Electronic producer returns with a scrapbook of interesting ideas, diversions and pastiches resulting in his most wide-ranging album yet After a lengthy break spent on side-projects, mixtapes and a video-game soundtrack, Hudson Mohawke is back with his most wide-ranging album yet. Various electronic styles collide into each other, from rave to 2-step garage and trap to Vangelis-style synths, making for an exhilarating and lengthy release, and the sense of mischief that seemed to abandon him while he was producer to the stars has well and truly returned. At times Mohawke goes for a parodic sense of the grandiose, such as the trilling strings and crashing drums of the intro and the towering chords of Stump, but Cry Sugar is not afraid to go minimal.
It's oft-repeated that dance music isn't suited to the album format; most producers who specialise in dance floor moments find themselves struggling with the space of a full-length project. As a result, a complete dance album can feel particularly special; your own lighting-in-a-bottle moment you can keep relying on, playing on repeat, at home, on the bus — wherever. Hudson Mohawke, the Glaswegian producer famous for his co-credits as TNGHT and collaborations with Drake, Kanye, and A$AP Rocky, has been relatively quiet for the past few years.