[MPM16LP] Floorplan aka Robert Hood – Paradise

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Floorplan aka Robert Hood – Paradise
Label: 
M-Plant
Catalog#: MPM16
Format: Vinyl, 12″ – File, Mp3 EP
Country: Detroit
Released: 2013

Credits:

‘Paradise’ is Robert Hood’s debut album release as Floorplan, a dancefloor alias he has used since he announced his Drama imprint with the highly sought after ‘Funky Souls’ EP in 1996. Taking Hood’s minimal techno approach and embellishing it with elements of house, disco, funk and gospel Floorplan now realizes its full-length potential some 17 years since its inception. Good things, indeed, come to those who wait.

The last five years have seen Robert Hood in astonishingly prolific form with an album release every year since the 2009 re-issue of the genre defining ‘Minimal Nation’. This was swiftly followed a year later by new artist album ‘Omega’, then Robert’s first live album ‘Omega:Alive’ in 2011 and last year’s highly lauded ‘Nighttime World 3’ which graced end of year charts across the world.

Now Robert Hood focuses his attention firmly on the dancefloor. Since the 2010 ‘Funky Souls’ re-press on Rush Hour re-introduced the hibernating project, Hood has since released three Floorplan EPs including ‘Living it Up’, the ‘Sanctified EP’ and last year’s ‘Altered Ego’ EP. The three EPs subsequently spawned the massive club hits ‘Baby Baby’, ‘We Magnify His Name’, ‘Altered Ego’ and ‘Living it Up’, taking Robert Hood’s name across the techno/house divide. You could even say that Robert Hood could be a victim of his own success: Floorplan, which started off as a side-project, is starting to sound as vital as the searing minimal techno he releases under his own name.

New album ‘Paradise’ takes us through a heavenly mixture of house, soul, funk and gospel – all underpinned by Hood’s trademark driving minimal techno approach. ‘Altered Ego’ is a perfect example of Hood’s tough view of house music; over an insistent groove a building chord sweeps in, taking with it a repetitive vocal sample. But it’s the nagging, relentless filtering of these elements, coupled with the deep resonance of the backing rhythm that make ‘Ego’ so memorable.

Tracks like the opening ‘Let’s Ride’ take a handful of elements such as a skittering drum pattern, vocal snippet and again that driving and relentless groove that drags you by the throat to the dancefloor. There is no break, there is no respite – make no mistake, Floorplan is here to make you dance. ‘Never Grow Old’ is pure and simply glorious Gospel from the deep south, a hair raising vocal hook baptised at the altar of minimalism. Then there is ‘Confess’ which is an entirely different proposition; the groove chugs along and the percussion is dry and steely but the keys are positively uplifting and wide-eyed, like they were borrowed from a long-lost rave track and reapplied to Hood’s functional take on house.

There are nods to Hood’s minimal techno roots with ‘Change’ and ‘Chord Principle’ sounding like they could have been lifted from the Minimal Nation cutting room whilst ‘Higher’ and ‘Above The Clouds’ appear to be pointing to something new, as if Hood’s take on house is as unique and essential as the techno sound he has pioneered for over 20 years.

Floorplan, could well be seen as Hood’s blueprint set to house. As he himself confessed to Andrew Weatherall several years ago in .cent magazine. “When you put the needle down on a James Brown record you immediately know it’s James Brown. It’s the same with Prince. But I ain’t Prince…I’m Robert Hood.”

In a world full of generic dancefloor music, Floorplan could well be seen as Robert Hood’s vision as seen through a house music prism. But there is never anydoubt as to the music’s creator.

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[MMLP038] Robert Hood – MOTOR: NightTime World 3 (3x 12″ LP, 180Gr. Vinyl Incl. CD)

rhArtists & Title: Robert Hood – MOTOR: NightTime World 3
Label: Music Man Records
Catalogue#: MMLP038
Date: Dec. 2012
Format: 3x 12″ LP, 180Gr. Vinyl Incl. CD
Country: Belgium

Tracklist:

Credits:
Following recent Music Man cd’s from Petar Dundov and Marcel Dettmann, we now welcome one of Detroit’s finest, Robert Hood. After the legendary Nighttime World Volume 1 and Nighttime World Volume 2, we are proud to be able to present you the long awaited “Motor: Nighttime World 3” on Music Man!
With “Motor: Nighttime World 3” Robert Hood returns to the project he first started on Austria’s Cheap label back in 1995 and subsequently continued in 2000 on M-Plant. Fusing his trademark minimal techno into jazz inspired moods and inflections, Hood emerges from the smoke-lit shadows of a downbeat, but not beaten, Motor City metropolis. Inspired by Julien Temple’s documentary ‘Requiem For Detroit?’ Robert Hood examines the life, history and future of Detroit’s motor industry and its workforce, set against a backdrop of decay, despair, hope and re-birth. More on http://www.musicmanrecords.net

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[MPM15] Floorplan – Altered Ego EP

Floorplan – Altered Ego EP
Label: 
M-Plant
Catalog#: MPM15
Format: Vinyl, 12″ – File, Mp3 EP
Country: Detroit
Released:  4th June, 2012

Tracklist:
A.
Altered Ego

B.
Confess


Credits:
Last year Robert Hood revisited his Floorplan pseudonym, the more disco-tinged, soulful, house aspect of his talents, taking the Floorplan concept to various DJ dates around the globe and releasing the Sanctified EP on M-Plant. The EP received huge critical acclaim and featured the track, Baby Baby, which has received relentless DJ rotation ever since and was also played via listener request on Annie Mac’s first show of 2012 on BBC Radio 1. Now Robert Hood delves back into Floorplan for his next M-Plant release. The double-headed Altered Ego EP hits stores in June featuring two new Floorplan workouts, Altered Ego and Confess.The title track jacks out from the onset, just the way we like it! Hoods distinctive rhythmic grooves are intoxicating as ever. With the staccato vocal cut and Detroit-meets-Chicago feeling, we’re back in Baby Baby territory. Confess shows the other side to Hoods Floorplan with an opening gospel style piano riff thats gradually overlaid with Latin percussion and that special Hood kick, to take the church to the party.With news of a Floorplan album due later this year, the Altered Ego EP provides an early taster of the flavours to come.

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Lawrence – Timeless (CD mix – Cocoon Recordings)

Attraverso le decine di dischi e il suo ruolo centrale in Dial, etichetta di Amburgo, Lawrence ha contribuito a definire il suono deep house contemporaneo.

Il mese prossimo, esattamente il 22 Agosto, esce su Cocoon Recordings il suo primo CD mix ufficiale “Timeless”.

TRACKLIST:
01. Lawrence – Floating
02. Melchior Productions – Zukunft in Englisch

03. Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Stacy Pullen – Forever Monna

04. Soul Capsule – Overcome

05. Smallpeople & Rau – Life Aquatic

06. Schatrax – Overcome

07. RVDS – Another Track

08. Morphosis – Silent Screamer

09. Aril Brikha – On & On

10. Delano Smith – My Life

11. Baby Ford & The Ifach Collective – Ambo
12. Isolée – Thirteen Times An Hour

13. Pigon – Koto

14. Mike Dehnert – Beatmatching

15. Robert Hood – The Realm

16. Roman Flügel – Brian Le Bon

17. Plaid – OI

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