Untold (musician)

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Untold
Birth name Jack Dunning
Genres Electronic
Occupation(s) Music producer, musician
Years active 2008–present
Members Jack Dunning

Untold aka Jack Dunning, is an electronic producer from London. He released his first solo record on Hessle Audio in 2008[1] and has since released on R&S Records, Soul Jazz, Clone Records and more. He released his debut album 'Black Light Spiral' on his own label, Hemlock Recordings in February 2014 [2]

History[edit]

Untold's first solo release was Kingdom on Hessle Audio in March 2008. The release also featured Purify and Test Signal and was described by Resident Advisor as "an excellent debut, and one that is sure to go down well with people who delight in the constantly evolving nature of the genre."[1]

He followed that with Yukon / Walk Through Walls on his own Hemlock imprint which gained a 4/5 review from Resident Advisor .[3] Untold then followed this with Discipline / Bones, also on Hemlock.

These were followed with his first release for Hotflush Recordings, run by the producer Scuba, in March 2009. Entitled Sweat the single also featured the B Side Dante.[4]

He also remixed Ramadanman's 'Revenue' in 2009 for 2nd Drop Records.

Untold then returned to Hessle Audio to release I Can't Stop This Feeling / Anaconda to which XLR8R claimed he "was breathing new life"[5] into Dubstep.

Further releases followed including Flexible on Brainmath Recordings as well as a return to Hotflush for Just For You which also featured a Roska remix.

Gonna Work Out Fine EP[edit]

Untold's most comprehensive release to date was 2009's Gonna Work Out Fine EP released on Hemlock Recordings. Comprising 6 tracks, the EP was released on triple vinyl. Pitchfork praised his ability to balance "fluency with austerity; he knows which details bring depth and which distract."[6]

Track listing:

  1. Gonna Work Out Fine
  2. Stop What You're Doing
  3. Don't Know. Don't Care
  4. Palamino
  5. No One Likes A Smart-Arse
  6. Never Went Away

2010 – 2011[edit]

In 2010 Untold released two collaborations. The first, "Beacon", was a joint effort with Hyperdub's LV and was released on Hemlock Recordings featuring a remix from Mount Kimbie. The second was a collaboration with Roska and Untold's debut on the Glasgow-based label Numbers. Featuring the tracks Myth and Long Range,[7] Resident Advisor praised the releases' ability to "take well-worn tropes and flip them on their heads".[8]

Dunning also made 2 other label debuts in 2010, on Soul Jazz and R&S Records respectively. As part of the former's Future Bass compilation, Untold released the double A side Come Follow Me / Fly Girls[9] as the second single from the compilation.

Untold followed this up later in the year by working with the Electronic label R&S Records. Previously home to such artists as Aphex Twin and Model 500, Untold delivered Stereo Freeze / Mass Dreams of the Future to the newly active label.

2011 saw Dunning further cemented his association with the House and Techno scene, teaming up with the Dutch label Clone Records for a release on their Basement Series.[10]

Change in a Dynamic Environment[edit]

Dunning's latest project marks a return to his own Hemlock Recordings for the first time since 2009. Change in a Dynamic Environment is a 3 part EP featuring 3 separate single releases. The first Motion The Dance / Luminous was released in April and the second Caslon / Breathe in June, with the third set to follow in July.[11]

Dunning claims his aim is to "come back and make a statement".[12] Resident Advisor awarded the second part 4.5/5 in their review.[13]

Black Light Spiral[edit]

Black Light Spiral, released in February 2014, is Untold's first album released on Hemlock records.[14] The album received a 7.6 rating on the music website Pitchfork,[15] a rating of 9/10 on music website Spin (Album of the month),[16] 4/5 on FACT magazine,[17] 4/5 from Resident Advisor[18] and 8/10 from XLR8R.[19] Pitchfork commended Dunning for 'pushing his sound in a fresh direction',[15] whilst SPIN claimed 'There is no album this year with a better handle on how to create and maintain tension".[16]

Live[edit]

Untold has toured the world extensively as a DJ. In 2010 he combined numerous European shows with a tours of Australia and Russia, as well as a visit to Puerto Rico as part of the Bacardi Pioneers Project[20] with Norman Jay. In 2012 Untold played on the main stage of Sonar Festival in Barcelona[21] and undertook a US Tour.[22] To coincide with the Black Light Spiral album Untold began to play live in 2014.[23] He undertook live shows at album launch parties at La Machine in Paris, Bloc in London, Dekmantel in Amsterdam and Berghain in Berlin.[24]

Discography[edit]

Year Release Label
2014 Black Light Spiral Hemlock Recordings
2013 Targa / Glare 50 Weapons
2012 Change in a Dynamic Environment Part 2: Caslon / Breathe Hemlock Recordings
2012 Change in a Dynamic Environment Part 1: Motion The Dance / Luminous Hemlock Recordings
2011 Little Things Like That / Bachelors Delight Clone Records
2010 Stereo Freeze / Mass Dreams of the Future R&S Records
2010 Come Follow Me / Fly Girls Soul Jazz Records
2010 Long Range / Myth (w/ Roska) Numbers
2010 Beacon (w/ LV) Hemlock Recordings
2009 Gonna Work Out Fine EP' Hemlock Recordings
2009 Just For You Hot Flush Recordings
2009 I Can't Stop This Feeling / Anaconda Hessle Audio
2009 Flexible Brainmath
2009 Sweat / Dante Hot Flush Recordings
2009 Revenue (Untold Remix) 2nd Drop Records
2008 Discipline / Bones Hemlock Recordings
2008 Yukon / Walk Through Walls Hemlock Recordings
2008 Kingdom / Purify / Test Signal Hessle Audio

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RA Reviews: Untold – Kingdom (Single)". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ . XLR8R.com. 15 February 2012 http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2014/02/listen-untolds-black-light-spira. Retrieved 12 July 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "RA Reviews: Untold – Yukon (Single)". Residentadvisor.net. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "RA Reviews: Untold – Sweat / Dante on Hotflush Recordings (Single)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Untold: Dubstep’s Next Mutation". XLR8R. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Untold: Gonna Work Out Fine | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Video: Roska and Untold Talk 'Myth' EP, Bass Music, Labels, and More". XLR8R. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "RA Reviews: Roska and Untold – Myth (Single)". Residentadvisor.net. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  9. ^ — Ari Stein (1 October 2010). "Soul Jazz put out new 12" for Untold". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Untold to Drop New 12" via Clone". XLR8R. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Untold – 'Change in a Dynamic Environment'". Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Text: Zara Wladawsky Photography: RosaMaria_Nika (26 June 2012). "Untold interview: 'I wanted to document my change.'". Dummymag.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "RA Reviews: Untold – Change In A Dynamic Environment EP 2 (Single)". Residentadvisor.net. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "RA: Hemlock Recordings – Record Label". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Untold". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Untold's Deathly Drops, Optimo's Spacey Blues, and 10 More New Dance LP's in Control Voltage". SPIN. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Black Light Spiral". FACT. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "RA Reviews: Untold – Black Light Spiral on Hemlock Recordings (Album)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Black Light Spiral". XLR8R. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Untold's Guaguanco Beats". Dazed Digital. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sónar 14.15.16 June :: Untold". Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "RA News: Untold returns to North America". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Untold Announces New Live A/V Show". XLR8R. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Untold details debut LP Black Light Spiral – stream bone-shaking album track 'Drop It on the One'". FACT. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

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