Hodge has been turning out hot releases for a number of labels recently, and now he brings his sound to Berceuse Heroique. You Better Lie Down, the title commands you, but that wouldn’t make too much sense when listening to this, because Hodge’s slightly wonky (in a good way) tunes will make you want to dance, and thats best done standing up.
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This new one from UK floorshaker Hodge follows the path of the dubstep splinter group led by Loefah & chums which shifted the genre from the dirtiest corner of British dance music to more ecstatic, rhythmically exciting territory. Y’know, the style that can’t decide whether it’s techno, dubstep or groovy house. That’s enough mentions of the ‘D’ word for one review considering how far removed this is. Following a joint 12” with Bristol basser Pev last year, Hodge joins the perpetual party that is Berceuse Heroique alongside the innovative Ekman and Loefah himself, and it helps to cement the sound of a sub-genre that is reaching its peak.
If there’s one thing in common with D, it is the relentless subby bass. At times it is hard to distinguish between what is a bassline and what is a simple pounding kick, giving the nostalgic steppers something to chew on. The true strength of this release comes from its loose definition of what is considered half-time and 4x4. Clap- and snare-like hits exist on all beats, giving a slightly sloppy but varied effect that is a shakeup of the long established dance music norms. It’s a sound endorsed by Objekt on his now-legendary ‘Cactus’ as well as Bristol constructors such as Shackleton, Pinch and a few ones from Appleblim as well as the majority of the Swamp81 crew. The B is more of a straight techno take, all distant reverbs and fluttering snare/hat rolls with some grade A stereo field command. If this is the new face of dance music then the coming years are going to be very exciting indeed, with boundaries being blurred more than ever.
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