Attic
2 – Tune Up

After his dazzling remix of Robert Crouch’s “Everything Is Forgiven” for Untitled & After, Yellowcake returns with the two track EP Untitled 17 that is both dancefloor direct and emotionally evocative.
“Under Attic” drives forward with chunk and grit. A beastly low end lays the foundation for exotic liquid bloops and metallic bleeps that constantly evolve. Vibrant and flickering, like the aural equivalent of staring into a dreamachine.
“Tune Up”, while still driving, takes a much smoother path. The bass pulsates with a warm glow, spurred on by crisp hand percussion and claps. But tune up’s real triumph is a vibrant, synthetic cloud of ghostly shimmer like a fistful of glitter thrown into the overcast.




Support

Laurent Garnier (F Communications)
Rating: 4/5 – will playyyyyy

Maetrik/Maceo Plex (Audiomatique / Dumb-Unit / Mothership / Crosstown Rebels)
Under attic is jammin

Deepchild (Trapez / Anabatic / Resopal)
Minimal stuff, but elegant and deep…

Orde Meikle (Slam / Soma)
Rating: 4/5 – great label – another corker

Hernan Cattaneo (Sudbeat / Renaissance / Perfecto)
Rating: 4/5 – very nice

DJ Bleed (De:Bug Magazine)
Rating: 4/5

Sandro Smarcan (bio-mechanics.org)
Great release, both tracks are very good, deep and groovy.

Carmine P. Filthy (Filthy)
Rating: 4/5 – Beautiful and intricate techno. Love it.

Andrew Duke (Uzuri, Nice & Nasty, Open Concept, Blaq)
September 2010 chart
Robert Crouch – Untitled 17

09.21.2010

Tracks:
5th of July (Morgan Packard Remix)
Indian Summer (Birdcage Remix)
Malibu (Silencefiction Remix)
Everything Is Forgiven (Yellowcake Remix)
Malibu (Kyoka Remix)

Untitled 17 collects five very diverse remixes of Robert Crouch’s past releases on Untitled & After. Each track pushes and pulls at Crouch’s rhythmic and textural explorations. Each artist extracts Crouch’s key elements of subdued beats, deep drones and field recordings and expands them as their own. Untitled 17 is like a magnifying glass held up to all the intricate details of Crouch’s music, blowing them up into bold, focused, aggressive statements.
Morgan Packard’s remix of “5th of July” maintains the original’s vibrant textures, but pushes the beats to an off-step dub without the dread.
Birdcage’s remix of “Indian Summer” is deep, focused and propulsive. Shimmering pulses build into overwhelming shoegazer beams of white light.
Silencefiction’s remix of “Malibu” reinterprets the original as a techno track propelled by a fuzzy bass guitar. All rhythmic structures descend into a slow half-time trot before leaping back to life.
Yellowcake’s remix of “Everything Is Forgiven” is all deep blue swirling from the center. A complexity that keeps all in perfect balance.
Kyoka’s remix of “Malibu” is a radical rhythmic reinterpretation of the original. Fractured samples and loops of beats play off each other like some sort of Capoeira. Half giddy game and half aggressive battle, each moment is inspired and unpredictable.
Cio D´Or (Prologue / Treibstoff) A wonderful EP with lots of facets for amazing 2010 sounds between incredible deep dub, deep house & breaks!One word: Fantastic!
Max Cooper (Traum) I love the Morgan Packard remix, will be using that for my sets for sure. I also enjoyed listening to the Kyoka remix, although I’m not sure if I’ll manage to fit that into the playlist.

Deepchild (Trapez / Anabatic / Resopal) Rating: 4/5 –  Another brilliant release from a very special label. Morgan Packard and Kyoka remixes are off the chain gorgeous. Thank you. Yellowcake also bring the submility straight to my 4th eye!

Maetrik/Maceo Plex (Audiomatique / Dumb-Unit / Mothership / Crosstown Rebels) Rating: 4/5 – Loving the yellow cake mix! really nice take on the original. thanks!

President Bongo (GusGus / Gluteus Maximus) Rating: 4/5 – i looove the 5th of july, indina summer and malibu (silencefiction) mixes!

Andrew Grant (Circoloco / Barraca Music / EDEC) Rating: 5/5 – yes i am down for it

James Blonde (MBF / Gastspiel / Sweat Lodge) Rating: 4/5 – solid vibe thanks

Spesh (Loöq Records, Qoöl, Jondi & Spesh) oh crap this is an excellent release.

tomi chair (Nice & Nasty / Ballarine) I like Birdcage & Yellowcake remixes! Nice atmosphere!

Pedro Goya (Troia / Classic/ MFF/ Brique Rouge/ Om) Rating: 4/5 – good deepness in here. works great as a “slow it down” track…will play this for sure. simple and effective! Kind of remembers me Alva Noto’s or Boards of Canada stuff!

The Lady Blacktronika’s ‘Untitled 15′ reviewed in The Wire

Reviewed by Philip Sherburne in his Critical Beats column in the July 2010 issue of The Wire:

Six or seven years ago, there was a flurry of interest around Detroit Beatdown, a subgenera of House and Techno that ostensibly explored more laidback cadences than clubs were used to – though in retrospect, lots of 2001′s Detroit Beatdown Volume 1 compilation sounds like jacking, funky House. The Lady Blacktronika hails from California, but she still calls herself the First Lady of Beatdown, and she sounds like she’s earned it. “Luv Hate Us” takes the style to screwed extremes, with a plodding 4/4 kick straining through murky bass and synthesizer noise, while treble riffs draw modal curlicues. The centerpiece is her own voice, looped, delayed and pitched down until it sounds a little like Burial, but even darker and more forlorn. “Another Man (You’re On The DL II)” is faster and seems brighter at first, but as she adds layer upon layer of voice, including the refrain “I’m in love with another man”, and the song collapses into conflicting key signatures, the silver lining turns to ash. Faintly reminiscent of Arthur Russell’s World of Echo, but steeped in R&B and Techno, it’s the most heartbreaking thing Techno has produced in a long time.
Marc Smith feat. Kevin Knapp – Untitled 16

07.20.2010

Tracks:
A – Hindsight feat. Kevin Knapp
B – Ya Feel Me?

About:
Marc Smith’s Untitled 16 fears no house with chunky rhythmic swing and emotional chord progressions. These two tracks drench your ears in vintage shimmer and pulse over focused dancefloor provocation. Think Nu Space Disco without the lethargic pace.
Hindsight is a full, lush mix of melodies and swing that makes no small use of the vocals of one of the most in-demand vocalists in techno and house today: Kevin Knapp. A simple, emotional falsetto melody in the spirit of Odyssey, Imagination and Shalamar (or dare we say Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang?) asks “How did I ever see you were for me? …But the problem isn’t me.” Love in conflict – isn’t this the stuff dance classics are made from?
Painted from the same palette of spacious vintage synths and shuffling beats, Ya Feel Me? brings a touch more of the Tech with a tight kick-to-clap punch. Snips of male vox play hide-and-seek with swirling, shifting melodies that echo and drift into the ether.

Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister / G-Stone / Peace Orchestra) Rating: 4/5 – Like both tracks. Will play this.

Mathias Schaffhäuser (Ware) Rating: 4/5 – cool tracks, i like these euphoric vocals in Hindsight and the KRAFTWERK like synth in YA FEEL…..

Luciano
(Cadenza) Rating: 4/5

Laurent Garnier
(F Communications) Rating: 4 – Great deepness

Tyree Cooper
(Groove Baby / Supa Dupa / Ovum / DJ International) I like “Ya Feel Me” because its a nice track to start with at six in the morning and the crowd is still waking up…..Nice Job

Robert Owens
(Compost / Poker Flat / Trax) Rating: 4/5 – nice vibe

Perc
(Perctrax / Kompakt / Drumcode) Rating: 4/5 – Classic sounding house music, I like it.

Omid 16b
(SexOnWax / Alola) Rating: 4/5 – cool

Aubrey
(Solid Groove / Textures / Dark) Rating: 4/5 – Ya feel me is very deep, great selection of noises… thanks alot

The Lady Blacktronika – Untitled 15

07.06.2010

Tracks:
A – Luv Hate Us
B – Another Man (You’re On the DL II)

About:
The Lady Blacktronika’s Untitled 15 is a pair of deep, resonant tracks in the spirit of Detoit’s Beatdown sound. Amidst the resurgence of interest in Deep House, these tracks take their cue, not from the evolution of Minimal, but from pioneers like Moodyman, Theo Parrish and Norma Jean Bell, creating what Lady B calls, “Future Blues”. They come from the tradition of reflecting a soft soul out of hard urban life, creating beauty from heartache.
Lady B’s moody, soulful vocal samples are so moving you’d forget any love song ever had a happy ending. Vocals pitch up and down, between genders, swirling and echoing. Luv Hate Us is a thumping heartbeat, that pumps ever forward as we’re asked, “Why do we love love when love seems to hate us?” Another Man shuffles and shimmers behind the confession, “If I could, could forget him, I would, please believe me…I’m in love with another man.”

Tyree Cooper (Groove Baby / Supa Dupa / Dance Mania) Rating: 4/5 – I like the Detroit Beat Down stuff and this no different. I’m feelin “Luv Hates Us” it has that slow build up and then drops u off into the funk.”Another Man” Is also a good track when u wanna keep that crowd jackin to something so different……Great Job.

Deepchild (Trapez / Anabatic / Resopal) Rating: 5/5 – Damn, damn fine stuff. Moodymann’s spirit continues with a unique incarnation and angle…just… FRESH. Full support for Another Man. YES. YES. YES.

Philip Sherburne (The Wire / Pitchfork / Beatportal / Resident Advisor) beautiful stuff. love the pace, love the textures, love the vocals…

Perc (Perctrax / Kompakt / Drumcode) Rating: 4/5 – Very good release. 99% more interesting than 99% of releases!

New Groj mix “Morfluphe”

Groj’s new mix titled “Morfluphe” featuring two Untitled & After tracks.

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