Revisit the iconic TNGHT EP six years after its release
While the word “influential” is tossed around quite liberally these days, there are still times when an artist’s music can truly spearhead an entire movement. This can certainly be said about TNGHT, the iconic duo consisting of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, and their seminal TNGHT EP.
The EP, which turned six years old on July 23, left an unforeseeable mark on electronic music and brought new light and critical acclaim to an album that would stand as the predecessor to many forms of trap music. While other trap pioneers were focusing on vocal chops or a more hip-hop oriented sound, the TNGHT EP added a texture and depth the scene was missing. With the full-bodied brass section on “Higher Ground,” the unapologetically brash percussion on “Goooo,” and the consistently banging low-end throughout the project, this project laid the foundation for many trap artists and mutations of the genre, such as the larger-than-life sounds of festival trap.
The project also helped bridge the gap between electronic trap music and mainstream hip-hop. Shortly after the release of this EP, Hudson Mohawke was signed to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music, where he worked on the collaborative Cruel Summer album, as well as joining the star-studded production team on Yeezus alongside Skrillex, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, and Rick Rubin. Gaining a wide-reaching impact from just 15 minutes of beats, the TNGHT EP is one with strong replay value, cultural importance, and all-around great music.