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
A generation younger than the founders of the Teklife crew, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, DJ Taye was originally a rapper and beat maker before hooking up with the collective and jumping into the world of footwork production and DJing. However, it was Rashad’s untimely passing in 2014 that was the unlikely catalyst for developing the sounds and ideas for this album. He says, "When Rashad passed away I felt inspired to continue evolving the music that I loved so much coming up in this world. So, I had to do something…make something brand new."
100% committed to pushing further the potential of the footwork template, Still Trippin’ is ambitious in its range and scope. Taking two years to formulate, the record broadens the possibilities of the sound, forcing it to adapt to songwriting, and also revives Taye’s talent for MCing and producing beats to which he can rap and sing. Furthermore Taye definitely ups the ante with his complex and precise drum programming, never losing sight of footwork’s ability to confound.
The album features a range of guests that span contemporary music; the eccentric, instructive rapping of Chuck Inglish of Detroit duo the Cool Kids is featured on ‘Get It Jukin’, Odile Myrtil, a young vocalist from Montreal, lends her smokey soul to ‘Same Sound’, Fabi Reyna, the editor of the celebrated women’s guitar magazine She Shreds, sings and plays bass and rhythm guitar on ‘I Don’t Know’ and Jersey club queen UNIIQU3 offers production and rapping on ‘Gimme Some Mo’.Also, Teklife members DJ PayPal and DJ Manny assist on production, and DJ Lucky is a guest MC on ‘Smokeout’.
Taye is ambitious in his hopes for the album; "I took this as an opportunity to not have boundaries with footwork. Different approaches to our ‘underground’ sound to make it broader. It’s only underground until it crosses that visible threshold.” This album brings all of this to the forefront.
Tracklisting: 1. 2094 2. Trippin’ 3. Need It (ft DJ Manny) 4. Smokeout (ft DJ Lucky) 5. Same Sound (ft Odile Myrtil) 6. 9090 7. Anotha4 (ft DJ Manny) 8. Bonfire (ft DJ Paypal) 9. The Matrixx (ft DJ Manny) 10. Get It Jukin’ (ft Chuck Inglish) 11. Pop Drop (ft DJ Paypal) 12. Gimme Some Mo (ft UNIIQU3) 13. Truu (ft DJ Paypal) 14. Closer 15. I’m Trippin’ 16. I Don’t Know (ft Fabi Reyna)
Mana is producer and composer Daniele Mana from Torino in Italy. His debut EP for Hyperdub, 'Creature’, is also the first under his own surname. It’s one of his most vivid, personal and confident releases to date.
Since 2010, he has been releasing under the moniker Vaghe Stelle, with EPs and two full length albums on labels such as Gang of Ducks, Aisha Devi's Danse Noire, Astro:Dynamics and most recently, Nicolas Jaar’s Other People records. He is also a member of One Circle with Lorenzo Senni and soundtracks composer Francesco Fantini.
On ‘Creature’, over eight tracks, he ingests Shostakovitch, Drexciya, Darkthrone, Frank Ocean and Paul Lansky, and refashions them into an almost operatic record - a rich, melodrama of dark tension and excitable in-your-face synth melodies. In using his own name for the first time, he says he is confronting the unfiltered, “brutal truth” of his self, compressing “tension and anxiety” into a “claustrophobic sense of emotional vacuum.”
From the skulking clockwork of 'Crystaline,' the rich drifting ambience of 'Sei Nove', to the panicky, rushy rave stabs meets horror theme of 'Running Man’, it’s lucid, dynamic synth music which uses drums sparingly, but occasionally swirls into little sublime vortices of arpeggiated hyperrhythm.
The melodies are bright and pitch bent, swollen by euphoric voltage surges and stuttering, soaring strings in ’Rabbia’, plucking wide-screen, heart strings on ’Uno e Solo' and lulling down into the delicate, shimmering prisms of ‘Wetlife’ and ’Consolations’. While in its own lane, ‘Creature’ feels totally at home on Hyperdub.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Fade 2. Crystalline 3. Sei Nove 4. Runningman
Side B: 5. Wetlife 6. Rabbia 7. Uno E Solo 8. Consolations