Entries tagged with: Hyperdub
photo of Kode9 by Philip Skoczkowski
Kode9's first solo album is out now on Hyperdub, the record label he runs. He describes it like this:
The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.MEANWHILE, Kode9 is now out on a DJ tour that starts in Montreal tonight (11/11) and hits Cielo in Manhattan on 11/16 with Kiva & Francois K, zips directly to LA for a gig at Airliner, and then comes right back to NYC for a late night 11/20 party in Brooklyn at Palisades with M.E.S.H. and Geng. All dates are listed below.
Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012)
Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on 'Third Ear Transmission', a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.
In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live A/V set which revolves around a evacuated, fully automated, luxury hotel known as the 'Nøtel', whose corporate logo features on the album's cover. The project explores a post-scarcity world in which the only thing in short supply is humans. The performance guides the audience on a first-person tour through the uncanny architecture of the Nøtel. In sprawling chambers deep within slick glass corridors, they encounter warped spaces, quantum clouds, gravitational pools, dancing voids and holograms of the dead.
M.E.S.H. also performs two days later at MoMA PS1 in with Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey, part of Sunday Sessions at the Long Island City venue...
Sunday Sessions: Florian Hecker and Mark Leckey, Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, U.S. PremiereHecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, the album, was released earlier this year.
Sunday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
With James Hoff; Bill Kouligas; TCF; M.E.S.H, Aleksandra Domanovic and Harm van den Dorpel
Sunday Sessions presents the U.S. premiere of Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, as part of a program organized by Bill Kouligas, founder PAN, Berlin. Collaborators since 2010, acclaimed sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey are interested in sound and its material effects. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey's 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker's own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year. The resulting work is a multipart hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey's narrative are interspersed with Hecker's synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns.
This Sunday's 'Sunday Session' at PS1 is called "1+2+3: Solos, Duos, and Trios for Greater New York" and includes Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics), David Grubbs (guitar), Eli Keszler (drums, percussion, and electronics), Okkyung Lee (cello), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice).
Listen to a track from Kode9's new album with all of his tour dates listed below...
The Spaceape (real name Stephen Samuel Gordon), who you may know as the vocalist on Hyperdub founder Kode9's influential 2006 album Memories of the Future and its 2011 followup Black Sun, has sadly passed away after battling cancer. Hyperdub posted the following to Facebook:
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.Rest in peace Stephen. Watch the "Devil Is A Liar" video below...
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.
Burial, who has given us some of the best electronic music of the past few years (most recently, the Rival Dealer EP), had revealed himself to be Will Bevan (with a small picture) in the past, though that hasn't stopped speculation that he is Four Tet or a woman or someone else entirely. Hopefully now those speculations can be put to rest now that he's posted a selfie to Hyperdub's website, which Hyperdub confirms is real. He also posted a long note, which you can read below...
Jessy Lanza at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub. You can watch the video for its track "Kathy Lee" below, and stream the whole album on RDIO.
Jessy will be kicking off a short North American tour in January that begins in Montreal and then crosses the border for NYC shows at Glasslands on January 17 and Mercury Lounge on January 18. Tickets for the Glasslands show and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kode9's electronic music label Hyperdub has been expanding its palette with notable vocal-driven releases like Darkstar's North and Laurel Halo's Quarantine. The newest release on their roster to embrace a vocal-oriented approach is Cooly G's (aka Merrisa Campbell) Playin' Me LP, which the label put out this week. It's pretty great mix of swooning R&B vocals and UK garage beatwork that should appeal to fans of Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, or Katy B. You can stream the entire album below.
by Andrew Sacher
Kode9 at the American Museum of Natural History in 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B is bringing his London dance party Deviation to NYC for the first time on July 4 at Le Poisson Rouge, which is being co-presented by Red Bull Music Academy. The party is a series of one-off events for Deviation in honor of their 5th birthday, which they will celebrate this October. The party will feature a DJ set Hyperdub label head Kode9, and a live set by Lunice. MC Judah will host and Benji B will also DJ, like he does at all Deviation parties. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The flier is below.
Kode9 spoke to FACT last month before playing a set dedicated entirely to Hyperdub artist Burial. They spoke about how the label grew since the release of Burial's Untrue and how they have been expanding into new territory and releasing more albums than ever before (like Laurel Halo's great new album, Quarantine). In regards to DJing, Kode9 said:
I've been DJing for around 20 years. The only thing that has changed really is that I now have more dancefloors with people on them, and this has changed the way I play, and some of the music released on the label.You can stream a Kode9 Essential Mix from last year below.
Lunice, in addition to his solo material which he will presumably be playing at LPR on Wednesday (7/4), has been working on a collaborative EP with Hudson Mohawke under the name TNGHT (pronounced "tonight"). They'll release an EP on July 24 via Warp and LuckyMe. If you're a fan of either producer's solo material, or any kind of heavy, wonky hip hop beats, TNGHT should be right up your alley. Check out "Bugg'n" from that EP and a teaser mix of the whole EP below.
Lists of all dates, streams, and the flier for the LPR show are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at PS1 in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Laurel Halo, who has two solid EPs under her belt and another coming on Mute's new Liberation Technologies label (that one was supposed to come out this week, but has been pushed back), just announced that she's signed to Hyperdub, the label founded and run by Kode9 and whose roster also includes Burial. The label will release her debut full length album, Quarantine, on June 5 in the US and May 28 in Europe. The album art and tracklist are below.
Laurel's got two upcoming appearances in NYC including a techno party at Glasslands on April 13 with Korean Beauty Slaon and Rem Koolhaus (probably DJing?) and a live set during Unsound Fest at Warsaw on April 20 with Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17, and Monolake, who are all also playing live. Tickets for that show are on sale. The Bunker party flier is below.
Ital meanwhile plays in Brooklyn TONIGHT (3/21) at Knitting Factory with The Suicide of Western Culture and Octo Octa. Tickets are available.
All dates, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK Dubsteppy synth-pop trio Darkstar (no relation to Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra) will be at quite a few festivals this summer. Most of them are in Europe but the band will head over to America in July to play their first ever US show at the Pitchfork Festival. While they're here, Darkstar will stick around to play a NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 18. Tickets are on sale. They were originally scheduled to play the same venue back in March before hitting SXSW but unfortunately never made it over to North America for the shows.
The group released their debut LP North back in October via Hyperdub. As pointed out by FACT, Hyperdub founder Kode9 tweeted, "I would just like to send my love and gratitude to Darkstar and wish them the best possible future on Warp Records," in February. Details on the signing are sparse but it was confirmed.
All tour dates, a video for "Gold" off North, and some recent live videos, below...