Hyperdub marked their fifth anniversary in 2009, but despite a half-decade of existence, the label's creative surge had kicked into high gear only two years previous. So the excellent 5 Years of Hyperdub was as much an overview of where Hyperdub had been as it was a chance to draw on the increased exposure electronic music was receiving and define something approaching a "scene." Ace cuts from Los Angeles hip-hop auteur Flying Lotus, Dutch dance producer Martyn, and dub-as-fuck mad scientist Mala appeared alongside catalog highlights from label regulars Kode9, LV, and yes, Burial.
5 Years of Hyperdub was the culmination of a series of five 12" releases collecting label highlights-5.1, 5.2, you get the idea-and the expanded approach Hyperdub's taken to that concept for their 10-year anniversary is indicative of how quickly Goodman's label has grown, both in size and influence. 10.1 is a two-CD set-the first in the series, no less-with one disc collecting tracks from the label's last five years and one with entirely new material. Each compilation will have a theme, and 10.1 turns its focus towards dancefloor-centered cuts, so those waiting for a collection of Hyperdub's stranger entries might have to wait a little longer.
That said, 10.1 is more proof that Hyperdub can't help but embrace left-of-center even as it focuses on club fare. This is far from a bad thing: Hyperdub's released some of the most appealingly odd and oddly prescient electronic music of the last 15 years, and the glaring omissions from this volume's disc of catalog cuts-Terror Danjah's fiery grime tune "Acid" from 2010, Ossie's bubbly UK Funky cut "Set the Tone" from 2011, the jagged piano-house of Laurel Halo's "Throw", from last year's Behind the Green Door EP-only serve to highlight the wealth of material the label has released.