Based in South London, Kode9 & the Spaceape is a unique producer/vocalist collaboration that vibrates the parts other artists don¹t reach, whether through their high octane DJ/MC sets or their grounding-shakingly deep Bass Fiction Live sets. Their first infamous collaboration was released in 2004, a murky, beatless cover of Prince's 'Sign of the Times' known as 'Sine of the Dub'. In 2006, they released their first album together, 'Memories of the Future'. Kode9 & the Spaceape have played together all over Europe, at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona in 2007, and Mutek Festival in Montreal in 2007 & 2008. They have also recorded live studio sets for BBC Radio 1 in the UK. While Kode9 has been a regular visitor to the US in the last couple of years, most recently in April 2009, touring with Flying Lotus in LA, San Francisco, Coachella and at the Museum of Natural History in New York, this summer sees his first tour with vocalist Spaceape in the States.
Kode9¹s hyperdub sound is difficult to define, sometimes with beats, sometimes without, sometimes with a vocalist, sometimes without the only continuity is the heavy sub bass. Currently, Kode9¹s sometimes unpredictable dj sets travel through a selection of dubstep, grime, synth-driven hiphop and the emerging variant of percussive UK House, aka 'funky'. Since 2001, his dj sets have helped spread the South London sound internationally, across East Asia, Europe, South America, North America and Australia. In 2006 he mixed the Dubstep Allstars Vol.3 CD compilation on Tempa records with Spaceape and their debut album, ŒMemories of the Future¹. For 4 years, he hosted the weekly Fwd>> show on London pirate radio station Rinse Fm and is one of the rotating djs at the seminal nights DMZ and Forward>> in London. As a producer, he has released tracks on Aphex Twin¹s Rephlex label, pioneering dubstep label Tempa, Soul Jazz, Domino, On U Sound and his own Hyperdub imprint and has remixed artists such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, the Junior Boys and Dabrye feat. MF. Doom. His most recent single 'Black Sun', came out in March 2009 on Hyperdub.
Spaceape is a vocal/video artist whose dubtronic styles span between deep, granulated spoken word, mesmeric chanting, whispered rhymes through to hyped up MC'ing. Working mostly with Kode9, Spaceape tells abstract, open ended stories from another dimension. He has also featured on high profile collaborations such as on Burial's first album, The Bug's London Zoo Album, Martyn's recent Great Lengths and also Brenden Moeller.
Kode9 also runs the record label Hyperdub known for releasing artists such as Burial, The Bug, Samiyam, Ikonika, Darkstar and Zomby as well as remixes from the likes of Flying Lotus and Dabrye. 2009 is the 5th anniversary of Hyperdub Records and October will see the release of an anniversary 2 CD compilation entitled simply 'Five' featuring classics from the back catalogue, and a new tunes from all the artists on the label, as well as friends such as Mala from Digital Mystikz, Martyn and Flying Lotus.