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Untold Jack Dunning





With only a handful of releases on Hessle Audio, Hotflush and his own Hemlock Recordings, London based Jack Dunning has made serious waves already. An Untold tune is highly distinguishable; all compact bass lines that punish and clean percussion that clicks and drives instinctively; finding a balance between meticulous detail, deepness, and pure dance floor sensibility that is very rare indeed.

Cited by BBC Radio One’s Mary Anne Hobbs as one to watch in 2009, Untold’s output includes both new material and remixes for the likes of Milanese, Pangaea, Naphta and Toasty, forthcoming on labels including Hotflush, Square Records, Hessle Audio and many more.


Individually numbered edition of 100 - 2GB Wooden USB key containing Separate tracks in high quality wav format + digital artwork 24 bit 44,100 .wav files in a hand-finished box, oil stamped, tied with leather rope, lined with hand-cut Welsh slate.  Untold presents a cryptic suite of modular extractions as the 'Echo In The Valley' mixtape. Much more spacious, abstract, even pastoral than the dense roil of 'Black Light Spiral', it yields ten pieces of carefully carved, deftly rhythmic electronics tumbling and twinkling in fluid, gyroscopic hyperspace.


Black Light Spiral begins with five minutes of wailing ambulance sirens. It's the kind of urban stage-setting that UK dance music loves, the perfect intro for some hard-hitting rhythm to punch through. Through these five minutes, you wait for a beat to drop, for Jack Dunning's recent love affair with techno to manifest itself in a big fat kick drum. But instead, that siren screams on, steadily panning, growing unsettling because it won't stop. And then the track dies out, and the album claws its way to the next.

Most of your first listen, or maybe even your first ten listens, of Untold's debut album will be like that: confusing, ominous and totally unfriendly. The Londoner's work has always been severe, but Black Light Spiral takes it to an almost scary place. Made in a blitz before a move (home and studio) to Hertford, it's a blackened piece of music that seems to suck in all the light around it, indulging in the deepest and darkest impulses of techno. The genre appears only in shards, hidden in the feedback-soaked "Drop It On The One" or the choppy "Doubles." On the latter, the determined kick drum sounds like it's thumping through water, while hissing sounds and dull thuds stand in for chords.


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