Boomkat Product Review:
Bristol’s Hodge shells ballistic breakstep rave and writhing club music at multiple tempos and styles of pressure for Batu’s label
In the wake of his split with Shanti Celeste, Hodge takes his Timedance call-up as an opportunity to cut loose with devilish production detail and turbulent results. ‘Voice Crash’ is the big one, syncing drop-forge percussion with scything hardcore rave stabs in aggy parries and chromatic whorls made to mess the dance up.
‘151’ follows at the titular tempo with scuttling insectoid drum programming, dive bombing synth sounds and chirruping bleeps like a haywire 33EMYBW or indeed his label boss’ own brand of badness, before ‘Fussyhead’ locates the sound back in the bowels of Bristol’s bassbins on a knees-up steppers momentum.