Release Date: Aug 25, 2017
Record label: Big Dada
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
The rumours and stories that once kept musicians high upon a pedestal has now been lowered, as we can easily find out every detail about someone.
According to its former members, Hype Williams was never a band. It was more of an art project, of which Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland were given temporary care. But when the pair began to work under their respective names with 2012's Black Is Beautiful, nobody else picked up the baton. And as a series of recent releases have tried to revive the project, Blunt's fingerprints remain all over it.
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland were musical creatures born in a cloud of obfuscation. Their since defunct collaboration in Hype Williams fueled the beginning of the mystery around them. Blunt and Copeland were possibly fake names; in interviews they presented as opaque, put-on, and difficult; and their music was just as willfully obscure. Across their handful of records, their sound was not so much a solid thing, but rather like the thick dry ice fog Blunt prefers to perform under, gaseous and wet.
Hype Williams want to destroy this world — the world. What about my freedom, you ain’t got no freedom, you a copout / We all have different ways of doing what we think is right for ourselves. You are livin in a dream world, and if I feel the pain I’m gonna do something about it. And if it means jumpin up and down, then you watch your sister jump, you just be careful who she lands on.
U K electronic act Hype Williams have always been shrouded in hazy enigma, so it.
F ollowing excellent solo projects, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland return to their duo Hype Williams, whose cut-up dub songcraft has been one of the most compelling voices in the European underground this decade. Or do they? Their label.
A little mystery is rarely a bad thing in a musical setting. The musicians most popularly known as the KLF are legendary for their mystique as much for their music, Sia rarely shows her face and famously declines to appear in her videos, and it sometimes feels as though Kanye West is architecting an extended Andy Kaufman bit. These are artists who prefer to keep us guessing at just how much of themselves they are putting into their music.
"You watch this sister jump […] You are all Uncle Toms. Not the old Uncle Toms, nah, you're a brand new breed, and if you keep looking the other way long enough, you know what you gonna see? Nothing. […] Their world is dead. There's a new thing happening. New and beautiful!" So says ….