Friday Fives: RIP The Spaceape, Flying Lotus and Hyponik on NTS

This was an exceedingly busy week at Hyponik. Asides from providing you with the freshest of original  content and your daily dosage of interesting news, we made our radio debut on NTS this Wednesday gone. Here’s our pick of the bunch from the most exciting happenings out there on the old interweb. We recommend a special performance at Tate Britain, a promising new record label that has shot up across the pond, a stark but essential interview with Flying Lotus and a shared mourning for yesterday’s passing of another one of Hyperdub’s closest family members…

Hyponik Takeover at NTS Radio


Our dulcet tones graced the airwaves over at NTS Radio on Wednesday night for a special show alongside the one and only Francis Inferno Orchestra – who provided a stellar guestmix ahead of our takeover at the Birthdays venue in Dalston on October 12th as part of Oxjam 2014. We’ve got a nice selection of artists doing live performances and a couple more announcements to make next week. All proceeds go to charity too so get down! More information here.

Late at the Tate

If you’re in London this evening, we highly recommend skipping down to Tate Britain. The Late at the Tate series is back to brings some of the most groundbreaking new sonic adventurers of today together for an eclectic showcase of far-out talent. We’re particularly excited about Vessel performing a new audio-visual collaboration with the Immix Ensemble and Sam Wiehl. They will be bridging the gap between acoustic and electronic instrumentation using live violin, saxaphone and a variety of modular synths. There’s a host of other avant-garde artists to check out including The Aleph and Ben Hauke. Proceedings kick off at six and like all great things, admission is free. Get down early, the queue could be long!

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Pacific Rhythm 

Pacific Rhythm

This new label has just been inaugurated as an extension of the Vancouver based online record store and collective Pacific Rhythm. These noble knights have been sorting out our brothers and sisters on the other side of the pond with affordable vinyl for the past year and now they’ve expanded to form a promising new imprint. From listening to the debut release – ‘Rhythms Of The Pacific Volume 1’ which features ice cold cuts from Mood Hut mandem Hashman Deejay and Cloudface alongside Vancouver’s Lnrdcroy. The record drops on October 20th, get em while they’re hot, they won’t last long!

Interview: Flying Lotus


FlyLo’s latest album ‘You’re Dead’ has been on the Hyponik stereo for a couple of weeks now. Without a doubt his most Jazz influenced work to date, it lands on Warp next week. In this interview with The Fader we get insight into the life and home of the producer born Steve Ellison and how he’s become a bit of a paranoid recluse, why he can’t properly enjoy going out to gigs anymore, his relationships with Thundercat, the ups and downs of self medicating with various drugs and a near death experience on a hotel room floor. ‘You’re Dead’ is also going to be streaming in full for 24 hours alongside ‘Psychedelic Death Trip’, a full-length animated feature film by Xavier Magot on Boiler Room here.

RIP: The Spaceape


Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer yesterday. His first release ‘Sine of the Dub’ with Kode9 in 2004 – innaugurated Hyperdub a decade ago, and he went on to provide the prophetic baritone that foregrounded some of the label’s most influential early releases – becoming an integral part of its success. Last Monday he released his latest EP with Kode9, eerily titled ‘Killing Season’ accompanied by the video for ‘Devil is a Liar’ which was filmed in July 2014. Our sincerest condolences go out to the extended Hyperdub family who have had an incredibly tough 10th anniversary year losing two of their closest members in The Spaceape and Dj Rashad.

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