Ambient, hip-hop, techno
Glenn Astro and Hulk Hodn are connected through a long-lasting musical friendship.
With their Detroit-inspired house releases, they gained wider recognition by critics and listeners alike. Nevertheless, they’ve never been one-dimensional artists. Berlin-based Glenn Astro‘s diversified approach to production as showcased on labels such as NinjaTune and Tartelet bridges the gaps between ambient, hip-hop, techno and bass.
The duo have unveiled yet another double release. “That Day” is the viby opener of Glenn Astro and Hulk Hodn’s upcoming “Ghosts” LP on Kommerz Records, due for release on August 26th. Recorded on a playful and organic yet lo-fi and synth-heavy instrumental with slight Balearic vibes, the song features Kamohelo, who used to live and work in Stockholm, where he became the voice of the ‘techno boy band we deserve’ (The FADER), Off The Meds. Kamo’s lyrics in Johannesburg Sotho Slang carry a stoic punk attitude that blends blissfully with their instrumentalism.
“Ghostin'” is smooth hip-hop instrumental that features a lush and nostalgic guitar melody, as well as simple but detailed drum programming and interesting sound FX. The lo-fi beat is a collaboration between Glenn Astro and Hulk Hodn, one of the German beat scene’s most influential producers who continue to consolidate his sonic personality as a German underground hip-hop legend, part of the original “Hi-Hat Club”, a producer vinyl series on Melting Pot in 2009, and congenial partner of legendary underground rapper Retrogott. Known for bridging gaps between genres, they create a truly unique kaleidoscope of sound. The duo’s idiosyncratic identity makes them true trailblazers of their time.
Gathering a cult-like following through with records on Sichtexot and ENTBS and shows with rapper Retrogott, the duo develops their exploration of new aesthetics even further through synthesized soundscapes and numerous collaborations with young talent from all over the world.