It was a little over four years ago that we launched the weekly Hyp Mix series. We take pride in the fact that a lot of the artists featured have gone on to headline festival stages, sell out clubs and continue to make amazing music. For our part, we shifted to a new and improved website earlier this year but we’ve lost none of our hunger to provide you with what we believe is the best new music around. Before we arrive on our 200th mix next week, we’ve run down ten of our highlights from the previous 199 (although they’re all worth your time – honest). Enjoy our selection below and thanks to all of you who’ve been supporting us for the last four years…
Hyp 189: Pride of Gombe
Formed out of a “mutual love of Goulash on a Friday Night” and a general disregard for genres, Pride of Gombe is a seven headed DJ beast comprised of rising London selector Mr.Beatnick, sub-aquatic sonic explorer Kelpe, Werkdisc’s experimental producer Lukid, Rush Hour crew member Bnjmn, Vase’s windswept beatsmith Samoyed, Astro Dynamics beatmaker Rekordah, and new recruit Adam Oko. Tracklist free this one is packed with obscure rarities. Dig in…
Hyp 176: Throwing Shade
Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to be able to grab a minute or so – actually 45 of them to be exact, of Nabihah Iqbal’s time for our mix series. Given her commitments as a radio host, DJ and now producer, nailing her down wasn’t easy, but it was worthwhile – with her turn on Hyp 176 showing that she’s put her Ethnomusicology studies to good use. Listen above for a smoothly put together set that travels around the world, throughout time and across the musical spectrum.
Hyp 174.2: Tasker
In the lead up this year’s Record Store Day celebrations we recruited Boiler Room programmer and one third of London Collective Principals, Nic Tasker to provide us with an eclectic mixtape. What a decision that proved to be, a testament to his crate digging skills, this mix is a rush of psychedelic transitions that transcends ambient, classical and floor shifting Balearic sounds. Featuring Move D, Blondes, Suzanne Kraft and so much more this is a treasure trove waiting to be cracked open…
Hyp 172: Sam Binga
Earlier this year we got a hefty dose of ammunition from DnB’s frontline courtesy of Sam Binga. Having previously dropped bombs in collaboration with Om Unit and Addison Groove, the man formerly known as Baobinga reeled off a fast and furious selection of 23 chrome-plated half-steppers in just over 45 minutes. With plenty of dubs from the likes of Binga himself, Alix Perez, Stray, Danny Scrilla, Illum Sphere and a nicely placed closer from 2014’s breakthrough star FKA Twigs.
Hyp 150: Rabit
It was about a year ago that Texan Rabit delivered our last landmark mix –number 150. His selection was packed full of dubs from himself and ‘new-wave’ Grime affiliates alongside classic bass tracks from the likes of Shackleton. Since his ‘Double Dragon’ EP kicked things off for Glacial Sound, he’s continued to explore the spacial sonic capabilities of Grime’s new aesthetic. Recently he’s remixed Mike G and unofficially Kelly Rowland – the latter of which was released on his collab white label with Logos last week. The Riko Dan dub featured in the mix finally received an official release last month via Glacial Sound – after a year of causing havoc in dances. To finish of the year, he has an EP forthcoming on Parris’ Soundman Chronicles titled ‘Sun Dragon’ which drops next month.
Hyp 148: Jay Daniel
Another name off the endless conveyor belt of talent out of Detroit, Jay Daniel was comfortably bubbling under when we snagged him for an interview and a mix last year. He’s since gone on to put out the killer ‘Karmatic Equations’ on Wild Oats and a heavy duty collaborative EP with Funkineven on Apron, whilst also taking his Soul heavy blend of Motor City House around Europe and the rest of the world. Listen above for just under an hour of finely spun tracks from his mentors Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Maurice Fulton, as well as classics from the likes of George Duke and Larry Heard.
Hyp 128: Andrew Ashong
When Mr. Ashong delivered our 128th mix in May last year, we didn’t really have much listening material from him aside from his ‘Flowers’ EP. ‘SunShowers’ was his first official mix, and we felt privileged to host it. It provided an intriguing insight into his musical background, from Bossa-Nova to cosmic Jazz (including a great commentary on the tracklist). Since then he’s been actively gigging around the country and abroad – as both a live act and solo DJ. His self-titled EP was released earlier this year on his own Which Way imprint and demonstrated a more dreamy, psychedelic sound whilst still keeping soulful. Taking a break from his studio to play at our recent Oxjam takeover, he told us he’s busy writing new music at the moment – we can’t wait to hear it.
Hyp 079: Hodge
A presence on the site via the Hodge’s Corner series and a top notch YouTube Sessions that’s well worth a look in if you’re after some 24ct internet clip gold, Jacob Martin also dropped a formidable selection for us a while back. There’s a certain satisfaction taken in looking back at the track listing for this one, asides from props to his brstl & Idle Hands family, there’s then unreleased material like his own ‘Bells’ and Alex Coulton’s ‘Bounce’ which have since ignited across dance floors as staples of the night…
Hyp 020: Terror Danjah
In early 2011 we had Terror Danjah take control for our 20th mix. Very much one of the original Grime veterans, his productions have been genre staples as far back as 2002. Since his mix for us, he’s continued to push the sounds he’s been pioneering for over a decade – producing a second LP for Hyperdub ‘The Dark Crawler’ in 2012 to follow up on his effort two years prior. His collaborative output has been particularly interesting, teaming up with Joker to release on his own Hardrive label, with Ruby Lee Rider on Butterz, Champion on Hyperdub, Four Tet on Text and even Zed Bias…
Hyp 015: Mosca
It was almost three years ago that Mosca produced our 15th mix. Back then he was a relatively new face on the scene – riding on the hype from wonky bass anthems ‘Tilt Shift’ and ‘Square One’. His Hyponik mix hinted at a more conventional House influence, and with a bunch of records he’d bought on a trip to New York he paid homage to the legends of House and Garage – from Masters at Work to Phuture and Todd Terry. Club hits like ‘Bax’ and ‘Eva Mendes’ propelled him to new heights, where he has since cemented his place as a Techno connoisseur – with successful releases on Ann Aimee and more recently two records on his own Not So Much label this year.