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The Bristol DJ/producer showcases the softer side of his club music peers.
Hodge has mastered the art of chest-rattling club music. Formerly of the house duo Outboxx, in the earlier half of last decade, he began to explore a harder, often darker sound for his solo output. With releases on labels like Livity Sound, Punch Drunk and Pinch’s Tectonic label, he’s joined the ranks of Bristol producers who make techno with boosted bass that’s inspired by the city’s musical heritage – from its status as dubstep’s “second city”, to trip-hop and the sound system culture of the Jamaican diaspora. In recent years, Hodge has showcased an experimental flair, releasing over 20 EPs including collabs with the likes of Laurel Halo and Shanti Celeste.
But, the thing is, people don’t seem to be craving as much club music during the lockdown. And so for his Face Mix, Hodge blends gentle and pensive productions, mostly from producers and labels more associated with the rave. It functions as a teaser of sorts for his first-ever album, Shadows In Blue (released 17th April via Houndstooth), which – alongside harder material – includes psychedelic soundscapes influenced by prog-rock aesthetics, science fiction and his love of horticulture.
Listen to the mix and read the full feature on The Face