Review: Given his well known love of cheap electronics, jack tracks and the fluorescent pulse of early '90s warehouse music, it is no surprise to find Unknown To The Unknown founder DJ Haus popping up on Clone's Jack for Daze offshoot. Helta Skelta, a four-track assault on the senses that blends the distinctive swing of vintage drum machines with riotous acid and cheap-and-cheery electronics, holds few surprises. That's not a criticism, though, since few do this kind of retro-futurist dancefloor abuse quite as well as the UTTU man. We can detect a few audible nods towards the bleep techno period, too, particularly on the sub-heavy silliness of "Back 2 Tha Future" and "Metronomy", which sounds like a mutant funk re-make of Unique 3's "The Theme".
Review: Given his well-known love of cheap electronics, jack tracks and the fluorescent pulse of early '90s warehouse music, it is no surprise to find Unknown To The Unknown founder DJ Haus popping up on Clone's Jack for Daze offshoot. Helta Skelta, a four-track assault on the senses that blends the distinctive swing of vintage drum machines with riotous acid and cheap-and-cheery electronics, holds few surprises. That's not a criticism, though, since few do this kind of retro-futurist dancefloor abuse quite as well as the UTTU man. We can detect a few audible nods towards the bleep techno period, too, particularly on the sub-heavy silliness of "Back 2 Tha Future" and "Metronomy", which sounds like a mutant funk re-make of Unique 3's "The Theme".
Review: DJ Haus returns to Chiwax after last year's "Freq Trax" record. Steadily gaining as much recognition as his Unknown to the Unknown label, Haus delivers more stripped back machine music here. It starts with the malfunctioning computer bleeps and repetitive vocal loops of "Alien Vox", while on "Exponential Acid", he ups the ante to drop firing, snappy percussion and wired acid lines. "Radioactive Dream" is a proper 90s techno jam that borrows from the primal jack of Dan Curtin's Purveyors of Fine Funk project and Juan Atkins wiry futurism in equal measures, while on "Let My Brain Go", Haus returns to the machine grind of "Alien Vox".
Ready 2 Jack (Shadow Child remix) - (4:41) 124 BPM
Operate It, Press Play! - (4:02) 120 BPM
Review: Label boss DJ Haus is the latest artist to contribute to the Dance Trax series, and turns in a primal, banging three-tracker. "Ready 2 Jack" starts with the stuttering beats and vocals of Chicago house before breaking into a noisy, bleepy sequence. On "Operate It, Press Play", the same willingness to blur the boundaries between original house influences and contemporary sources is audible. There. Haus drops primal 909 drums and percussive volleys that act as a back drop for detuned tones. It's similar in style to recent UTTU contributor Shadow Child's sound, so it's no coincidence that the Food Music boss pops up to turn "Ready 2 Jack" into a more streamlined, pulsating groove, led by a powerful, bleep bass.
Review: Label owner DJ Haus steps up for the latest UTTU release. In its original format, the title track is a rambunctious affair, that revolves around a rude, throbbing bass, chopped up vocals and steely drums. It's like a new take on techno and bass within the confines of one track. All ears will also be on the remixer. Most recently, Lone has impressed with his Ambivert Tools series, and he brings some of its dreaminess to this reshape. Coupled with a grungy bass and a looser rhythm, the storied UK producer also layers in some tropical soundscapes to create an unforgettable remix.
Review: Since launching a little under a decade ago, no label has championed retro-futurist rave revivalism quite as successfully as Unknown To The Unknown. While the imprint's inspirations are varied - think acid house, Bleep, Ghetto-house, hardcore, early Detroit techno and so on - their releases are united by a desire to showcase the pure hedonistic excess of the rave years. It seems fitting then that the label's 100th release is a wild, strobe-lit treat - a stomping, sub-heavy and warehouse ready revision of boss man DJ Haus's 2018 cut "Let My Brain Go" by Len Faki. It rattles along at quite a lick, with Faki wrapping raw riffs and acid squiggles around the most bombastic of breathless, sub-heavy grooves.
Review: Dance Trax's second "Bonus Beat" comes from popular retro-futurist and rave revivalist DJ Haus. "Too Much Data" is a typically forthright and mind-altering affair, with the Haus-master (sorry) channeling his inner Cajmere by smothering a tough techno groove with raw electronic motifs and doom-laden spoken word snippets. Patrick Topping steps up to remix first, offering up a stomping revision rich in paranoid electronic riffs, glitchy percussion fills and kick-drums so weighty the dancefloor may not be able to support them. Rounding off the package is Dance Trax regular DJ Boneyard, whose bouncing, redlined techno revision is full of trance style synth stabs and darkcore style menace.
Review: Up next for Defected's In The House series is the UK's DJ Haus, 'a decidedly untraditional DJ, producer, originator and DIY label innovator.' The Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus Recs boss has received big props from the underground house community and in Defected's opinion: he's an ambassador for the future of house music. Quite a compliment there! Serving up a a wicked collection of raw and jacking sounds that encompass electro, Chicago house, disco, techno and UK garage: and all very much on the lo-fi tip. The supporting cast on DJ Haus In The Haus is quite a remarkable one and musical highlights are not limited to: NYC hero X-Coast (who is fresh off a killer release on Underthesea) with last year's sleeper hit "Mango Bay", Aussie larrikin and Steel City Dance Discs boss Mall Grab with the wicked "Pool Party" through to stateside jams by Justin Cudmore - who gives us a taste of the acid life on "Forget It" and so does the master Matrixxman on the epic "The Spell" (Original Mix).
Review: Massien has put out material on labels like XL and Tectonic and now brings his street sounds to Dance Trax. "Twist & Turn" is inspired by old-school, breaking electro, with Massien dropping warbling synths over rolling 808s and powerful bass stabs, while on "Lust & Sound", he drops a niggling acid-led breaker. Electro producer of the moment Jensen Interceptor introduces a more clubby feel to the release, which is thanks to an ominous bass on his remix, while there are two tracks featuring DJ Haus; "Hypnotik Rhythm Sequence" is a bleak, steely breaker and "Random Access Memory" is an acid-laced, tone-shifting affair - both marking Massien out as a formidable artist.
Review: Chiwax welcomes DJ Haus aka Rupert Cogan (the hardest working man in show business!) head of Uttu & Hot Haus Records. He teams up with Mak & Pasteman here on this killer EP. He's released already on the respected Clone Jack for Daze series, Creme Organization and of course his own imprints to name a few. The new three tracker comes around in good Dance Mania style. Chicago House meets UK Garage. First it is the early rave of "X-Mod" reflecting a love of all things early Plus 8, while "Bang It" continues on with some Relief Records style Chicago hard house shenanigans the relentless jack-attach-drum-track that is "Drive MF".
DJ Normal 4 - "UFO Spotted At Ruhr" - (4:46) 140 BPM
DJ Stingray - "Cryptic" - (4:42) 70 BPM
Robert Dietz - "Junk Mail Gem" - (6:52) 127 BPM
Textasy - "Chillin' At The Beach" - (5:32) 120 BPM
Mystik Menn - "Fantastic Jam" - (5:12) 126 BPM
Bell Towers - "My Body Is A Tempo" (Andras remix) - (6:41) 127 BPM
Florian Kupfer - "Post Present" - (8:53) 120 BPM
DJ Boneyard - "Original" - (6:16) 123 BPM
DJ Steaw - "Get Down" (dub mix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
SE62 - "Night People" - (6:17) 122 BPM
ZZZ - "UZKZOWZ" (DJ Haus Body Heat mix) - (4:52) 125 BPM
Stratton - "Out There" - (7:13) 129 BPM
Cliff Lothar - "Tool Tyme" - (6:03) 120 BPM
Legowelt - "Amateur Astronomy" - (5:25) 124 BPM
DJ Seinfeld - "Tell Me What U Want" - (4:23) 131 BPM
Hugo Massien & DJ Haus - "Network Processor" - (5:29) 123 BPM
Justin Cudmore - "Straight No Chaser" - (6:45) 123 BPM
FRAK - "Protes" - (7:52) 126 BPM
Cosmic Garden - "Nature Spirits" - (5:49) 122 BPM
Louie From The Club - "Emoshuns" - (6:44) 121 BPM
Gropina - "Cristallo Di Bismuto" - (4:34) 113 BPM
SkatebArrd - "Maskindans" - (2:33) 103 BPM
Neil Landstrumm - "DX Madness" - (5:51) 85 BPM
Lauren Flax & Jimmy Edgar - "It's Ours" (Jimmy Edgar remix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
DJ Plant Texture - "Lloyd Goes To Mars" (Simoncino remix) - (5:50) 126 BPM
TRP - "Stellar" - (8:45) 127 BPM
DJ Shark - "Outro" (Fantastic Man remix) - (6:26) 130 BPM
Review: The second volume in DJ Haus's "Enters The Unknown" series is even more epic than its' predecessor. This digital edition is particularly potent, as it not only features two action-packed, CD length mixes from the Unknown To The Unknown chief, but also all 46 tracks he used in unmixed, DJ-friendly form. Given the quality of the retro-futurist gems contained in the UTTU archives (modern cuts variously inspired by ghetto-house, early trance, slamming techno, bleep, proto-jungle, hardcore and early New Jersey garage), it's unsurprising that the showcased material is so damn hot. The set also boasts a handful of previously unheard cuts, too, including DJ Haus's collaborations with DJ Boring, DJ Deeon and Marquis Hawkes.