Hudson Mohawke, real name Ross Brichard, has finally released his sophomore album Lantern through Warp Records after promoting the LP with singles and videos over the past few months. He previewed the album in full last week on iTunes radio. The 14-track album is split between instrumentals and vocal collaborations in the R&B and rap world. He taps names big and small like Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Irfane and Antony to sing on Lantern. The new LP is Hud Mo's first album since 2010's Butter.
Hud Mo has become known for his ability as a producer who can make big bombastic trap and hip-hop beats like Kanye West's "Mercy" and "Chimes," which became an even larger hit when French Montana, Travi$ Scoott, Future and Pusha T all hopped on the remix. This album takes a much different approach, leaving behind those booming beats for the most part and drawing on a more melodic, song-writing approach to his tracks.
The choice of vocalists on the album was very specific for Brichard who wanted people who would compliment his songs and not take them over.
"It was something that was a big consideration for me when picking the guests for the record because he was like, do you go for the big, huge A-list names? But potentially at the risk of the song coming out and basically [credited in the press as] their song, and not your song," explained Brichard to The Verve. "So the people I picked to work with were people who I really admire and that I've been wanting to work with for a long time, but at the same time not people who would necessarily take away from the fact that it's my record, or collaborative song rather then it being like an A-list artist on my beat or something like that."
Hudson Mowhawke has been on the road a lot recently pushing the album to the masses all over the world. He still has a busy summer and fall ahead of him with festival gigs like Treasure Island Music Festival, Osheaga, Hard Summer, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Reading, Sònar and many more. Stream Lantern below on Spotify and get it on iTunes.