Dealing with the loss of two of his closest friends, Spaceape and DJ Rashad, Kode9 delivers 'Nothing.'
Peter Holslin can’t think of anything funny to say. Just as Philip Seymour Hoffman stole the show in countless movies, so too did the Spaceape bring life to classic dubstep tunes. A poet, vocalist and performer, the man born Stephen Samuel Gordon was best known for his ferociously singular voice—a chest-caving, barking, murmuring monotone, which […]
A conversation about bass music with the Hyperdub boss
Son Raw wrote this while sipping a Singha. Bass music intellect Kode9’s latest single, “Xinfu Lu,” is ostensively named after a Shanghai clubbing street. Pardon my skepticism, but after spending the past few months in South-East Asia, I doubt any club on the continent is ready for this. In fact, it’d be a hard sell in […]
The Essential Kode9 Mixes February 21, 2013
Look, I don’t have time to delve into the eight hours of classic Kode9 mixes that the Hyperdub don placed on his Soundcloud earlier this morning. The Jerry Buss Memorial live-stream is on and Magic Johnson is set to deliver a poignant speech about the great times and women that he and the former Laker […]
Sach O is accepting invites for festival headlining gigs. For all of their academic & underground cred, I harbor suspicions that Kode9 & The Space Ape secretly want to be festival headlining superstars. How else can you explain “Am I,” a fist pumping headbanger of a Dubstep tune with the genre’s biggest hook since “Skeng?” […]
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Sach O is all about listening to dystopian shit in 2011. I’ll hold back for my full review but you need Kode9 and the Spaceape’s upcoming Black Sun. Universally ignored by a Hip-Hop underground, their 2006 debut Memories of the Future may have been the decade’s best slice of Afrofuturist sci-fi since Deltron 3030 and […]
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Sach O killed the Radio Star. He also has a Tumblr. Reading Jeff’s post on the wonderful (and nostalgiatastic!) Stretch and Bobbito reunion, I couldn’t help but think of my current radio listening in starkly opposite terms to the scarcity he describes. As a Rinse listener, I’m flooded with hour after hour of raw, uncut […]
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The choice of Claro Intelecto’s “Beautiful Death” as the penultimate song on the last Mary Anne Hobbs show was intended to send a message that needn’t be explicitly articulated. The doyenne of dubstep is far too bright and self-aware to crow about how important she’s been to its ascent. Besides, she has plenty of others […]
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Kicking it With Kode9 June 21, 2010
Prior to becoming a label, Hyperdub was a webzine that published some of the finest writing on the web. Though it’s glory days occurred well before everyone had a blog, then a Twitter, then a Tumblr, then a migraine, the influence of web culture is everywhere in Kode9’s DJ Kicks compilation. Like everyone else capable […]
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