Jul 23, 2012

Review: TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice)

REVIEW: TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice)

There’s been no escaping the hype surrounding TNGHT this summer. From that mind-blowing performance at SXSW to guest mixes for Diplo and glimpses of riotous scenes at Village Underground, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice launched their debut EP this week amid ferocious expectation. And quite rightly so - it was fairly obvious from the various youtube rips and teasers that they were always going to deliver, but it wasn’t until hearing the EP in it’s entirety that we fully understood just what the duo were capable of.

Forgetting that Hud Mo and Lunice are perhaps two of the most exciting producers of the last few years anyway, TNGHT as a project and release simply surpasses their individual reputations by absorbing everything that makes them unique. From the first drop on opener ‘Top Floor’ to the neck-braking ‘Higher Ground’, each track on this EP just bangs hard, really really hard. Infact, we’d go as far to say that it's a bit of a game-changer, not only for the duo that made it, but for the relationship between Hip Hop and club music as a whole in 2012. We’re all painfully aware of the ‘Dance’n’B’ crossover, but this goes beyond that in a much healthier direction – just wait til you see the production requests roll in after this. Although Lunice has been quoted distancing their sound from the heavy-hitting Trap which emanates from Southern America, their can be no denying that the likes of T.I, Rick Ross and numerous others would sound perfectly at home over any of the EP’s five beats. 

Beyond Hip Hop relations, this also perhaps provides that much needed underground injection for Dubstep. And yes, many will argue that this is something completely different from Dubstep, but at the end of the day, the tempos are up there and the bass is still earth-shattering. Witness these tracks in a club and you’ll witness pure energy, something akin to the early days of Plastic People and FWD>>. For us, this is a devastating success on all levels and more than lives up to the hype which preceded it. What comes next however will be the interesting part…

Check out the EP sampler and tracklist below:

1. Top Floor
2. Goooo
3. Higher Ground
4. Bugg'n
5. Easy Easy

TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) is out now via Warp X LuckyMe

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