Hudson Mohawke – ‘Chimes’ EP


Fresh from working with Kanye West on 'Yeezus', the Glaswegian finds time to go it alone

Hudson Mohawke fans clocked something special about the song ‘Chimes’ when it surfaced in sets a few years ago. Apple agreed and its use in a laptop advert this summer lent a mainstream stage to Ross Birchard’s first outing since he and Lunice briefly called time on their leftfield TNGHT project last year. Now, the song gets a proper release, backed with two revarnished old tracks and a remix, courtesy of UK hardcore’s DJ Gammer. ‘Brainwave’ and ‘King Kong Beaver’ hark back to the days before the 28-year-old Glaswegian was poached by Kanye West to work on ‘Yeezus’. ‘Brainwave’ replaces the horns that have become his calling card with bubbling melodic riffs and drifting off-kilter harmonies. ‘King Kong Beaver’ is videogame menu music furnished with rhythmic kicks, but it retains some of the dreaminess of HudMo’s earlier work. ‘Chimes’ is strongest though – its supernova synths breaking on a farting trombone fanfare is the sound of HudMo marking out his solo territory once again.

Hazel Sheffield


Director: Hudson Mohawke, DJ Gammer
Record label: Warp
Release date: 29 Sep, 2014