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19 Dec 11
Review: Musical output from Jonathan Burnip has been somewhat sporadic in the five years he has been in operation, but when he does drop a record it always counts for something. On 'House of Dolls', his masterful command of a standout hosue groove comes to the fore, as a perfectly bumping beat offsets a cavernous organ stab. All the while digital squalls flit around the track, but really everything revolves around the funk of the track. TAPES take a cheeky 8 bit dub approach to their remix, which is charming if not as striking as the fantastic original. Another winner for the on point Unknown To The Unknown imprint.
30 Jan 12
Played by: Digitalworkx
Review: Capracara's "House Of Dolls" was one of Unknown To The Unknown's finest tracks last year, and here it gets a reworking from library music and soundtrack specialist Jonny Trunk. The hookup, we can only assume, came through Burnip's appreciation of slasher movie soundtracks, and the result is as out there as you could imagine - stripping the radiophonic bleeps from the original, Trunk leaves only an echo of the original's melody and adds some acoustic samples to glue the remix together. Propelled by nothing other than a simple kick drum, it's what you might imagine a music concrete version of house music to sound like.
24 Sep 12
Review: Bringing more of the rough and tumble jack-action to Unknown To The Unknown, Capracara is as up for the party as ever on "Ronin", although arguably reining in his more wayward tendencies for a more direct garage house jam. Still, when the drums hit as hard as they do here, a little linear structure doesn't dampen the spirits. Recent Juno Plus podcasters Kodiak step up for a remix, and they proceed to delineate everything in sight with a chunky broken beat and dense layers of head-spinning melody, vocal samples and effects. It's perhaps less party ready than the original, but addictive all the same. Killer!
25 Feb 13
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Mat Cant, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, DJ Q, J69
Review: UTTU have a cast-iron reputation for releasing cutting edge work by a wide variety of acts as disparate as Legowelt, Sinden and Capracara. Here we get a selection of their more bass/urban-oriented talent. Classified delivers vintage cut-up UKG on "Say To You". The latter is given a wobble heavy remix by DJ Q, who also provides the warm, Ayia Napa sounds of "All You Have To" and "You're Not Around". Zibba contributes the squelchy, string laden "Say To You (2006)" and Mooney goes all loopy funk on "Hey Hey".
09 Jul 12
Played by: DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings)
Review: In just over a year, Unknown to the Unknown have gone from humble beginnings to releasing material from Detroit legend DJ Stingray, Chicago heat from Marcus Mixx and Alias G, the rudest bassline garage from DJ Q and tracks from up and comers Slackk, Nightwave and Mista Men. But the genesis of the label can be traced back to a YouTube channel known as "DaAutopsy", where Hot City's DJ Haus still posts forthcoming UTTU hype and old vinyl rips to this day. Now the channel has taken on a life of its own, and spewed forth "Tear Tha Fuckin' Club Up!". Undoubtedly the hardest hitting UTTU joint to date, incandescent rave stabs go toe to toe with Baltimore club styles, creating a beast of a club track that resembles a Frankenstein's monster of the YouTube generation. Big tip!
26 Mar 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: The seemingly unstoppable musical juggernaut that is Unknown to The Unknown marches on with this incendiary single from label boss DJ Haus. "Needin U'" is fresh as they come, a love letter to classic house and UK hardcore and a UFK anthem all at the same time. Mostly, however, it's just straight-up fun rave tackle, with the remix from shape-shifting producer Capracara every bit as good, replacing the original's stepping rhythms with a robust, refreshingly smacky 4/4 pulse. Highly recommended.