Che io abbia una passione per quel genere giornalistico tipico dei paesi anglosassoni è conosciuto come obituary è cosa nota. Ieri il Guardian ha pubblicato quello di Spaceape, che morì lo scorso 2 ottobre e che produsse con Kode 9 uno dei dischi più influenti del nuovo millennio:
The Spaceape, who has died of cancer aged 44, was a poet, vocalist and MC from London who took the Jamaican dub poetry tradition into a new and experimental age. Born Stephen Gordon, he made a series of recordings as The Spaceape – both in his own right and with others including the pioneering DJ, producer and academic Kode9 and the Mercury Prize-nominated electronic artist Burial – that defined “dubstep”, the bass-heavy soundtrack to much of 21st-century youth culture.
His longest-term collaboration was with Kode9 (Steve Goodman), the founder of the Hyperdub record label that became synonymous with the rise of dubstep in the early 2000s. Gordon had never performed or recorded music until Goodman, his flatmate, suggested that they should try doing a track together. Gordon chose a cover version of the Prince song Sign O’The Times, and the result, Sine of the Dub, became the first single to be released on Hyperdub in 2006. Reimagined by the pair, the song had become a glowering, slow-motion narration by a man on his deathbed, which stood out for its spare, minimal sound.