8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 27 July 2011
I like what I've heard of Hudson Mohawke but I'm no expert so forgive my slightly misinformed review. 'Satin Panthers' sees the return of Hudson Mohawke (a.k.a Paul Birchard) after a year of silence but it looks to have been worth the wait as this five track EP is chocka full with block rocking party beats. Opener 'Octan' is merely a build up to the first track for real 'Thunder Bay' but it acts as a twinkly tension builder for the outrageous antics to come. 'Thunder Bay' sounds as cheap and cheerful as it does wild and suggests the kinda of futurism ever present in modern hip-hop production. I'm starting to believe that he really does produce using Fruity Loops and this is one is rough as. 'Cbat' smooths things out a little and suggests the minimalism of Snoop Dogg's ultra smash 'Drop It Like It's Hot' with a little bonus quirk thrown in for good measure. This is topped off with the ultra modernist R&B flavour of 'All Your Love' and 'Thank You', a Starslinger-esque funky beat extravaganza that features some genuinely wild synth cut ups that'll have you racing to the dancefloor for a good old knees up. Just a little taster of what's to come when his new album drops in 2012. Beauty.
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