Considering he’s been busy dropping a healthy amount of excellent releases on his Hyperdub label, contributing to k7!‘s DJ-Kicks series, and touring all over the world, Kode9 has had a solid 2010 and is poised to continue to expand on that in 2011 with the announcement of a new album to be released in early April. The second collaboration between Kode9 and The Spaceape, Black Sun, will be Hyperdub’s first album of 2011 and, according to the label, we should “prepare for something very different from their last album and everything else around.” Well, yeah. That’s not to say that Hyperdub is taking a few months off before the new album, as a pair of singles are slated for release in early 2011 from two new label signings. The first of which, to be released January 24, will come from UK beatmaker Morgan Zarate, whose futuristic take on hip-hop and R&B has previously scored him collaborations with Slum Village and Ghostface. On his debut Hyperdub release we’ll find his production “steps up in tempo, and the influence on his music of grime and dubstep shines through.” Following that, Hyperdub will be releasing a single from North London collective Funkystepz, which already has a string of underground hits and a Rinse FM show to its name. Its debut Hyperdub single is set for release in February and we’ve been assured that it is “an absolute killer.” Sounds like an impressive line up for the beginning of what should prove to be another solid year for Kode9 and his label. We’ll fill you in on the details and hit you with some tracks as we get them, so stay tuned.