RIYL: sampler platters

Label: Hyperdub

Steve Goodman, aka Kode9 and Hyperdub‘s label boss (a cosmopolitan label bringing you the likes of Burial, Jessy Lanza, Hype Williams, Kyle Hall, Cooly G and more), presented unto us Nothing, last year which he claims in the synopsis is about… nothing. The album might not have an agenda, but to say its being is “nothing” when it’s the polar opposite is a bold-faced lie – you can consider this an electronic Frankenstein. Goodman pulls from an infinitely deep glove box for his sampling as you ride the album out in to the void. Upon a few listens of the album, I’ve recognized samples pulled from perhaps Traxman and Kyle Hall, and I’ll probably recognize even more as I listen to this repeatedly.

Goodman, at press time, has over twenty-five years of producing under his belt and it shows in his finesse on full display. This is Goodman’s solo debut and had Spaceape not unfortunately passed, he would’ve made more appearances on Nothing most likely. The last track is perhaps a nod of mourning to Goodman’s frequent collaborator and poet…

I slept on this album last year, and I feel like a dope for doing so. Maybe you did too, but you can right that wrong right now. If for nothing else, buy it for the sleek album cover. Goodman’s not only talented, but the man has good taste too. If you’re reading this Mr. Goodman, I’m curious about where you got these shades. Listen to Nothing below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

'Nothing' is Kode9's first solo album and is about nothing.
The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.
Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9's recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape 'Memories of the Future' (2006) and 'Black Sun' (2012)
Yet 'Nothing' is haunted both by The Spaceape's presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on "Third Ear Transmission", a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on 'Void', whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and "Nothing Lasts Forever" which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.
released November 6, 2015
tags: electronic burial dubstep footwork grime hyperdub kpop nothing synth teklife London

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