For the past decade, London’s Hyperdub has brought the emerging sounds of the electronic underground to light. The label takes listeners on a tour of the soulful edge of genres big and small, from footwork and garage to techno and R&B. An unspoken soulful quality brings together what is on the surface a wildly varied catalog.
Steve Goodman, who is better known to music lovers as Kode9, started the label as we know it in 2004, making this the 10-year anniversary. But Hyperdub’s roots go even further back into the electronic music world as a webzine that launched in 2001; Goodman’s keen ear for talent was starting to develop even before the label officially began. Not only has Kode9 become a worldwide force in the past decade, he has helped to nurture and grow international names like the mysterious Burial and Cooly G.
With a North American tour in progress and a series of four anniversary compilations featuring soundtracks to invisible films and never-before-heard material from key acts like Kode9 & The Spaceape, Quarta 330 and the late DJ Rashad, Hyperdub is doing it up large for this milestone birthday. Listen to this exclusive playlist commemorating a decade of releases and be sure to check out 10.1, 10.2, and their latest 10.3 for an epic overview of the many moods and grooves from this deep label.