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Never Knows feat. Kevin Knapp

Untitled 24

08.21.2012

A - Black Enough (Original Version)
B - Black Enough (Inxec Version)
C - Black Enough (Young, Gifted and Black Version)

San Francisco's ambitious imprint Untitled & After welcomes the return of vocalist Kevin Knapp and in-house production outfit Never Knows for a provocative collaborative single titled "Black Enough." The track has been brewing for a while, with Never Knows' dramatic music accompanying a personal and political message from Knapp, giving it a somewhat complicated history. Some have been enthusiastic and supportive of "Black Enough" while others are hesitant at approaching controversy from the dance floor. Regardless, Knapp has been performing "Black Enough" live in sets with the likes of Inxec, Matt Tolfrey, Kate Simko and Audiojack only to find people swarming him afterwards wanting to know about "that 'Black Enough' track."

 

Never Knows and Kevin Knapp provide two versions, with both featuring almost theatrical synth chords over the sparse four-on-the-floor rhythm, accentuating while leaving ample room for Knapp's spoken vocal to cut through. The Young, Gifted, and Black Version minimizes the arrangement just a tad, with a driving bass throb and snappy rhythm sound helping Knapp's message hit its target. On the remix comes the London-based Inxec (Rekids, Crosstown Rebels) who admirably twists things into a pulsating and funky deep techno interpretation. Knapp's vocals are effected to an almost otherworldly flavor, somehow giving weight to the words rather than obscuring the message. This is an impossible-to-ignore slice of slinky business, primed and ready for dark, late night dance floor excursions.

 

Kevin Knapp's been making waves by contributing vocals to tracks from Matt Tolfrey, Kate Simko, Audiojack, Inxec, Burnski, and more. His track "Hindsight," a collaboration with Safeword's Marc Smith for Untitled & After, is a particular highlight of this steadily rising artist's oeuvre. Never Knows is the latest project from Untitled & After's Marc Kate, focusing on deep, dark-tinged techno with a variety of influences outside of dance music. Never Knows has already turned heads with tunes contributed to Trip Show, Modyfier, as well as the distinctive "Fear Of The Unknown"/"Poe" debut for Untitled & After. There's much more to come from these two acts as they continue to experiment within San Francisco's burgeoning electronic music community.



Support



Justin Harris (Music For Freaks / Classic / Paranoid)

Rating: 4/5 - love this.. ... lots!

 

Dubfire (Sci + Tec / Deep Dish)

Rating: 5/5 - deep stuff , thanks!

 

Dibby Dougherty (Bedrock / DhARMA)

Rating: 5/5 - crazy stuff such a unique release, well done, all over this x

 

Motorcitysoul (Cocoon / Stir15 / Simple)

Rating: 4/5 - inxec version is super cool! cheers for sending! matthias.

 

Chris Fortier (Fade / Field Trip)

Rating: 4/5 - inxec twist it out

 

Chloe (Kill The DJ / Karat / Live At Robert Johnson)

Rating: 4/5 - good release will play!

 

Oliver Klein (Mutekki / Kling Klong)

Rating: 4/5 - original for me!

 

Tuomas Salmela (Phonogenic) (Moodmusic / Turbo / 2020 Vision / Cocoon)

Rating: 4/5 - Inxec Version works for me, thanks!

 

Robert Feedmann (Titbit Music / Resopal Schallware / Kopf Artefakt / Elusive Records)

Rating: 4/5 - original version is ROCKING! support

 

Orde Meikle (Slam / Soma)

Rating: 4/5 - nice original + remixes - thanx

 

TJ Norris (Resident Advisor (reviewer) / Igloo Magazine)

Rating: 4/5 - These are dark times, and this is the soundtrack.

 

Laurent N. (Nice 102.3 FM / House Nation Radio / Radio Sensation / NCRadio)

Rating: 5/5 - TOP Release with a MASSIVE Original track. Will play & TOTAL SUPPORT !!!

 

Michele Vitucci (BTE Podcast)

Rating: 5/5 - I love the Inxec Version

 

JD Moyer / Jondi / Yellowcake (Loöq)

"Black Enough" -- great track! Yes on all counts. It's got soooooouuuuuuuul ...

 

Brendon Collins (Summer) (Tulipa Recordings / Mo's Ferry / Monique Spéciale / Remute)

Rating: 4/5 - Inxec remix is fantastic, support

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