Just after the start of lockdown, Hodge aka Jacob Martin released his debut LP, Shadows In Blue, his first foray into the world of the long player. Gaining critical acclaim, and with clubbing on hold indefinitely, the album makes the most of that flexibility, building on his dancefloor sensibilities while making good on the experimental tendencies that have long lain just beneath the surface of his music.
Fast forward a further half year and Lockdown 2.0 is in full effect in the UK, but this time we want club bangers, a sense of release, the urge to dance.And with this, 7 producers, 6 remixes from a collective of like-minded musicians being let lose to rewire tracks with the club space in mind.
Manchester via London, DJ and producer Anz kicks things off her Hooover remix of ‘Lanes’, a bouncy rave reduction with an unremitting sense of energy.
Bristol’s Facta & K-Lone take on one of the faster cuts from the album ‘Sense Inversion’ Building on the sound they champion on their killer wisdom teeth label they turn in a melodic and hypnotic remix with a bounce perfect for opening sets.
Shanti Celeste offers a master class in groove with her club ready rework in her remix of ‘Lanacut’, while Surgeon uses his trademark big room driving sound on the album’s title track, proper 4am business.
AYA’s latest remix see’s the Manchester producer flex her production skillz with screwed kicks, next gen sound design and mind gargling synths on ‘Ghost Of Akina’. We end with New York City’s Kush Jones, who closes Remixes in Blue with lush strings with a minimalistic footwork print underneath.