Acclaimed Glaswegian beatsmith Hudsom Mohawke continues his relationship with electronic music heavyweights Warp with a distinctly positive sounding mini-album. For those who've followed the Numbers man's blossoming career, the musical contents of Satin Panthers will be no surprise - though the sheer wide-eyed bliss and rush-inducing feel of tracks like "Octane" and "All Your Love" - a brilliant fusion of starburst electronics, sped-up vocal samples and snappy percussion - may thrill more than usual. Throughout, there's a rainbow-tinted, high definition finish that ensures a life-affirming feel so often previously lacking from the earnest Glaswegian's rhythmically complex works. As a result, Satin Panthers is a delirious blast of fresh air.
Making their debut on Warp, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice proudly cross their beams to rain down a sick and slick kind of future-crunk, aptly demonstrated in in the introductory nature of bass-rich teaser "Top Floor" with its juke leanings and menacing posture. There's a detuned nature to the recognisable bleeps and wails on offer here while the beats remain crunchy and steadfast. "Higher Ground" is more overt in its use of juke to create a twisted kind of hype, while "Bugg'n" drips and drops in a loping vat of sub bass and slow-mo strangeness, leaving you with one of the oddest takes on the contemporary mess of electronic beats.