Morgan Zarate - Hookid Ep Hyperdub

Morgan Zarate
Hookid EP
HDB044 / 12" & Digital
January 25th 2011
Promo only available as digital download

Morgan Zarate is best known for pushing r&b and hip hop into new spaces, taking influences from the US and UK and creating raw, emotional and psychedelic beats. On this first EP for Hyperdub, his production steps up in tempo, and the influence on his music of grime and dubstep shines through.

He started on this path in early 2000 when he released the now classic Curvatia as part of the influential group Spacek. He has since produced their critically acclaimed sophomore album Vintage Hi-Tech, and following on from that has worked with soul legends Raphael Saadiq and Amp Fiddler. He’s produced for Ghostface Killah, Dilla's favourites Frank n Dank, Musiq Soulchild, Eska and has worked on campaigns for Nike and others. Most recently his production unit The Shining has
been playlisted on Radio 1.

Hookid is the first 12'' from his forthcoming solo album, which is slated for a 2011 release on Hyperdub. The EP starts with Hookid, a half time grime/dubstep influenced track where swirling and bumping synth melodies try and find space in between congas and hard hand claps.

On Buy Bye dense melody and rhythm splash and pulse, half-heard through a tight mesh of slip-sliding compression like a flashing strobe light through swirling coloured smoke, the effect is intricate and highly psychedelic.

The EP ends with the more straight-forward SP. A simple, urgent sounding synth melody that sounds like it’s been recorded from a 3rd generation cassette of a John Carpenter soundtrack, is built over a hissing rhythm – it’s unusual and memorable in its brevity, like a sonic logo for a mysterious organization from a science fiction film.

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