Unknown Vinyl, CD & tapes by Unknown at Norman Records
Can’t give you too much gossip on the identity / identities behind these pieces of forgotten treasure, but that doesn’t matter too much when you get up and listen. The warm joy of West African music is carried through with party-brass and light guitars, while the cold rhythms of some vintage drum machines push through the mix relentlessly. Re-pressed on Porridge Bullet.
Grey Area, in case you weren’t aware, is the label team-up between Auxiliary and Horo. The concept is that you just know what producer(s) is / are featured on each record, so that you just have to follow your ears and enjoy the tracks on their own merit. So all we can tell you about Grey Area, Volume Five is that the tunes are potent ones. Four-track 12” release.
Not only is this EP Untitled, the artist is too! That’s right, you don’t get to find out who the producer behind these four jams is, so you’ll just have to rely on your ears won’t you? Anyway, regardless of irrelevant identities, these blown-out acidic cuts are A-grade material, so dive on in! Out on BANK Records.
JLM and Chris Wang get the party re-started, with 'Better / Fever'. You may have seen these boys 'Love Dancing' in Vancouver, where they've been doing the do since '09. This disc sees dem classic synths, hustlin' drums and funky breaks dropped into the pot, makin' their tastiest disco stew yet. Energy... Flares, polished shoes... Ready! 2 tracks on hot vinyl 12" from Mood Hut.
Can’t give you too much gossip on the identity / identities behind these pieces of forgotten treasure, but that doesn’t matter too much when you get up and listen to Ahiwo Ahiwo. West African party-brass, ecstatic chants and flexing basslines swirl together joyously, backed by a strikingly contemporary pulsing beat. Gorgeous stuff. Re-press on Porridge Bullet.
Another classic release for Unknown, carrying off the usual… oh wait a minute. We don’t actually know who produced the track on Untitled, as it derives from a demo cassette found, with no information, in a second hand shop. Shame, because it is fully great, a weird, lo-fi, dark surf-disco post-punk kind of track (e.g. fairly unique). 7” with the original on the A and Fit’s edit on the B.
I know that lots of dance music is intentionally ambiguous and faceless but this 12” by Unknown featuring Muscle Mix on one side and Nasty Mix on t’other really takes the biscuit. The only information we are given is from where the label, Loonie Bin, derives its name. Apparently, it’s what we’d call a bargain bin. Anyway, you could take a chance with this, it might just be brilliant.
There is very little known about Unknown by Unknown. The facts that we are aware of are that it is techno, it’s a white label, it’s on the XL Recordings imprint Young Turks, home of The XX, FKA Twigs and SBTRKT, among others. Everything else is a mystery, which is why it is listed as Unknown by Unknown. Hmmmm….
12” vinyl. The boys down at Diagonal are kicking it old skool… With a modern twist.. Completely unknown white label “sourced from youtube and mastered for wax”... The contents? a 90s techno anthem, reworked into a 9 minute club banger, guaranteed to make it go mad. Incredibly limited, as they should be :-) soo copies, One per customer
What’s this? Two cuts from a mystery artist released by Domino Records in an edition of 100? The label are fuelling the intrigue by revealing that Lady's In Trouble is a timeless number with shades of Arthur Russell, for the Ariel Pink generation. There’s a b-side on a dancier, lo-fi tip. Suck it and see.
This is a case of an enigma wrapped up in a riddle - unknown is not the band, unknown means just that - it is not known who either song is by. All that is known is that there are versions of I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy by The What Four and The Happy Cats and that this version was recorded in New York. The only information known about Watch Out is that it’s a belting track!
Available on 7” vinyl.
A secret cassette for cassette store day from Domino. A call to the label revealed that they "didn't know" who it was by. Surely has to be someone of reasonable size, it would be rubbish if it was one of the also rans.