Basic Soul Unit – XLR8R Podcast

Toronto based producer Basic Soul Unit lays down a mix of deep house and techno for XLR8R.

Graze “On Board (No Save Dub)” (New Kanada)
Innerspace Halflife “Metropolitan” (Episodes)
Pursuit Grooves “Mad Passion” (What Rules)
Basic Soul Unit “Untitled”
KEL “MKS” (Tanstaafl)
Kassem Mosse “Broken Patterns” (Nonplus+)
Kevin McPhee “Version 5″ (3024)
Maxwell Church “Untitled”
Gingy & Bordello “Tremors”
Basic Soul Unit “Untoward” (Nonplus+)
Jared Wilson “Grave Stalking” (Skudge)
Obsolete Music Technology “Since the Accident” (Emphasis)
Basic Soul Unit “All Over Me” (Still Music)
Aybee “Rays” (Deepblak)
Basic Soul Unit “Let Go” (Still Music)

Call Super – The Present Tense EP (UF Recommends)

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Threshing Floor/Leosengor/Siglo Gray Vision/No City Of Choice – Call Super [Houndstooth]

This year promises to be an interesting year for dance music, as more sounds from the fringes are bubbling up to the surface. Producers J R Seaton and Matt Waites (AKA Call Super) debuted in 2011 with the Staircase EP. Since then releases have been few and far between, however an excellent Juno plus podcast solidified the artist(s) as being worthy of keeping an eye on.

The Present Tense EP will be the most important release to date for the two producers, as it’s the first release on the infamous London club Fabric’s new label Houndstooth. The label clout will get them a place in all of our collective radars, but more importantly they’ll be remembered because of their music on this EP. Four tracks that seemingly contradict each other from one to the next, clearly there is nothing holding these producers back from being nonlinear in their creative process. Seaton has explained that their music is neither meant to sound old nor new, and that there is no one direction in which the duo is meant to go in for future releases.

You can pre-order a copy of the EP here.

Rob Booth & Stormfield – EE 235 – Warehouse Sessions 003

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A really nice blend of dark, experimental and ethereal/atmospheric sounds from Electronic Explorations Rob Booth and Stormfield. Not for the faint of heart!

Vex’d – Cold – [Planet Mu]
Curve – Falling Free (AFX remix) – [Anxious Records]
Helios – The Jaguar Sun – [Unseen Records]
Violetshaped – The Oven (Kangding Ray remix) – [Violet Poison]
Stormfield – Rebuild – [Forthcoming ‘Combat Recordings’ March 2013]
AnD – Lost without G – [Repitch]
Violetshaped – The Lord won’t forget (Roly Porter remix) – [Violet Poison]
British Murder Boys – In another Country – [Liberation Technologies]
Helios – The Jaguar Sun – [Unseen Records]
British Murder Boys – Dead Sun – [Liberation Technologies]
Stormfield – Ice winds (loop)
AnD – Making Circles (Svreca remix) – [Repitch]
Violetshaped – Delusory Parasitosis (Vatican Shadow remix) – [Violet Poison]
AnD – Making Circles – [Repitch]
Lucy – Finnegan – [Curle Recordings]
AnD – Deep Consciousness – [Repitch]
Gridlock – Atomontage – [Hymen Records]
Greystates – Cult of Mars – [anti-social-network.bandcamp.com]
Fausten – Noch ein schlechter Mensch? – [??]
Helios – In Everything Was Given – [Unseen Records]

South London Ordnance – XLR8R podcast

A little over 50 minutes of forward thinking bass, house, and techno from the up and coming producer South London Ordnance.

01 Intro
02 South London Ordnance “Revolver” (Hotflush)
03 Nautiluss “Depth Charge” (Turbo)
04 Scuba “Untitled” (Hotflush)
05 Severn Beach “Do the Vortex” (Audio Culture)
06 Nautiluss “Zero Gravity” (3024)
07 Locked Groove “Firefall” (Hotflush)
08 Furesshu “Lifted (Shifted Remix)” (Project Squared)
09 South London Ordnance “Lemur”
10 Altered Natives “Martyn’s Friend” (Eye4Eye)
11 Stray “Get off the Stage”
12 Ivy Lab “Brat (South London Ordnance Remix)” (Critical)
13 Renaissance Man “What You Do When You Do What You Do (Sei A Remix)” (Turbo)
14 Dense & Pika “31″ (Hotflush)
15 Ella Patrice “Rise Off (Ms. Patrice)” (Aery Metals)
16 Outro

Future Sound of London – Lifeforms (Unknown Pasts)

In the past year there were plenty of new experimental releases from the likes of labels such as PAN, and Editions Mego/Spectrum Spools. It’s not looking to slow down much in 2013, but it poses a question as to whether or not this music is truly a new phenomenon, or simply part of a cycle that is repeating itself throughout history.

The early 1990′s saw a variety of experimental electronic music that isn’t completely unlike the trends of today. Outfits like The Black Dog, KLF, Autechre, Aphex Twin and Global Communication, this list goes on and on. Those that were there at the time will remember a similar intermingling of ambient and noise based sounds with that of house and techno.

The Future Sound of London released Lifeforms in 1994, which was a landmark album for its time. This work takes on a very experimental form combining beats with ambiance and other strange quirks and oddities of sound. Its tracks are beautiful elegiac landscapes of sound that bring you to undiscovered places. Imaginative as they are complex, it is difficult to parse the tracks by using the human language and we’ll certainly not attempt to do so here.

By comparison, some of today’s drone and experimental producers fall flat of this level of density and subtlety of detail. Monotonic drone simply does not bring you to these otherworldly places, it doesn’t have a life unto itself the way this album does. One can only hope that we will soon return to the kind of stunning soundscapes of Lifeforms sometime in the near future, if the ’90s continues to repeat itself going forward.

1. Cascade
2. Ill Flower
3. Flak
4. Bird Wings
5. Dead Skin Cells
6. Lifeforms
7. Eggshell
8. Among Myselves

1. Domain
2. Spineless Jelly
3. Interstat
4. Vertical Pig
5. Cerebral
6. Life Form Ends
7. VIT
8. Omnipresence
9. Room 208
10. Elaborate Burn
11. Little Brother

Lee Gamble and Special Request FACT mixes

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Over the holidays there were several new podcasts floating around. The Lee Gamble and Special Request FACT mixes (numbers 361 and 362 respectively) were the most notable in our opinion.

Lee Gamble had a huge year, and this mix is no exception. Fans of Dutch Tvashar Plumes will most likely find this mix to be a worthy listen, as it works in a similar fashion to undermine the traditional house and techno expectations.

154 – Sun
Population One – Radius
Theo Parrish – Unknown
D’Marc Cantu – No Control (JTC Remix)
Beneath – Wonz
STL – Secret Place
Unknown – Unknown
Marcello Napoletano – Everyday Madness
Kassem Mosse – Inswanna
Oasis – #1
Trus’me – Shakea Body (Terrence Dixon Remix)
Big Strick – Under Tone
Model 500 – Neptune

Special Request (AKA Paul Woolford) released a number of notable white labels this year. Inspired by the pirate radio stations of the last few decades, this mix represents the inspiration for the project.

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The Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
Meat Beat Manifesto – Radio Babylon
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Renegade Soundwave – The Phantom
Unknown – Unknown
Model 500 – No UFO’s
Innerzone Orchestra – Bug In The Bassbin
Unknown – Unknown
Gordon Edge – Compnded
The Brothers Grimm – Exodus
Wax Doctor – A New Direction
Special Request – Ride VIP
Special Request – Mindwash
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Ragga Twins – Spliff Head
Lee Gamble – Rufige
Grooverider – Sinister (Remix)

Unknown Futures Podcast 003 (2 Hour Special)

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It’s the end of the year again, and to thank those of you who have checked us out, we’ve done a special two-hour podcast. There will be a lot of changes in store next year for the blog. As you may have noticed the review section has disappeared and is going to be re-launched next year, as we are currently in the process of bringing more people on board. If you think you might be interested in writing for UF, send us an email at the address on the sidebar, and tell me why you think you’d be right for this blog.

In the meantime check out this podcast, it features quite a few of the artists we’ve had on the site this year and some others from different times and places. If you enjoy the music on this site then I’m sure that this will be something for you.

Also, Check out twelve of our favorite tracks from the year on the next post below.

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Mixed by: Unknown Futures Collective

Reagenz – Shibuya Day
IVVVO – Untitled
1991 – High-Tech Love-Life
XI – Villian
Sam KDC – Synesthesia
Seph – Zoom (Bi)
Deepchord – Spiral 1 (UF shorter edit)
Abdulla Rashim – Kallocain (JonssonAlter remix)
Nathan Fake – Paean (Lone remix)
RJ Valeo – You’re the One
Recondite – Haptic
Maya Jane Coles – Run With the Wild
Akkord – Submerged
Marcellis – Untitled
Grey Matter – Tesla (dub refix)
John Daly – The Organ Track
Lucy – Finnegan (Pariah Remix)
Henrik Jonsson & Joel Alter – Acapellan (Donato Dozzy remix)
Legowelt – Creation 5
Cobblestone Jazz – Before That
Humate – Curious
Neon Jung – Delirium Tremens (Nathan Fake remix)
Laurel Halo – Sunlight on the Faded (dub)

Unknown Futures Twelve for 2012

Here’s our obligatory end of year list, twelve tracks from the year that we felt deserved mentioning, in no particular order:

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Lee Gamble – DTI [PAN]

At this point Lee Gamble needs no introduction. Taken from Diversions 1994-1996 this track stood out as one of his more successful efforts from the album.

 

Claro Intelecto – It’s Getting Late [Delsin]

Claro Intelecto’s album Reform Club was seemingly absent from most of the end of the year lists out there. We’ve made sure to include this track since both it and the album deserve to be mentioned.

 

Legowelt – Rave Till Dawn [Clone]

If there was an anthem for underground house and techno for 2012, this might be a contender. Legowelt at his finest.

 

Dream 2 Science – Breath Deep [Rush Hour]

From out of the darkness, this obscure acid gem from 1990 got re-released on Rush Hour this year. It was featured in many sets and played out by several notable djs, understandably.

 

Recondite – Petrichor (Tin Man remix) [Absurd]

Recondite’s nicely understated production meets Tin Man’s melancholic acid squelch on this great remix. Hopefully we’ll hear more from this pairing in 2013.

 

Bipolardepth – Vessel [Udacha]

Appropriately, this release only has an image of a hot air balloon in flight on its 12″ label with no other information. ‘Vessel’ begins life as an ambient piece and evolves into a liquid deep house jam, mesmerizing stuff to say the least.

 

John Tejada – Fempto Frames [Pallette]

Interestingly enough this track was not included on the 12″ of this ep, and was only released digitally. In our opinion it was the best of the lot, and makes a case for melancholic and emotive techno in a sea of otherwise dark and cold releases that dominated the landscape this year.

 

John Talabot – H.O.R.S.E. [Permanent Vacation]

John Talabot’s debut album ƒIN garnered a lot of attention over the course of the year. For us ‘H.O.R.S.E.’ was a more of mainstream pick, but nonetheless one we felt deserved a mention because of the depth and emotion of the track.

 

Vessel – Silten [Tri Angle]

You might file this track under murky post-club. What would make for an excellent early morning selection, Vessel’s ‘Silten’ was just one of many otherworldly tracks off his excellent debut LP Order of Noise.

 

Mathew Jonson – Passage to the Other Side [Itiswhatitis]

Mathew Jonson is certainly no new-comer to the electronic music world. Passage to the Other Side is stated to have been produced in 2003 and was only released this year. A testament to the longevity of Jonson’s work, this track works just as well now as it would have almost 10 years ago.

 

Dexter – X7D [Ostgun Ton]

Simply a great functional record for the dance floor. And more importantly, a contender for one of the best bass lines of the year.

 

Actress – IWWAD [Honest Jon's]

R.I.P. was widely regarded as one of the best LP’s of 2012. Seemingly having a post-everything outlook on music, you might find yourself wondering if the show is really over. There aren’t answers yet, but if there are you might find them here.

That’s all from us until 2013, and please check out our latest 2-hour podcast and spread the word!!

Cheers!

-UF

Unreleased mix (Feb 2011) – ßekkar

This was a mix done by our resident DJ ßekkar that didn’t see the light of day until now, tracklist now included below.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People
Leroj – Stickmen
Tim Gregor – Trix & Flix
Shonky – Conquistador
Evan Evans – Repitition (John Daly Remix)
Marsbeing – Evening Lights (Eve Ten Remix)
Digitalism – Blitz (Villa Remix)
Soundprank – A Single Many (Derek Howell Remix)
Luus – I Know (Red Kite Knows Too Remix)
Vince Watson – Kaleidoscope
Aril Brikha – Read Only Memory (Jori Hulkonnen Remix)
The Third Man – Tangier
Psycatron, Sian – Vertigo of the Modern (Sian Elevator Mix)

Prince of Denmark – Giegling mix 02 – This is not

An understated and desolate mix from the Prince of Denmark. No tracklist provided.

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