After first emerging with his cosmic electro project back in 2009, King Britt is back on Hyperdub after last year's The Phoenix album with a short but sweet collection of blissed out beat-scuffing business. "Sonic Six" is a true heavens-scraper with its dense layers of broken beats and wistful key lines, loaded with emotive intent and crushing bass. "Faith" meanwhile takes the scenic route through twinkling arpeggios and swooping pads over a blissful 12 minutes, before "Past" meanders into some strange soundtrack-ready excursions of the highest calibre. It's another stark and surprising artistic statement from one of Britt's most adventurous aliases, and it sits just right on Hyperdub.
You Won't Find It Here (VIP) (Alex Deamonds remix) - (3:12) 65 BPM
You Won't Find It Here (VIP) - (3:58) 65 BPM
On her latest release for Hyperdub, Sara Abdel-Hamid is in as eclectic and confrontational a mood as ever, delivering razor sharp modernist beat constructions and mind-bending synth work to get the dance well and truly hyped. From the cavernous drum throwdown of "Position" to the melancholic, melodic reflection of "Praxis", the Ikonika style is ever broadening and ever unpredictable. There's also snappy electro stylings to be enjoyed on "Strawberry Underlay" and poppy house overtones on "You Won't Find It Here (VIP)", while Perc and Alex Deamonds turn in remixes that bring completely fresh perspectives to her music.
London's pioneering Hyperdub label returns with a hot collaboration between three perfectly matched artists. Female vocalist Jessy Lanza is accompanied by juke specialist DJ Spinn and Taso on "You Never Show Your Love", a rhythmic blend of fast-shooting percussion stabs and Lanza's own R&B vocals, backed by an instrumental version. There's also two tasty remixes, one from the late DJ Rashaad, a master at the juke genre, and 50 Weapons's Bambanou who proceeds to deliver his trademark brand of technoid tribalism. Banger of an EP, through and through.
Third Ear Transmission (feat The Spaceape) - (1:21) 94 BPM
Zero Work - (3:43) 150 BPM
Vacuum Packed - (4:54) 100 BPM
Wu Wei - (3:31) 150 BPM
Casimir Effect - (2:21) 150 BPM
Respirator - (3:21) 150 BPM
Mirage - (3:10) 150 BPM
9 Drones - (3:14) 150 BPM
Nothing Lasts Forever - (10:09) 145 BPM
The third full-length album from Steve Goodman comes weighted by the untimely passing of his long time sparring partner Stephen 'Spaceape' Gordon, marking the first time he has flown solo on a long player. Stylistically the production reaches out into many of the spaces you might expect of the Hyperdub label boss in this day and age, from rapid-fire threads of footwork to hyper-modern house mutations, but by and large the clean, crisp and angular flair that embodies the Kode9 sound is still very much intact. At times the sparse concept behind Nothing can feel positively unsettling, as on the eerie "Zero Work", but there is still plenty of room for the playful lead lines that shed light into Goodman's brooding sound world.