Kode9 Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal QC, May 31
Published Jun 01, 2015When Hyperdub head honcho Steve Goodman — aka Kode9 — shows up to perform a free outdoor show, you'd better be there. And when he decides to jump around between a dozen different genres in as many minutes, you just go with it.
The transition between Daniel Bell and Goodman was harsh to say the least, dropping a trap remix of Rae Sremmurd's "No Flex Zone" after what had been a smooth Chicago house set by Bell. And while this may have alienated some of the attendees, those remaining were committed to the dance floor and ready to fully engage with the music.
Soon enough Goodman was done with trap, switching to '90s house with massive bass. His style is the definition of eclectic, jumping erratically from genre to genre, dropping a few minutes of jungle here before transitioning into two-step garage, complete with police sirens and a Waka Flocka Flame sample. Those who seemed to have initial reservations regarding Goodman's set were finally wooed by his unpredictability, and with their dancing began to adapt with the music, letting go of any apprehension. He then settled into a shuffling sequence, lit a joint, and dropped an appropriately spacey remix of Lady Leshurr's "Queen's Speech" before schooling the crowd on the merits of real dubstep, to their visible delight.
For those unfamiliar with Hyperdub, Goodman's set was a good introduction to its idiosyncratic nature, while offering one of the best examples of the wide-ranging scope of UK bass music. He dropped everything imaginable, including glittery two-step, UK funky, garage, drum'n'bass, jungle, footwork — you name it, he dropped it. And as the closing DJ for the EXPÉRIENCE series of events, it couldn't have been more appropriate.