Review: TNGHT – TNGHT

TNGHT, the electronic duo made up of producers, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, have been causing vast amounts of excitement on the internet with the tracks that they’ve slowly been leaking on Youtube from their much anticipated EP, TNGHT.  The pair made their debut performance together at Texas’ SXSW festival earlier this year and since then electronic music fans have been gagging for more. 

The EP opens with the short and rather strange Asian-tinged Top Floor. This is then followed by what is most probably my favourite track on the EP, Goooo, which opens a very distinctive high pitched synth riff, which is later built up by some hefty drum claps.  Suddenly this riff subsides and is replaced by an entirely different synth riff which then transforms into something very fast paced that’s reminiscent of a polyphonic ringtone. The old riff then returns just before chaos erupts and the song ends with the two riffs playing together.

The latest track to leak on Youtube, Higher Ground, comes next, which opens with some sped up garage style vocals with some very quick drum claps before a loud faux trumpets riff is introduced.  More and more elements become involved until the song becomes a multi-layered, slightly schizophrenic affair which is then balanced out by diminuendos and the falling away of parts followed by the reconstruction of them. It’s probably the cleverest song on the EP as this structure keeps it constantly fresh and interesting.

Track number 4 is the first track that was released to the internet: Bugg’n. Like its nonsensical name, sonically it’s pretty ridiculous in a very good way: a way that will have you humming ‘wahwwwww’ noises for quite sometime afterwards; a little bit like that bit in SBTRKT’s Wildfire, where Little Dragon stops singing. The song is also accompanied with a very catchy faux bell sounding riff.

The EP concludes with Easy Easy, which is quite possibly the most wonderfully bizarre track on the album. It involves a looped, warped arpeggio synth riff, something that sounds a bit like dog barks and of course a driving drum riff. At approximately two minutes and forty seconds into the track, everything goes a bit insane and for a few seconds it sounds a bit like something is jammed / broken / about the explode before normal service is resumed by the familiar synth riff.

This EP is incredibly distinctive, exciting and fresh; the sort of EP that you can listen to and notice something different about it each time. It’s an absolute tease that will have you hoping for a full length album from TNGHT.

TNGHT is out now on Warp Records.

Words: Katie Wilkinson