Album review: Various Artists – ‘5’

Album review: Various Artists - '5'

A label of love gets the recognition it deserves

[b]Hyperdub[/b] has had a five-year purple patch – impressive considering this compilation celebrates the label’s fifth birthday. The first disc is given over to new material tracing the latest splintering in dubstep’s development, including the intricate post-garage of [b]Cooly G[/b]’s [b]‘Weekend Fly’[/b] and [b]LV[/b]’s pairing of cavernous dub with gut-level synths on [b]‘Turn Away’[/b]. Disc two deals with the key releases – the genius borne amid spliff smoke and high population density. Seriously, where did London channel its angst before [a]Burial[/a]’s [b]‘South London Boroughs’[/b] or [b]Kode9[/b]’s [b]‘9 Samurai’[/b]? And how did a small label run by a university lecturer become one of the most important in the world? Here’s how.

[b]Louise Brailey[/b]

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