Coloured 2LP/CD/DL Hyperdub HYPCD003
Release date: November 6
‘Nothing’ is Kode9’s first solo album and is about nothing.
The album throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no mans land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, jagged cut-ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.
Building slowly, but more upbeat than previous albums, many of these tracks have more in common with Kode9’s recent singles from the last few years than they do with his two previous albums with collaborator The Spaceape ‘Memories of the Future’ (2006) and ‘Black Sun’ (2012)
Yet ‘Nothing’ is haunted both by The Spaceape’s presence (he died in 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer), on « Third Ear Transmission », a communiqué from a zone of digital immortality, and his absence, on ‘Void’, whose spaces were originally intended for the vocalist, and « Nothing Lasts Forever » which closes the album with a 9 minute silence.