The consistently innovative hyperdub is still pushing boundaries in electronic music 10 years after its creation, originally as a blog about dub music’s influence in the UK underground electronic music scene. 10.2 shies away from the bangers and focuses on tunes that lean more in a soul and R&B direction – featuring a variety of guest vocalists, notably Fatima and Ghostface Killah, over beats that blend influences from far corners of dance music, from the dream-electro-R&B of Jessy Lanza to Terror Danjah’s booming hip hop/grime/post-dubstep production with Meleka’s nostalgic UKG-style vocals.
Favorite Tracks: Burial - Shell of Light , Jessy Lanza - You And Me  Morgan Zarate - Sticks & Stones ft. Eska & Ghostface Killah , DVA - Just Vybe, ft. Fatima , Terror Danjah - You Make Me Feel ft. Meleka 
Dutch producer Martyn brings stripped-down, rolling four-on-the-floor dance grooves, on mostly 5-6 minute tracks that are supported by repeated melodic phrases, whose timbre changes over the duration of the track. Each tune is strong sonically & melodically, and Martyn’s ear for subtle transitions, layering & detailed sound design shines through. The only drawback is that a lot of these beats may seem drawn out & repetitive to some radio listeners.
Favorite Tracks: Drones (4), Two Leads And A Computer (6), Forgiveness Step 2 (7)
Xeno & Oaklander are a Brooklyn-based duo who combine pulsating retro/electro analog synth beats in the vein of Kraftwerk with floaty, reverby female vocals to create a very effective false sense of nostalgia. Their whole aesthetic seems to be a kind of throwback to German & French pop music of the 80s (read: 99 Luftballons), with added influence from more modern minimal techno & house music.
from his bandcamp: "On Ultraviolet, Sadistik closes his eyes tight and reaches out towards the peripheries of perception through introspection and psychedelic escapism, transcribing the vivid images crawling on the dark purple walls of his Seattle studio."
The strong imagery and creativity of Sadistik’s lyrics, peppered with horror & sci-fi references, come together with deep, melodic & lushly layered beats for a cinematic, often epic feel.
Favorite Tracks: Cult Leader (1), Cubic Zirconia (5), Death Warrant ft. Sticky Fingaz & Tech N9ne (11)
Philadelphia-based producer King Britt, under the alias Fhloston Paradigm (a The 5th Element reference), delivers sprawling, imaginative, pulsating & futuristic compositions, taking inspiration from classic sci-fi soundtracks like Blade Runner for his sonic palette. With epic chords, floaty vocal features, and pulsing beats & bass, the best tracks on here are immersive & expansive while remaining danceable.
Somewhere in the limbo between the death of UK Garage raves in the late 90s and the emergence of bass-heavy, speaker-crushing dubstep in the mid aughts, dance music producers like Wookie were making sounds that removed much of the poppy cheesiness of what garage had become & repurposing the sexy, shuffling rhythms of the music with harder beats, more complex grooves, and darker basslines. One of the pioneers of what came to be known as 2-step, Wookie’s beats are intricate, groovy and oh-so-wonky, and his melodic elements (violin stabs, squelchy synths, even vocals) tend to have a highly percussive nature, further boosting the rhythm. The datedness of some of the vocals is an admittedly minor drawback although it does add to the ‘time-capsule’ ness of the LP.
This EP is full of hard hitting, head-nodding hip hop beats. Tracks 1, 2 & 4 are more bouncy & synth-heavy, while 3, 5 & 6 are more classically-sampled boom bap bangers. Minimal compositions, heavy kick drums on every track. Very similar in style to ATX’s own BoomBaptist. Killer grooves on this one.