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Decibel Festival celebrates its 10 year anniversary next week, and I’m putting the spotlight on a few artists and showcases. When I first found out that a Hyperdub Records Showcase was happening (9/25 @ The Crocodile, All-Ages, 21+ Bar), I lost it. I felt confident it would be one of the best ones to experience at dBx. Seattle is quite blessed to have the hugely influential Hyperdub Records, with label boss, Kode9. Real name Steve Goodman started Hyperdub in 2004, innovating with releases from Burial, Zomby, King Midas Sound, Ikonika and more recently DJ Rashad, Laurel Halo and a personal new favorite of mine, Walton. Styles include Dubstep, 2-Step, Grime, Funky, Juke, Techno, House and Future Bass. Basically, Hyperdub covers a lot of ground with its mutated rhythms, and the music can often times have a darker perspective.

 

In a detailed conversation with Red Bull Music Academy, Kode9 understands that “the DJ has this kind of shamanistic role, a circuit bender, mediating between an abstract and a physical realm.” Last year, I traveled with Decibel Festival founder and curator Sean Horton to Vancouver, Canada for New Forms Festival. One of the main acts of 2012 was Kode9 and his DJ set was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Knowing that Goodman is a professor, with a Ph.D in philosophy, his New Forms performance felt like an education of dance music. Almost every strain of rhythm currently at work in the dance world seemed to be in his set, effortlessly strung together. It had so much raw energy, demanding movement and engagement with the audience.

 

I enjoy the imagination in Ikonika‘s music. Her newest album Aerotropolis on Hyperdub is an adventure, invoking feelings of the past and future, fantasy and reality. Those who appreciate house music, video games, sci-fi or the 80’s will find something to love in Ikonika’s sound. If you’re about to see her at Decibel Festival, I like knowing that she connects a club to a church, believing “It’s a place to meditate, it’s a place to find something new, it’s a place to remember something. (Quietus Interview)”

In addition to her work with Hyperdub she runs the Hum + Buzz label with Optimum.

 

Come to The Crocodile on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 and experience the Hyperdub Records Showcase. I will be opening the night with a 9-10pm DJ set. Visuals by Zach Walker.

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Zomby-black

Beautifully dark new tune from Zomby. Hyped on his upcoming double disc album for 4AD this summer.

 

6.18.13

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– Jimi Jaxon

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It’s difficult to not get excited, or at the very least intrigued when Zomby appears with new music. While being mostly a recluse in 2012, he did put out a sparse couple of tracks, including the much discussed “Devils and a characteristically dark untitled track used for French design house En Noir’s presentation of their Fall/Winter 2013 collection.

With a new 4AD album on the way, rumors of an EP and collaborations abound over the last few months, his announcement today via his Twitter account comes as his first official release in some time. The tweet simply reads  w-i-t-h-l-o-v-e.com.

 

This track is eerie and spacious. The fidelity of the synth pads and syncopation of the distant toms alludes to something just out of reach. In many ways this seems to foreshadow his forthcoming long player (It could be the introduction or an interlude), said to be out summer of 2013. We will just have to wait and see. 

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– Tremel 

Cheers to all you lucky fellows with Zomby’s 12″ reissue for Record Store Day. If you can’t find the vinyl, get this shit in digital or cd form, “Where Were U In ’92?” has become a very influential record to me as a producer. I was able to work the Zomby show at Decibel Festival 2011, he was kind to me and it was an honor to be in the presence of a musical genius. With a raw and unflinching attitude, Zomby is an artist to cherish.

 

 

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– Jimi Jaxon