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Stereotype EP
M.PM 5
07 Dec 09
Minimal/Tech House
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Stereotype 1 - (6:26) 129 BPM
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Stereotype 2 - (6:22) 135 BPM
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Stereotype 3 (original mix) - (5:30) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alpha
M.PM 11
11 Feb 11
Techno
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Alpha (James Ruskin remix) - (7:00) 128 BPM
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The Family - (7:30) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: After enjoying a superlative year in which his conceptual opus Omega was critically feted, Rush Hour introduced us to his rare disco leanings on the Funky Souls project and he teamed up with his daughter on a mind meltingly good remix of Boys Noize, Robert Hood is awarded with one of the highest honours a techno musician can get. A thumping locked groove reimagination from James Ruskin. The track in question, "Alpha", was one of many highlights on the aforementioned ode to 1971 film The Omega Man and in the hands of Ruskin it is twisted into a suitably heads down industrial workout that still retains the essence of the original. Further joy can be found in a new Hood production, "The Family" which finds the Detroit producer in vintage form as an unrelenting rhythmic thrust is complemented by a rather overwhelming bassline throb.
The Pace
M.PM 4
02 Nov 09
Minimal/Tech House
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The Pace - (9:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wandering Endlessly - (10:31) 126 BPM
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Alpha
M.PM 6
11 Mar 10
Techno
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Alpha - (8:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Omega (End Times) - (9:34) 127 BPM
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Review: Detroit techno favourite Robert Hood is set to release an intriguing concept album this summer. As a precursor to the release, his own M Plant imprint are releasing two of its tracks as a taster of the full length.

The forthcoming Omega is a concept album based on the 1971 classic science fiction film, The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston. The film itself derived from Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend which incidentally has also seen a Hollywood film adaptation spring from it. Hood's Omega however, is not meant to be an exact soundtrack that runs alongside the 1971 film. Instead, it is Hood's musical take on the film. He watched the film growing up and now draws inspiration from the lessons that it teaches.

"Alpha" and "Omega (End Times)" hint at what we can expect from this summer's release. "Alpha" is a thick wad of driving techno. It is relentless to the last, with an epic feel created by sustained synthesisers and some stabbing basslines. Cranking breaks and quick percussion patterns add momentum and power to this breathless piece of classic Robert Hood techno. Next up is "Omega (End Times)" which assumes a darker, more ominous quality. Still one for the clubs, this track contains more of a moody and sinister atmosphere. The crunching basslines are still there and when the beat comes in it is as steady and as powerful as the A side. Its tempo shifts are more subtle too, making this an all together much more brooding affair.

From knowing the pretence of the forthcoming full length and by only hearing these two tracks, the wait for Omega will seem unbearable now. A tight release meant to wet our appetites has gone and done exactly what it was meant to.
Minimal Nation
M.PM1
15 Jun 09
Techno
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One Touch - (4:03) 136 BPM
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Museum - (5:15) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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SH-101 - (4:46) 142 BPM
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Rhythm Of Vision - (4:17) 136 BPM
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Unix - (3:17) 134 BPM
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Ride - (4:18) 139 BPM
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Station Rider E - (4:39) 139 BPM
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Self Powered - (4:43) 136 BPM
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Sleep Cycle - (6:52) 134 BPM
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Rhythm Of Vision (original) - (5:08) 135 BPM
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Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remixes)
MM 167D
24 Jun 13
Techno
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Black Technician - (10:56) 130 BPM
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Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remix) - (7:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Technician (DirtTech UR remix) - (3:05) 147 BPM
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Review: Hood has been focusing his efforts of late on the Floorplan project, but on Technician, he provides listeners with a glimpse of his techno past. A stripped back, streamlined rhythm is at the heart of the title track. Augmented by squelchy acid lines, breathy synths and the jazzy flourishes of Nighttime World, it is one of the best recent examples of Hood's ability to balance dance floor functionality with atmospheric musicality. The remix by Mad Mike sees another Detroit icon enjoying a return to form. Dramatic strings and a pitched down vocal provide the intro, while a niggly acid line recalls the heights of UR's Final Frontier.
Drive (The Age Of Automation)
MM 165D
01 Apr 13
Techno
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Drive (The Age Of Automation) - (5:54) 128 BPM
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Drive (The Age Of Automation) (@ [Phase] Nocturnal mix) - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drive (The Age Of Automation) (@ [Phase] C box mix) - (5:48) 128 BPM
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Review: One of the more driving cuts from Robert Hood's epic Motor: Nighttime World 3 from last year, "Drive (The Age Of Automation)" finds itself getting a welcome single release. The original is about as Detroit as you can get, where a moody motorik bassline gives way to suitably sci-fi synths, combining a musical take on Detroit's automotive history with a Blade Runner aesthetic. Token artist Phase obviously revels in the opportunity to provide two brilliant reworks of the track; the "Nocturnal Mix", which isolates the original's bass stabs and incorporates them into a rolling juggernaut rhythm tailor made for the warehouse, while the "C-Box Mix" opts to keep the melodic elements but pare them back with the producer's trademark sharpness.
Eleven
M.PM 18
09 Dec 13
Techno
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Eleven - (6:58)
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Alarm - (8:39) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The last time Robert Hood referenced the number 11 was the beatless track "The Age Of Eleven", appearing towards the end of his Wire To Wire album released ten years ago on the all encompassing Peacefrog Records. That, however, is where the similarities to this EP, Eleven, on Hood's own M-Plant, end. The chimes of "Alarm" sound similar to Luke Slater's "Bell Blocker", and a lot of what else can be heard that legendary album The Messenger. But again it's the title track that provides another production where the city of Detroit literally resonates within the music, painting visual imagery of factories and assembly lines done in a way that instantly make you think: Robert Hood.
Untitled
MPM 19
31 Mar 14
Techno
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Untitled 1 (taken from moveable parts chapter 1) - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Touch (taken from minimal nation) - (5:32) 128 BPM
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Review: Some things never go out of fashion and this is especially true of Robert Hood's '90s minimalism. For those who didn't buy the releases first time round, these edits by Mark Broom provide the perfect opportunity to play catch up. The edit of "Untitled 1" from 1995's Moveable Parts Chapter 1 is the more abrasive track, its warped, jarring rhythm moving up and down the intensity scale with all the precision of a military drone. The UK producer's take on "One Touch", from the harder to track down Minimal Nation - the vinyl release sells for over €30 on Discogs - is less visceral but its repetitive filtering and sleek rhythm make it a must for any self-respecting techno DJ.
M-Plant: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music
M PM 25
08 Dec 14
Techno
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The Grey Area - (11:01) 134 BPM
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Untitled 1 - (7:30) 135 BPM
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The Rhythm Of Vision - (5:08) 135 BPM
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Protein Valve 1 - (3:22) 141 BPM
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Stereotype - (6:26) 129 BPM
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Realm - (8:21) 133 BPM
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The Pace - (9:42) 127 BPM
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Untitled Sketch - (8:32) 144 BPM
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Unix - (3:17) 134 BPM
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Minus - (5:11) 139 BPM
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The Greatest Dancer - (4:43) 136 BPM
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Dancer (remix) - (8:26) 122 BPM
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Power To Prophet - (7:50) 131 BPM
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We Magnify His Name - (9:15) 126 BPM
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Superman - (7:24) 139 BPM
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Alpha - (8:42) 127 BPM
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Eleven - (6:58) 85 BPM
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Baby, Baby - (6:33) 135 BPM
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The Family - (7:30) 129 BPM
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Range - (6:48) 141 BPM
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Never Grow Old - (7:17) 132 BPM
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Exturnus Oblique (Re-Plant) - (6:02) 128 BPM
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A.M. Track - (5:30) 138 BPM
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Arrows (edit) - (4:47) 131 BPM
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Untitled 4 - (4:49) 135 BPM
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Monkey - (5:21) 128 BPM
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The Family (Re-Plant) - (5:55) 130 BPM
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Minus (edit) - (7:04) 129 BPM
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Analog Track (Ghost) - (6:14) 133 BPM
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Who Taught You Math (Alt. mix) - (7:14) 133 BPM
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Protein Valve 1 (Re-Plant) - (5:51) 131 BPM
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Full Armor - (6:36) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Minimal Minded - (7:47) 129 BPM
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Review: Thirty three seminal Robert Hood productions all in the one download: The M-Plant Mother lode has landed. Even if you're well up to date on the Detroit legend's storied career there's no stopping the joy at what material has been included here - including - the best minimal techno production of all time: Monobox's "Realm". For something funkier there's the "The Pace", "The Greatest Dancer", the all praising "We Magnify His Name" and "Monkey". But wait: there's more! "Alpha" and "The Family" from his Omega Man LP makes the cut as do the epic James Brown and Aretha Franklin samples from newer school Floorplan material "Baby Baby" and "Never Grow Old". There's also the legendary stuff like "Who Taught You Math" and "Minus" to "Protein Valve" and much, much more. Dig in.
Moveable Parts Chapter 1 EP
M.PM 24
03 Nov 14
Techno
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Untitled 1 - (7:30) 135 BPM
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Untitled 4 - (4:49) 135 BPM
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Untitled Sketch - (8:32) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Maelstrom
Review: If one variation of confused blips and synth gurgles underpinned by a rock-solid 909 beat by Robert Hood isn't enough than indulge yourself in two. For this first chapter of the Moveable Parts EP series, Hood's work here will please those after some more Monobox action as both "Untitled 1" and "Untitled 4" are discombobulated versions of each other. If you're after a mutant version of the latter for the packed dancefloor however, Hood's got you covered with "Untitled Sketch". Does Hood ever disappoint? Never!
Protein Valve EP
M.PM 23
13 Oct 14
Techno
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Protein Valve 1 - (3:22) 141 BPM
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Analog Track (Ghost) - (6:14) 133 BPM
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Protein Valve 2 - (4:19) 141 BPM
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AM Track - (5:30) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: M Plant's 20 Year anniversary celebrations are set to end on a high with a triple CD compilation featuring a wealth of new, remastered and unreleased material alongside some classics from the Robert Hood canon. Before then, the latest in an ongoing series of celebratory 12" releases sees Hood look to the classic Protein Valve, which was the first 12" issued on M Plant back in 1994. The title track has already been subject to some edits as part of this M Plant 20 series, but it's nice to see three tracks from that original 12" reissued here as a reminder how Hood's pioneering minimal approach first took shape. Look out for new Hood production "Analog Track (Ghost)" wedged in amongst the protein too!
Hoodmusic 3
MM 138D
24 Jan 08
Techno
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And Then We Planned Our Escape - (7:37) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Needs & Wants - (4:59) 136 BPM
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Strobe Light - (6:33) 139 BPM
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Side Effect - (5:49) 134 BPM
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Still Hear
MM 127
30 Oct 06
Techno
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Still Hear - (6:00) 136 BPM
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School - (6:23) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Still Hear (Los Hermanos remix) - (6:49) 136 BPM
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Played by: Miss Electric
D2
LOG 011
11 Sep 09
Techno
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Square (Robert Hood remix) - (5:51) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monobox EP
LOG 025
11 Sep 09
Techno
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Down Town - (9:46) 129 BPM
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Intro - (1:21)
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Untitled 2 - (5:11) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Omega: Alive
MPM 12
20 Jun 11
Techno
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Bells At Dusk - (10:40) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Run - (4:57) 129 BPM
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Alpha: Alive - (7:26) 129 BPM
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Omega: Alive - (3:58) 129 BPM
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Minimal, Minimal - (7:56) 129 BPM
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Who Taught You Math: Alive - (5:57) 129 BPM
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Unix: Alive - (6:26) 129 BPM
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Side Effect: Alive - (5:27) 129 BPM
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Minus: Alive - (6:19) 129 BPM
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Alpha (James Ruskin remix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
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The Family - (7:29) 131 BPM
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Atomic - (5:47) 126 BPM
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Omega (Alive continuous live set) - (59:07) 129 BPM
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Review: Given that most live techno performances consist of a guy in a hoody huddled over a laptop, the notion of releasing an album recorded in a club sounds redundant. That said, there aren't too many techno producers like Robert Hood and on the evidence of this hardware-based set, he sounds quite different in a live environment. The most noticeable aspect of Omega Alive is the drums; on "Alpha Alive", they sound tougher, even more robust than the recorded version, while on "Bells At Dusk", the addition of pile driving snares lend the track new weight. Omega Alive is also the perfect environment for Hood to rework some of his classics, and the coruscating riffs of his eternal "Minus" gets a new lease of life.
Omega
MPM 8
14 Jun 10
Techno
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Alpha (The Beginning) - (1:35) 118 BPM
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The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers) - (4:42)
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Towns That Disappeared Completely - (7:45) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alpha - (8:42) 127 BPM
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Think Fast - (5:12) 131 BPM
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The Workers Of Iniquity - (6:20) 123 BPM
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Are You God? - (6:20) 128 BPM
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The Family Watches - (7:10) 132 BPM
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War In The Streets - (5:35) 133 BPM
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Saved By The Fire - (6:56) 120 BPM
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The Wheels Of Escape - (6:09) 126 BPM
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Omega (End Times) - (9:35) 127 BPM
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Apartment Zero
LOG 016
11 Sep 09
Techno
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In Basements - (7:20) 135 BPM
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Loft - (4:16) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Apartment Zero - (5:21)
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The Greatest Dancer
MPM 14
26 Sep 11
Techno
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The Greatest Dancer - (4:43) 136 BPM
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Dancer - (7:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: On the evidence of his latest releases, it feels like Robert Hood is going through a reinvention process. The recent Floorplan gave vent to his gospel influences and now "The Greatest Dancer", under his own name provides an insight into Hood's love of disco. There's not much to the title track, yet this simplicity and clarity of sound is the same aesthetic that drove the original productions that it is indebted to. Over a rolling, housey groove, Hood adds in some sexy funk guitar, sprinkles it with sensuous strings and puts all of the ingredients into a filtered blender. On "Dancer", the approach is even more minimal and straightforward as a walking funk bass guitar is married to a series of claps. This combination runs the risk of sounding like a DFA release, but Hood isn't finished. He adds sassy brass samples and a sexy female vocal, resulting in an arrangement that offers all of the sensuality of disco and the unflinching precision of his minimal techno productions. Call it a reinvention, but it also offers the best of both worlds.
Funky Souls
RH-RH 1
13 Jul 10
Funky/Club House
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Funky Souls - (5:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funky Souls (club 246 mix) - (4:35) 126 BPM
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Motor: Nighttime World 3
MMCD 038D
17 Sep 12
Techno
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The Exodos - (5:54) 118 BPM
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Motor City - (7:05) 118 BPM
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Better Life - (7:16) 159 BPM
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The Wheel - (5:04)
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Black Technician - (10:56) 130 BPM
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Learning - (4:09) 150 BPM
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Drive (The Age Of Automation) - (5:54) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Torque One - (6:17) 119 BPM
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Hate Transmissions - (10:16) 122 BPM
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Slow Motion Katrina - (6:03) 150 BPM
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Assembly - (4:14)
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A Time To Rebuild - (5:59) 129 BPM
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Review: Robert Hood is techno's undisputed minimal master, but previous instalments of Nighttime World - especially the jazz-fuelled inaugural release in 1995 on Cheap - have afforded him the opportunity to go off script and indulge his conceptual whims. Will he do the same again on Motor? The answer is a resounding yes. Inspired by Julien Temple's 2010 documentary Requiem For Detroit?, which charts the fall and decline of America's former car manufacturing hub, the album is full of references to the effects of man's interaction with technology. If Kraftwerk's shimmering Man Machine was a testament to the benefits of humans harnessing technology, then Motor is the gloomy riposte, emerging from the rubble of a shattered metropolis to tell this sad but compelling tale and crucially, to offer some hope for the future.
Protein Valve
M.PM 21
07 Jul 14
Techno
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Protein Valve (Re-plant) - (5:51) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Protein Valve (edit 1) - (5:13) 131 BPM
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Protein Valve (edit 2) - (6:07) 132 BPM
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Review: The Floorplan project show-cased Robert Hood's love of gospel-tinged house, but as this, his latest release demonstrates, he remains a techno artist through and through. The Protein Valve record originally appeared on M Plant 20 years ago and like Hood's Internal Empire and Minimal Nation releases, became a blueprint for minimal techno. On the "Re-Plant" and "Edit 1" versions, nagging, insistent percussion and an eerie organ sound create a sense of drama. However, the old approach proves to be the most effective and the second edit remains closer to the original sound, with jittery hats, unsettling organ riffs and the wind whooshing past in the background.
Paradygm Shift Vol 1
DKMNTL 031
04 Mar 16
Techno
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Form - (7:20) 126 BPM
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Lockers - (5:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The recruitment of Robert Hood is a sign of Dekmantel's growing stature as a label. The Detroit legend has agreed to release a trio of EPs and an album under the Paradigm Shift banner, a project title designed to reflect the producer's desire to see great change within dance music. This first EP is classic Hood, with A-side "Form" - all effects-laden drums, looped-up textures, hissing cymbals and cacophonous kick-drums - sounding like no-one else. Flipside "Lockers" follows a similar script, though there's a little more house-influenced funk to the relentless beats, while Hood's use of starburst riffs and classic Motor City electronics adds a sense of far-sighted adventure..
Shaker
EPM 38
20 Apr 15
Techno
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Robert Hood - "Shaker" - (6:35) 128 BPM
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Floorplan - "Ritual" - (7:42) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: British techno veterans Jonas Stone and Oliver Way have pulled off something of a coup here, not only by persuading Robert Hood to appear on their EPM Music imprint, but also by including a track from the Detroit legend's Floorplan alias (amazingly, Hood has previously kept the two projects entirely separate). Naturally, both tracks hit home hard. "Shaker" is prime Hood - an intoxicating, no-holds-barred techno looper built around a killer groove, foreboding chords and occasional vocal samples. On the Floorplan side, Hood reaches for the gospel organs, filtering and looping them up over a thunderous kick drum and typically relentless ride cymbals. As usual with Hood Floorplan material, there's enough soul in the machines to impress even the pickiest techno buyer.
Fabric39: Robert Hood (DJ mix)
FABRIC 77DN
30 Nov 09
Techno
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Fabric39: Robert Hood - (1:09:29) 138 BPM
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