In October, the London singer-songwriter Ben Hudson reports, better known as Mr Hudson, with a groundbreaking album back, "Straight No Chaser" is the title and it produced was of - hold on tight - Kanye West. On his second LP, on G.O.O.D. Music / Mercury Records appears worlds collide: The result is a hearty mix of massive pop hooks, iridescent plastic-synth sounds, vocoder vocals and incredibly soulful songs about love and disaster, heartache and hope.
Fans of the debut album from Mr Hudson The Library, "A Tale Of Two Cities" in 2007, may be surprised about how he brazenly in his latest (solo) incarnation sounds, but they are also the intellectual depth, the fine nuances and the emotional flow of his perfectly conceived recognize songs. Even the choice of the album title is telling: "I wanted to take a mainstream album without large superstructure or frills," he says. "My first album as a picture of Escher feels: all these different layers and levels, and never can say with certainty where you currently are. The way how the songs are written and produced on this LP, is much, much more direct. I've deliberately not trying to reinvent the wheel. It is straightforward, unfussy, straight up -. 'Straight No Chaser' "
For the unlikely merger of quirky singer-songwriter from England with the international hip hop superstar occurred due to mutual admiration: "The spark jumped during my first plate over because they made him noisy," says Mr Hudson. "It was for people like him and made me, can not stand the boredom and monotony and hate it, to comply with genre conventions." Mr Hudson's unique blend of classic songwriting and hip-hop beats landed permanently on Kanye's personal playlist. For the first time encountered the two are finally at a listening session, and so began what Mr Hudson called a "lengthy courtship ritual", including occasional meetings in the backstage area of some platforms, "where we have left like real geeks and Us About exchanged snare drum samples. "
2008 Mr Hudson then made a preliminary list of producers who were eligible for work on his second album, but when then landed a certain offer on the table, he could not resist: "I was ordered to a meeting in which I learned that Kanye like Executive Producer of my next album would be. Satisfied? Here you can sign. "
To say Mr Hudson was satisfied with the result of the work, is an understatement. "Kanye has definitely superhuman powers. What he creates everything in one day, and with what kind of use he devotes himself to things, is just amazing. If you for example with him go play basketball, he imagines it were dealing with the final round of the NBA - each ball is crucial. When playing a computer game, it must necessarily end up on the leaderboard at the top. In short: No matter what he does, he must give everything always what some people is completely alien. From him I learned how important it is to be passionate about the cause. "
And thus took the incredible "clash of cultures" -Adventure its course, in which a young white man from North London suddenly part-time member of the most influential hip-hop production team was. The Odyssey went from New York to Los Angeles, then on to Hawaii and Paris, all stations at which Mr Hudson on Kanye's "808s Hear Break "album participated (he has a guest appearance on" Paranoid ", is co-producer of" Street Lights ", singing on" Say You Will "and" Amazing "and is also next to Jay-Z's album" Blueprint 3 " be present as a guest.)
The undivided attention of its executive producers got Mr Hudson naturally only extremely rare ( "What do you mean, how many friends he has, the rappers are and look for new beats ?! Enduring comes one and want some of it - really persistent, around hour. "), so he sought a" broom closet ", as he says, in the studio of Kanye Co., dragged all the equipment that was not in use, there and built his own little laptop studio, with whom he continued to work with Kanye popped in every now and then, "to drop a few gold nuggets. I was so gradually clear how the album should sound a whole, simply by I watched what happened as in the studio, how they worked there. Kanye started at the time just began to work with Autotune, and the vocoder sound worked with me like a brainwashing. Eventually I went home and got sick, really bad even. I had a whole week in bed, bathed in sweat and hallucinating, but then I was so bored that I forced myself to throw the computer and just began to sing on a beat. My voice was scratchy, I could carry a tune, so I grabbed Autotune on my computer and suddenly it all sounded just eerie, spooky - but at the same time was so much feeling in it. It later became 'There Will Be Tears', which was the first song in a sense, I recorded Concerning this record. "
In New York Mr Hudson stayed at The Hudson Hotel ( "feels good to live in a place where your name is above the door."), Bought a cheap Spanish guitar and wrote songs about heartache and the feeling on wrong place to be. "It was almost a kind of dress rehearsal for the next separation. I realized that you can put away a lot in a five-star hotel "The ongoing abroad demanded actually their toll, more precisely. They destroyed his long-standing relationship with a London teacher. "You could not just let lie so and come with me to the world all that. I would not say that the work or the tours make a relationship broken, but the general feeling of alienation that comes with it. Goodbye routine flutes and your old life goes to pieces. "The end of 2008 came the separation, Mr Hudson, however, to drive to finish the album. "The celebration of Christmas in the year was really bad, and I was at the time a track per day finished - wrote him, took him in, mixed it off. I had this room over a pub, I had actually just rented, there to store my things. Then I borrowed a sleeping bag and pulled further ado there. I had my guitar and my computer, so I took the second half of the album in a place where I ate solely from nuts and thin coffee. "
On the incredibly catchy first single "Supernova", a desperate love song about the chance the outbreak and how it manages to pack them by the hair, to Mr Hudson and Kanye share the microphone and alternate with the verses from. " 'Supernova' have Kanye and I wrote together. The piece is just bombastic - really bombastic even. When I was on tour with Kanye and these giant platforms walked, I got the question: Why not make my sound so great? Be not always so timid! "
On "Anyone But Him", a painful story about jealousy that eats one, you can again hear both together, and Mr Hudson complains with lots of soulful voices About the Men taste of his exes ( "Look past the leather and the dash and the rims / and you'll see his whole hustle wears thin "), whereupon him rapping Kanye enlightens:" Now once she gone black / She is not never coming back / I'm sorry Mr H, I thought you already knew that. "
"I have myself written, not on behalf of another fOr the song," he says. "When I played for him Kanye, he just said: 'FOr must I send you the greatest compliment Ever: That sounds like something that could have come from my pen.' And then he took immediately his rap part."
In order clearly to say that again: It acts with "Straight No Chaser" by no means an album of Mr Hudson The Library. "I'm not The Library," said Mr Hudson. "The band still exists, there are grandiose types, which all have their own little projects going on. The fans can still follow, and it will be again with the mix, what I'm doing as a solo artist. Nevertheless, this album is a Mr Hudson Album: I have recorded it; I produced it with Kanye; It is solely on me, saying it is so selfish as it sometimes requires the art of a ".
"Straight No Chaser" above all: Brimming packed with catchy pop songs, knotless singalong anthems, such as the with glam elements interspersed "White Lies", the electro anthem "Knew We Were Trouble", the content of complex relationship drama "Stiff Upper Lip", the smoke-filled gospel number "Lift Your Head" or the comforting ballad "Time". "I think that we currently live in a very good time for pop music," says Mr Hudson. "Because now all shit on the genre, there are no clear dividing lines between hip-hop and guitar music more. Everyone wants to get everything at once presented. It's all about the highlights of the different worlds, and they want it short and sweet, the best in two-minute appetizers, which is right up my alley. We are dealing with a pop album. My greatest hits album, if you will. It's about to explode and break. I personally say goodbye so from normality. My bags are already packed in the hallway. I got my laptop, my passport, and I'm gone. "
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