TMA-1 Tester Profile: Kode9


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Like many other bass music aficionados, Steve Goodman AKA Kode9’s first encounter with the lower end of the electronic register was jungle and drum ‘n’ bass. The Glasgow native went to a local club where he discovered the music that changed his life. Today, he has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the university of Warwick, he’s written a book on ‘ Sonic Warfare’, he keeps releasing his own eagerly anticipated productions and he runs Hyperdub, the bass music label of the moment.

2009 was quite the year for Steve Goodman’s London-based Hyperdub label. A string of groundbreaking releases such as 2000f/JKamata’s lazer-synthed-out/next-level dubstep of ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ made the critics fawn and gush with superlatives, while the legendary DJ Gilles Peterson deemed Hyperdub label of the year. The hype that had been steadily building in the low end underground over the last 5 years, finally blew up to the surface and cemented, once again, the central importance of bass music. While Bass music shows no signs of abaitement, Kode9 continues doing what he does best: making essemtial beats and putting out groundbreaking music.