Satin Panthers - Hudson Mohawke
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    85
    Overall, Satin Panthers is an excellent new entry in the Hudson Mohawke discography, a case in which an artist stayed the stylistic course and improved on an already-successful formula.
  2. 80
    The way Satin Panthers comes at you is definitely much more abbreviated and more focused; whether or not this is due only to the shortness of the EP is quickly dispelled with how well the five songs do ebb and flow.
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    Easily Hud-Mo's best work yet. [Aug 2011, p.67]
  4. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    This is the sound of pigeonhole-free ambition slowly being realised, and it's sounding great.
  5. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    Its huge, cocaine-pricked melodies remain present and correct throughout, but the tracks themselves are among his best so far.
  6. Aug 3, 2011
    76
    The EP's 17-minute run time feels too brief. Luckily, Satin Panthers offers more than enough to tide listeners over until a potential follow-up album.
  7. Sep 2, 2011
    70
    After all the anticipation, Satin Panthers demonstrates that Birchard remains a talent worth lauding, and hopefully this release is a mere taster for further top-rate HudMo jams soon to come.
  8. Aug 9, 2011
    70
    An interesting and extremely well-crafted moment of critical self-reflection early-ish in a talented producer's career rather than a worrying about-turn.
  9. Aug 8, 2011
    70
    Satin Panthers doesn't contain the most organized or most complete 15 minutes of music in the world, but it's an EP-it's just frenzied enough to provide a taste for an album to come. It might not be vital in itself, but there are enough ideas to show that within the mind of Hudson Mohawke, there is much more where this came from.
  10. With bursts of martial snare and brass held together by a minimalist, bass-powered spine, it's reminiscent of The Neptunes' spare genius and feels like off-the-peg future pop.
  11. Aug 3, 2011
    70
    The rest of the EP is strictly instrumental, and it's no less fun for it, whether Mohawke is serving up the type of gothic boom-bap that Young Jeezy might rap over on "Thunder Bay" or transitioning between tunes with explosions of (still mostly danceable) noise.
  12. Aug 3, 2011
    60
    Birchard's music is euphoric and in your face--if only he could combine his staggering technique with some true grit.

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