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Drums From The West EP
   
Medusa - (4:57) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drums From The West - (4:55) 127 BPM
   
You Think Too Much - (4:25) 66 BPM
   
Ah Bon - (4:16) 57 BPM
Review: Alongside the likes of Peverlist, Asusu and Kowton, it's arguable Hodge and Simo Cell that you would quote next as Livity Sound mainstays. The duo, in collaborative form, have been handed the honour of delivering the influential Bristol label with its 50th catalogued release. Be it presenting fiercely imaginative and upfront club bangers next to dancehall-inspired, 100BPM heavy hitters, the EP drifts into weightless grime territory with sprinkles of technicolour via "You Think Too Much". Staccato industrial techno rears its head in the title track, with "Medusa" a sweet tripper next to the percussive and heavy rave sounds of "Ah Bon". Go west.
LIVITY 050
26 Nov 21
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Needs 005
   
DJ Normal 4 - "Return Of The Hooligans" - (9:55) 130 BPM
   
Red Axes - "Treacksheni" - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hodge - "Signal" - (5:35) 123 BPM
NNFP 005
29 Oct 21
Breakbeat
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Molten Mirrors: A Decade Of Livity Sound Part 2
Various
   
Peverelist & Kowton - "Exhale" - (5:38) 115 BPM
   
Simo Cell - "El Gato Loco" - (5:37) 85 BPM
   
Hodge - "Do What You Need To Do" - (5:20) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bruce - "Just Getting On With It" - (6:27) 134 BPM
   
Kouslin - "Racket" - (3:51) 67 BPM
   
Jurango - "Drolle Prosse" - (4:26) 135 BPM
   
Toma Kami - "Sixty Frames" - (4:32) 60 BPM
   
Ido Plumes - "Albeit" - (6:41) 140 BPM
   
Surgeons Girl - "Grass Labyrinth" - (4:57) 135 BPM
Review: With the swift tempos, experimental beatmaking and leftfield club styles of Livity Sound a decade in the making now, Molten Mirrors Part 2 further champions friends and family of the influential Bristol label. With Pev & Kowton holding it down with an edgier dub techno experimentalism in "Exhale", Bruce explores the nether regions of futuristic and industrial rave with "Just Getting On With It", while Hodge brightens things up with the positive reinforcement of his melodic breakbeats in "Do What You Need To Do". Livity Sound's French quarter gets its inspirations from Toma Kami's middle-eastern motifs and funnelled jungle beats in "Sixty Frames", next to the rhythmic and deconstructed sound design of Simo Cell's "El Gato Loco". Tripped-out after hour numbers come through Ido Plumes's "Albeit" alongside some broken beat techno from Jurango and some live synth renditions by Livity Sound newcomer Surgeons Girl. And for the extra wildcard touch, check out Kouslin's lurking "Racket".
LIVITY 049D2
24 Sep 21
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TEOE Remixes #3
   
Hegel Dialect (UNKLE Reconstruction) - (8:11) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Constructive Ambiguity (Hodge remix) - (5:52) 136 BPM
   
Deep Fields Of Liars (DJ Nature remix) - (9:52) 130 BPM
Review: A legend in the house to be spoken in the same sentence as Ed Rush, Optical, Zinc and Roni Size, Bristol's own Krust takes it strangeways on Crosstown Rebels - and the label's third installment of album remixes. Diving back into that deep and hopeful sound of '90s drum and bass, breakbeat and soul is a rare UNKLE remix of "Hegel Dialect", that like Hodge's remake of "Constructive Ambiguity" lifts its inspiration of course from the halcyon days of hardcore, jungle and rave with ghostly atmospheres to boot. With a most fitting wildcard entrant to cap off this great remix series - that has so far included Masters At Work, Four Tet, Damian Lazarus, Batu, Calibre, LCY and Flynn - sweet New Yorkian house vibes and ambient percussion come through in DJ Nature's remix of "Deep Fields Of Liars". Krust & Crosstown equals result!
CRM 257
23 Jul 21
Breakbeat
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Remixes In Blue
   
Lanes (Anz's Hooover remix) - (5:02) 68 BPM
   
Sense Inversion (Facta & K-Lone remix) - (5:04) 65 BPM
   
Lanacut (Shanti Celeste remix) - (6:25) 69 BPM
   
Shadows In Blue (Surgeon remix) - (7:37) 66 BPM
   
Ghost Of Akina (AYA 2010 All At Once remix) - (5:38) 70 BPM
   
The World Is New Again (Kush Jones remix) - (3:12) 107 BPM
506084 5320171
11 Dec 20
Experimental/Electronic
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Deviant Spectrum Vol 1
Various
   
Colophon - "Late Summer Nostalgia" - (3:46) 121 BPM
   
Hodge - "Conjecture" - (5:46) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Andria - "Unfinished Country" - (5:00) 129 BPM
   
Ansome & Ossian - "Buck" (PDL remix) - (5:52) 109 BPM
   
Sonar Base - "Earth Probe" - (8:08) 120 BPM
   
Stevie Whisper - "The Crying Wolf" - (4:48) 93 BPM
   
The Connection Machine - "Cafe D'Anvers" - (3:53) 129 BPM
   
TAFKAMP - "The Wrong Side Of Reason" - (13:18) 120 BPM
   
Tuff Sherm - "Guirow" - (9:16) 120 BPM
   
Docta Gee - "Himalayas" - (6:31) 123 BPM
   
Sematic4 - "North Star '78" - (4:39) 154 BPM
   
Darkmode - "Juke Beat" (DJ Di'jital remix) - (4:37) 138 BPM
   
Dez Williams - "Antilo" - (5:26) 131 BPM
   
Jensen Interceptor - "Quiet Earth" - (5:58) 137 BPM
   
Ricky Force - "Ecstasy" - (5:37) 85 BPM
DESP 001
23 Nov 20
Techno
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Shadows In Blue
   
Canopy Shy - (2:17) 62 BPM
   
The World Is New Again - (4:00) 65 BPM
   
Sense Inversion - (4:54) 69 BPM
   
Shadows In Blue - (4:55) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lanacut - (4:22) 64 BPM
   
Sol - (3:09) 67 BPM
   
Lanes - (6:16) 60 BPM
   
Cutie - (5:19) 64 BPM
   
The Ghost Of Akina (Rainbow Edition) - (6:56) 70 BPM
   
One Last Dance - (1:31) 80 BPM
506500 0444372
17 Apr 20
Experimental/Electronic
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Mother's Finest Compilation
Various
   
Laurel Halo - "Hot Style" - (2:30) 154 BPM
   
Leibniz - "Reduced Scope" - (5:13) 132 BPM
   
Batu - "High Press" - (5:21) 130 BPM
   
Otik - "NDE" - (6:17) 84 BPM
   
Nasty King Kurl - "Complicated" - (5:01) 160 BPM
   
Karima F - "Falconhoof" - (5:37) 88 BPM
   
Anunaku - "Nascent" - (6:57) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hodge - "Silo" - (6:44) 132 BPM
   
Franklin De Costa - "Rage" - (6:54) 128 BPM
   
Dynamo Dreesen - "From This Era" - (6:34) 133 BPM
   
Nico - "Common Drum" - (5:10) 138 BPM
   
Carl Gari - "Fred" - (6:08) 145 BPM
   
Katatonic Silentio - "Dis_Continuum" - (6:03) 85 BPM
   
Mosca - "Swann Morton" - (6:24) 126 BPM
   
Violet - "Infinite Source" - (4:00) 159 BPM
MFD 001
27 Mar 20
Techno
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Shadows In Blue
   
Shadows In Blue - (4:55) 133 BPM
506500 0444525
18 Mar 20
Progressive House
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Ghost Of Akina (Rainbow Edition)
   
The Ghost Of Akina - (6:56) 140 BPM
506500 0444457
12 Feb 20
Techno
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Conjecture
   
Conjecture - (5:46) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Conjecture (Hackman remix) - (7:35) 128 BPM
POLDIG 001
15 Nov 19
Deep Dubstep
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Exogenesis EP
   
Raptors - (6:36) 64 BPM
   
Xenomorph - (6:21) 63 BPM
   
Night Run - (5:41) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bam - (5:22) 85 BPM
BH 058
12 Jan 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Tru/Opal/The Light Within You
   
Tru - (4:36) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Opal - (5:43) 130 BPM
   
The Light Within You - (6:17) 84 BPM
LIVITY 034
30 Nov 18
Techno
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Splits (001-4)
Various
   
Wen - "Late Night" - (4:34) 128 BPM
   
Facta - "Poliwhirl" - (5:11) 130 BPM
   
Hodge - "X" - (5:15) 164 BPM
   
Acre - "Don't Get Me Started" - (4:55) 130 BPM
   
Etch - "Toxin" - (4:11) 59 BPM
   
K-LONE - "Broke" - (4:11) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alex Coulton - "Radiance" - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
Chevel - "Tailwind" - (4:17) 120 BPM
   
Simo Cell - "Escape The Fate" - (6:30) 120 BPM
Review: We now get stuck into some futuristic percussive persuasions as we take a look at the latest compilation from Wisdom Teeth, bringing together some of the most forward thinking electronic musicians active today. Chevel kicks us off with 'TailWind', Before the clean percussive rolls of Alex Coulton's 'Radiance' and K-Lone's 'Broke' take centre stage. Acre then gets crazy on the synthesis with 'Don't Get Me Started' and Etch gets swampy on 'Toxin', before Hodge's 'X' provides us with some futuristic tech treats. We then round up the EP in style with two belters, as Wen supplies the eerie fire on 'Late Night' and Facta strips it back to bass and drums in the vibrancy of 'Poliwhirl'.
WSDMDL 001
05 Oct 18
Bass
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C5/Still Smoking
   
Ishan Sound/Hodge - "C5" - (4:46) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ishan Sound/Muttley - "Still Smoking" - (4:22) 140 BPM
Review: Bristol bass imprint Tectonic is run by dubstep legend Pinch and returns with more dark side, low-end extremities to truly push the threshold. It is mainly about the Young Echo affiliated Ishan Sound here, who on "C5" collaborates with local scene hero Hodge for a moody downbeat affair, featuring spooky horror movie synth textures over booming kicks and trap snares. He then joins forces with the affectionately known Alex Muttley - a rising star on the local scene who lends his studio talents to the equally compelling "Still Smoking". Featuring more grime elements this time around, for this wobby and splintered basement jam that's guaranteed to get some lighters up in the air.
TEC 101
27 Apr 18
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Beneath Two Moons
   
Beneath Two Moons - (5:49) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
There Is A Storm Coming In - (5:15) 124 BPM
   
Don't Hold Your Breath - (6:40) 123 BPM
   
All Is Not Lost - (4:27) 146 BPM
Played by: Djedjotronic
Review: Jake Martin aka Hodge has been releasing on Berceuse Heroique since 2014, but Beneath Two Moons is his most clubby release yet for the label. It comes after Hodge's off the wall experiments with Peder Mannerfelt, and feels like the Bristol producer is happy to go down the dance floor route with renewed vigour. The title track is a robust tribal affair, with cymbals crashing and droning sounds rising up through the ether, while on "There is a Storm Coming", he uses an ominous bass in tandem with waves of nightmarish synths to create the effect that the track's title suggests. "Don't Holds Your Breath" is by contrast, deeper and more frazzled - a bit like The Cyclist's Buz Ludzha side project- while Hodge finishes this masterful release back where he began, with the swirling, evocative ambient of "All is not Lost".
BH 46
02 Feb 18
Techno
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Beneath Two Moons
   
Beneath Two Moons - (5:49) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
There Is A Storm Coming In - (5:15) 124 BPM
   
Don't Hold Your Breath - (6:40) 123 BPM
   
All Is Not Lost - (4:27) 146 BPM
Review: Jake Martin aka Hodge has been releasing on Berceuse Heroique since 2014, but Beneath Two Moons is his most clubby release yet for the label. It comes after Hodge's off the wall experiments with Peder Mannerfelt, and feels like the Bristol producer is happy to go down the dance floor route with renewed vigour. The title track is a robust tribal affair, with cymbals crashing and droning sounds rising up through the ether, while on "There is a Storm Coming", he uses an ominous bass in tandem with waves of nightmarish synths to create the effect that the track's title suggests. "Don't Holds Your Breath" is by contrast, deeper and more frazzled - a bit like The Cyclist's Buz Ludzha side project- while Hodge finishes this masterful release back where he began, with the swirling, evocative ambient of "All is not Lost".
151618 9419466
02 Feb 18
Techno
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If I Could Stop
   
If I Could Stop (original mix) - (5:39) 130 BPM
   
If I Could Stop (Alden Tyrell & Serge remix) - (5:13) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Slipping (original mix) - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Slipping (Kowton remix) - (6:10) 127 BPM
Played by: TCHPHNX
CBS 027
08 Dec 17
Techno
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5 Years Of No Corner
Various
   
VMO$ & Boofy - "May" - (2:36) 68 BPM
   
Kinlaw - "D3 Hash" - (4:00) 60 BPM
   
ASDA - "The McDonald's Prayer" - (0:59) 60 BPM
   
Kinlaw - "Good Court He 24" - (3:26) 85 BPM
   
Lurka - "Friday Night Sit In The Dark" - (3:37) 54 BPM
   
Andy Mac & Ossia - "Soup Riddim" - (4:32) 93 BPM
   
SeekersInternational - "CyantConquer" - (3:17) 68 BPM
   
Lily - "Thoughts Of Liana" - (5:47) 56 BPM
   
Spiritflesh - "Ever Impending Doom" - (5:30) 66 BPM
   
Lily - "Self Help" - (4:32) 55 BPM
   
Hodge - "Body Drive" - (7:14) 60 BPM
   
El Kid - "We Need Mirrors" (Vessel's Psychosis mix) - (4:41) 62 BPM
   
Rodney - "Isn't Something" - (2:55) 60 BPM
   
Rodney - "Donny's Dress" - (5:24) 103 BPM
   
October - "Dissolution Illusion" - (5:30) 60 BPM
   
Filter Dread - "Oddity" - (3:22) 60 BPM
   
SKRS - "TroubleRoundDiCorner" - (4:34) 60 BPM
   
Filter Dread - "Drivers" - (2:24) 65 BPM
   
Wu-Yen - "Splurge" - (4:44) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
YLTCU - "Aquaman" (feat Teeza) - (3:25) 70 BPM
   
Robin Stewart - "Ominous Bath" - (6:50) 63 BPM
   
O$VMV$M - "Shinobi" - (2:32) 77 BPM
   
Jabu & Chester Giles - "Slow Hours" - (3:48) 72 BPM
   
Jabu - "Move In Circles" - (2:50) 79 BPM
   
Mark - "Body Leaves The Room/Locking Up" - (4:56) 62 BPM
   
Asda - "The Desire For Light And Stars And Jubilant Songs" - (1:57) 80 BPM
   
ASDA - "The McDonald's Prayer" (Japan Blues Regrind) - (5:57) 60 BPM
   
SeekersInternational - "TekWeh" - (4:06) 75 BPM
NC 5YRS
03 Nov 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Swing For The Fences
   
Swing For The Fences - (5:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Aomame - (5:39) 128 BPM
   
Medway - (5:32) 120 BPM
Review: Following his release for Peder Mannerfelt's label, Hodge presents a different approach on Hemlock. Last seen on the label back in 2015, this three-track release puts a focus squarely on techno. The title track is built on robust, steely drums, subtle filters and some background effects. In contrast, "Anomame" is an atmospheric affair that rides melancholic melody sequences and a lithe Detroit rhythm, while on "Medway", the Bristol producer offers a third variant. Slower and more experimental sounding - thanks to percussion that sounds like a shack door banging in a storm - its creeping acid and eerie synths ride a minimal, stepping rhythm. It proves again why the UK producer is so respected.
HEK 030
08 Sep 17
Techno
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No Single Thing
   
No Single Thing - (5:25) 132 BPM
   
Light Waves - (6:30) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Joe Likes To Dance - (5:45) 83 BPM
Played by: Near
LIVITY 025
30 Jun 17
Techno
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Body Drive EP
   
Body Drive - (7:14) 120 BPM
   
A Break In The Building - (4:17) 120 BPM
   
Personality Shift - (6:03) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Cabasa
Review: Bristol's Hodge is back for some more interesting takes on techno and experimental electronics, following up that great collaboration with Randomer a few months ago on dnuoS ytiviL. The long intro for the textured, atmospheric and suspense filled title track soon gives way to a powerful and gutsy stomp. "A Break In the Building" is a dark ambient journey powered by the same 80's style angel choir synth preset used on his last release for Berceuse Heroique earlier in the year, while on "Personality Shift" Hodge turns his focus to creating Raster-Noton style ambient bleep business. The great video art shown in the music video for this very track is also present on the cover art of the EP.
NC 12003
25 Nov 16
Techno
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Second Freeze/Simple As
   
Second Freeze - (6:00) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Simple As - (5:40) 125 BPM
Review: Speak to anyone on the Bristol scene, and they'll happily tell you that Jacob Martin AKA Hodge is willing to open his studio doors to almost any like-minded soul. His latest collaborator is the similarly productive Randomer, fresh from inspired outings on Clone Basement Series and Dekmantel UFO Series. There's a real energy about A-side "Second Freeze", which slowly builds on waves of punchy, polyrhythmic percussion and creepy noises, before bringing in a similarly bold and speaker-hugging bassline. The talented duo goes ever further in this African-influenced direction of thrillingly percussive flipside "Simple As", where additional drum hits pepper a dense, polyrhythmic groove. It's one of the best drum records we've heard this year, and that's saying something.
099 YTIVIL
02 Sep 16
Techno
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Burned Into Memory
   
Burned Into Memory - (6:17) 126 BPM
   
He Woke In Darkness - (7:15) 125 BPM
   
Forms Of Life - (5:23) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Sun People, Beat Werk
Review: Famously pushing for a vinyl only approach, London's Berceuse Heroique has now gone digital too, which is great news for all our non-wax DJ's over here, and our home listeners. Bristolian bass heavyweight Hodge returns to BH after a series of strong appearances for the label, and it looks like he's gone fully techno this time with the driving "Burned Into Memory". "He Woke In Darkness" sees him return to his grassroots, where spacey synths meet sparse beats. This is a fine follow-up to his recent Livity Sound 12".
BH 24
30 Oct 15
Techno
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Reverse Vol 1
Various
   
Hodge - "Amor Fati" - (6:12) 126 BPM
   
Alex Coulton - "Bounce" - (6:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Simo Cell - "Cellar Door" - (6:57) 155 BPM
   
Batu - "Spooked" - (5:57) 120 BPM
   
Bruce - "Tilikum" - (5:28) 123 BPM
   
Alex Coulton - "Pointe Noire" - (6:24) 84 BPM
   
Hodge - "Renegades" - (6:18) 83 BPM
   
Bruce - "Just Getting Started" - (4:30) 128 BPM
   
Batu - "Clarity" (Dismantled) - (6:23) 118 BPM
   
Alex Coulton - "War Games" - (5:05) 86 BPM
   
Simo Cell - "Piste Jaune" - (5:45) 164 BPM
   
Alex Coulton - "Bounce" (Peverelist remix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
Played by: Vern & Milla, Unkey, Majora, Wolf
Review: After Livity Sound established itself as a self-contained affair originally centred around Pev, Kowton and Asusu, it was intriguing to see the net widen with the introduction of the Ytivil Dnuos sublabel as a place for likeminded, fresh talent to reside. After the previous Livity Sound original and remix compilations, now the 'reverse' label has its own collection, bringing focus on a host of producers who are now reaching notoriety in their own right. From the recent thrill of Simo Cell to Hodge's first outing on the imprint, via Bruce, Batu and Alex Coulton, this is as strong a statement of cutting edge UK soundsystem electronics as you could wish for.
LIVITYCD 003
23 Oct 15
Techno
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Amor Fati (Remixes)
   
Hodge - "Amor Fati" (Peverelist remix) - (6:13) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bruce - "Tilikum" (Hodge remix) - (6:14) 128 BPM
Played by: Jaquo George
Review: Ahead of the release of the Ytivil Dnuos compilation, Peverelist has opted to turn out a 12" that revisits two tracks from the recent past and sheds some fresh light on them. The label boss himself takes "Amor Fati" by Hodge to task, and turns out a delicately poised but satisfyingly weighty version replete with twinkling synth lines and jagged rhythmic incantations. Hodge meanwhile gets to have some fun with Bruce's "Tilikum", and weaves an emotional techno variation out of the component parts that stands amongst his most impassioned works to date, thanks in no small part to the heart-rending sweeps of chord that blanket the peak of the track.
399 YTIVIL
16 Oct 15
Techno
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21 Versions
   
21 Versions - (6:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What Your Heart Knows - (7:30) 85 BPM
Played by: Piezo, Tube and Berger
LIVITY 016
11 May 15
Techno
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HEK025
   
Blood Moon - (5:47) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Don't Recognise You Lately - (5:50) 61 BPM
   
Recall - (6:13) 83 BPM
   
Tail Of The Snake - (6:22) 123 BPM
Review: 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.
HEK 025
23 Feb 15
Bass
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You Better Lie Down
   
You Better Lie Down - (5:13) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Exodus Blue - (5:56) 120 BPM
   
Return To The East - (1:50) 148 BPM
Review: After vinyl crushers for Tempa, Hotline, and Dnuos Ytivil, Hodge's dancefloor experiments find a welcome home in Berceuse Heroique with the quite excellent You Better Lie Down. There's a humidity apparent on both the title track and "Exodus Blue", and the former is perhaps Hodge's most focussed production to date. Its sole purpose, to mess up the dance, is executed with razor like precision. "Exodus Blue" comes from a murkier place, with strange textures rubbing up against piston-style drum sounds in a manner similar to Jam City. Space is found for Hodge to forgo the dancefloor completely with the brief, beatless outerlude "Return To The East" which sounds as if he's sampled the Tardis!
BH 13
06 Feb 15
Techno
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Worth The Weight Vol 2/From The Edge
Various
   
Hodge - "Resolve" - (5:39) 126 BPM
   
Tessela - "Channel" - (5:44) 90 BPM
   
Kahn - "Helter Skelter" - (3:51) 140 BPM
   
Andy Mac - "Asteroid Belts" - (5:52) 126 BPM
   
Peverelist - "Roll With The Punches" (Kowton Linear mix) - (6:29) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Zhou - "I Remain" - (5:18) 140 BPM
   
Kahn - "Tehran" - (4:25) 142 BPM
   
Zhou - "Locust Dub" - (3:57) 140 BPM
   
Bass Clef - "Stenaline Metranil Solar Flare" (Peverelist mix) - (5:55) 55 BPM
   
Ekoplekz - "Vanishing Land" (Intro) - (1:01) 126 BPM
   
Peverelist & Hodge - "Bells" (Dream Sequence) - (8:45) 60 BPM
   
Bass Clef - "A Rail Is A Road And A Road Is A River" - (12:05) 65 BPM
Review: Back in 2010, Peverelist's Punch Drunk label released the Worth The Weight compilation, a collection of hard to find classics from Bristol's dubstep scene. In the years that have passed, dubstep has mutated, and so has Punch Drunk, with the classic dubstep sound giving way to something equally as likely to feature elements of house, techno and experimental music. It's this direction explored in the Worth The Weight Vol. 2: From The Edge, a 12-track compilation featuring tracks from the city and beyond. While Hodge and Tessela represent swung house and techno hybrids, Bass Clef and Ekoplekz are on hand to provide some strange analogue deviations, while Kahn and Zhou represent the city's Young Echo collective. With Pev himself, Andy Mac and Kowton delivering a remix of the classic "Roll With The Punches", this is an essential compilation for anyone with even a passing interest in the past few years of bass-centric UK music.
DRUNKCD 006
15 Sep 14
Bass
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Amor Fati
   
Amor Fati - (6:12) 126 BPM
   
Renegades - (6:18) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Livity Sound's offshoot imprint goes digital and sees a first chance to own the binary versions of Jacob 'Hodge' Martin's now classic Amor Fati single, featuring two hi-octane rollers that see him further rough up his sound for the dance. There's an exotic thread at the core of both tracks, with the title track in particular ramping up the tension with an ostentatious breakdown that loops a vocal cry over tumbling percussion before dropping down into a magnificently limber bass led throwdown. "Renegades" has something of a calypso tone to its looping synth line and snagging drums, maximising on a powerful deployment of the soca break when the drop comes but keeping everything shot through with that futuristic Livity malaise.
699 YTIVIL
14 Apr 14
Techno
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Resolve
   
Resolve - (5:39) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Prototype Fear - (6:11) 83 BPM
Played by: Mak & Pasteman
DRUNK 033
04 Nov 13
Bass
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Holographic Prose EP
   
Holographic Prose - (5:46) 123 BPM
   
Pressure - (5:47) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Monster - (4:20) 130 BPM
   
Slowing Behaviour - (7:26)
Review: Despite the fact that his stock has risen quickly in and beyond Bristol, not least through his work in Outboxx, Hodge has been selective and patient about releasing his music with just his fifth EP to date surfacing here on Well Rounded. It's a sign that he is still broadening as an artist, and certainly "Holographic Prose" speaks to that perspective with its cyclical synth lines and subtle staccato beats calling to mind krautrock more than the swinging, garage infusions he was first appearing with. "Pressure" too delves into a twitchy mindset that seeks to be singular even if it pops off a little less rigidly than its predecessor. "Monster" however slows down into a dub-infused lurch, while "Slowing Behaviour" maintains that angle and heads into thoughtful house of a worn-out nature.
WRHP 008
02 Sep 13
UK Garage
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Bells
   
Bells (System mix) - (7:30) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bells (Dream Sequence) - (8:45) 60 BPM
DRUNK 031
13 May 13
Bass
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Dusted EP
   
Tonda - (6:12) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dusted - (6:30)
   
Turmoil - (6:14)
   
Turmoil (Kowton remix) - (5:37)
Played by: HxdB
Review: Bristol's fresh-faced house progenitor Jacob Martin spreads his wings on this EP, making a clear distinction from the more laconic Outboxx material he jointly creates. There's a refreshing rudeness at work on the sub of "Tonda", while the drum programming comes in at nifty angles without ever peaking too far away from the moodiness of the outset. Likewise "Dusted" is a po-faced exercise in bass placement and minimal distractions, using the tails of select sounds to feed into a taut atmosphere in a style reminiscent of Kowton, the chosen remixer for this single. "Turmoil" in its original form does the nasty with some micro house chops re-contextualised amidst a rolling broken beat, while Kowton does the damage by focusing on a mammoth kick note and then feeding nervy strings into the mix.
DPL 004
26 Nov 12
Bass
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HxdB Presents Future Of Bass Volume 1
Various
   
Acre - "Effected The Most" - (4:42) 138 BPM
   
Hodge - "Boy + Girl" - (5:49)
   
Magnum - "Schemes" - (6:05)
   
HxdB & Cure - "Mustard" (Cure remix) - (6:54) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
FBOM & Outlaw - "Compound" (VIP mix) - (6:38)
   
Simonoff - "Take Your Time" - (4:17)
   
Cairo - "They Met In Flushing" - (6:30) 140 BPM
   
DFRNT - "Tribal" - (3:53)
   
Wachs Lyrical - "Felt Smasher" - (5:37)
   
Submerse & Resketch - "Wafu Wafu" - (4:59)
   
Sclist - "V" - (5:10) 138 BPM
   
Shureshotz - "Redlight District" - (5:52)
   
Mirror State - "Bad Connections" - (3:57)
   
Blind Prophet - "Constants" (feat Brea) - (4:50)
   
Artifact - "Forgive Me" - (4:50)
   
Ceeda & Juxta - "Hypnotiq" (Juxta remix) - (5:28)
   
Kid Smpl - "Comfort" - (5:20)
   
B1t Crunch3r & Gravity - "Malfunction" (HxdB remix) - (5:36) 140 BPM
   
Self Evident - "Look In Your Eyes" (original mix) - (3:41) 140 BPM
GRDLP 002
25 Jun 11
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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