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Hudson Mohawke responds to viral resurgence of ‘Cbat’

The 2011 track has gone viral for arguably the wrong reasons

By Joe Goggins

Hudson Mohawke press shot, 2022
Mohawke released 'Cry Sugar' last month. (Photo: Jonnie Chambers)

Hudson Mohawke has spoken out on his 2011 track ‘Cbat’ going viral a decade later – arguably for the wrong reasons.

For reasons best known to themselves, a Reddit user took to the TIFU (Today I Fucked Up) subreddit earlier this month to express their surprise at their partner’s distaste for ‘Cbat’, despite it having been a staple of the Redditor’s sex playlist for two years.

According to the post, the partner in question had told the Redditor that she “hates” the track and that it “turns her off in a major way”.

“I don’t understand why it has taken her two years to tell me she hates that song, it’s a good love making song with good rhythm,” he complained. “I pretty much played this tune every single time so the amount of times she must have not been enjoying it, when I thought the complete opposite is annoying but also embarrassing in ways.”

“I thought this song was perfect and I always thrust along with the tune and feel it gives me the perfect rhythm for doing the deed to,” he went on. “I usually bust to this song and find it devastating she hates the song.”

The revelation stunned fellow users, who questioned why this song in particular – originally released on Mohawke’s 2011 EP Satin Panthers – had ended up as the poster’s go-to track. A slew of memes and TikTok videos inspired by the thread followed, propelling ‘Cbat’ to number one on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart in both the UK and the US.

Now, the Glaswegian producer has responded in tongue-in-cheek fashion, sharing choice TikTok clips to Instagram with the caption “dyinnnnnnggg hahahaaaaaaa“ as well as screenshots of the Spotify chart, describing his ascent to the top spot as being representative of “the dumbest timeline of allllll.”

Responding to a suggestion by producer Flume that he might have concocted the viral success himself, meanwhile, Mohawke said: “Wish I was that smart,” he responded. “Think I would’ve picked a new song if [I] had the choice, or something that had anything at all to do [with] new record campaign but fuggittt I guess, the ppl have spoken lol.”

Said new album, Cry Sugar, landed last month. On his social media profiles, Mohawke directs fans towards it on the basis that it is “better for sex” than ‘Cbat’.