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Tunes: Hot Sugar

The "“associative music" artist celebrates a new EP on Ninja Tune.

Hot Sugar

Brooklyn’s Nick Koenig, perhaps slightly better known as Ninja Tune recording whiz Hot Sugar, describes his production style as “associative music.” What’s that mean? Long story short: He takes found sounds, anything from gusty winds to an amplified rat’s heartbeat, and processes them to the point where they sound something like instruments. And then—voilà!—he arranges them to sound like music, specifically music with memorable melodies and slightly glitchy hip-hop-derived rhythms, with enough creaky weirdness around the edges to give it a bit of an evil-circus edge. Koenig’s just put out a fine new EP, Moon Money, and he’s feting the release with a live set at Littlefield on Thursday, May 24, with rapper Big Baby Gandhi, performance-art duo Extreme Animals, underground hip-hopper J-Zone and Das Racist’s Dapwell aiding in the celebrations. And here’s a short set of Hot Sugar tunes, stitched together by the man himself, to warm you up for the big night.

Hot Sugar + Big Baby Gandhi + Extreme Animals + J-Zone + Dapwell is at Littlefield on Thursday, May 24.