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by Kode9
Black Sun by Kode9
Released: May 2011
Label: Hyperdub
Kode9 has long chafed under the dubstep straightjacket, at times even disowning a sound he helped create. On his latest collaboration with coproducer and dub poet the Spaceape, he finally breaks free of style classifications by building songs that blur between U.K. garage and bass and Spaceape's spoken words. When Spaceape says, "I'm neither wrong or right/ Neither black or white" on "Am I," he voices Black Sun's desire to reach past fixed expectations into pure music and theory. The final track, "Kryon," has no words or beats, just a wave of computerized noise that feels exultant.
Mosi Reeves
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