Published Oct 02, 2014It's a sad day for electronic music, as vocalist Stephen Samuel Gordon — known to fans as the Spaceape — has passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer.
This tragic news comes via Hyperdub Records. The label posted a message on Facebook explaining that Gordon died today (October 2) of what's said to be "a five-year struggle with a rare form of cancer."
The Spaceape was perhaps best known for his frequent collaborations with Hyperdub boss Kode9. Their latest EP, Killing Season, came out just last week. Throughout his career, the Spaceape also worked with Burial, the Bug, Junior Boys, Beat Pharmacy, Martyn and Dub Gabriel.
Gordon is survived by his wife Luciana and six-year-old daughter Cleo. Read the full statement from Hyperdub below.
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dtc4Y4Xyjo which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.