TNGHT
TNGHT


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
July 25th, 2012 | 471 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Back alley cinematics and purple smoke ballin' from a dream production duo

Upon listening to TNGHT's debut EP, it's hard not to ponder why this collaboration didn't happen sooner. Granted that this fascination with "trap rap" hip hop is a relatively recent phenomenon (in the grand scheme of things anyway), and sure it's certainly easy to draw parallels between its recent championing and the explosion of edm in the United States, but with all the components lying around for a few years now it's interesting to note that it's taken until now for it to really take off (outside of the blogging elite anyway). Recent twitter posts showing Sonny Moore and ASAP Rocky in the studio reveal a vested interest from the outsider looking to tap into what has already become a lucrative market, and in many ways the pairing of the rampant Glaswegian beat-maker Hudson Mohawke with the more blunted-out trap productions of Montreal-based Lunice could also be seen as yet another form of mere exploitation. What sets this duo apart though is that they approach the sound from the outside; both artists firmly embrace their ties to the past, and while their creations tend to rely on ghoulish spectacle they're still polished with a fine rave sheen. However it's still an uncompromising affair, brutal yet still strangely intelligent beat making that shakes under its own ruthless low-end. And while their debut release might feel a little stunted - with only five tracks it clocks in at around 16 minutes - there's still enough bite and jaw-dropping ear candy to satiate those desperately seeking out a little thought behind their favored chaos.

Generally collaborations can be a somewhat tiresome affair, a single product caught amidst dual identities where the sum of its parts might be of interest but where the parts are still wholly separate and easily attributed to one or the other. TNGHT represents that rare yet perfect duality, where we can still see what each producer has on display but when entwined together it becomes impossible to discern where one ends and the other begins. Amidst a battlefield of dusty rave, the 1-2 punch of boom-bap, a litany of candy-eyed synths and the tumbling spirals of percussion loops it's hard to not get just a little excited by what's on offer here, especially when the duo make it so easy to just get up and move. Which is something of a feat for an instrumental product, especially when that product seems to have been designed with certain artists in mind to contribute at some point down the road. So while the bulk of the material here is certainly of a showcase nature, it also fails to deflect the obvious technical proficiency of its core conspirators, to the point where one has to question would adding vocals of any kind actually diminish the quality of the music? Does it even need anymore elaboration, or is it simply volatile enough to piledrive its way through and knock the taste out of the mouth of the brostep community?

'Higher Ground' seems custom fit to make mincemeat out of that particular jockular set, with its Southern swagger and bounce, the flagrant ghetto house vocal repetition and the audience-participation hand claps. It's a sinewy yet chunky slab of 808-brilliance, repetitive despite its runtime yet perfect in its almost immediate familiarity. And while that dirty horn section might feel like a leftover tidbit from Hudmo's recent Satin Panthers release, they're integrated seemlessly into the fold to the point where the entire beat seems to hang onto their anthemic persuasion like a nebulous hinge.It ends up becoming the center piece of the release, though its victory comes at the end of a hearty struggle; 'Goooo' arrives in full foot-stomping fashion, parading its 8-bit obsessions over a rumbling underbelly of monolithic proportions. It's a lowrider that scrapes its belly across the city it seems to draw upon; its sound is a clash, a mutation, the rubbing together of two very different sticks.'Bug'n' drops the juke tropes, choosing instead to carve a path through the hearts and minds of drink-sippin' half-time grime, mapping out, as they do in full catalogist fashion, a line in the sand that balances the bombastic tendencies of later day urban stylization with the mythic underworld of golden-era electro: the underwater nothingness of Drexciya is a clear influence on the bubbling and rippling undercurrent of the track. 'Easy Easy' is similarly bruising, though its claustrophobia stems from an assortment of (at times) hilarious samples - windows are smashed and broken, the sound of a car crashing is looped into a never-ending spiral of destruction, the percussion is the sound of a gun being cocked - yet for all the sensory overload, it's still a poker-faced marriage of sound and borderline incredulity; it's rough and menacing, though never by default.

There are flaws however; it is only a snippet of the imagination that this duo displayed at their debut at SXSW, and at 16 short glorious minutes it ends before it's even really begun. And as an intro 'Top Floor' is every bit the game-starter that it needs to be, but it is only an intro; it's simply far too imaginative for it to be just the taste tester that it is. But all in all, TNGHT is a tremendous and kaleidoscopic introduction to a dream production duo that has already turned heads (HudMo has spent the last few months keeping Kanye on point), and it shows that TNGHT has only just begun.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?annotation_id=annotation_561091&feature=iv&list=PLF50C0545F66FEF87&src_vid=6HzyUHxmkg0

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess it's slightly better than the whole gamer tag thing

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2012


7159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice, awesome that you reviewed this. I haven't heard this yet but I'm excited to - I love anything hudmo.

Funeralopolis
July 25th 2012


11893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet i was listening to this when saw the review

Digging: Owen Pallett - In Conflict

sportsboy
July 25th 2012


642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

higher ground is just so boss, really like this.

kanye/hudmo sounds pretty rad

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw the most retarded argument take place in the comment section of the NME review for this

taylormemer
July 25th 2012


4953 Comments


This music makes me really mad.

taylormemer
July 25th 2012


4953 Comments


Yeah. Silly.

Rev
July 25th 2012


9441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review dev, this shit is so much fun



as for the omitting vowel names, it took me months to realize how SBTRKT was actually pronounced :/

RunAmokRampant
July 25th 2012


228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goooo definitely the best track on this.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2012


7159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha shit yeah, this name is more obvious to me, though it might be from experience, but SBTRKT wasn't obvious to me at all. It took me until a BBC1 essential mix that he did for me to realize it was just subtract.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dyslexicstep

taylormemer
July 25th 2012


4953 Comments


Weird. SBTRKT I thought was pretty obvious.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He just sbtrktd the vowels

Geddit?

Calculate
July 25th 2012


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

worst.thing.ever

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now lets sit down and talk this thing out

guitarnater
July 25th 2012


917 Comments


Vowels.

Calculate
July 25th 2012


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i cannot fathom the positive reception this is getting, there is nothing enjoyable here let alone "brilliant"

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dead mow 5


this shit is boss by the way dev i agree with your rating upon initial listen.


Be careful though man, I have yet to ascertain if this in fact black or white music

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2012


31627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i cannot fathom the positive reception this is getting, there is nothing enjoyable here let alone "brilliant"


Really? Admittedly it took me awhile to get into 'Bug'n' and 'Easy Easy' (hence the ratings spike), but the first three tracks hit me pretty immediately. They're just fun beats to enjoy



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