Boomkat Product Review:
*32 TRACK ALBUM INCLUDING CLASSICS, NEW, EXCLUSIVE, RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL FROM BURIAL, COOLY G, ZOMBY, KODE 9, DARKSTAR. FLYING LOTUS, JOKER, IKONIKA, THE BUG AND MUCH MUCH MORE...." The Hyperdub 5 year comp has finally landed, and as everyone already knew, it's a truly heavyweight package. This is the only place you're going to find An EXCLUSIVE and freshly delivered new Burial track, unreleased killers from Kode 9, The Bug and Zomby next to freeze-dried freshness from Cooly G, Joker, Martyn, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Ikonika, Mala, LD and Darkstar. A cast of unique producers split over two discs, one holding a hand to it's brow and gazing into the future, while a second allows time for the indulgence of nostalgia. The Hyperdub imprint has basically become the go-to point for the finest UK (and now worldwide) Bass music of the last 5 years, skillfully and philosophically managed under the A&R of Kode 9, cherry-picking the most crucial records and artists from a wide range of tempos and styles and placing them under a banner that's earned the trust of connoisseurs everywhere. Everyone knows that the label is sitting on a treasure trove of Burial material, but it's a credit to Steve Goodman's (aka Kode 9) management that it hasn't been splurged into the market, making the new track here even more precious. Hearing Burial's 'Fostercare' for the first time is an exquisite delight. There's no excessive advancements, but more a reinforcement of his style, witnessing him shape the bass swing to ever more exacting requirements and brushing his rhythms with a cool sleight of hand that's still utterly breathtaking. We can't heap enough praise on Cooly G's 'Weekend Fly' either. Since hearing it tucked away on mixes over the last 9 months we've been addicted to it's fleeting rhythms and martial swing, waiting for the seductive vocals and craning our ears to catch those silvery notes hidden deep within. Kode's tracks are healthily represented too, from the shocking 'Fukkaz' finally seeing the light of day properly, or even more so the exclusive 'Ghost Town', quite possibly one of his and Spaceape's finest moments to date. The shiny new skool of 8-Bit 'n Bass practitioners are duly given their time with Ikonika's robustly exotic 'Sahara Michael' and Quarta 330's 'Bleeps From Outer Space' next to the future anthem (soon to be released on 12") 'Aidys Girl's A Computer' from Darkstar, while rootical futurism is represented with Kevin Martin's King Midas Touch wickedness on 'Meltdown' and Mala's 'Level Nine'. We've probably exhausted your attention span already so we won't go through the whole 32 tracks on offer, but it's glaringly obvious that this is one of the most vital compilations of any kind to be released this year and simply requires a spot in your respective record collections. Essential purchase! TRACKLIST - CD 1 (EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL) : King Midas Sound - 'Meltdown', Kode9 & The Spaceape ft. Cha Cha - 'Time Patrol', Darkstar - 'Aidy's Girl's A Computer', Samiyam - 'Roller Skates', Flying Lotus - 'Disco Balls', Black Chow - 'Purple Smoke', Burial - 'Fostercare', Cooly G - 'Weekend Fly', Zomby - 'Tarantula', Martyn - 'Mega Drive Generation', LV ft. Dandelion - 'Turn Away', Mala - 'Level Nine', LD - 'Shake It', Quarta 330 - 'Bleeps From Outer Space', Ikonika - 'Sahara Michael', Joker & Ginz - 'Stash'. TRACKLIST - CD 2 (BACK CATALOGUE) : Kode9 - '9 Samurai', Burial - 'South London Boroughs', Kode9 & LD - 'Bad', The Bug ft. Warrior Queen - 'Money Honey' (rmx), LV ft. Erol, Bellot - 'Globetrotting', Burial - 'Distant Lights', Kode9 & The Spaceape - 'Ghost Town', Kode9 & The Spaceape - 'Fukkaz', Samiyam - 'Return', Darkstar - 'Need You', Zomby - 'Spliff Dub' (Rustie rmx), Ikonika - 'Please', Zomby - 'Kaliko', 2000F & J Kamata - 'You Don't Know What Love Is', Joker - 'Digidesign', Kode 9 - '9 Samurai' (Quarta 330 rmx).