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Kanye’s Scottish beat wizard whips up a huge solo sound

Hudson Mohawke

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With his credits on Yeezus and global huzzahs for TNGHT, his skull-crushing EDM tag team with Lunice, it’s unsurprising that Scottish DJ Ross Birchard (a.k.a. Hudson Mohawke) has sidelined the goofy bedroom funk of 2009’s solo Butter. His follow-up is an A-list beat scientist’s version of Brian Eno’s Another Green World. The monster beat shell games of “Scud Books” and “Portrait of Luci” show why his jams are a hip-hop gold standard. The vocal takes impress less decisively. Best is “Deepspace,” where guest crooner Miguel serves up Marvin Gaye soul from the deck of a malfunctioning starship. It’s a consistently wow-worthy sound, even when it doesn’t quite jell.

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