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.
With his own album twitching at the gates, Kuedo brings his synth-laden delirium to King Midas Sound's "Goodbye Girl". He starts proceedings on a tart melodic line underpinned by some monolithic bass tones. The mournful quality of the original wafts through, acting as just the right counterbalance to Kuedo's day-glo styles. Mala opts for a bleak, dread fuelled take on "Earth A Kill Ya". A menacing, drawn out intro peppered with ghostly tones kicks into gear with a minimum of fuss over a persistent sub stab. If you appreciate music written to conjure up demons then this track has everything you need.
After the woozy dread of Waiting For You, a sterling cast refigures the uneasy tones of King Midas Sound. Flying Lotus dismembers "Lost" into a three-minute cauldron of avant-garde hip-hop swagger, and Gang Gang Dance conjure up a bonkers romp with "Earth A Kill Ya". Cooly G tackles "Spin Me Around" with her own honey-coated delivery, while dBridge's taut synths and heart-broken croon threatens to drop at any moment on "Without You". The album feels like a celebration of the original rather than of the assembled artists, and it's testament to the curation of both projects that disparate elements can sit so well together.