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.
A snapshot of Steve Goodman's current club sets and selections for his Hyperdub show on Rinse, Kode 9's Rinse:22 mix converges on trap-inspired/hip-hop beats and Chicago footwork. Scottish born Goodman explains "hip-hop and footwork has all got that double time thing - a slow bass underpinning, with those double time drums and percussion on top - that I used to love in jungle," He goes on to elaborate on how perplexed he is with the younger audience's obsession with hip-hop and footwork's 'functionality' these days - when it's clearly more interesting and rhythmically sophisticated compared with most club music at present. That's a fair call - and it's these studies of urban music, merging with cross-Atlantic electronic beats and UK bass that are explored on Rinse:22. Three brand new Kode9 tracks appear, such as accompanying single "Uh", backed with a brand new exclusive entitled "OK".