Review: Unknown Precept made one of the most memorable debuts of 2013 with The Black Ideal, an all too appropriately titled compilation that featured Semantica boss Svreca, Shifted, AnD, Ancient Methods and Violetshaped, and truly lived up to its billing as a release that sat "halfway between incisive primitivist rave-techno and cerebral experimentations". Notable by their absence since that compilation was issued, Unknown Precept return in triumphant fashion with the Unseen Warfare EP from newcomer Damaskin. Described by the label as their "first and beloved contributor involved in Unknown Precept's early actions", Damaskin's production debut is a bold statement that continues the approach of The Black Ideal and the four crumbling, decayed techno distortions will find fans with followers of Perc and Ancient Methods.
Review: Parisian publishers Unknown Precept mark their impressive first steps into the musical realm with a compilation of crepuscular techno rather aptly called The Black Ideal. This eight track release houses new material from a dark body of both well established and emerging techno acts and forms an intriguing bond with the debut issue of The Monograph, a new magazine dedicated to electronic music. Ancient Methods and Shifted strip their productions of beats, opting instead for overdriven sound design, while Violetshaped, Svreca, and hard hitting Manchester duo AnD push their drums and compressors to the limit. The emerging Casual Violence blend strings with a cluster of horrific ambient-noise, while last year's prolific ambient and drone pairing Saaad team up with fellow Frenchman Mondkopf for the cavernous "Last Love". Parisian producer Polar Inertia weighs in with the rest of the French contingent on the slow-burning "Antimatter".