TNGHT is like marmite that has been churned up and splattered all over your pristine ornate living room. Beyond loving or hating it, what hit you most are the chaos and the anarchy. Rising Glaswegian DJ and producer Hudson Mohawke (or HudMo) has joined forces with Montreal's Lunice in a cross-Atlantic fusion of electro and hip-hop. The result is an intriguing 5 track EP that takes experimentation to new heights and bass thuds to new depths.
The two artists' differing nationalities and backgrounds is testament to the fact 'TNGHT' is a borderless patchwork of styles, in no way slotting into one specific genre. The opening track 'Top Floor' sets the scene. A hauntingly exotic bassline looms in, met by the sound of a rattlesnake that transports you to a spirit-ridden South American tribal burial ground. The introduction is sliced by discordant oriental chanting, which draws up before falling into a funky hip-hop drumbeat. Like an animal, the track slithers and evolves, churned forwards each time a sound is added. The volume drunkenly mounts and plunges making you dizzy.
Both influenced by young contemporary artists, HudMo and Lunice have achieved a production that is fresh and oozes cutting-edge experimentation. The sheer number of synthesised sounds used, from a baby cooing to sirens and a bee buzzing, is mind-boggling. The collaboration's 'no reluctances' approach sees each sound sample pasted over another, building a jenga tower of mish-mashed clips; this layered soundscape is truly three dimensional. On paper the combination of a syncopated hip-hop drumbeat, high-pitched squeaking and rippling soldier-like drumming, such as in track 'Goooo,' is far too detached to work. However, HudMo and Lunice have entered this adventurous territory with such guts that the intentional dissonance is seems somehow ingenious.
The EP builds to a head with the final track 'Easy Easy,' a title rife with irony; there is nothing easy-going about this piece. A steady hip-hop beat is lifted by the repetition of what sounds like a broken fairground ride; giving the illusion that the song is really being played backwards. Unfolding into a drum break, the volume soars to a staggering intensity that will test the speakers on any sound system. Entirely innovative, this track feels universal and could be dropped in a club anywhere in the world.
Those who are new to Lunice's so-called 'crazy' take on splintered electronica and Hudson Mohawke's blending of hip-hop and electro music, which some call 'aqua-crunk' or 'wonky,' may think that TNGHT was produced by a mad scientist. Each track has its own identity but follows the same hectic recipe; this is not for the faint-hearted. However, we dare you to trust and relax into this mad exploration of music, culture and sound. HudMo is already renowned for becoming the youngest British finalist in the World DJ Championships when he was just 15. Through 'TNGHT' he has proven himself as an ultimate heavyweight when it comes to producing as well.
TNGHT is available to buy now.
Average price: £3.99