Since his last appearance on Hemlock (2015’s double EP HEK025) Hodge has produced a seemingly effortless sequence of celebrated EPs and collaborations for Livity Sound, Berceuse Heroique and No Corner. Equally comfortable squaring up with heavyweights such as Randomer and Peder Mannerfelt as he is maintaining a prolific solo production output; Hodge has cemented himself as a leading voice in UK dance music and a champion of the elusive sweet spot where functional techno resonates with soundsystem culture.
One for the Hemlock fans who have been patiently tolerating this year’s more experimental cuts. ‘Swing for the Fences’ is straight down to business getting the kicks in below one of those ear-wormer percussive atonal toplines Hodge does so well… the drop is one of the heaviest we’ve heard this year and tipped to raise some fingers, open mouths and spill drinks across dancefloors and TV studios worldwide.
Less pool cue more pool party ‘Aomame’ is a breezy melodic (patio) heater powered by tough drums and intricate percussive work. Arranged for both the dancers and the heads it freely refreshes and translates the main theme with a precision and playfulness that few producers can match.
‘Medway’ will warm up or cool out the dance with big room sirens and some rude detuned drum work. Still no messing about on the B2: It’s a Hodge thing all the way.
Hodge - Swing For The Fences EP
Release Date: 1st September 2017
A. Swing For The Fences