The Selector: Hookworms’ Ecstatic Synth-Rock Mix Celebrates Cosmic Minimalism

Hollie Fernando

The Selector is a new regular series where we commission a continuous mix from an electronic artist and then talk to them about what inspired it. There are no rules. Each artist can base their mix around a theme, around a feeling or sound, or just whatever music they’re excited to share.

The first installment of Uproxx’s exclusive mix series comes from the ecstatic synth-rock band Hookworms, whose album Microshift comes out this Friday. It’s been three years since the Leeds-based outfit’s previous album, The Hum, and their latest is a proper return, further blurring the distinctions between live urgency and pre-programmed restraint. We were so excited about news of a new Hookworms album we named it one of our most Anticipated Albums of 2018.

Ambient music factors heavily into Hookworms’ sound, whether in the form of drone music or cosmic minimalism, and the mix bass and synth player MB (all members of Hookworms go by initials/monograms) made offers a glimpse inside his own head-space, providing some insight into his synth-fluences and what was running through his mind during the recording of Microshift. Have a listen to the mix below while you read our short Q&A with MB on his reasoning behind his song choices and about how the band approached their latest album.

Uproxx: Is there a specific concept for this mix?

My love of transcendental synthesizer music.

Was there a particular song that you knew you had to have on here? Tell me about it.

I think that second Subway album is a lost classic, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard it before when I discovered it 3 or 4 years ago. The last track is so good I named one of my bands after it.

What’s the ideal environment to enjoy this mix? Are people going to want to party or kick back?

It’s definitely one for lighting a candle, sipping a tea and having a lie down. It picks up a bit at the end though, maybe time for a little dance once you’ve re-energized?