Hudson Mohawke recruited a lot of vocalists for his Lantern album, but the real meat was in the instrumentals: "System" moves through grand, swirling passages on its way towards a no-nonsense barrage of rhythm. You don't hear any humans on the track, and you don't see any in the clip, which strings together a series of aerial views of Manhattan.
The video came together with help from Dominic Flannigan and Nic Hamilton, and Flannigan explained the inspiration behind the visual. "HudMo was inspired by some tear-out Jeff Mills offset with those minimalist classical arpeggios," he wrote. "When considering an associated film, I thought of classic rave visuals and cg stock art of the late '90s, where the grid of the city would be superimposed with circuit boards and processors. Here we updated it for 2015, commissioning our own 4K helicopter shoot over Manhattan, which Nic Hamilton treated, placing [it] in a CG environment that evokes Philip Glass' '1000 Airplanes On The Roof.'"
Watch above, and revisit FADER's HudMo cover story.