Live Review
HUDSON MOHAWKE AT XOYO
Hudson Mohawke
XOYO
Old Street, London
19/10/11

The best shows are most often those where artist and audience fall into a frenzied feedback loop of mutual appreciation, ecstatic vibes and perverse egging-on to go louder, harder and faster. Of the many qualities attributable to Glasgow producer and prodigy-turned-scene-stalwart Hudson Mohawke, that ability to tap into exactly what the crowd wants – or needs – is perhaps his most natural talent. Faced with a sold out venue of pumped up Londoners defying the too-cool-to-dance stereotype, he plays it wide, filling the stage with giant letters spelling H-U-D-M-O and wisely breaking up the cascading Technicolor onslaught of his own material with snippets of anything from Pusha T and dirty South hip hop to Bjork’s crystalline yelps and a final coda of Tweet’s ‘Oops (Oh My)’. Tracks from this summer’s ‘Satin Panthers’ EP more than hold their own against Kanye and Young Jeezy though, with all hands raised for the horn splatter and glass shatter of ‘Thunder Bay’ and the sizzurped wobble of ‘Cbat’. Happy hardcore rubs up against low-slung crunk and the ratatat percussion loved by HudMo’s peers, but the effect is always one of all-consuming PARTY rather than unfocused eclecticism. Bottle this and flog it as a legal high for school nights.

By Chal Ravens

Originally published in issue 33 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. November 2011.