Review: Various Artists, 5 Years of Hyperdub
We go through a lot of music in our house and the new material is coming in faster than I can review it which means the piles of CDs on the living room table are getting out of hand. Rather than just shelve discs unreviewed I’m going to try doing some short reviews that are designed to let you know what’s on the disc without going into a lot of detail. This is my first stab at the shorter format.
Hyperdub is a London record label that specializes in dubstep, a currently very popular genre of electronic music that emphasizes sub-bass ( a lot of sub bass), sparse beats and samples. The general dubstep approach has proven to be very fertile and admits of an increasingly diverse range of music.
Hyperdub was one of the record labels that first championed dubstep and 5 Years of Hyperdub is a two disc label compilation released on their 5th anniversary. Tracks are not presented in any kind of chronological order, in fact Hyperdub’s early successes like Kode9’s “9 Samurai” and Burial’s “South London Burroughs” lead off the second disc. The first disc is given over to a wide range of current tracks that provides a good illustration of how wide ranging dubstep is becoming.
5 Years of Hyperdub is an excellent collection that provides a very nice introduction to dubstep for listeners who may be unfamiliar with the genre and are looking to find out about it. If this is a new type of music for you, it helps to listen with open ears and give these two discs several listens before coming to any hard and fast conclusions. It also helps to listen on a sound system that is capable of producing subsonic bass.
Darkstar’s “Aidy’s Girl’s a Computer” from 5 Years of Hyperdub
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