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theartsdesk Q&A: Electronic Musicians Hype Williams | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Electronic Musicians Hype Williams

theartsdesk Q&A: Electronic Musicians Hype Williams

The elusive duo evade definition in a cat-and-mouse interview

Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt aka Hype Williams

The music of Hype Williams is the definition of an acquired taste. It sounds ramshackle, thrown together, deliberately awkward – either deeply contrarian or the work of very, very messed-up people just playing around with archaic home recording equipment. But immersion in it reveals all kinds of layers of strangeness, and particularly a rich and emotionally resonant sense of melody that weaves through all the clashing rhythms and crackly recordings. Even the arrangements, it becomes apparent, are not random, but show real complexity – although what is deliberate and what not is hard to pick apart. It slowly becomes apparent why a label as respected and aesthetically rigorous as Hyperdub might have picked them up as they have recently.

The questions of whether Hype Williams is real or spoof, art project or band, accident or design, all dissolved away in conversation

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