It should come as no surprise that the first collab from Lunice and Hudson Mohawke comes in the form of an absolutely monstrous EP. As an artistic marriage, the Montreal-to-Glasgow connection almost makes too much sense. Both have spent the last few years churning out project after project full of bangers, each finding their own unique combination of fierce, bombastic trap shit and melodic, R&B-laced jams. But rather than trying to tap into the entirety of the duo’s collective repertoire, TNGHT instead hones in on the tendency on both of their parts to make the former– that is, colossal, earth-shattering slaps. The kind that sound cool through your headphones, but don’t really make sense until you hear them blasted through a pretty substantial system; preferably the kind capable of making everything in a city-block radius vibrate.
TNGHT, like plenty of both Lunice and HudMo’s finest ideas, is maximal by way of minimalism. Most of the songs are deceptively complex, squeezing an absurd amount of energy out of a handful of concentrated sounds, and building upward and outward from there. “Higher Ground”, at least as convincingly as anything else here, manages to project that formula on a massive scale, using trapped out drums, a chipmunked out vocal sample, and some positively vicious synth horns to create something that somehow feels laser-focused and completely chaotic, all at the same time. With an official Flocka remix, and a handful of others on the way, expect to hear more from these two sooner rather than later.
Download: TNGHT – “Higher Ground”