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Alpha
M.PM 6
11 Mar 10
Techno
Alpha by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha - (8:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Alpha by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
Alpha
M.PM 11
11 Feb 11
Techno
Alpha by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha (James Ruskin remix) - (7:00) 128 BPM
Alpha by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
Apartment Zero
LOG 016
11 Sep 09
Techno
Apartment Zero by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
In Basements - (7:20) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Apartment Zero by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Loft - (4:16) 135 BPM
Apartment Zero by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Apartment Zero - (5:21)
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Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remixes)
MM 167D
24 Jun 13
Techno
Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remixes) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Black Technician - (10:56) 130 BPM
Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remixes) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remix) - (7:02) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Black Technician (UR Mad Mike remixes) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
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.
D2
LOG 011
11 Sep 09
Techno
D2 by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Square (Robert Hood remix) - (5:51) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Drive (The Age Of Automation)
MM 165D
01 Apr 13
Techno
Drive (The Age Of Automation) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Drive (The Age Of Automation) - (5:54) 128 BPM
Drive (The Age Of Automation) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Drive (The Age Of Automation) (@ [Phase] Nocturnal mix) - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Drive (The Age Of Automation) by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
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
Eleven by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Eleven - (6:58)
Eleven by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
Hoodmusic 3
MM 138D
24 Jan 08
Techno
Hoodmusic 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
And Then We Planned Our Escape - (7:37) 135 BPM
Hoodmusic 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Needs & Wants - (4:59) 136 BPM
Hoodmusic 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Strobe Light - (6:33) 139 BPM
Hoodmusic 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Side Effect - (5:49) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Minimal Nation
M.PM1
15 Jun 09
Techno
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
One Touch - (4:03) 136 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Museum - (5:15) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
SH-101 - (4:46) 142 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Rhythm Of Vision - (4:17) 136 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Unix - (3:17) 134 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Ride - (4:18) 139 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Station Rider E - (4:39) 139 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Self Powered - (4:43) 136 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Sleep Cycle - (6:52) 134 BPM
Minimal Nation by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Rhythm Of Vision (original) - (5:08) 135 BPM
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Monobox EP
LOG 025
11 Sep 09
Techno
Monobox EP by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Down Town - (9:46) 129 BPM
Monobox EP by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Intro - (1:21)
Monobox EP by Robert Hood on Logistic France Cue Track
Untitled 2 - (5:11) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Motor: Nighttime World 3
MMCD 038D
17 Sep 12
Techno
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
The Exodos - (5:54) 118 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Motor City - (7:05) 118 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Better Life - (7:16) 159 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
The Wheel - (5:04)
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Black Technician - (10:56) 130 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Learning - (4:09) 150 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Drive (The Age Of Automation) - (5:54) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Torque One - (6:17) 119 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Hate Transmissions - (10:16) 122 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Slow Motion Katrina - (6:03) 150 BPM
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Assembly - (4:14)
Motor: Nighttime World 3 by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
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.
Omega
MPM 8
14 Jun 10
Techno
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha (The Beginning) - (1:35) 118 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers) - (4:42)
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Towns That Disappeared Completely - (7:45) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha - (8:42) 127 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Think Fast - (5:12) 131 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Workers Of Iniquity - (6:20) 123 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Are You God? - (6:20) 128 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Family Watches - (7:10) 132 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
War In The Streets - (5:35) 133 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Saved By The Fire - (6:56) 120 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Wheels Of Escape - (6:09) 126 BPM
Omega by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Omega (End Times) - (9:35) 127 BPM
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Omega: Alive
MPM 12
20 Jun 11
Techno
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Bells At Dusk - (10:40) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Run - (4:57) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha: Alive - (7:26) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Omega: Alive - (3:58) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Minimal, Minimal - (7:56) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Who Taught You Math: Alive - (5:57) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Unix: Alive - (6:26) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Side Effect: Alive - (5:27) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Minus: Alive - (6:19) 129 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Alpha (James Ruskin remix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Family - (7:29) 131 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Atomic - (5:47) 126 BPM
Omega: Alive by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
Stereotype EP
M.PM 5
07 Dec 09
Minimal/Tech House
Stereotype EP by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Stereotype 1 - (6:26) 129 BPM
Stereotype EP by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Stereotype 2 - (6:22) 135 BPM
Stereotype EP by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Stereotype 3 (original mix) - (5:30) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Still Hear
MM 127
30 Oct 06
Techno
Still Hear by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Still Hear - (6:00) 136 BPM
Still Hear by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
School - (6:23) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Still Hear by Robert Hood on Music Man Belgium Cue Track
Still Hear (Los Hermanos remix) - (6:49) 136 BPM
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The Greatest Dancer
MPM 14
26 Sep 11
Techno
The Greatest Dancer by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Greatest Dancer - (4:43) 136 BPM
The Greatest Dancer by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
The Pace
M.PM 4
02 Nov 09
Minimal/Tech House
The Pace by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
The Pace - (9:42) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Pace by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Wandering Endlessly - (10:31) 126 BPM
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Untitled
MPM 19
31 Mar 14
Techno
Untitled by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
Untitled 1 (taken from moveable parts chapter 1) - (6:05) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Untitled by Robert Hood on M Plant US Cue Track
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.
Funky Souls
RH-RH 1
13 Jul 10
Funky/Club House
Funky Souls by Robert Hood presents Floorplan on Rush Hour Holland Cue Track
Funky Souls - (5:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Funky Souls by Robert Hood presents Floorplan on Rush Hour Holland Cue Track
Funky Souls (club 246 mix) - (4:35) 126 BPM
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Fabric39: Robert Hood (DJ mix)
FABRIC 77DN
30 Nov 09
Techno
Fabric39: Robert Hood (DJ mix) by Robert Hood/Various on Fabric Worldwide Cue Track
Fabric39: Robert Hood - (1:09:29) 138 BPM
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