March 15, 2013

Jonah Bromwich can’t take no more

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That’s Hudson Mohawke, chiming in on the album that everyone, including yours truly is talking about.  A funny coincidence, because “Sweet Silverskin,” an unreleased track from 2010, has an unmistakable Timbaland vibe, drum machines, sequenced horns  and laid back party atmosphere.  Of course, HudMo’s always been on that post-superproducer tip, but his criticism of the production on The 20/20 Experience combined with the sudden reappearance of “Sweet Silverskin” is sort of reminiscent of Darth Vader’s “when I left you I was but a learner, now I am the master” speech.

The strains of Ashanti at the end of the track suggest that that horn stab was jacked from Irv Gotti’s “Foolish”  but the space and sequencing here is pure Timbo.  Mohawke is set to recapitulate his idol’s pivot from niche respectability to mainstream pop producer. Hopefully, he’ll remember his own criticisms after he’s ten years deep in the pop game, and will refrain from making anything less solid than this.


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