FRESH KICKS 122: HYPH11E
In September, Hyph11E played a sunrise set overlooking the Nile river. A landmark moment by anyone’s standards, the opportunity to DJ for the famously welcoming and enthusiastic dancers at Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival was just one highlight in a year that has seen the Shanghai artist breaking a lot of new ground with her explosive, experimental electronics.
A member of Shanghai’s burgeoning SVBKVLT label, Hyph11E’s 2019 has been “busy and crazy”. It has taken her across the world to play at festivals including Sonar Hong Kong, Donau Festival in Austria and Dark Mofo in Australia. This weekend, she will play the hallowed stage of Unsound Kraków in a special b2b with Nyege Nyege/Hakuna Kulala affiliate Slikback, with whom she released two collaborative EPs this year.
Hyph11E’s sound is rapturous and captivating. Tracks like ‘Escapism’ and ‘Sinking’ burst with industrial percussive intensity, while ‘Unknown Number’ and ‘Black Pepper’ the invoke high-octane club music and boundless experimentalism of artists like Jlin, Ziúr and Zuli. As described in our monthly emerging artists feature earlier this year, her sound “embodies the looming skylines and gritty backstreets of a sprawling metropolis such as her own, and has a cinematic, dystopian air that makes it all the more immersive and thrilling”.