If there’s a label to define the augmented reality of future music it’s Hyperboloid. Co-founded somewhere in Russia by Pixelord and Dmitry Gari, the label finds itself in a class of its own pushing a neo-aesthetic of wild, extravagant and largely undocumentaed genres like breakcore, tech trance, bassline and computer synth. Add colourful shows of sound collage, experimental drum and bass, footwork and juke to retro-active techno, deconstructed IDM and other future music interpretations of leftfield, industrial and pop, Hyperboloid is a soundworld waiting to be discovered. Spearheaded by Pixelord’s own productions, Hyperboloid harbours an exciting new school of producers that includes Summer Of Haze, Cadeu, Gillepsy and whoever else you can find.
Review: A name long associated with the Hyperboloid platform thanks to releases like Back On Track (2016), Next Mutation (2013) and Bulletproof (2012), Koloah is granted his debut album in 2021 with Millennium Sun. With swathes of uplifting, ambient synth inspiring the ears in tracks like "Hope" the LP dives through more cutting drum and bass in "Urban Ninja" next to staccato synth experimentalisms in "Angles City" - some may think Roly Porter. There's also floating technicolour cut ups of twinkling trance and syncopated beats in "Android Love" alongside music fit for and anime soundtrack in "New Earth Born". An album that dives into experimental drum and bass as much as it does '90s IDM and beatless race to new future club music and dub.
Review: Inspired by the countless failed downloads from platforms like Napster and Limewire back in the day, Pixelord's 99% channels a nostalgia for classic IDM, breakbeat and trance music of the time. Operating as some kind of new school Aphex Twin for the digital native, Pixelord exhumes, cross dresses and redefines a myriad of genres from the cut up French electro of "Kamon", trance-like drum and bass in "Tron" to the crystallising strings of "Get Up". Certainly a schooled producer, Pixelord captures a vibe of the decade in "90s" alongside a more contemporary and beatless sound in "Hashtag" to new school EDM, breaks and rave in "Gene". An explosion of sound, 100%.
Review: Hyperboloid have provided us with a super heavyweight selection next as Ani Klang delivers a monstrous six track delight. We begin with title track 'Burn The Empire', a hardcore crunch of relentless kick pulses and moogy subs, with 'The Problem =' continuing this compositional theme with even more progression and intensity. We then jump into the eerie, twisted soundscaping of 'Us' before the remixes take hold of the release, with Daniel Ruane Relapse giving 'Burn The Empire' an even more industrial relick. We also see A.Fruit give 'The Problem =' a top quality drum and bass overhaul before Pixelord twists 'Us' into an arpeggiating acid epic. Fabulous work!
Review: The Hyperbolid team love to deliver releases with a bit of a twist, which is why we were so thrilled to jump into this super experimental LP project from Cadeu, who suits up for a journey through sound like we have never heard before. The LP is a perfect showcase for taking soundscaping to a whole new level, with every track giving us an intricate, expansive look into electronic music's many elements, from the stunning synthesizer manipulation of '75' through to the percussive explosions of 'Omg'. There are some real stunners on here, with our favourites being the icy soundscapes of 'Gho', alongside 'Metal', a glorious display of rhythmic expertise. Excellent work all around.
Review: As far as we can see, the team at Hyperboloid have really unearthed a diamond of a project with this one as they welcome Raumskaya in for an extremely tasty creation, as he unveils his spectacular 'Eco' album. As a project, this is a perfect showcasing of the exploration into electronic music and just how good the weird and wonderful can be. From the emotive yet thumping designs of 'Flame Threshold' and 'Melt Me' to the stunning soundscape work of 'Int' and 'Pristine', it covers so many themes and ticks so many boxes. For us, the standouts include the bubbling rhythms and spacey textures of the title track 'Eco', alongside the haunted pulsing stabs of 'None'. It's a top quality project to say the least!
Review: Pixelord and the mysterious Sangam combine for a final fantasia of sounds in this four-track City High Fantasy EP that pulls at the heartstrings of deepest anime themes to Blade Runner atmospheres of tears in the rain. Overtly in "Process Cold" and deeply embedded in the synths and field recordings of "Opacity", these two sit between the liquid industrialisms, chemical rhythms, glitch and cosmic Detroit electro of "Weathered Eternity" and the two-stepping, bleeps and breaks of "City High Fantasy". Believe the Hyperboloid.
Review: The ever-effective Hyperboloid imprint return this week with a new artist by the name of A.Fruit. Everything seems to be in order, then. Veering off from their usual blend of outsider electronics, "Days" kicks off like a speeding bullet, smashing through the speakers with a malovence that we haven't heard since the late 90s jungle days, while "Three Six Nine" loosens the groove to unleash a fiery concoction of half-step tribalism. The same goes for "Reflection In Your Eyes, albeit slowed down, and the lead track "Your Inner Sun" washes away any rave hysteria with a much gentler, more symphonic approach that is akin to post-dubstep. Wonderful stuff here.
Review: Alexey Devyanin has given us all sorts of magnetism since his first productions began to appear in a distant and foggy 2010. He's lived the entire post-dubstep era from its early days through to its present state, and that journey has taken him across labels like Car Crash Set, Berlin's Leisure System, Infinite Machine, Tuff Wax, and his own Hyperboloid. His new album, Human.exe, lands on the latter and it's an extensive piece of work spanning all corners of the bass spectrum. There isn't a single tune on here that remains linear throughout and, instead, Pixelord uses a wide diversity of sonics and beat tactics to produce his mechanical strain of bass-heavy dance music. This is what 'bass' is all about at the end of the day; a vast and bottomless pit of sounds put together under one hybrid groove. For fans of Actress, Hessle, and anything on Hyperdub.