Bristol producer Hodge has been fairly quiet in 2012, but he’s snuck in at the last minute with a new EP of heavy-footed house.
For the last two years or so, Hodge has been dripfeeding out house-leaning releases on imprints like Immerse and Pollen, and stepped on the remix for the likes of Hackman. Following on from last year’s The Fall LP, he’s now pulled together a new four-track for Deadplate Records, the punchy Dusted.
On this release at least, Hodge has evidently been hovering his divining rods over the same wellspring as Bristol bigwigs Pinch and Peverelist. Operating at the intersection between house and dubstep, his work grabs from both; spartan, tricksy drum programming bucks and cracks over bass as thick as tar. ‘Tonda’ is pleasantly reminiscent of early Pangaea, and the juddering ‘Dusted’ adds some menace to the disc. As a bonus treat, there’s an austere remix from chum Kowton, who turns the jaunty ‘Turmoil’ on its head.
Dusted is due on November 26. You can stream the disc in its entirety below.
A2 Hodge – Dusted
B1 Hodge – Turmoil
B2 Hodge – Turmoil (Kowton Remix)