Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are two of the most interesting and intriguing musicians of our times. As Hype Williams, they released our favourite album of last year, ‘One Nation’.
Today, in the lead-up to the release of their new album on Hyperdub, ‘Black Is Beautiful’ recorded under their separate names, they gave a lengthy interview to The Guardian. In it, with a lovely, very Hype twist, Blunt reveals most when talking about not talking: “People wonder why nothing is interesting, it’s because they try to get a fucking answer to it, to everything. There are things you can’t articulate. There’s that ‘thing’ in the world – music has it, every kind of art has it. And people talking about it can destroy it.”
Along with the interview, Blunt and Copeland went to the generous lengths of giving away a whole album of material. The 33 tracks appear to be a mix from across their Hype Williams and solo recording sessions, and are gathered together with the title ‘The Attitude Era’. Copeland’s striking vocals feature heavily, with Not Ever a particular high. PROGRESSION, with its searching guitar lines, is another standout. The download link will be live for two weeks only and The Guardian reports that the duo delivered them with this note:
sorry to anyone we promised these tunes to.cannae deal with them anymore.start again.
Dean and Inga