On Friday 27th July we welcome Hyperdub to Sub Club for the first time. Founded in 2004 by one of UK's true ambassadors of the underground, Kode 9, it has developed into one of the most exciting and innovative labels in electronic music. In it's 8 year life span Hyperdub has introduced us to a plethora of producers and DJs that can stand up and be counted as truly seminal, from Burial to the The Bug, Warrior Queen to Kode9 himself, Hyperdub is a label that sets the trends and refuses to follow them. This showcase event sees the man himself come to play as well as two hand selected artists from the stable that represent where the label is right now.
As well as running Hyperdub, Kode9 is revered for his productions and his free flowing DJ sets, both for the floor and the airwaves. With releases on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, pioneering dubstep labels Tempa, Domino and his own Hyperdub imprint, he has redefined the modern bass aesthetic with every turn of the table. Kode9's sound is difficult to define, sometimes with beats, sometimes without, sometimes with a vocalist, sometimes without, the only continuity is the heavy sub bass. As a DJ, an international tour schedule coupled with his hosting of the weekly Fwd>> show on Rinse FM, London’s grime and dubstep pirate radio station has ensured his underground sound remains free from compromise, reaching the masses undiluted.
Since their first release on Hyperdub in 2007, LV have proved themselves to be musically unpredictable while retaining a sound that is uniquely their own. From early dub-infused releases to the cut-and-paste urban sounds, LV’s back-catalogue positions them as artists who defy easy categorisation. LV were one of the first artists to release through Hyperdub and have since consistently delivered quality singles with the label including the massive Boomslang in 2010. Recorded with Okmalumkoolkat in Johannesburg, the tune and video made an instant impact, combining an infectious fusion of styles and undeniable beat, thefader.com called Boomslang “a dream team realization”. Their debut album 'Routes' was written with vocalist Joshua Idehen and released in 2011 on Keysound Recordings. The album was met with rave reviews: Fact Mag called it “beautiful, cohesive and fun” and put it at number nine in their end of year list. Resident Advisor gave the album 4.5/5 while XLR8R gave it 9/10 and placed it at 21 in their top 50 albums for 2011.
Scratcha DVA is involved in everything to do with today’s British underground electronic music scene. When plucked by Kode 9 for his release ‘Natty’, Scratcha was introduced to a new audience as a funky producer but his production CV extends back further to grime where he has worked with luminaries including Wiley. What unites all of his work is the attitude and energy which keeps ravers jacking throughout the night. His record bag boasts the timeline of British rave culture from jungle to present day. Always an informative set, DVA favours upfront and left of centre music over yesterday’s tired hits.