Review: While Robert Hood's Floorplan records have always been exciting and on-point, they have somehow got even better since his daughter Lyric joined him in the studio in 2015. The pair's latest gospel-sampling release is particularly potent, with both cuts sounding like peak-time anthems in waiting. We're particularly excited by A-side 'So Glad", a killer mixture of thumping techno grooves, dreamy deep house pads, looped piano snippets and brilliantly cut-up gospel vocals. That's not to say that the B-side is much weaker, though; in fact, with rasping preacher vocals, bustling Chicago house beats, mind-mangling organs and insatiable drum fills, it's arguably even bigger.
Review: The unstoppable techno juggernaut himself, Robert Hood is back on Tresor with some of that minimal machine music he basically defined back in the 90s. "Master Builder" is a masterclass in proper minimal techno, using a thrifty set of tools to make for utterly immersive, time-slipping techno. The subtly shifted "Sandman Option" mix of the track moves the position of the looping bleeps to create a different groove around the steadfast kick - juggling the two could be a lot of fun for creative DJs. Providing a different flavour on the flip, "Quartz" brings some bolder synth strokes into the mix, winding up with the quintessential Detroit track.
Review: Any new Robert Hood single is cause for celebration, but particularly when the release in question contains cuts as strong as this one. A-side "Reflector" is loopy and forthright, with Hood using swirling effects and subtle manipulations of a repetitive, big room-ready riff to increase intensity throughout. It's perhaps a little different from his usual heavy, stripped-back fare, but that's no bad thing. In contrast, flipside "Rotate" is classic Hood style minimalism, with warped acid lines, twisted bass and layered percussion creating a driving, mind-altering late night mood. There are slivers of melody, too, but these are sporadic and subdued in comparison to the rest of the Motor City's maestro's musical elements.
Robert Hood - "Gun Talk" (Ben Sims JFF edit) (5:28)
ROD - "Embase" (5:35)
Review: Ben Sims' Machine mix is loaded with exclusive gems which get a full-fat airing on this series of samplers. After a strong first round, another four crucial cuts from the heavyweight end of Sims' contact list get packed onto one highly desirable 12". First up is Berlin mainstay Steffi, who threads a hypnotic array of rhythmic elements together into the deep but energising "Gentle Uplift". Jeroen Search then edges the record a little further into the depths with the loopy, sonar bleep immersion of "Ostinato Pattern." Robert Hood's snarling, muscular "Gun Talk" gets the edit treatment from Sims himself, and then the record rounds off with the pumping stabs and irrepressible funk of ROD's "Embase".