Tiger Beer’s ‘Hidden Depths’ series continues, following a sold out launch with Ninja Tune at fabric in May that featured a rare performance from Brainfeeder’s Thundercat. The series explores the influence and inspiration of the UK’s most important record labels as they present their current leading lights and offer a glimpse into their unique vision of the future.
Kode 9 started Hyperdub as an online community – a way of documenting, as he saw it, the continuation of the ‘hardcore continuum’ that emerged in the latter part of the 20th century, by an international collective of like minded individuals. Working on parallel lines to genre pioneers Mala and Loefah (founders of London’s own DMZ collective) the launch of the Hyperdub label was one of the defining moments in the development of what is now known as dubstep. The label went on to release seminal tracks by the likes of King Midas Sound, Ikonika, Darkstar and Mercury Music Prize-nominee Burial.
Kode 9 continues to push the boundaries via the label - always slightly left of centre and a little ahead of the game – and releases this year already include two strong debut albums from both Hype Williams and Laurel Halo, new Burial material and a debut single from King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm alter ego. For the next show in Tiger Beer’s ‘Hidden Depths’ series, Hyperdub will showcase not just the wide range of artists they represent, but also guests who occupy a similar space creatively and who are inspiring the sound of the label.
Actress has always done things his own way, purposefully moving away from his peers sonically – evident from the early days of his Werk label (which launched around the same time as Hyperdub and has released seminal tracks by not only Actress, but Zomby, Lone and Lukid) all the way through to his recent releases for the Honest Jon’s imprint. His latest long player ‘R.I.P’ defies categorisation, but continues the narrative established on 2008’s Hazyville. Following on from his performance at Tate Modern in March (providing a soundtrack for Yayori Kusama’s immersive exhibit), Actress plays a very rare live set for friend and associate Kode 9.
RASHAD & SPINN
Whilst the UK was mutating techno and hip-hop into jungle, producers on the other side of the Atlantic were undertaking their own experiments with the same components, but coming up with something quite different – most notably, the Chicago-based sound of juke, also known as footwork. This mutant strain of electronica has found resonance with a new breed of producers / DJs and Kode 9 has invited a duo credited with carrying on a tradition started by the likes of DJ Funk, Cajmere and the Dance Mania label - DJs Rashad & Spinn.
COOLY G (LIVE)
Supporting Kode 9, Actress and Rashad & Spinn is one of Hyperdub’s brightest hopes for the future. Having already released a number of works via Hyperdub in the past (arguably the labels first identifiably house / techno artist), 2012 bears witness to the emergence of a new, deeper sound from South London’s Cooly G. Due for release in July, her debut album ‘Playin Me’ juxtaposes her trademark percussive loops, with warm synths and her own vocals, for what promises to be an interesting foray into the unknown.
Completing the bill (for now) is the inimitable Scratcha DVA. A source of relentless energy and creativity, Scratcha has almost seamlessly transformed himself from one of the UK’s most important underground radio personalities (he was Rinse FM’s longest running breakfast show host) to one of Hyperdub’s most important new artists. His recently released debut album ‘Pretty Ugly’ employs not only a broad range of tempos and more experimentation than you might expect given his pedigree, but also beautiful vocals from the likes of Vikter Duplaix, Eglo’s Fatima and the nomadic Zaki Ibrahim.