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Hyperdub Recordings (Record label)
Hyperdub Recordings is a London-based record label, founded in 2004 by Steve Goodman. »Hyperdub is a mutation of British electronic music, infected by Jamaican soundsystem culture: from dub and reggae, through jungle, right up to grime, dubstep and funky«, explained Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) in an interview with The Guardian. In his mind Hyperdub is less a record label rather than a virus. This also explains how the releases of the label from Burial, Kode9 & the Spaceape, Ikonika, to Darkstar, Hype Williams and Cooly G) spread in recent years and shaped our imaginations of dubstep and on bass based dancing music. Hyperdub started in 2001 as a web magazine that dealt with the Jamaican influence on electronic music in Great Britain (dub, reggae, jungle, grime, UK funky). In an interview with Kevin Martin (aka The Bug), that Goodman conducted for XL8R, the musician encouraged the reporter to give his productions a platform.
Hyperdub Recordings in Features
Music Interview | posted 28.10.2013
DJ Rashad
»We Want You To Shake Your Ass«
You would imagine DJ Rashad to be very twitchy. The man breaths Footwork and his blood must run down his veins with 160 BPM. Instead I talk to a completely relaxed Rashad, who probably has his feet kicked up as he answers my questions. It comes as no surprise that Rashad seems satisfied: DJ Rashad is Footwork‘s child. And at the same time Footwork is his. An interview with a man, who lives the genre like barely anyone does.
Hyperdub Recordings in Reviews
Music Review | posted 01.09.2016
Zomby
Ultra
As a musical statement, the new album »Ultra« by Zomby is so clearly articulated, that it could once again be the start of something new.
Music Review | posted 13.05.2016
Jessy Lanza
Oh No
For Jessy Lanza it means all or nothing, but in the meantime everything meets nothing on »Oh No«. This makes it one of the most radical records of the last months.
Music Review | posted 06.11.2015
Kode9
Nothing
On »Nothing«, Kode9 is targeting the absence of humans. Paradoxically, the record is quite a lively matter.
Music Review | posted 09.06.2014
Fhloston Paradigm
The Phoenix
With the project Fhloston Paradigm, house-producer King Britt is indulging in his love for science fiction and the respective musical vocabulary.
Music Review | posted 28.10.2013
DJ Rashad
Double Cup
Under the vague frame of Footwork, Rashad combines Jungle, UK-Bass-music and R&B-Samples. The relaxed sound – at least for his standards – has quite an effect on the whole record.
Music Review | posted 13.06.2013
Laurel Halo
Behind The Green Door EP
Laurel Halo is one of the most interesting artists in the music-business. Her new EP proves that once again.
Music Review | posted 04.01.2013
Burial
Truant/Rough Sleeper
It’s been more than five years since »Untrue« came out. Since then, Burial has only released short pieces, but they’ve all been worth their money. »Truant / Rough Sleeper« is, too.
Music Review | posted 17.07.2012
Laurel Halo
Quarantine
The fifths intervals in the melodies remind the listener of Björk, the timbre of Kate Bush and the low-pitched vocal tracks seem to bear Fever Ray’s signature. Still, »Quarantine« sounds unique.
Music Review | posted 09.07.2012
Cooly G
Playin' Me
Advanced minimalism: after quite a few short trips to the sound-carrier-business of Hyperdub, Cooly G has finally released her debut.
Music Review | posted 19.06.2012
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland
Black Is Beautiful
The mask is one of the most reliable stylistic device of the pop industry. This is no news for Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, who have already bewildered before as Hype Williams.
Music Review | posted 08.05.2012
Burial
Kindred EP
With the »Kindred EP«, Burial is set for new horizons, but doesn’t leave »Untrue« too far behind. It’s a balancing act that could have hardly worked out better.
Music Review | posted 07.05.2012
DVA
Pretty Ugly
DVA adds Garage, Funk, Pop, Soul and other selected features to his Dubstep, while still sticking with his very own sound. However, the whole record lacks an arc of suspense.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 17.06.2019
Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision
RVNG Intl releases »Water Memory« and »Mount Vision«, the first two albums of the American sound designer Emily A. Sprague.
Music Review | posted 04.10.2019
Nef
Mais Alors !!?... C'Est a L'Envers
»Mais Alors !!?…. C’Est a L’Envers«, the first and only album of the French band Nef, has now been re-issued.
Music Review | posted 04.02.2019
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation
Katakata
Now Hot Casa has released »Katakata«, another album by Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation.
Music News | posted 16.02.2018
Respuesta Alternativa
Rediscovered: »Grata Compañia«
The Australian based reissue label Left Ear Records, which specializes in rediscoveries, will continue to pursue its business idea in 2018. For »Grata Compañia« they selected five pieces of the Spanish project Respuesta Alternativa.
Music Essay | posted 24.06.2019
British Jazz
On The Hot Spot
Jazz in Great Britain is in the midst of a generational shift. New talents from Manchester to London are revising gridlocked listening habits and are testing the limits of the genre. But why now?