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Hypderdub are a difficult label to tie down. Just when you think you can run a thread through their vast, diverse catalogue, they'll throw out a curveball that will scatter everything again. Whether it's the maximised R&B of Morgan Zarate (Pusher Taker), or the spacious, immediate sounds of Jessy Lanza's excellent debut album Pull My Hair Back, Hyperdub are a label whose prolific output is tied together by a sense of experimentation and a distinct lack of uniformity.

Musically, Lanza has always settled into this kind of woozy, light aesthetic, as if the notes are gently floating out of the speakers. It's her voice that binds her music together, containing enough nuances and idiosyncrasies for you to hold onto and remember. It works well fading into the mix like on Pull My Hair Back's excellent opener 'Giddy', where it faintly hangs above the moving parts as if it's just another synth, and it's equally capable of taking centre stage, commanding a presence on what are often busy, dense productions like on closer 'Strange Emotion'.

You Never Show Your Love is a new four-track EP, produced by Teklife's DJ Spinn and Taso. It has been marketed as a collaboration album, with Lanza as the primary contributor. However, this plays out very much like a Teklife showcase, with Spinn and Taso providing the stylistic framework for Lanza to dip and weave between. The rolling hi-hats on You Never Show Your Love are footwork 101, and her vocal almost sounds distant here, lacking the vulnerability that was so disarming on Pull My Hair Back and creating this kind of distant, cold defiance out of the titular refrain.

You can feel Lanza and DJ Spinn influencing each other all this EP. The production is markedly sparse, creating these huge pockets of space for Lanza's vocal to slowly tip toe between. Compare this to Spinn's own work, where tracks like 'Burn That Kush' or 'Bounce U Don't Need' scatter these all these instrumental flourishes like a bag of marbles being emptied into a bath tub. Similarly, Lanza shows more restraint and control over her vocal here, moulding it seamlessly around these instrumental passages.

The remix from the late DJ Rashaad is an inevitable highlight, using his old beats posthumously and upping the tempo towards the more traditional footwork territory. Urgent, stabbed synths and a typically uneven beat point it much closer towards the dancefloor, whilst placing equal importance to the instrumental and vocal melodic properties in a way that the original avoided.

It's almost a shame that this has been presented as a Jessy Lanza release. The production work on You Never Show Your Love is where this excels, but when you consider it in the context of Lanza's body of work, you find yourself yearning for more emphasis on her vocal and melodic qualities. That's not to say that this isn't worthwhile though. It is an interesting experiment, and this notion of combining the inherently nuanced and marginal style of footwork with a pop vocalist has produced an EP that is rich with ideas, but perhaps short on execution.

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