The ‘Supernova’ star is back after ten years with a minimalist album that touches on mental health and isolation in our digital world. Built on ’80s synth pads and cavernous reverb, WHEN THE MACHINE STOPS sees the singer/producer redeveloping his “sad robot sound”. In the interim, Mr Hudson has written for some of the biggest artists – Frank Ocean, Duran Duran and Future to name a few! He brings on-board a host of great features for this album, including Taylor Bennett, Vic Mensa and Schea.
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Here are our four songs we just can’t pass:
1. CHICAGO (Ft. Vic Mensa) – Having co-written and traded verses with the Chicago rapper previously, Mr Hudson enlists Vic Mensa for a drum-driven single. The tune is reminiscent of Mr Hudson’s collaborations with Kanye West, including his production work on 808s & Heartbreak.
2. BLACK MIRROR (Ft. Petite Noir) – With three new mind-blowing episodes, the topical Netflix series is on everyone’s minds. Mr Hudson sings about looking into his dark phone screen, seeing his own reflection and wanting to smash the black mirror. Modern technology can be useful, but also incredibly dangerous.
3. SLEPT ON ME – Instantly catchy, ‘Slept On Me’ is a melodic pop track that adds some light to the otherwise murky LP. Hopeful and accepting, the singer speaks of progress, forgetting his regrets and silencing his phone.
4. CLOSING TIME (Ft. Goody Grace) – The album’s aptly titled final track features Goody Grace reciting the ironic Clown Pagliacci joke from Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen. Who is there to make a clown laugh?