Hyperdub Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
When a label is headed up by Kode9, it’s safe to say that it will only be signing acts of the highest quality. Hyperdub, the imprint that grew out of the webzine Kode9 set up at the beginning of the new millennium, has proven that point a hundred times over. This is a game-changing, future-forward label - if you’re wanting to take the pulse of the electronic underground at any given moment, Hyperdub is usually your best place to start.
Hyperdub has a reputation for breaking new sounds before most others have caught on. Along with labels like Deep Medi Musik, Tempa and Tectonic, Hyperdub was one of the key players in the emergence of dubstep in the mid-2000s. It was at this point that crucial drops from Burial, The Bug and Zomby all emerged with the label’s signature tube-map-type logo on them. UK Funky and Footwork were other styles that Hyperdub were onto early - with regards to the latter, no-one in the UK even had the hyper-energetic Chicago battle-dance music on their radar, let alone on their label, before Hyperdub snapped up DJ Rashad and other artists from the Teklife roster.
While they may keep their ear to the ground for the latest genre developments, the label is also a strong champion of those with a singular vision. Jessy Lanza, Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurel Halo, Dean Blunt and Lee Gamble are a few of those who’ve trod their own path under the auspices of Hyperdub.