"Chimes" is one of producer Hudson Mohawke's most ubiquitous cuts, and it fronts this EP of the same name. It's the follow-up to HudMo's last EP in 2011, Satin Panthers, and comes after the break-up of his act TNGHT, as well as his success working with Kanye West on 'Yeezus'. After eons of collaboration, 'Chimes' thrusts HudMo back into the limelight.
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After a thoroughly successful stint collaborating with Lunice under the TNGHT guise, producing tracks for non other than Kanye (believe him) West, Ross Birchard, a.k.a Hudson Mohawke returns new EP 'Chimes' for Warp. Trap inspired title track has been doing the rounds as a live favourite for some time and is very much in keeping with genre with it's crisp delivery and excessively speedy hi-hats. Could do with a DMX vocal or something but other than that it's a guaranteed student club night floor-filler. This is coupled on the A-side with the cute yet bizarrely abstract affair 'Brainwave' that mashes choral voice samples, deep synth tones and cosmic arpeggios that appear to be Birchard's take on electronic sound collage ala Oneohtrix Point Never.
Flipside opener 'King Kong Beaver' is a playful 8 bit R&B smash in keeping with the HM stuff I recall from his beginnings and makes use of excessive pads and an agitated Nintendo generated lead melody that flutters about your brain like some prog'd out footwork motif. It's feels the most Mohawke of the three tracks.
The EP finishes up with a functional club re-edit of 'Chimes' by Gammer. A slight shift in tempo and the addition of a double time breakbeat being the only elements worth reporting here. Meh.
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