ALBUM REVIEW: Hudson Mohawke - Lantern

Monday, July 13, 2015

Over the past few years, Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke (Ross Birchard) has been making waves in the electronic and rap game.  From being a producer on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music to his collaboration with Lunice under the name TNGHT who made one hell of an EP together. Working with names such as Drake, Kanye West, John Legend, Young Thug, Pusha-T, and Antony Hegarty he has definitely been making a name for himself. 

One thing that needs to be mentioned straight away is that there are no party bangers on this album, nor are there any rappers, which is surprising. However I feel this was for the best. There are five features on this album, Irfane, Antony, Ruckazoid, Miguel, and Jhene Aiko. There features are not the forefront of the songs, however, their vocals and the production blend well together, the vocals command attention, but they often slide neatly into Hud Mo’s production. One exception is the Ruckazoid feature. I am not sure if it is his vocals in general or his vocals and lyrics in the song that I am not a fan of, either way the does not work well.

The amazing variety is what makes this album. Hud Mo is not content with sitting in one genre, ‘Scud Books is a well-executed trap song, “Lil Djembe” uses Eastern instruments, and with ‘Ryderz’ utilising soul sampling over a sped up beat, taking lessons from papa Kanye. Hudson has definitely proved that you cannot pigeonhole him. He proves with this album that he is capable in multiple genres and that boxing him would be a disastrous mistake. 

One thing this album was really lacking was good mixing. The percussion instruments really sound flat and compressed, taking away from most of the songs. Nearly every track is like this, and it makes the drums sound really flat and awful. With the drums being a major backbone for this type of music it really cripples the album. This sadly drags the album down, it is what stops it from making it a great album, and it keeps it in the good range, which is a shame. 

Hud Mo has come out with a pretty solid album showcasing that he is someone too look out for and someone who you cannot box into one genre.
This album only made me wanted to go back and listen to that TNGHT Ep; I really hope they release new material soon. 

Rating: 7/10
Fav Tracks- Scud Books, Lantern, Ryderz, Lil Djembe, Portrait of Luci
Least Fav: Warriors
Release Date: 12 June 
Warp Records, Inertia 

Written by Rhys Prka