It's been a trying year for Hyperdub. The deaths of the Spaceape and DJ Rashad loom over every other positive development, from the reliable greatness of Burial to the continued ascension of Cooly G, Ikonika, and Laurel Halo. If the time for reflection and what-next speculation arrived with remembrances of Spaceape and Rashad, the fact that it coincides with Hyperdub's 10-year anniversary and the accompanying extended campaign to chronicle the label's arc is a dose of cold irony.
And yet it's hard not to feel hopeful. Taken in as a massive whole, Hyperdub's 10 series has done a fine job in blurring the lines between their strengths of the past and present, showing their points of origin and possible futures. And 10.4, its final installation, digs deep to showcase all the here-and-now movements set forth by the label. These two discs' worth of cuts emphasize just how danceable their canon really is, with a focus on techno, funky, and bass influences highlighting just what can result in the different hybridizations between the genres. That it does so by drawing on the core of contributors most associated with the Hyperdub continuum since the acts' early singles means the line between legacy artist and forward-thinking iconoclast might as well not exist for them.