A night by boundary-pushing record label Hyperdub, featuring live performances from Ikonika, Nazar and Proc Fiskal.
Founded by Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) in 2004, Hyperdub is one of the most important platforms for the UK underground dance scene. The independent label is not only noted for its influential releases across experimental electronic music, but also in promoting live events and fostering new talent.
Ikonika presents her debut UK live show, featuring tracks from 2022’s Bubble Up EP, in which she uses her own vocals for the first time. The EP draws from amapiano and deep house, exploring the more pop-leaning elements of her sound that she describes as ‘queer love anthems for the dancefloor’.
Nazar delves into a set of what he terms rough kuduro, a sound defined by his 2020 EP Guerrilla, in which the electronic musician explores his familial connection to the Angolan civil war. Examining and digitising collective memory, Nazar threads together oral histories and political realities.
Mixing UK club sounds with phone recordings, sound collage and vocal manipulation, Proc Fiskal brings a high-pressure bass set rooted in genre defiance and high energy futurism.
Inviting this seminal label to take over the ICA’s Theatre is a chance to consider the ways in which temporary and long-term communities are formed through sound, by bringing together artists and audiences interested in experimental practices.
Ikonika is one of the most respected names in the UK bass diaspora. Best known for her numerous releases on and affiliation with Hyperdub Records – as well as EPs on DBA, Night Slugs and more recently Club Djembe – she is an artist ever in motion, now light years away from the post-dubstep landscape where she first made her name. While certain aspects of her sound remain consistent – a love of club-friendly rhythms purpose-built with digital flair and a strong sense of melody – the diversity of her interests like pop, R&B and bashment have become even more apparent in recent music.
Nazar is an Angolan producer who grew up in Belgium until his late teens, when he returned after the civil war and is now based in Europe. Nazar coined the term rough kuduro on his Soundcloud page, as an interpretation of the Angolan music and dance style, ‘weaponising’ it on his first EP Enclave released in late 2018, translating the normally upbeat style to expose the uglier side of what he saw in Angola. On Guerrilla Nazar uses rough kuduro to sensitively examine and digitalise his family’s collective memory and country’s past, threading together oral histories, political realities and most significantly reimaginings of direct horrors.
Proc Fiskal / Joe Powers is a producer/DJ from Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 2018 he’s released two albums and several EPs with Hyperdub that explore the potentialities of the cross-pollination of UK club genres and incorporate phone recordings, sound collage, vocal manipulation and high pressure bass.