Ikonika

Along with Burial and label operator Kode9, producer/DJ Ikonika (Sara Abdel-Hamid) was a key member of the Hyperdub roster, one of the premier dubstep labels. Prior to releasing her first album, 2010's Contact, Love, Want, Have, she released a handful of 12" singles on Hyperdub, as well as one on Planet Mu, and she also remixed tracks by Mujava ("Township Funk"), the Brown Acid ("Bastard Kids"), and Egyptrixx ("The Only Way Up"). Though most of her productions incorporated some mischievous (if emotive) combination of battering drums, crisp percussion accents, bleep-streaks, and affecting synthesizer textures, no two sounded alike. She co-founded the Hum + Buzz label, where she released the Aqueous Cream (2010) and I Make Lists (2012) EPs prior to reappearing on Hyperdub with her second album, the stylistically varied but sternly focused Aerotropolis (2013). The more straightforward club EP Position followed in 2014. Following a period of silence, save for a few compilation tracks and remixes, Ikonika returned in 2017 with Distractions, a full-length incorporating a wide variety of hip-hop, grime, and R&B influences. ~ Andy Kellman

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