On a night where people are raving about The Twilight Sad at the Barras and a very tasty Fuzzkill line up headlined by Catholic Action at Stereo, you can see why it would be tough to pick a show, but the opportunity to see local boy, turned globally respected artist Hudson Mohawke with live instruments is one that I wasn’t going to pass up on.
Sadly many people do and the ABC is massively under-sold, a shame for what is a blinder of a set from one the biggest talents in any dance genre today, let alone just in Glasgow; maybe the show would have felt more at home a wee jaunt up Scott Street where tonight’s afterparty will take place.
This year’s Lantern LP saw HudMo displaying more versatility and stepping away his hip-hop bracketed reputation, and most of that album is played tonight, but we’re still treated to some old cuts too.
The crackling cacophony of album opener ‘Lantern’ smashes over the excitable crowd before the synths of ‘System’ kick in with flashes of white light and there’s no looking back.
HudMo is barely visible in more than silhouette form as he takes sampler duties from atop a podium, flanked by Redinho on synth duties and Ben Thomson on drums, and it is the addition of these two musicians that elevates the live sound.
We’ve seen Ross Birchard DJ many times before, we live in Glasgow don’t we, but it’s a rare opportunity to see these songs recreated by a live band and it works a treat as tracks from his TNGHT project are lapped up just as much as the newer material.
Lantern stand out ‘Ryderz’ whizzes out power as the D.J. Rogers sample is sung back by the audience in a recognisable Glasgow twang, something that comes across as refreshing here as it would annoying at most shows.
The lights show compliments the sound to perfection too, as we lose the acts behind walls of hyperactive blasts of light at the show’s more euphoric moments and see the stage drenched in dancing colours for the less intense fair.
As the hyper beats and thundering bass of ‘Thunder Bay’ gives way into the track’s experimental hip-hop territory the band leave the stage, leaving Birchard on decks, and although he decides not to close on a banger, instead opting for the soaring luxury of ‘Kettles’, there is no doubt those who did come along tonight will feel that this was THE only choice on the cards.
Words: Iain Dawsom
Photos: Cameron Brisbane