Hudson Mohawke has a reputation for crafting booming bangers that belies his well-rounded production prowess. His new track “Ryderz” is not unlike something from one of Kanye West‘s early albums (they recently collaborated for several tracks on Yeezus). It’s built around an infectious soul sample, the simple vocal loop of “Watch out for the riders / Keep an eye out for the riders” and its accompanying brass section and bass line. The sample has the soul, but HudMo brings a skittering drum beat and whistling synths.
By the end of the song, the various elements are rolling and it’s sonically jam packed. There’s so much going on, but he holds it together, even taking a few seconds to modulate that beautiful soul sample into a pitched down nightmare. He can’t leave it there, however, as he returns to that triumphant loop for one last chorus on full blast. So he ended up playing to type; in Hudson Mohawke’s hands, there’s no such thing as just another banger.