Bouncing Bass Beats. Brash brass synths. Straightforward simplicity. These eight words sum up what make the self-titled TNGHT EP; a collaboration between Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke and Montreal’s Lunice, succeed in the over-saturated world of hip hop inspired electronica. There is nothing complicated about the heaving bass kicks, familiar snare rolls, and synths that range from tinny stabs to liquid drips that seep out of headphones. TNGHT just might be the dream team of bedroom electronica.
The simplicity, or straightforwardness, of the tracks contained on the TNGHT EPshould not be viewed as a drawback. Rather, it is high praise for music forged by two individuals that results in a singular whole. Attempting to decipher the contributions made by Hudson Mohawke or Lunice on any given track on the EP is a fool’s errand. Where HudMo ends and Lunice begins is tough to tell. Sure, the vocal samples on “Top Floor”, synth rises on “Goooo”, and brass synths on “Higher Ground” smell of Hudson Mohawke just as the glitchy vocal samples of “Higher Ground”, Liquid Drop on “Bugg’n”, and the high end sound of “Easy Easy” have the aroma of Lunice. Nonetheless, it would be unwise to assume knowing which party contributed any particular element of any track. Not to mention, doing so completely misses the point of the joint effort that comprises TNGHT.
The end product, TNGHT, is a collection of tracks that are far more accessible contributions to the world of music than anything Lunice or Hudson Mohawke have created independent of one another. Granted, Hudson Mohawke has already gained production credits from the likes of Kanye West and Chris Brown, while Lunice has caught the eye of Diplo. Even though they have found success in an individual capacity with more established artists, these two producers collaborated on a project that is primed for moving their notoriety out of the fringes of beat heads and electronica to mainstream consumption. Every track contained on the EP is ripe for the vocals of any number of rappers.
TNGHT appears to signal the next wave of rising hip hop producers; those emerging from channels outside the traditional mainstream. Continuing what the likes of Timbaland, Just Blaze, and J-Dilla started by combining the glitch that marks Lunice’s sound with the uncompromising off kilter beats and synth work of Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT provides a glimpse of where the world of hip hop is headed, and the precise method it should take to get there. Take notice, the TNGHT EP signifies a democratization in the realm of hip hop production, where producers are capable of forging new ground by pushing the status quo without reliance on the institutions of the industry.