Scottish producer-DJ Hudson Mohawke makes a vital artistic leap from his hyperactive 2009 solo debut, “Butter,” with his inventive, inviting new record. Where “Butter” sounded like he downloaded every idea in his brain into the music, this is more concentrated and immersive; the 13 intricately sculptured songs inform one another and cohere into a complete work. Showing Mohawke’s understanding of the importance of space, the music is alternately playful, exploratory, and at times orchestral. Mohawke has become an integral hip-hop producer, especially with his side project TNGHT, yet that genre is not the focus here as he wisely flexes different musical muscles, jacked up with dissonance. He creates a pulsing crossover anthem of defiance and optimism with “Warriors,” while “Ryderz” is trippy soul on a Red Bull and Xanax cocktail. Keeping guests to a minimum, the producer recontextualizes his vocal collaborators, drawing out different shades from Antony Hegerty and R&B star Miguel. Even better, Jhene Aiko wipes the sleep and sadness from her eyes for one of her richest vocal turns, on an entrancing “Resistance.” (Out Tuesday)
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