Hudson Mohawke, “Brainwave”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.25.14 in Listen to This

As Hudson Mohawke continues to chip away at his first album in five years and work on new records for Antony Hegarty and the bearded frontman of Foals, Warp is about to clear out a dusty corner of his hard drive with the Chimes EP. Unlike its bright, bombastic title track (better known as that Apple commercial with all the stickers), “Brainwave” is a beat-less affair led by operatic vocals, sci-fi-leaning synth lines, and a shimmering outro that proves HudMo doesn’t always have his finger on the trigger. He’s able to manipulate our moods as well, even if that means keeping the club waiting patiently for a spastic anthem like “Higher Ground” in the interim.