To coincide with our Hudson Mohawke cover story, we’ve highlighted some tracks which tell the story of the Glasgow producer’s evolving style and escalating career.
HudMo was once part of the low-key, Glasgow-based hip-hop group Surface Emp. This track is taken from the Lucky Me EP, which provided the name for highly successful label and design studio he would later form alongside Surface Emp rapper Dom Sum. The EP has recently been removed from Youtube.
Ooops (Oh My)2008
A re-work of Tweet and Missy Elliot’s lustful RnB track, HudMo applied hefty but slinky slabs of bass to the acapella, creating a certified club banger that feels very much of its time.
From the excellent Satin Panthers EP, Cbat’s sparse beat was pierced by a squeaky, mischievous lead melody. A prime example of how Hudson Mohawke has a knack of making sounds feel like miniature characters within a track.
The G.O.O.D. Music anthem featuring verses from Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. Credited for contributing “addition instruments”, HudMo’s input might have been fairly minor, but this was the moment he got his foot in the door with one of the world’s biggest rap collectives.
The most explosive product of HudMo and Lunice’s TNGHT collaboration, this adrenaline-fuelling, futuristic trap beat was driven by menacing but subtly tongue-in- cheek brass stabs, and it would become the weapon of choice for both good and bad DJs looking to instigate mayhem on a dancefloor.
Prior to its release, this one been appearing in TNGHT and HudMo’s sets for some time. Now a lucrative prospect, Hudson Mohawke was approached by Apple, and Chimes was subsequently used for a MacBook Air advert.
Very First breath2015
The first song to be shared from Lantern. Featuring the relatively unknown French singer Irfane, the track features an infectious pop melody and sonically rich production, making it Hudson Mohawke’s most radio-friendly track to date.