When the Mars Volta and Busy P are casually dropping your name into conversation, you clearly know a little bit about experimentation. And almost a decade on from his bow at the DMC finals as a14-year old, Hudson Mowhawke has churned up something so smooth, it melts. ‘Butter’ is a CD made to ease away Sunday hangovers – a compelling mix of syrupy R’n’B beats, guest vocal collaborations and dreamy interludes, all underpinned by Hudson’s precocious take on pop production. Determinedly experimental, where tracks like ‘Star Crackout’ crackle with exploratory splendour and ‘Joy Fantastic’ carries all the buoyant appeal of Outkast, easing you back into familiar accessible territory. Delve a little deeper though, and the UNKLE drum pummel of ‘Gluetooth’ and heavy, languid thud of ‘FUSE’ confirms Hudson’s mellow genius.

By Reef Younis

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