"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.
"Gordon’s vocals appeared on a track also called Spaceape on Burial’s eponymous 2006 album. It showcased his spare, menacing, patois vocal style, characterised by the Pitchfork website as “a ten-ton doomsayer croak”. At a time when the vogue among MCs in London was for boastful verse and catchy, testosterone-fuelled slogans, Gordon forged a different path, specialising in intense, demanding lyrics, and often employing sci-fi imagery, combined with a distinctive sense of looming apocalypse."