Boomkat Product Review:
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's always been a crucial part of Hyperdub's make-up, since the near-ambient cover of Prince on Kode 9 and Space Ape's very earliest 10", thru those legendary Burial "mixtapes" to Laurel Halo's remarkable 'Quarantine' and the sheer backdrops of Fatima Al Qadiri, always weighed in fine balance with a tactile, fwd rhythmic corpus. I guess what we and the label are trying to get at, is that most ephemeral notion of soul, and arguably this collection has it in strange, alluring abundance.