Bristol based producer Hodge brings us the fourth release from Deadplate Records; a tastey four track EP with a remix from his city co-dweller Kowton.
Hodge has grown to be one of our favourite British producers, be it on his ones or as part of collaborative efforts such as Outboxx. Here we see Hodge fulfil expectation with a strong solo EP aptly entitled ‘Dusted’.
The opening track Tonda enters with a dark Techno tone that plays host to tense percussive rhythms, grimey bass shots, subs and delays that seem to convey a ghost of early Bristolian Dubstep. In the title track, Dusted, a more vacant soundscape is created, conjuring a great bleakness that builds into a turbulent, bumping track. Turmoil kicks off with a cleaner, groovier feel, using bass licks to hark up that aforementioned Dubstep ghost, with the highlight being when that big sub baseline comes in like a thud in the face. It’s great. Finally, Turmoil gets the Kowton remix treatment, turning the track into a progressing Techno stomper that teases as it builds with flirty spacious synth pads into blissful eeriness.
It’s great to see Hodge put on his serious face for this EP – it’s a characteristic in his music that seems to work great with his abundant percussive skills. The team up on the release with Kowton, who stands up strong as one of our favourite UK artists, is great to see also. Dusted has to be the best Deadplate release yet and is available in all good record stores including Boomkat, Juno and iTunes.
[Full disclosure: Deadplate Records is a label independently run by The Daily Street team member Alex Synamatix]
Photography: James Clothier