Listen to the soundtrack from the new ’90s rave film, ‘Beats,’ featuring The Prodigy, Orbital, and more

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Beats, a brand new movie reflecting on 1990s UK rave culture from Steven Soderbergh (Oceans Eleven) and Brian Welsh (Black Mirror), is due out in theaters on May 17. Being such a music-focused project, many wondered what rave classics might make it into the film. Classic ravers worry not—the official soundtrack to Beats has dropped, and is now available to stream in full.

Featuring iconic acts like The Prodigy, Orbital, and Inner City, the soundtrack takes the listener through the depths of house, acid, techno, breaks, and bass. However, the soundtrack does not shy away from more contemporary tracks, with Hudson Mohawke’s “Scud Books” making a high-profile appearance. Check out the film’s trailer and soundtrack below.

Kito teams with Hudson Mohawke for tripped-out slapper, ‘Pamplemousse’

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Kito teams with Hudson Mohawke for tripped-out slapper, ‘Pamplemousse’Kito Hudson Mohawke Pamplemousse Collab

Although trip hop maestro Kito is undoubtedly on a journey, it’s all on a full circle return after a breakup lead her back to her hometown of Denmark, Australia. There she began work on her recent HAANI EP, pouring herself into the catharsis of music creation. Among the project’s six stellar cuts, a collaboration with fellow trippy beats bastion Hudson Mohawke called “Pamplemousse” is a clear standout.

A twinkling, gliding pluck echoes out the ambiance for a moment before the first of the two producers knocking percussion layers engage. A warbling synth slithers in next as the pieces pile on, culminating in a driving, swelling crescendo into the familiar spaced out blips. The break beat returns in full force as the track lurches and wobbles drunkenly to the end. The collab is reminiscent of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice‘s classic TNGHT project, as Kito adds her own sonic recipe to the delicious joint track.

Hudson Mohawke shares full version of ‘Who Is America’ troll track

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Hudson Mohawke shares full version of ‘Who Is America’ troll trackHudson Mohawke Sacha Barron Cohen

Hudson Mohawke has released the full track from his “troll” assist on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America, and it’s eight ridiculous minutes long. The Scottish producer helped Cohen — who plays Ricky Sherman aka DJ 5olitary — get a booking at the Sway nightclub in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Together, they succeed.

The track is titled “Cell-by-date (feat. Steve, Derek and some bloke off the nonce wing),” and can be downloaded for free on SoundCloud. Mohawke’s arrangement of stabbing, sex noises, the crash of metal lunch trays on skulls is apparently what it takes to make it in today’s music industry. Try not to mind the full minute of a soundbite of “slash him, slash his face/ kill him/ stop fucking recording/ get him off me,” about seven minutes in. Of course, we’re happy for DJ 5olitary; it appears that he’s finally gotten the 14th chance he deserves, as noted on his Twitter profile. Enough drive, and he might be the next headlining act at EDC.

 

 

Miguel taps Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke for new single from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ soundtrack

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Miguel taps Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke for new single from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ soundtrackMiguel Live Credit Alejandro Santiago

After his appearance on RL Grime‘s No. 1 album, NOVA, Miguel taps Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke to co-produce a new single, “Vote,” for the new movie Crazy Rich Asians, now in theaters. Ronson, 2016’s Grammy Award-winner for Record of the Year with “Uptown Funk,” adds his signature groove and crisp live instrumentation to the upbeat soundtrack contribution giving Miguel the groundwork to ride catchy versework and glide across the hooks. You can hear Hudson Mohawke’s pronounced low-end rumblings — a stark contrast to the troll piece the Scottish producer recently made for Sacha Baron Cohen.

Filmed by Jon M. Chu based off the critically-acclaimed Kevin Kwan book of the same name, the movie looks to break down barriers and address Asian representation in Hollywood by giving roles that aren’t typically given to Asians in American films. The soundtrack looks to do the same as “Vote” is one of only three english songs on the 14-track soundtrack. Dive into the tracklist below.

Tracklist for Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack:

1. Waiting For Your Return – Jasmine Chen
2. Money (That’s What I Want) – Cheryl K
3. Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I Want Your Love – I Want You To Be My Baby) – Grace Chang
4. My New Swag – VAVA feat. Ty and Nina Wang
5. Give Me A Kiss – Jasmine Chen
6. Ren Sheng Jiu Shi Xi – Yao Lee
7. Ni Dong Bu Dong (Do You Understand) – Lilan Chen
8. Wo Yao Fei Shang Qing Tian – Grace Chang
9. Material Girl (200 Du) – Sally Yeh
10. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Kina Grannis
11. Wo Yao Ni De Ai (I Want Your Love – I Want You To Be My Baby) – Jasmine Chen
12. Yellow – Katherine Ho
13. Vote – Miguel
14. Money (That’s What I Want) – Cheryl K feat. Awkwafina

Featured image: Alejandro Santiago

Sacha Baron Cohen trolls EDM on ‘Who Is America?’ with Hudson Mohawke-produced parody tracks

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Sacha Baron Cohen trolls EDM on ‘Who Is America?’ with Hudson Mohawke-produced parody tracksHudson Mohawke

Sacha Baron Cohen, perhaps the most consistent and raw satire artist of our time, has been putting out gold for the past few weeks with his Showtime show, Who Is America. The show takes a critical yet humorous look on the state of America’s most turbulent qualities — mainly, its politics and culture.

This week the Englishman turned his unflinching gaze towards the dance scene. In this side-splitting bit Cohen disappears into a character named Ricky Sherman aka DJ Solitary — a large, imposing, bald, bearded ex-inmate. At the Heart Nightclub in Miami, Cohen as DJ Solitary sits down with a club promoter Jake Inphamous to gauge whether he’s got a shot at making it at EDM. The tracks he presents are comprised of samples of soundbites he recorded during his time in prison and they’re nothing short of hilarious, even more interestingly they’re well put together, which makes sense a whole lot more sense now that we’ve learned they’re the product of none other than Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke.

Cohen completely composed and in an orange jumpsuit gleefully shows off his samples and riffs throughout the track stating, “about 35 seconds in, it’s like dinner hall mess tray smashing off someone’s head!” Inphamous is actually into the violent yet well-made soundbite and throws Cohen a high five after hearing the production. Later, Inphamous completely keeps it together after an especially disturbing sample comprised of, “Sorry mate I’m going to stab you… it’s for a song” followed by screaming.

Despite the sheer outlandishness of the character and what is being presented to him, Inphamous books Cohen’s DJ Solitary at Sway nightclub in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hats off to Hudson Mohawke, he really made what follows possible.

Cohen goes so far as DJ Solitary that as performs in front of a real crowd he shouts into the mic, “If you believe we should stop shaming murderers, say yeah!” To which the crowd responds, “Oh yeah!” Total facepalm.

Cohen has never disappeared into a character without reason; with Borat, he shed light on our unfamiliarity with other cultures and backward perspectives on women; with Brüno he revealed our discomfort with sexuality; with this segment, it seems he is showing us how sometimes with music we hear but we don’t listen. Overall these lessons and all these years Cohen has taught us one thing above all: we need to look at ourselves, we need to listen, and most important of all we need to laugh.

 

Revisit the iconic TNGHT EP six years after its release

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Revisit the iconic TNGHT EP six years after its releaseTnght

While the word “influential” is tossed around quite liberally these days, there are still times when an artist’s music can truly spearhead an entire movement. This can certainly be said about TNGHT, the iconic duo consisting of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, and their seminal TNGHT EP.

The EP, which turned six years old on July 23, left an unforeseeable mark on electronic music and brought new light and critical acclaim to an album that would stand as the predecessor to many forms of trap music. While other trap pioneers were focusing on vocal chops or a more hip-hop oriented sound, the TNGHT EP added a texture and depth the scene was missing. With the full-bodied brass section on “Higher Ground,” the unapologetically brash percussion on “Goooo,” and the consistently banging low-end throughout the project, this project laid the foundation for many trap artists and mutations of the genre, such as the larger-than-life sounds of festival trap.

The project also helped bridge the gap between electronic trap music and mainstream hip-hop. Shortly after the release of this EP, Hudson Mohawke was signed to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music, where he worked on the collaborative Cruel Summer album, as well as joining the star-studded production team on Yeezus alongside Skrillex, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, and Rick Rubin. Gaining a wide-reaching impact from just 15 minutes of beats, the TNGHT EP is one with strong replay value, cultural importance, and all-around great music.

Hudson Mohawke gives away elusive new tune, ‘Foxy Boxer’

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Remember the days of combing your favorite music blogs for brand new tunes, years before the DSP arms race began, circa 2010? Perhaps not…that era seems like ancient history now. However, for those who do recall that time fondly, Hudson Mohawke is finally tossing out a long awaited piece of blog-era nostalgia with his elusive “Foxy Boxing,” which is now getting an official release after more than half a decade of online bootleg circulation. The Scottish beat maker is giving the rare tune away now, though fans have been salivating over this track’s release since 2011, when fellow LuckyMe labelmate Jacques Greene dropped an early, unreleased rendition of “Foxy Boxing” during a Boiler Room set.

The track, in its official, final version plays as an easily digestible instrumental with subtle vocalizing weaved into crisp multi-layered percussion arrangements. HudMo’s new, old giveaway is being released part of LuckyMe’s Advent Calendar series.

 

 

 

 

 

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LISTEN: Boombox Cartel offer dangerous remix of Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Cbat ‘

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Don’t let the smooth, soothing intro fool you.

Boombox Cartel‘s remix of Hudson Mohawke‘s “Cbat” is drop-dead dangerous.

Jorge Medina and Americo Garcia, who make up Boombox Cartel, have breathed new life into this classic. They’ve melded parts of the song into melodic future bass heaven, while letting other parts bottom out into dramatic trap and bass beats. While the music styles throughout the remix vary greatly, this iconic duo finds a way to make it all work together.

Many will recognize the original song from the Comedy Central show Workaholics and an observant SoundCloud user offered the perfect analysis: “This is like if Workaholics went to EDC.”

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