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07 Nov 11
Review: As a prelude to their debut album, released in December, Sepalcure (the pairing of Braille and Machinedrum) drop this single containing "Pencil Pimp", one of the album's many highlights. "Pencil Pimp" is an uptempo track in the vein of Machinedrum's album from earlier this year, incorporating the rhythmic flex of footwork and insistent piano line with washed out textures and acoustic samples which recall labelmates Mount Kimbie. Up next is "I'm Alright", a track exclusive to the single release. If the A-Side seemed like Machinedrum was taking the lead, then this track is obviously much like Braille's recent EP on Hotflush. Combining broken beats with a housier tempo, the track is as rich as its counterpart, utilising its titular vocal sample to great effect, with razor sharp handclaps swimming in an ocean of aquatic synths.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Lung, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Rack N Ruin, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Jon Saigon, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts
Review: Where Scuba's earlier work was typified by the same metallic sheen and monochrome hue, it's noticeable on his third album Personality just how much more colour he's letting into the mix. Whether it's the crisp electro breaks of opener "Ignition Key" or the joyous pop chimes of "July", the mood is overall far sunnier than the Scuba of before. There's drum & bass explorations being made on "Cognitive Dissonance", chart-baiting hooks aplenty and a wealth of vocal action from speeches to divas. All in all it's another essential, multi-faceted evolutionary step for the Berlin-based producer.
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Played by: Chris Coco
07 Feb 11
Review: Four-headed UKF groove-merchants Funkystepz return with two new tunes on Hyperdub, both excellent and both giving off wildly different vibes. Title-tune "Fuller" is the colder of the two, with a minimal soca-step beat with echoed claps supporting a gnarly lead. "Hurricane Rhythm" on the other hand is overflowing with warm strings and pianos, with a huge arrangement that keeps the tune naturally bubbly and funky. Two different sides of UKF, but one great release none the less - Funkystepz keep their unblemished rep strong on this Hyperdub essential.
20 Jun 11
Review: Prodigious UK house producer Ossie follows up his excellent debut for Lightworks with a three track EP for Hyperdub. While the title track from the Lightworks release - "Tarantula" - had a gorgeous ravey sheen, "Set The Tone" pairs vocodered vocals and insouciant child-like cries of "ahhhh" - both of which float above a tough, percussive arrangement. Up next, "Power Of Love" takes on a more garage-esque hue, while the excellent "Moves" rounds off the release with a heady combination of neon-tinged HudMo style synths and panpot percussion. Big release from a big talent.
03 Oct 11
Played by: Mental Overdrive, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bunny On Acid, Greenmoney, Kry Wolf, Diamond Bass
Review: After their massive single on Hyperdub earlier this year, Funkystepz return to the label for the Trouble EP. If you're familiar with their razor sharp UKF formula, then there won't be any surprises, but with production this tight there's no need for any kind of deviation from the norm. "Trouble" is the most stripped back, utilising tight drum rolls and rave whistles in combination with deep subs, while "Dirty Dutch" takes a less rhythm based approach, and fills its space with bleeps and squelching bass, with heady melodies brought into check with its inbuilt rewinds. Finally, "John Wayne" offers the most atmospheric track on the EP, taking a deeper techno bassline and melding it with a synth stab, elastic melody and emotive strings, whilst still retaining their insistent rhythmic power.
25 Jul 11
Review: On this sumptuous Juno Download exclusive, bearded soul boy Aroop Roy's smooth Nomadic Soul album gets a good going over from a wide range of like-minded artists. There's a variety of soul-flecked moods and grooves represented, from warm deep house, snappy nu-jazz and slick modern soul to wonky hip-hop, and speaker-bothering bruk. The standard of remixes is largely high throughout, with a smattering of real stand-outs. Check, in particular, the heavy late night dancefloor vibes of Greymatter's strutting mix of "I'd Die For You", the rolling, near-anthemic broken beats of Yellowtail and Simbad's sparkling efforts, and the Domu-ish wooziness of Cone's rub of "Lily".
28 Jun 10
Played by: Tom Edwards
Review: One of Hyperdub's many forward-thinking talents, Ikonika follows on from the exceptional Contact, Want, Love, Have album with four dancefloor-orientated versions of the album's highlights. Rejigged with DJs in mind, songs like "Look (Final Boss Stage)" are given longer intros for greater mixing potential, and they'll certainly create heavy dancefloor moments. Listen to the rollicking kwaito funk of "Psoriasis" if you don't believe us - that walking synthline has to be one of the highlights of the year!
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Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
23 Apr 12
Review: On his Hyperdub debut last year, youngster Walton made a real impression on the Juno review ears, and we've been eager for more ever since. Once again surfacing on Kode 9's imperious label, the All Night EP finds Walton on equally impressive form, replicating the course of his debut with the title track being the most immediate production. "All The Night" is luridly colourful in the thick 8 bit textures that spill out over hyperactive vocal edits and buccaneering drum chops. Up next, "Mallet" does more with steel pans in the opening bars than Jammy xx ever did, before veering off into an eminently satisfying bleep heavy UKF flex, whilst "Kush" drops the tempo down to a heavily saturated, downtrodden shoulder lean.
30 Apr 12
Review: On a slow and steady rise with a distinctive take on UK Funky, Ill Blu haven't given the people much to chew on with their career so far, but one can only assume the duo have been hunkering down honing their craft as this trumps their last outing on Numbers. "Clapper" is a brawny cut with a nagging mid-range squawk and tasty rolling brushes of snares on a milatiristic tip. Juke's man of the moment Traxman does a hefty chop up of the original with a stomping rave era cut that wouldn't sound out of place on The Prodigy's Experience.
16 Jul 12
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: Hyperdub's year of excellence continues apace with the release of Playing Me, the long awaited debut album from Cooly G. Emerging as a key figure in the UK funky scene some four years ago via some highly prized Dub Organiser CDrs, Cooly's musical progression has been charted via a series of EPs for DVA Music and Hyperdub. On this thirteen track album what is most apparent is the confidence this South London producer has in her own singing, a voice that sounds dipped in pain and anguish at times. At others Cooly utilises her vocal delivery as an integral part of the music, which draws from all manner of UK music history of recent times whilst very much sounding part of her modern house template. Oh and there's a Coldplay cover to end the LP too...
14 Nov 11
Review: Ever the wild card, Scratcha DVA flips the script once again as he returns to Hyperdub with soulful crooner Vikter Duplaix in tow. "Madness" bursts into action on a bright and goofy, rising and falling arpeggio, while the beat splutters in a syncopated manner. It makes for an odd foil to the smooth tones of Duplaix, but the end result is something of a wonderfully futuristic pop track. "Polyphonic Dreams" is just about more straight up, riding a funky beat and a more direct synth line, but still Scratcha manages to twist things up with some maverick sampling.
23 Jul 12
Review: Ahead of their hotly anticipated second album, LV are in rabble-rousing Kwaito mode on their new single for Hyperdub. Re-aligning with rowdy MC Okmalumkoolkat on the lead track "Sebenza", it's he who holds the song together with his assured flow while the groove splays manically around neon daubs of melody and hyperactive beats. "Get A Grip" pumps a cheeky trade in peak-time floor wrecking goodness, full of the crafty production that L.V. have made their name on, while "Zulu Compurar" cools things off for a brief stint in technological lyric references and a gentle Funky excursion. As ever the synths rule the day, buzzing and humming with an innate wonkiness that creates the very charm of this singular music.
27 Aug 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Dusk + Blackdown, Lwp Records, Diplo, Chrissy Murderbot, Diphasic
Review: Rapidly following up 2011's superb Keysound long-player Routes, production trio LV make a logical move to Hyperdub for Sebenza, an album that features a trio of South African vocal talent, including Okmalumkoolkat from Dirty Paraffin, Spoek Mathambo and MC/producer duo, Ruffest, and production that takes in Kwaito, Soca, kuduro and UK funky to create its own unique sound. Standouts include the dark and urgent title track, the snappy vocal wit of "Animal Prints" and the spiky digital dancehall of "Nothing Like Us". But like Routes, Sebenza is much more than simply a collection of disparate dance tracks, but a rich tapestry of influences that is light years ahead of their nearest competition
19 Nov 12
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot, Odiggity, Diplo, Greenmoney, Shox, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: With the energy unleashed by his Pretty Ugly LP still crackling in the atmosphere, DVA drops another EP of technicolour bass mutant business for Hyperdub, delivering seven tracks of mind-bending freshness with a French Fries remix thrown in for good measure. There's some rougher club-ready tackle on offer here such as the abrasive "Do It" with it's hammering drums, but then round the next corner you're plunged into the minimal 4/4 bubble that is "Walk It Out". Really though the lead track "Fly Juice" is the winner with its soulful key licks and hyped up switch for the latter half of the track.
26 Nov 12
Review: Regular Hyperdubber Ossie comes back with this delectable single of neo-soul goodness on "Ignore", providing the perfect backdrop for Tilz's smooth delivery. In between the bluesy key stabs and whip-cracking drums, there's a perfect mixture of club dynamics and pop sensibilities, seemingly typifying the current tone that Hyperdub seems geared towards. "Find It" lets Ossie off the chain into a purely instrumental cut that gives him full scope to zoom in on those razor-sharp drums and bolster them with further layers, while the musical elements veer between chunky Moog basslines and plucked mandolins, and a whole lot more besides.
25 Sep 12
Review: Claude Von Stroke's Dirty Bird label has been providing the world with imaginative, good-times house music since 2005. Judging by this new release from Kill Frenzy, nothing's changed seven years down the line! "Go To The Mo" is a cool hybrid of slo-mo future bass and hip-hop. "Titsss" begins with dreamy electronics before expanding into a sweaty drum machine workout. Last up, "Push Up" is upbeat and tropical with amazing bass noises that quite honestly sound like one of those motorbike things in Tron.
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Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange - "In & Out Of Phase" (feat Kerry Leva - Calyx & TeeBee remix) - (6:10) 172 BPM
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Tigerstyle - "Balle! Shava!" (feat Vybz Kartel & Mangi Mahal & Nikitta - Sinden remix) - (4:07) 131 BPM
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11 Jan 11
Review: Trust the Brazilians to give tech-house a sexy makeover. This eighth (count 'em) compilation from Sao Paulo's Lo Kik Records is about as sensual and fun as tech-house gets. It's full to bursting with the sort of gently uplifting, tech-tinged grooves that offer a sunnier alternative to the 'by numbers' fare often served up by European labels. The artists involved are hardly household names - Paolo Mojo is about the most famous - but that almost adds to the excitement. For maximum fun, check out the tracks from G Castro & Truatti, Freakslum, Rafael Noronha and Xiaha Troden.