Kode9 Solo Debut ‘Nothing’ Features Track With The Spaceape


Hyperdub boss Kode9 has announced the release of his solo debut album, Nothing, due out November 6. The full-length arrives after acclaimed albums with his late musical cohort The Spaceape — 2006’s Future and 2012’s Black Sun — who passed away in 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The dynamic between Kode9’s moody soundscapes and the creeping tension of Spaceape’s raspy poetry was tailor-fit from the start, and it’s good to see that he’s featured on “Third Ear Transmission” on the upcoming album.

According to a missive, Nothing is “obsessed with zeros. The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library records, and J-pop into a no man’s land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork.”

In 2016, in collaboration with simulation artist Lawrence Lek, Kode9 will tour a live a/v set which revolves around an 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.

A launch party for Nothing will take place on November 7 at Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle. The lineup features Kode9, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika, Cooly G., DJ Spinn, Taso and DJ Paypal.

Tracklist for Nothing

  1. Zero Point Energy
  2. Notel
  3. Void
  4. Holo
  5. Third Ear Transmission feat. The Spaceape
  6. Zero Work
  7. Vacuum Packed
  8. Wu Wei
  9. Casimir Effect
  10. Respirator
  11. Mirage
  12. 9 Drones
  13. Nothing Lasts Forever

DJs React To The Spaceape’s Passing On Twitter

The Spaceape

As the music world comes to terms with the untimely passing of DJ Rashad, Frankie Knuckles, MC Sparks and others in recent months Hyperdub’s news yesterday that vocalist/poet Stephen Samuel Gordon (a.k.a. The Spaceape), a solo artist and collaborator with Kode9, Burial, The Bug and Martyn, had died after a five-year battle with cancer was almost too much to handle.

Fans, friends and peers have been offering their condolences on social media since the news broke. Several notable DJs have paid tribute to The Spaceape on Twitter, describing him as a poetic giant.

Sadly, his death comes a few weeks before the release of The Killing Season EP, which is his first collaborative release with Kode9 since their 2011 album Black Sun, due out on October 28.

Here’s an assortment of some of their heartfelt tweets — from the likes of Skream, Maryanne Bobbs and Ambivalent — who pay homage to the poetic giant.

Rest in peace, Stephen Samuel Gordon, and thank you for all of the brilliant music you gave us. Continue Reading

Chicago Footwork Pioneer DJ Rashad Reportedly Dead

DJ Rashad

Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad has reportedly died of a drug overdose. He was 35. According to Complex, the sad news was broken earlier today on Twitter by DJ Godfather and was later confirmed by collaborators DJ Spinn and Chance The Rapper. DJ Rashad was known for songs that were founded on a mishmash of hip-hop, R&B, house, techno and jungle that utilized jerky polyrhythms for dramatic effect. He produced various releases over the years, with his most recent Hyperdub album, Double Cup, featuring collaborations with Addison Groove, Ear and Spinn & Taso, issued in October 2013 on Hyperdub. DJ Rashad has a track on Hyperdub’s 10.1 anniversary compilation due out in May and was expected to perform at the three upcoming Hyperdub anniversary events. Matt Mauldin’s newly launched Southern Belle imprint will release Rashad’s We On 1 EP on April 28.

An official statement regarding Rashad’s passing is expected on Monday.

Update April 27: Fellow DJs have taken to Twitter to express their condolences. You can read them here.

Hyperdub to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with 4 Compilations and Club Events Around the World

Hyperdub 10.1

Hyperdub, the venerable bass label run by Kode9 (read our 2011 interview with Steve Goodman here) known for quality releases covering UK funky, grime, hip-hop and footwork, has announced plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary in a big way with four compilations and various events taking place all over the world. The first compilation, a two-disc package titled Hyperdub 10.1 due out May 19, will feature new music from Kode9, Kuedo, DJ Rashad, Mala, Kyle Hall and others, with the second featuring older tracks from the imprint’s catalog including Burial, Cool G, Mark Pritchard and others. All of the parties take place in Europe, but it’s probably safe to bet that Hyperdub will be hitting North America and Asia to celebrate their milestone.

Tracklisting for Hyperdub 10.1

Disc 1
01. DVA – Mad Hatter
02. Kyle Hall – Girl U So Strong
03. Mala – Expected
04. Kuedo – Mtzpn
05. Kode9 – Xingfu Lu (Helix Remix)
06. Morgan Zarate – Kaytsu
07. Flowdan – Ambush (produced by Footsie)
08. Taso & Djunya – Only The Strong Will Survive
09. DJ Spinn – All My Teklife
10. DJ Taye – Get Em Up
11. DJ Earl – I’m Gonna Get You
12. Heavee – Icemaster
13. DJ Rashad & Gant-Man – Acid Life
14. DJ Earl – Bombaklot ft Rashad & Taye
15. Kode9 & The Spaceape – Chasing A Beast
16. Quarta 330 – Hanabi

Disc 2
01. Burial – Spaceape ft Spaceape
02. Cooly G – It’s Serious ft Karizma
03. Champion – Bowsers Castle
04. DVA – Natty
05. Funkystepz – Hurricane Riddim
06. Ill Blu – Clapper
07. Walton – Aggy
08. Ikonika – Idiot
09. Kode9 & The Spaceape – Am I
10. Morgan Zarate – Hookid
11. Mark Pritchard – Wind It Up ft Om’mas Keith
12. Terror Danjah – Dark Crawler ft Riko
13. DOK – East Coast
14. Terror Danjah – Bruzin VIP
15. LV – Sebenza ft Okmalumkoolkat
16. Kode9 – Xingfu Lu
17. DJ Rashad – Let It Go

Hyperdub 10 Dates up until end early June

Friday 18th April
Glasgow – School of Art
Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah.

Friday 16th May
Milan – Dude Club
Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA.

Sat 17th May
Rome – Warehouse
Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA.

Fri 23rd May
London – Fabric
Room 1 – Kode 9 W.Flow Dan, Cooly G, Rashad & Spinn, Laurel Halo LIVE
Scratcha DVA, Ikonika, Okzharp.
Room 2 – Mala, Fatima Al Qadiri, Terror Danjah & Riko, Morgan Zarate, Champion, Videeo & Nitetrax.
Room 3 – Ossie, Ill Blu, Walton, Funkystepz.

13th June
Berlin – Berghain
Kode9, Laurel Halo, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Kuedo and more special guests.

14th June
Barcelona – Be Cool
Kode9, Rashad & Spinn, Cooly G, Scratcha DVA, Ikonika.