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“Acrylics” evokes the spirit of late 90s UK happy hardcore whilst still maintaining the distinctive widescreen cinematics and percussive hip hop bounce which saw their 2012 EP become a defining release and cement the duo as the new production favorites of rappers from Kanye West to Lil Wayne to Kendrick Lamar.
As two of the most exciting artists in urban electronic music Glaswegian Hudson Mohawke and Montreal native Lunice came together last year as TNGHT to launch an all out assault on the world hip hop production – backing this up with an incendiary live show that they showcased last summer. Although both are well established as solo artists, this project gave them both an opportunity to indulge their more decadent tendencies.
TNGHT will also be appearing at selected festival dates throughout summer 2013, and stay tuned for more music.
April 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
April 12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 17 – New York City, NY @ Webster Hall
April 19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
July 21 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
Hudson Mohawke is currently working on a new album for Warp and has just signed on as a producer to Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. music imprint.
Lunice is currently working on his debut album for LuckyMe as well as numerous productions for a plethora of major label hip hop.
This summer sees the debut collaborative release from Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, two of the hottest young producers out there right now. Their TNGHT project is coming out as a five track EP on vinyl and digitally July 24th via Warp Records/LuckyMe.
Those familiar with the genre-blending, ground-quaking beats of Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke and Montreal’s Lunice will think they know what is in store from a collaboration between the two, but nothing could prepare for the future hip hop production featured on TNGHT.
The duo debuted their collab at this year’s SXSW. With thousands of acts it is virtually impossible to stand out, especially for an act that has never released a track or played a show, but TNGHT packed out the venue, and the entire room shook from excitement (and bass!).
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice) – Bugg’n (official stream)
ANOTHER CITY NOW is the debut ep from ANGO aka Andrew Gordon Macpherson, the next voice hailing from Montreal, Canada on the LuckyMe label. A frequent collaborator with Jacques Greene, Lunice & NYC’s Azealia Banks, now is the time for ANGO to step out alone.
On this 6 track story – written on the road whilst touring at the turn of the year – late 80s pop, early 90s house and contemporary RnB arise in equal measure. A writer as well as a producer, this record is a lyrically polarised selection of girl songs expressing the way up and the way back down. But there’s something defiantly warm in ANGO’s music that serves as a refreshing antidote to 2011′s endlessly morose electronic music. Where polysynths and hats spring above plates of live processed vocals, chopped samples are harmonised upon, punctuated with thumping drums.
ANOTHER CITY NOW is a balanced record: upbeat and deep, vintage and yet totally modern, as heart aching as it is uplifting. Our tenth record is something special. If you have to write a genre, write RnB, but know that this draws from much further.
Released by: LuckyMe Music.Art.Parties
Release/catalogue number: LM010
Release date: Nov 1, 2011
Lunice – Guardian (download)
Machinedrum to Release Room(s) on Prolific Label Planet Mu
(July 25th, Planet Mu)
Premieres Bonus Track “TMPL” on RCRD LBL
“This multi-instrumentalist rewards the careful listener subtle tempo shifts and unexpected sounds that make him an artist in his own right.” – XLR8R
“A little dubstep, a little hip-hop, a little ambient, a little jungle, a little Chicago footwork, Machinedrum, real name Travis Stewart, makes dance music with immediacy from a pile of disparate parts and ideas.”
– RCRD LBL
Travis Stewart is a producer who’s always been admired by the electronic cognosenti, both as a solo producer in his project Machinedrum and also as one half of Sepalcure on Hotflush recordings. After a break from producing he started to resurface in a major way last year with the ‘Many Faces E.P.’ on Glasgow’s LuckyMe label. However, for ‘Room(s)’, his latest album on Planet Mu, he’s well ahead of the curve, approaching the album in a way he’s never worked before.
The tracks on ‘Room(s)’ were started on the spur of the moment, often whilst traveling and finished in the studio, with the notion in mind that great moments of inspiration are fleeting so it’s best to grab on to that moment when it happens and squeeze it for all its worth. Travis says of this process; “I feel like the energy of a song is lost the longer you spend working on it. This experiment in becoming less attached to my work essentially lead to a lot of songs that are connected sonically and aesthetically.”
On ‘Room(s)’, this ‘spur of the moment’ energy meant that Travis’ productions have turned the 160 bpm footwork conventions inside out. Here he fills the usually fierce, stripped down form with elegant sun kissed and impressionistic songs, built from r & b, autotune and dance music history’s most exuberant stabs and kicks. Building on his background as a hip hop producer, he casually creates a beautiful new kind of high-speed detail-packed mutant pop that, like the early post-rave sounds of ambient jungle, is psychedelic, exhilarating and strangely relaxing in it’s fast-paced washes of synths and drums.
The album opens with ‘She Died There’, building incomprehensible looping swirls of cut-up vocal over precise, cool synths and agile kicks and snares. ‘Now U know Tha Deal..’ builds a new romantic flavoured synth melody over flat, heavy bass, slowly adding tough diva vocals and layers of warm chords to create something that approximates uk garage in a different matrix. ‘Sacred Frequency’ marries organ stabs and a catchy psychedelic chorus to create a triumphant and completely unexpectedly dizzying anthem. On ‘U Don’t Survive’ he mixes the dubbed out, autotuned lyrics ‘Out on the street you don’t survive, now is the time to realise’ over garage stabs and half speed hip hop drums, creating an exhilarating, airy rush. ‘Come1′ approximates a linear piano rave tune, but morphs into a blissed out shoegaze anthem halfway, while ‘Youuniverse’ adds congos and swelling Detroit chords over cavernous bass swells. The amazingly propulsive ‘GBYE’ cuts vocals up over sharp footwork-esque chord stabs like Todd Edwards on fast-forward, while ‘The Statue’ starts off minimal and dubbed out before building into a waterfall rush of needle-like snares and vocal loops. ‘Lay Me Down’ is sparser, leaving more space for dreaminess, building in woody, jungle-like drum breaks, while ‘Doors’ is more linear and subtle, adding in tiny details as it progresses, like a techno track. ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’ finishes the album in an ambient style, with just the chords and vocals remaining, having omitting the rhythms, which by now might have been internalized by the listener to float away.
Check out, download, and share the bonus track “TMPL”, which premiered on RCRD LBL.
Tracklist for ‘Room(s)’
1.She Died There
2. Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real
3. Sacred Frequency
4. U Don’t Survive
8. The Statue
9. Lay Me Down
11. Where Did We Go Wrong?
Ghostly and Rush Hour have teamed up to release select tracks for a 12” white label version of Full Circle Remixes. The reinterpreted material is taken from the Brooklyn-based artist’s 2010 debut full-length Full Circle. It features an impressive international group of artists taking their tools to Shigeto’s originals including Dublin / NYC beatsmith Mike Slott (LuckyMe), LA’s Take (Alpha Pup), London-based Om Unit and Brainfeeder’s Samiyam. The result is a vital exploration of Saginaw’s ever-growing catalogue as well as an essential companion to the artist’s multi-faceted Full Circle.