With a renewed sense of vigour following his releases on 1800-Dinosaur and R&S, Airhead is back in action and this time its for Untold's Hemlock imprint. The tracks fit the label's bill well, with "October" in particular working a rowdy set of drums with a loose and live flavour, some tasty dub fills in the breakdown, and a slightly unhinged range of synth and sample action to fill in the gaps. "Macondo" finds itself in the kind of fractious house rivet that suits Floating Points constructions, although the tone is more abstract and edgy as broken computer squawks and stabs of intent shape out an ear-snagging party starter of the most unconventional kind.
With his profile bounding into the premier league thanks to salvos on Livity Sound, Hotline, Tempa and Berceuse Heorique, Hodge cements his reputation with a double pack on Hemlock that justifies every ounce of praise. Across the four tracks his rough and tumble approach to bass-infused techno dynamics holds court with confidence, as "Blood Moon" throws down dramatic grime strings over clattering drums and "I Don't Recognise You Lately" turns out a melancholic chime pattern embellished with tightly coiled slithers of percussion. "Recall" edges towards nervy blips and gargantuan claps, while "Tail Of The Snake" summons up tribal incantations in an uneasy UK twist on minimal techno.
To celebrate four years of releases, Hemlock, the label run by Untold and Jack Dunning presents Chapter One, a collection of label highlights and unreleased exclusives. Moving through the glittery funk-leaning post-dubstep of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake, through techno contributions from Sei A, Randomer and Guy Andrews, and bass hybrids from Pangaea and Joe, the selections on offer demonstrate why Hemlock has been ahead of the game since its inception. As well as the individual tracks, a continuous mix is also on offer, joining the dots between their diverse releases with style.
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