Various - Hyperdub 10.2

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  • The second of four compilations celebrating Hyperdub's 10th anniversary, 10.2 is described as a collection of its best songs over the last five years (vocal tracks would be more accurate) that should offset its reputation for releasing "dark and brooding instrumental music." This is one of the UK's most progressive labels kicking back. Given that, opening with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland's astringent, harpsichord-flecked "Signal 2012" is a weird move. It is brilliant, but in an unapologetically strange way. Likewise, "Never Defeated" by Fhloston Paradigm (AKA King Britt), a particularly fraught and sonically elusive slice of neo-soul, could hardly be said to lack chewy complexity. There is plenty of esoteric sonic stimulation in the rhythmically slippery undertow of DJ Rashad's pop-soul deconstruction "Only One," as well as on Kode9's closing track, "Lies Lies," and even on Jessy Lanza's new one, "You And Me," a typically insidious piece of laptop-soul and falsetto gymnastics. As expected, Hyperdub's output retains a pretty sophisticated tone even when it's dealing in pop hooks and party tracks. The dusty '70s soul samples and block-party vibes of Morgan Zarate's terrific "Sticks & Stones" (featuring Eska and Ghostface Killah) could not be more retro, but it's executed with irresistible oomph. Meanwhile, several tracks pay homage to the tricksy genius of Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and early-noughties R&B in a way that, while not boundary breaking, is hardly dumbed-down. Terror Danjah's "You Make Me Feel" or Cooly G's "Obsessed" could (and this is meant as high praise) be lost Destiny's Child tracks. Every Hyperdub collector will have an opinion about whether or not these are indeed the label's best songs (no "Aidy's Girl Is A Computer"?) or whether Hyperdub's experimental wing is properly represented (no Laurel Halo?). But taken as an attempt to prove that you can make intelligent, credible pop music, Hyperdub 10.2 a classy blast.
  • Tracklist
      01. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Signal 2012 02. Burial - Shell of LIght 03. Jessy Lanza - 5785021 04. Cooly G - Obsessed 05. Fhloston Paradigm - Never Defeated feat. Rachel Claudio 06. DVA - Solid feat. Zaki Ibrahim 07. Ikonika - I Know (That U Are The 1) feat. Dam Funk 08. Morgan Zarate - Pusher Taker feat. Roses Gabor 09. Jessy Lanza - You And Me 10. Morgan Zarate - Sticks & Stones feat. Eska & Ghostface Killah 11. DVA - Just Vybe (Soule Power Mix) feat. Fatima 12. Terror Danjah – You Make Me Feel feat. Meleka 13. DJ Rashad - Only One feat. Spinn & Taso 14. Kode9 – Lies Lies feat. copeland