Saturday, December 13, 2014

Album Review: Various - Hyperdub 10.4 (2014)

The final instalment of the Hyperdub '10' series is an expansive 2-disc 28-track set that merely confirms what most of us already knew: when it comes to innovation and state-of-the-art bass music, the Hyperdub label pretty much leads the way - in terms of output and longevity.

The fourth release presents some new material, along with what amounts to a collection of the label's "greatest hits", and it includes a previously unreleased Burial track called 'Lambeth', which opens proceedings. It then goes on to cover all of the requisite bases and sub-genre types, with highlights coming from the usual suspects - four tracks from Cooly G, including some lovely retro-style housey goodness (see clip below), four from relative latecomer DVA, another classic from the Burial archives ('Street Halo'), and the obligatory but no less essential contribution from label guru Kode9 (with two tracks).

If you're reading this, I'm just as likely preaching to the already converted, so I'll leave it there. Suffice to say the Hyperdub '10' series has been one of the genuine highlights of my music-listening year in 2014 … here's to another ten years.

Having said all of that, it would be remiss of me not to reflect on the fact that, despite those birthday celebrations, the year hasn't necessarily been a particularly upbeat or an easy one for the label, or for those directly connected with it, with the sad loss of two of its key conspirators ...

R.I.P. DJ Rashad and R.I.P. The Spaceape.

Here’s Cooly G with ‘Him Da Biz’ (off 10.4):

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