Various - Hyperdub 10.4
Coming full circle, 'Hyperdub 10.4', the final episode in the series of four compilations celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hyperdub, returns to the club, this time focused on house, garage and techno. As with '10.1', '10.4' is a double CD, featuring one disc of new and recent material, and a second of bangers from the Hyperdub canon in recent years. Disc 1 kicks off with a long awaited, previously unreleased track by Burial, with an unusually triumphant and - compared to recent extended montages - relatively direct 2step feel. This is followed by another classic from the vaults, Cooly G's skeletal house cut 'Him Da Biz'. We turn the energy levels up with Ossie + PHRH's bouncy 'Ugly Observation', and Funkystepz's 'Vice Versa', a track in demand since Kode9's 'Rinse 22' mix compilation from 2013. From here, we move into three distinct takes on techno: Walton's face melting 'Laser War', the low slung tech-garage of Kode9's 'Oh', and a VIP mix of Ikonika's recent dance floor bulldozer 'Position'. Another exclusive VIP mix is included, this time of Funkystepz's banger 'Fuller', and Dorian Concept turns in a quirky remix of Martyn's classic 'Mega Drive Generation' which originally appeared on Hyperdub's fifth anniversary compilation in 2009. Next we are graced with the epic dubbed-out acid house of 'The Phoenix', the title track from the recent album by King Britt under the guise of Fhloston Paradigm, then into the fathoms-deep bubbling bass and synth washes of DVA's extremely psychedelic 'Monophonic Nightmare'. We rise above the surface with Parisian Bambounou's brilliantly stripped-down drum machine remix of Jessy Lanza's 'Fuck Diamond', and the lush deep house of Cooly G's 'Love Again'. Finally, we veer off grid with Kyle Hall's rhythmically dazzling 'Kaychunk'. Disc 2 spotlights 14 high points of Hyperdub's last half-decade, with proven dance floor material from Burial, Kode9 & The Spaceape, Cooly G, Walton, Darkstar, DVA, LV ft Okmalumkoolkat, Ill Blu, and Laurel Halo. As with '10.1', rather than an album merely to listen to from beginning to end, 'Hyperdub 10.4' also functions as an ammunition belt for adventurous dance floors and DJs.