2013 was a cracking year for Hyponik, with loads of great interviews and features throughout. Catching up with DJ’s, producers and figures from every scene and walk of life made the year a truly special one, so here we are with a round up of the best of the last 12 months for you to sink your teeth in to. We hope you enjoy reading them as we did writing them…
Catching up with us at the start of 2013, Visionist aka. Louis Carnell would go on to have a smashing year that saw him establish himself as one of Grime’s most sought after names. Talking to us in January, Carnell bemoaned the House and Techno’s dominance of the previous 12 months, and the tendency for former ‘wonky hip-hop’ producers to churn out ‘standard tech-house’. Tipping himself, ‘if things go to plan’, Carnell proved to be decidedly prophetic, with his future facing takes on Grime and Bass would set the tone for much of the year.
To commemorate their splitting of a 12″ as part of Bleep’s Green Series back in February, Cosmin TRG and Objekt went head to head, interviewing each other. Discussing DJ’ing with David Guetta, Gerald Scarfe drawing cartoons about Dance music and ‘distorted trombone-step’, this was two ‘serious’ producers letting lose.
Once a darling of the regrettably named ‘future garage’ scene, Rob Orme aka. Submerse spoke to us in March to fill us in on living in Tokyo and the musical shift that has caused. Full of interesting insights in to the land of the rising sun, Orme touched on 5 am sober ravers, space station-esque DJ booths and the generally more ‘relaxed’ vibe. Now back in the UK for good, Orme has hopefully had plenty of chance to get nicely reacquainted with his beloved Nandos.
Nearing his 50th year, Goldie is nothing less than a national institution. The Metalheadz boss has turned his hand to everything from conducting orchestras to painting, tackling each task with his trademark blend of flair and charisma. Chatting to him in March, he was on typically cracking form, touching on driving in a ‘parade of Ferrari’s’ back in DnB’s 90’s heyday, the legacy of his legendary night at Blue Note and being the ‘Basquiat or the Bauhaus of drum and bass music’.
One of the good guys, German House and Techno stalwart Move D spoke to Hyponik in July about his nearly two decade long career, his thoughts on the retro-revival and his favourite red wines. Humble but with a sense of humor, the man born David Moufang showed why he’s been endearing himself to clubbers and record buyers for so many years now.
Many fantasize about dropping everything and setting off in pursuit of a dream, but few possess the minerals to actually go through with it. Putting his life on hold in 2005 to move to West Africa and seek out the best music the continent had to offer, Frank Gossner is one of a rare breed of people for whom impossible is merely but a word to cast aside on the way to achieving their goals. Now the driving force behind the reissue label Voodoo Funk and an excellent blog of the same name, Gossner caught up with Patrick Henderson back in August. Telling his amazing story, shining a light on the West African music scene and shedding some home-truths on the oft-celebrated Fela Kuti, Gossner gave an interview of rare insight and wisdom.
There’s really no overstating the impact that Afrika Bambaataa has had on music in general, let alone Hip-Hop. Nearly 60 years old, Bambaataa continues to travel the world spreading the gospel of the Zulu Nation to a never diminishing crowd of believers young and old. Taking some time to talk to us, Bambaataa kept it real, explaining the intricacies of Hip-Hop culture and why its all about ‘Peace, unity and love and having fun’. A true legend.
Always good value, Big Narstie‘s interview with Tomas Fraser last month, done in tandem with recent collaborators True Tiger (Sukh Knight and Stanza), was unsurprisingly a laugh riot from start to finish. Proclaiming himself to be ‘the hood’s Jeremy Kyle’, Narstie joined the True Tiger boys in discussing the Grime scene, their plans for future projects and Tito Jackson. Great stuff…
Already operating two quality aliases, Hodge and Outboxx ( in collaboration with Matt Lambert ), this year saw Jacob Martin add another string to his bow with his work as a guest interviewer for us. Never knowingly anything less than maddeningly irreverent, Martin grilled a series of interviewees with a bag full of questions from unlikely sources. Highlights included asking Hyetal how it feels to be ‘King of the Bedroom’, accosting South London Ordnance with questions assembled from old Pet Shop Boys interviews, and getting the whole of Bristol to grill Kahn & Neek.
There was sadness in April as Brighton label Well Rounded announced they were to wind things up this year after four successful years. Responsible for gamechangers like Deadboy’s ‘U Cheated’, the label had carefully earned its place in the hearts of electronic music fans of discerning disposition. Shedding some light on the reasons behind calling it a day, label head Ashley Marlowe aka. Donga invited us down to Brighton for a chat, whilst we also got a word in with artists who released on the label, such as South London Ordnance, Submerse and James Fox. A real soldier for old school values, Donga let us with the sage advice to ‘DO YOUR BEST. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. FOLLOW YOUR HEART’.
Unless you’ve been trapped dancing listlessly in purgatory at an endless minimal Techno rave for the whole year, its probably come to your attention that Grime has come back in a big way in 2013. With more inventive new producers that you can shake a rusty shank at, the genre has stormed back in to relevance and shows no sign of letting up any time soon. Providing a thorough insight into this revival back in May was Hyponik’s resident Grime obsessive Tomas Fraser. Profiling the current cast of producers whilst taking time to dissect two releases, from Merky Ace and Mr. Mitch, at differing ends of the spectrum, this was fascinating reading for any fan of the genre.
This year saw the release of the debut full length from Snow Ghosts, the collaborative project between Throwing Snow and vocalist Augustus Ghost (aka. Hannah Cartwright), on Fabric’s burgeoning offshoot label Houndstooth. Entitled ‘A Small Murmuration’, the album was an ethereal and icy mesh of folk, footwork, noise, goth and more, that sat as one of the year’s most rewarding listens. Taking us through the record song by song, the pair explained the process and concept of each track, as well as providing a little context on the superb photos (by Cartwright’s grandparents), that they were paired with.
One of the welcome additions to the musical landscape in the Big Smoke this year was The Vinyl Library, which popped up in Stoke Newington under the stewardship Sophie Austin and Elly Rendall. An all vinyl lending library, the idea caught on instantly and has been going from strength to strength ever since. Chatting to Sophie and Elly back in August, we let them explain the thinking behind this brilliant idea in their own words. Listen below.
Always one of the highlights of the year, Red Bull Music Academy’s Notting Hill Carnival party was once again the place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend. Hyponik were there sippin Rum and Red Bull, filming, taking pictures and reviewing the event which featured David Rodigan, Wookie, EZ, Disclosure and the whole Marley clan. Check out the video below.
The end of summer saw us travel to Croatia to take in the 2nd edition of Dimensions Festival, Outlook’s housier sister. With beach parties soundtracked by Floating Points, rhythmic workouts from legends like Tony Allen, Mala in Cuba, smashing techno and house from the likes of Move D and Dixon, Detroit classics from Three Chairs and much more, it will sit long in the memory. Check out our review here.