Topping off Hyperdub's 15th year, Burial selects 'tunes'from the last eight years of his EP releases on the label, for this very welcome two CD collection.
Sequenced by Burial, Tunes 2011-2019'shows the depth and brilliance of his post-Untrue'development; from long, twisting, collage works which travel through unexpected zones, to a more pointed, poppier side, and back again to the haunted, open horizons of his beatless pieces.
We hope this collection of Burial's work is familiar, yet unfamiliar, to each listener. 17 tracks across 150 minutes, all previously released, six being available on CD for the first time.
Tracklisting: CD 1 1. State Forest 2. Beachfires 3. Subtemple 4. Young Death 5. Nightmarket 6. Hiders 7. Come Down To Us 8. Claustro 9. Rival Dealer
CD 2 1. Kindred 2. Loner 3. Ashtray Wasp 4. Rough Sleeper 5. Truant 6. Street Halo 7. Stolen Dog 8. NYC
Angel-Ho is known as one of the founders of Non Worldwide, alongside Chino Amobi and Nkisi. Highly regarded as a DJ and electronic music producer, on Death Becomes Her she shifts things up to another level.
Pulling on inspiration from her flamboyant favourites from Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, and Bjork through to Kanye West, this ambitious, artful and sometimes radical album of neo-pop pushes the pop framework even further, often teetering on the brink of vertiginous chaos and dissonance, whilst slowly revealing its depth and grandeur once you settle into its sound world.
Alongside a cast of collaborators that include French producer Nunu, South African producer Baby Caramel, Asmara Maroof from Nguzunguzu, Bon and Gaika, Angel re-orientates the usual trans-atlantic pop sound to encompass a brace of experimental, diasporic producers to create beats that alternate between angular, propulsive, murky, loose, abrasive and breezy.
On top of these often advanced rhythms, she also raps and sings for the first time with lyrics about love, sex, glamour and struggle, universal fantasies, treated with an ambiguity that restructures the narrative within a trans-identity.
Her choice of guest MCs also reflects this energetic queering with K-$ and Qweezy from Cape Town, plus underground Asian American rapper K-Rizz laying down assertive bars.
On Death Becomes Her', Angel-Ho carves out a new space with her unique take on contemporary pop. Overflowing with charisma, sometimes reminiscent of Grace Jones, this album is fiercely sassy and celebratory. It feels like the start of something very exciting.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Business 2. Drama 3. Like A Girl ft. K Rizz 4. Jacomina 5. Muse To You 6. Good Friday Daddy ft. Queezy
Side B: 7. Cupido 8. Live 9. Desity 10. Pose 11. Bussy 12. Baby Tee ft. K-$ 13. Like That 14. Parachute
In late 2017 Hyperdub released Diggin In The Carts', a compilation put together by Nick Dwyer and Kode9 of pioneering and rare Japanese video game music from the 1980s and 1990s.
Since then, from Sonar Festival in Barcelona to Liquid Rooms in Tokyo, Kode9 has been touring a live audio-visual set in collaboration with visuals from anime legend Koji Morimoto, who also designed the artwork for the original compilation.Finally, on this first new Kode9 EP since 2014, a handful of these remixes see the light of day.
9 rivets his 80/160bpm rhythms onto these classic 8bit and 16bit melodies, re-animating the Steve Reich-ian arpeggios of Soshi Hosoi, the grimelike horn fanfares of Yuzo Koshiro, the sour pads of Koichi Ishaibashi, and pitching Tadahiro Nitta down into a slow building, frantic low end grind.
Sleeved in artwork by Konx-om-Pax, adapted from the visuals from the live A/V performance.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Soshi Hosoi - Mister Diviner [The Mahjong Touhaiden] Kode9 Remix 2. Koichi Ishibashi - Bad Data [Dezaemon] Kode9 Remix