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Mix: Hyperdub's Ikonika

The Hyperdub label's Ikonika fetes her new album with a live set at Output.

Photograph: Georg Gatas
London’s Sara Abdel-Hamid, better known as Hyperdub recording artist Ikonika, has always been a bit of an outlier in the dubstep and bass-music scene; while her cohorts were busy infusing their tunes with a sense of dread, she went for sparkling melodies, insistent rhythms and a synth-heavy simplicity that was both seductive and charming. But she’s upped the fun factor considerably on her recent LP, Aerotropolis, which takes many of its percolating cues from Italodisco, Latin freestyle (yes!) and the like, then shapes those sounds into something all her own. The album’s a blast—and we’ll likely get more of the same when she plays live at Output on Thursday, October 3 as part of the Hyperdub label night. Before you go, get a preview of her set with this mix of Ikonika tunes, many of them taken off of the new album—it’s a charmer.

Input: Hyperdub Label Night with Kode9 + DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad + Ikonika + Brenmar is at Output Thursday, October 3

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1. Ikonika - Practise Beats (Hyperdub)
2. Ikonika – Miracle Whip (Dub)
3. Ikonika – Mr. Cake (Hyperdub)
4. Ikonika – Lights Are Forever (Hyperdub)
5. Ikonika – Eternal Mode (Hyperdub)
6. Ikonika – Aqueous Cream (Hum + Buzz)
7. Ikonika - Manchego
8. Ikonika – Rumble Strips (Dub)
9. Ikonika – Passenger (Dub)