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Shadows In Blue

Hodge

Shadows In Blue

Houndstooth
Hodge - Shadows In Blue
Reading Hodge’s listed influences for his debut album – gardening, sci-fi novels, prog rock – it might seem the Bristol-based producer behind bass-heavy cuts on Hemlock and Livity Sound has chosen a quieter life. Which, given his frantic release and DJ schedule, would be understandable. But while the opening tracks are New Age soundscapes ideal for tending flowerbeds to, when ‘Sense Inversion’s beats bump, he’s clearly downed his trowel and picked up dancefloor tools instead. Things really get going with ‘Lanes’ churning percussion, before he brings out rave sirens for ‘Cutie’ and breaks and trance-y synths for ‘Ghost Of Akina (Rainbow Edition)’. ‘Shadows In Blue’ shows that Hodge’s chameleonic but cohesive style, which has seen him collaborate with such disparate souls as Laurel Halo to Peverelist in the past, works even better on an album than over 12”s.
7.5