The Hyperdub regular is back with a “futuristic” new LP.
Released in June, the title of Distractions is said by the label in a press release to be an answer to why the London producer has taken so long to follow up 2013’s Aerotropolis.
According to Hyperdub, the new album sees Ikonika embrace a wider variety of styles than previous LPs, including R&B, hip-hop, grime and ‘80s synth music. It’s descibed as a “mix of futuristic and industrious with a touch of gentle glamour.”
The album includes several guest musicians: as well as a track with rising MC Jammz, Andrea Galaxy provides vocals on ‘Noblest’ and Jessy Lanza appears on closing track ‘Hazefield’, which features Night Slugs artist Sweyn Jupiter.
The artwork for Distractions is inspired by the “art deco factories and illuminated, hi-tech signage” of the “Golden Mile”, a stretch of London’s Great West Road where” the road takes on the character of the arcade game Pole Position.”
Distractions is released on June 2 on CD, LP and digital formats. Listen to album track ‘Manual Decapitation’ below and revisit Ikonika’s episode of Against The Clock for FACT TV.