Michael Hodgson is a prolific music producer, who under various band names, including Pitch Black, Tinnitus and The Projector Mix, has released over 20 albums in the last 30 years. ‘Translations’ is a selection of remixes he has created under the Misled Convoy name over the last four years, and follows up the ‘Tickling the Dragon’s Tail’ album, released last year.
The acts he has remixed are drawn from a wide geographical and musical net: Feral Five are an East London duo, raised by wolves on a diet of punk rock, disco and roots; Holotronica is the solo project of Stuart from Hexstatic, a retro futuristic syneasthetic trip; hailing from Tokyo, Super Cozi is one half of Zen Lemonade known for their psychedelic & progressive trance; The Adults are a New Zealand supergroup set up by Shihad's Jon Toogood and features, for this track, the haunting voice of Ladi 6; Flies + Flies are an up and coming London band who apparently are "making the apocalypse sound fun" (Electronic Sound); Animat are a downtempo duo from Sheffield; and finally Banco de Gaia is one of the leading exponents of globally inspired eclectic electronica.
As you might then expect, the collection 'Translations' traverses a huge variety of genres, from electro house to dub techno, industrial ambience to broken beats, all now awash in a sea of dub effects, delay and reverb in Hodgson’s distinctive style.
Some of the remixes simply re-present a new way to access and appreciate the original track, sometimes they produce completely different songs completely reimagined.
“I really love taking other peoples melodies and ideas and working them into completely new tracks with my production process. Because there is already a body of work and the idea then, is not in the original concept or origination, but in the how I re-imagine that track into a new work, a new sound, a new state.”
Thanks Mark, love both records - couldn’t choose between them - the best of both worlds of the music you make. What would be equally as cool would be to see you dive into your New Zealand heritage on your next double record! Surely just as much history and music to be had there too. Cheers rse1985
It's just so easy for Martin Phillips, innit? Even after more than 30 years, he's writing the kind of effortless melodies that most songwriters would kill for. So this is just another perfect pop record to add to their discography. This will easily be a top 10 of the year.