Hyperdriver - The Old School
Creeping up slowly then sucker punching you as a start. ENDE regular and UK breakcore pioneer Hyperdriver opens up his new EP "The Old School" with midtempo and sludgy broken beat brawler "Amen To That" which is one of his more head nodding moments of late. Bridged by maniacal kick rolls and framed by ethereal background vocals and a bouncing low end bassline. Hyperdriver shows why his heart is still in the old school experimental style.
Progression is something that all music needs or it dies. Budding producers take note. Don't believe the hype. Don't swallow the rave-aid. Take a leaf out of Hyperdriver's book and if not then don't be surprised if he outlasts you.
Hyperdriver - Tech Support
The Tech Support album marked a turning point in Hyperdriver history in that the Tech Support track was the first of what were to be many longer, multi-parters. Although it is presented here split into 4, on the original CD it was one continuous track. Once the CD sold out it was put on the download site MP3 dot COM where due to restrictions on file size and track length, it had to be cut into sections.
Tech Support has a heavily distorted sound which is a product of a recording technique I was using at the time where I would overdrive the mixer. Sorry, that should read OVERDRIVE. I blew up a lot of mixers.
I have lost track of the early stuff as any documentation or notes are long gone, but these tracks were recorded over the period between 1997 and 2001, so a few pre-date Hyperdriver.
When MP3 dot COM was closed in 2003 Tech Support became unavailable. Until now.
Hyperdriver - Born in '59
Hyperdriver's new EP "Born In '59" sees the UK breakcore pioneer mocking his age and vintage as only he could do best, after being rejected by promoters across the UK and Europe for lineup additions claiming he's "too old"
The result is 4 tracks of witty response in live produced, freeform recorded hardware modulated breakcore. Wearing all the usual influences of both a breakcore producer and electronic music producer of his years.
We Are Hyperdriver - The Hyperdriver Remix CD
In talking to Hyperdriver recently about remix albums, we asked him if he'd ever done one before? Asked a bunch of artists to remix Hyperdriver? Of course the answer was yes. Making us feel a bit silly. He showed it to us and AGAIN we begged him to let us re-release an old Beergut comp. It was way too good to be forgotten. Here for the second time this century, and for the first time in downloadable form, is UK breakcore pioneer and all round noisy bastard Hyperdriver's 2003 remix album "We Are Hyperdriver" and like many of the remix albums of the time, it's arranged into a masterful compilation album of reworkings of the same Hyperdriver track "I Am Hyperdriver" which includes remixes by Noize Punishment, Ambassador 21 (and various members solo), John Pooley (Vinyl Vandal), 4m33s (John Sherwood), Da Highlandz (DJ Don) and Negative Thought to name a few. Plus a few sneaky reworkings by Hyperdriver himself and the original on the end.
Hyperdriver - The Skull Still Means Nothing
In September 1998, I was doing a lot of diverse music and was looking for a project name for my breakcore/gabber/noise etc. I recorded a track that I called Hyperdriver. It seemed to fit. I was considered too old to be doing that kind of music back then…now?...20 years older?...hahaha…nothing has changed. Fuck ‘em.
This “best of” collection is an attempt to mark the twenty-year anniversary by continuing on from “The Skull Means Nothing” album – so named because someone asked me what the skull on the first Hyperdriver album (This Distorted Life) meant. I wanted to keep it below 80 minutes so there are none of the 20 - 30 minute plus outings that have plagued listeners in recent years. Here are 13 tracks plus a bonus live track from March 2002.
Hyperdriver - The Skull Means Nothing
The Skull Means Nothing is a retrospective "best of" (worst of?) Hyperdriver up to 2002.
I was playing live a lot at the time. I was older that all of the other acts but not embarrassingly so, unlike now. Ageism is alive and well in the world (unless you play "rock"). I always took CDs with me and people would ask which was the best one. I realised I needed a "sampler" and so Skull was born. I added a few extra previously unreleased tracks as a bit of value for those collectors who would get the CD regardless.
Hyperdriver - Prime Lard
UK producer Hyperdriver is no stranger to the distorted beat and noisy scrape.
A veteran of sonic destruction, he's been producing electronic cacophany for almost 20 years. With around 26 previous releases on D-Trash Records, Invasion Wreck Chords and his own label Beergut Recordings to name a few.
This, his first album for ENDE is more of the same that we've come to expect with no major change in flavour or direction bringing some old school, overdistorted beat destruction and glitching to the label.
Like losing your virginity in a train station public toilet at rush hour. "Prime Lard" is a confusing, messy, uncomfortable and nerve inducing abrasive experience.
Hyperdriver - Sweat
Sweat is is not gabber. Sweat is not speedcore. Yet it is. It doesn't fit comfortably in those overproduced, reverb drenched, ravey bullsit dance music genres. There are no spotty teenagers shouting "motherfucker" or "hardcore" whilst masturbating into a sock. This is music that goes bang bang bang made by a 57 year old man who gives not one fuck what you think of it, or what you think of him. If you like it then welcome to my world. If you don't then I won't lose any sleep over it.
Hyperdriver - Relax At Home With Hyperdriver
Re-release of Hyperdriver's classic "Relax At Home With Hyperdriver" album. Originally released on Beergut Recordings in 2004.
A short collection of noisy, fucked up, old school, power electronics fuelled breakcore and rhythmic noise. A great example of why his confrontational style was too much for many in the scene in the UK (and still is).
3 bonus tracks come in live performances recorded at Sick and Twisted. The original, best and genuine breakcore showcase night in London in the late 90s into the late 2000s.