On Friday, October 18th, Hyperdub will celebrate the 15th anniversary at London’s Village Underground with an all-star lineup that spans the label’s history and future.
The London-based imprint is one of the greats and crucial to understanding the U.K. peculiarities in electronic music evolution coming from Chicago, Detroit, and New York’s basis. Furthermore is a synthetic and itself defining the part, a yield contribution to the so-called “Hardcore Continuum.” This musical wave function is continuously creating its space-time with every new twist, radically avoiding unitarity. ‘Expected’ is not participle to fit. Adjective ‘proper’ is unuseful. Multiculturism and multiracialism flow as interactions. It goes beyond acceptation. The Hyperdub’s inception context is mutability, the moving force on the British binding sequence of rave adjacent styles, from hardcore and jungle to garage, dubstep, and grime.
Hyperdub is the diasporic sense from any irradiating source. A big part of the dubstep growing belongs to it. Supporting flagship artist Burial from his debut to the latest 12-inch, “Claustro/State Forest,” gave “Untrue” to the world as unbeatable achievement, at least, a definitory paradigm for self-consciousness. DJ Rashad and affiliates from the Teklife family had a welcome home out from the raw streets of Chicago. His death was a tragic loss and a crossing stop in the label’s defiance. DJ Spinn and DJ Taye keep on waving the adventurous flag so high. There is a risk in the options, both in straight gaining and in turbulence. Diversity goes through flaming the unthinkable match. Creative cohabitation always knocking at the entrance. There is no label sound, but fluctuation and modality by prizing individuals. Its roster is a bunch of free-mind artists, as diverse as committed in their imaginativeness, able to create on the outside lane.
Hyperdub began in 2000 as a webzine, home for critical thinking journalism, taking music to politics and everything connected in between. A difficult task few music journalists were able to afford but the late Mark Fisher and Simon Reynolds, among others. Ideas proved not to be good contenders in the market. The webzine became a record label. Hyperdub’s music outcome was in April 2004. The owner, Steve Goodman (Kode9), joined vocalist, poet, live performer Stephen Samuel Gordon (June 17th, 1970-October 2nd, 2014), then under Daddi Gee alias and better known as The Spaceape, for the first release, ‘Sign Of The Dub/Stalker.’ Then, nothing sounded like that. It was pulsating, slow and spacy, with a line of muted synth and a bass-driven from which emerged an introspective spoken word. Inspired in Prince’s classic, they took the title’s appreciate constituents towards a new form and meaning. In 2006, the main track became ‘Sine‘ into “Memories Of The Future,” the duo’s first full-length album.
By the time, Hyperdub increased the number of releases, and its logo spun as a symbol of captivating material into the underground club scene. Neatly pressed in the center of the record’s sticker, it was reliable for any restless DJ looking for the new, mostly as a physics law. Symmetry is the keyword, working in both directions, from the past to the present, as the future’s premonition. And in revers, anticipating a rapidly changing time in electronic music history.
Hyperdub is situational listening. You have had the experience of disruption, the decoherence left on a fact, recognizable objects on the loose, sounds on the riddled corners of the borderless. Take a breath.