Hudson Mohawke is emerging from the back rooms of avante-garde hip-hop electronica to break out to the mainstream ring tones of pop rap radio listeners. Chris Brown has already utilized him for an rnb sing-a-long that not many thought he was capable of.
This latest work remixes an Aaliyah acappella commemorating the 10 years since her death. Competing for the heir to Timbaland throne, he blends enough neo-soul crunk with mid-range edge to suit many a taste bud. In parts, “Somebody” is somewhat slinkier than his 2009 remix of Tweet’s classic “Ooops”. the further away from the hip-hop boom-bap grid his beats move, the more they can seduce the dancefloor.