Steve Goodman, or Kode9, is perhaps best known as the boss of Hyperdub. After being part of South London’s vital dubstep scene in the naughts, he released two collaborative LPs with late MC The Spaceape, and more recently released his first solo LP, Nothing.
Goodman’s productions first emerged on a compilation from Rephlex entitled Grime 2, which featured other bass music pioneers such as Loefah and Digital Mystikz (Mala and Coki). He continued releasing music with collaborator The Spaceape, and the two created the first handful of Hyperdub releases. His first LP after the loss of The Spaceape, Nothing, solemnly ventures through emptiness, described by Resident Advisor as “blankness aching with loss.”
With a PhD in philosophy from the University of Warwick, Goodman has always been attuned to the extra-musical implications of sound, authoring the influential Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.
Kode9's expansive approach to music is evident in his approach to curation, which has always defined Hyperdub as a standout label. With an affinity for unknown, hybrid sounds, Goodman is responsible for furthering many mutant strains of bass music, including one known as "sinogrime." Hyperdub is, of course, home of the singular sounds of Burial, Laurel Halo, DJ Rashad, and Fatima Al Qadiri. The heavyweight imprint’s recent ventures include supporting newer artists such as Okzharp & Manthe Ribane, Nazar, and Klein. They also host the young yet famed night Ø at London’s Corsica Studios, curated by Kode9 and Shannen SP. Ø has welcomed the likes of Chinese DJs Hyph11e & Scintii, melancholy R&B vocalist Tirzah, and a special footwork B2B between DJ Taye and Paypal. The evening’s adventurous programming has slotted young artists alongside installations from Mark Fisher, Lawrence Lek, and The Otolith Group.