Review: Having launched with a various artists double pack last year, The Untold Series returns with a new release that retains this approach, as well the yellow and black vinyl colour scheme, "respectively representing the sun and the darkness". Entitled Chapter 1, this double vinyl release features eight new artists whose productions still fall under the banner of spirituality that seems integral to The Untold Series. Very much an international collection, South American Furz commences proceedings with the Latinised minimalist "420error" and from here Chapter 1 runs the gamut of minimal techno with particular highlights coming from Andrey Zots and exercise in broken techno abstraction, Pheek's playful "Interne", and the Villalobos-esque "Regarde Le Ciel" from Suburbs. Here's to further chapters please!
Review: Chapter II of the The Untold Stories, begins with The Beat Circle, a new project of Denis Kaznacheev and Ol, an epic work of attitude, an anthem for a new beat generation, filling the whole Aside with groovy sliding bases, crisp clean cut claps, eccentric electric interactions, rich moments of imagination: decaying tones come as if some great engine then arrives to take the dancers further on their journey. B1 by Cleymoore & Marx a much deeper darker sounding track, again reminiscent of railroads, a great unstoppable motion, this time through a dense dub sounding atmosphere, a slow strong swing, grooves and rattles with a great momentum. The second record begins with another new collaboration coming out of the UNTLD project this time Laurine Frost with Denis Kaznacheev, together to be known as Syud, another extended work, rich in plot, mysterious tones lay constant behind a highly charged percussive performance, to and from moments of great serene beauty. The Dside begins with a Sobamonk track of strong rolling bases, warm and light tones, and intricately arranged percussion. Finally the Chapter comes to an end with a work by Ztrl in which we are lead by a dark and shifting force in a track of similarly shifty character.
Review: The second of the UNTLD Protagonist Series, by Furz, savours the spirit of Alfred Tailor, an influential figure in the development of the bright young artist, whose first EP is strong and smooth, with raw energy, sultry and primal. The title track is remixed by Laurine Frost, who inspired by the South American hypnosis of the artist, takes it further, developing the dialogue and deepening the percussive structure, whilst maintaining the mystique and spirit of Alfred Tailor. The second original work on the record, entitled 'Torino Soul' is an ode to the automobile of Alfred Tailor, it opens serenely as if racing through the valleys of Cordoba's horizon, scenery rushing by on a hot day. Amidst this, the mechanical metal of the engine revolves in it place, as we are rushed forward, and the voice heard a memory both of the machine and the man, Alfred Tailor.
Review: Billy Meier, the third record in The Untold Stories Protagonist EP Series, is by Suokas, and includes a remix by Alka Rex. The works stem from the remote town of Petrozavodsk in Russia, where the artist Suokas lives a life of diligent focus. The album is dedicated to Billy Meier whose extensive writings and transcriptions document his contact with extraterrestrial beings, largely from a civilisation called Plejaren located a fraction of a second shifted from our own dimension. His works are devoted to widening consciousness and challenge what we conventionally accept as true. Similarly inspired, Suokas says my music is about things that cannot be proven by conventional methods.
Review: Leading minimal label The Untold Stories are at it again, and after their star turn from STL recently they've now invited down another legend in the shape of Franco Cinelli. The original is classic Cinelli, pivoting around crisp, clean percussive lines and the bare essential atmospherics. Nektar Agu steps up for a remix that continues the minimalist theme, but adds some looming bass tones into the mix that pushes the track into a dubbier headspace. It's another slab of refined, stripped down tackle for the reductionist dancefloor, as you would expect from The Untold Stories.
Review: The Untold Stories shine a light on another lesser known practitioner from the field of adventurous minimal techno. Sebastian Eduardo has been previously spotted on Crosiere Musique and Kommuna Tapes, so you can be assured of his quality, but this EP makes the perfect opportunity to hear just how rich his sound is. "Twelve D Soul Connection" shimmers with deft synth interplay and a dense fabric of crooked percussion. "UI Enhancement" channels the spirit of old-skool micro house to great effect, and then "Lyhne's Death (But The Flowers Are Laughing)" brings a tougher techno undercurrent to the trippy pings and wavy pads that dart around the top of the mix. The whole record is a richly detailed trip well worth your attention.