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Untold – Little Things Like That review

What happens when you bring together Hemlock boss Jack Dunning and one of Europe’s most established electronic music labels? Based on this release, it sounds like one of those rare occasions when the past and the present come together in perfect unison.

It’s no coincidence that Clone have decided to issue Little Things Like That or to pick their┬áBasement Series sub-label, home to all things jacking, for its release. Indeed the title track wears the past audibly and make specific reference to the music that inspires Clone, as doubled up claps usher in insistent bass surges reminiscent of Drexciya and churning chords that sound like Sean Deason or Carl Craig’s 90s techno. Signs that the arrangement is veering into less recognizable territories come as layer upon layer of woozy riffing appear, eventually giving way to a dreamy reverie. However, soon enough, the sub-aquatic bass and jacking rhythm come again to the fore.

“Bachelor’s Delight” is less indebted to classic narratives; toy town riffs and what could be a kid’s xylophone ride a swinging rhythm, and as the track progresses the murderous bass becomes more pronounced. “Delight” reaches a crescendo as Untold’s subs reach queasy levels and a volley of scattergun FX, which centre on an insistent bell chime, dominate the high end. It doesn’t make the title track sound dated; indeed it captures the zeitgeist more effectively than an army of trend watchers.

Richard Brophy