Magazine article Artforum International

Kode9

Magazine article Artforum International

Kode9

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KODE9, AKA STEVE GOODMAN, IS A LONDON-BASED DJ, PRODUCER, AND HEAD OF THE HYPERDUB LABEL. HE RUNS THE SONIC CULTURE MASTRES PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON AND IS CURRENTLY WRITING A BOOK ON SONIC

WARFARE.

1 Burial, "Distant Lights," from Burial (Hyperdub) The track that made me realize that Burial was truly in the zone. A melancholy, washed-out, twilight tune--the smoldering, husky yearning of a woman alone in a submerged city. Razor-sharp percussion that slices and dices your heart, then soothes it with a tidal wave of bass.

2 SA-RA Creative Partners, "Hollywood" (Sony BMG/Epic) Someone once said that Detroit techno is Kraftwerk stuck in a lift with George Clinton, but the description better fits the oozing R & B of SA-RA. Spine-tingling cosmic soul. "Motherfuckin' Hollywood," indeed.

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3 Skream, "Midnight Request Line" (Tempa) Dubstep's key Technicolor track of 2006 (originally released in late '05) and the tune that catapulted the sound onto minimal techno's dance floors via DJ Ricardo Villalobos and into grime mosh pits via Roll Deep Crew. A fluttering, sub-bass-driven synth anthem that makes most dubstep, before and after, seem gray by comparison.

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4 Mala, "Left Leg Out" (DMZ) With its driving Rhodes riff and fractured rhythms, this is a reminder of dubstep's roots in upbeat, asymmetrical skank, a contrast with the low-frequency black hole it is more often said to inhabit.

5 The Bug featuring Flowdan, "Jah War" (Ninja Tune) The Bug (aka Kevin Martin), purveyor of the finest mashed-up dance-hall, meets Flowdan of grime's Roll Deep Crew in a clash of the titans. …

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