HUJO is a hard-edged, globally influenced electronic music duo from Chicago, USA, whose music and performances are made unique through the presence of high-energy live drumming, keyboards and vocals. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of music such as Chicago House and Juke, the raw analog experimentation of Cabaret Voltaire, and pop music from the Caribbean, Indonesia and South Africa, HUJO’s sound is not that of two men standing behind laptop computers, but of a five-piece band with a full percussion ensemble. Their first release, “HUJO: Live at Reuben’s Palace,” is a fully realized integration of their live- instrument approach to electronic dance music with on-the-spot video recording and processing. Entirely self- produced, this full-length video album is the culmination of the 15-year collaboration between Hunter Husar and Josh Johannpeter, two of the founding members of the now disbanded dance-misfit group Mahjongg, who released 5 albums and EPs and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe over the course of their ten year run (2001-2011). Picking up where Mahjongg left off, HUJO, through their creative process, strive to boil their artistic history down to its essence: the honest product of a pure, two-way collaboration. The resulting sights and sounds present a dichotomy: a constant push and pull, a stream of questions lacking concrete answers; unfinished business. The questions: “Why must we make music together, still, after all these years? What music needs to be made? How do we go about making it, if at all? ” The answers: please let them know if you figure it out.
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02 Emergency Warning
03 Back to the Denkmal
03 You Are Wrong About Lou Reed
05 Farmer's Blow, Lefter Eve
06 Earth City Scanners
06 Ice Show
07 Somewhere In Miami & My Turtle Won't Eat
08 I was shocked.
09 Like, like like? (Go Insane)
11 Ode To Clarence
12 I Love To Get Wasted With You
13 Foam Home
14 Beats Workin'