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In the most literal sense, The Late Show returns to Revolver Upstairs. After two years of hitting refresh on blank calendars, dancing to loud music in dark places looks set to return in 2022. At this point, a standard-issue press kit will say “so and so is excited to announce”, but in this instance, maybe a sense of relief is more appropriate. Relief at the possibility of resuming what The Late Show has been doing for the last 22 years; that is, blasting alien sounds of the underground through bassbins and tweeters.
But what even is the sound of Revolver’s Saturday nights? Ask any of the night’s residents and their painfully evasive answers will suggest that they themselves don’t even fully know. The best response would be to simply call it something unknown. Now that even your mate’s dad, (who wears a David & Nicky & Larry & Frankie Tshirt and plays Boileroom rips in his Tesla) is an absolute expert on dance music, knowing has become…. Well, kinda boring. Maybe the whole point of going into dark rooms to dance amongst strangers to records that are financially ruinous to their makers is to engage with something that is unknown.
Enter Revolver Upstairs Records’ next release, Known Unknowns, a 15-track compilation from residents, friends, and family. It’s a compilation that encapsulates the disparate sounds you’ll hear at The Late Show, between dimming the restaurant lights and exiting with only one shoe the following day. Fragments of breakbeats skip across stretched rave chords, anaemic basslines hover over metallic loops, and glassy synths encase crunchy electronics. It’s a collection of music which claims to know only one thing, that we’re glad to be back.
Compiled by Ransom
Mastered by Daniel Elleson
Artwork by Pariscope