Available on: Hyperdub 12″
One of two label debuts kicking off Hyperdub’s 2011 schedule, Morgan Zarate is one third of long-running electronic trio Spacek, and has been a revered figure in certain quarters of the UK’s underground for quite some time, coming from a background of r’n’b, hip-hop and soul, and lending his skills to tracks from Rahpela Saqqid, Musiq Soulchild and Ghostface Killah in the past. His Hookid EP, however, comes from a quite different direction.
Darker and bassier than Spacek fans might expect, Hookid opens with a grime-styled title track, a sweeping, multi-layered piece rife with sharp synths and thumping kicks that should instantly draw the attention of Terror Danjah fans. ‘Buh Bye’ follows in a similar vein, fusing heavy basslines and squelching, spaced-out percussion into something that subtly recalls Zarate’s r’n’b past. Final track ‘SP’ only clocks in at a minute long, but closes this succinct piece of space exploration nicely, and helps to further whet the appetite for Morgan’s full length album for the label due later this year.