Review: Key to the ongoing World Unknown parties has been the sense of community it engenders as a group of dedicated attendees fill the South London dark room every month, and it's from this lot that Blake and Hart have also hand picked some of the artists that have appeared on the affiliated label. After a year off from the slog of releasing records, World Unknown serve up the second of two new releases that features two such talented regulars in Black Merlin and White Lodge. Both the former Bird Scarer graduate and his less heralded B Side partner seem inspired by the work of John Carpenter here - in the case of the former it's the spiraling synth lines married to the kind of chugging beat that gives Weatherall palpitations. White Lodge adopts a more interesting approach on "Swung" an appropriately titled track paced at 6/4 which is described as the "opening salvo in this year's snare roll revival".
Inhalt - "Walking On Glass/Hart's Theme" (extended club version)
Jam Factory - "Threads"
Review: Within the space of just a few releases, the World Unknown imprint has offered a thrilling, sweat inducing insight into what the South London club night is all about, for those who are unfortunate not to have attended the monthly soiree set to darkness. The fourth release naturally continues to demonstrate Blake and Hart's canny knack for uncovering throbbing gems, calling on West Coast duo Inhalt and East London's Jam Factory to line up either side of the twelve. There is of course a story behind Inhalt's presence here, with Matia from the band a regular at World Unknown whilst living in London and "Walking Glass" directly influenced by his many nights there. The version present here is a deftly edited amalgamation of the vocal track and instrumental version Inhalt sent over. Heavily indebted to 80s dark synth tracks, fans of messing with the programme will be delighted to hear it sounds equally accomplished when played at +8 on 33rpm. Jam Factory's "Threads" continues the duo's explorations of retroist acid club tackle, deftly poised at a creeping tempo which is feels like it should be growling out of the speakers circa 4am.
Review: World Unknown have swiftly established themselves as purveyors of heady, electronic psychedelia that traverses the tempos and offers friends - and in most cases regular attendees of the South London club night - the chance to release material in its most hallowed form; smartly pressed twelve inch vinyl. Arriving at their fifth release, the two tracks here are perhaps the most potent visions of how the monthly club night plays out, not least the heaving ten minute excursion from Semtek. More commonly known for overseeing the Don't Be Afraid label, Semtek should get more attention for his production skills on the basis of "Taco's For Dinner" which incorporates the entirety of Allen Ginsberg's seminal "Howl" over a propulsive, techno arrangement that fizzes and throbs in a manner akin to Underworld's "Dark & Long" without ever losing urgency. On the flip, Weatherall studio protege Scott Fraser pitches down the tempo some for the equally mind bending "Remains The Same" which has understandably been a set staple at A Love From Outer Space for some time now.
Review: The World Unknown focus shifts its gaze to the North East here, with their sixth slab of monolithic mid tempo sounds as two of Newcastle's new breed of producers take the helm for sides W & U respectively. While it seems Newcastle hasn't quite engendered a city wide electronic music heritage in a fashion similar to the likes of Bristol, London or Glasgow, it would be foolish to say there aren't interesting emergent sounds bubbling under in the area, as evidenced on this twelve. Take a glance at the biography and Soundcloud of Emile Strunz and it's apparent the producer has been fine tuning a well chosen approach to his craft over some time, culminating in the quite excellent "Shields." A solid mid tempo jacker of a track driven by a liquefied arpeggio, the unhinged vocal chanting that sits deep within adds the requisite idiosyncratic touch we've come to expect from the label run by Blake and Hart. Complementing this is "Lovebites" from the Last Waltz trio who turned out in fine style on Endless Flight this year. If the W side is all about the sleaze, this track is a much brighter production operating at a similar tempo and manages to sneak in some well chosen Akira samples. Buy on sight!
Review: After a year of quiet allegedly spent watching Game Of Thrones and testing their capacity for Turkish Delight, Andy Blake and Joe Hart re-engage the label arm of their popular underground World Unknown parties with the first of two new 12"s. This one is extra special too as it marks the vinyl debut of Hart, delivering A Side cut "Invisible Men" in collusion with "fellow high class rent boy" YoungTEE - the results are prime WU tackle with tough kick drums landing punishing blows over proto house stabs and subtle sexual utterances which is pretty much what you'd expect from a YoungTEE production. On the flip Blake offers a "big grinding brute" called "Haunted Mechanism" which to our ears has echoes of Two Dogs In A House's "Eliminator".