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Fabric 39


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One of the founding fathers of cult Techno imprint/group Underground Resistance along with Jeff Mills and Mad Mike Banks, Robert Hood distinguishes himself with a sparse, minimalist sound that has shaped modern techno in many ways. After collaborating to several UR and X-101, 102, 103 releases, Hood left Underground Resistance to focus on his solo deejaying and recording ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Hood Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fabric
  • ASIN: B00114XR9U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silicone Fingers - Monobox
2. Element 9 - Various Artists
3. Who Taught You Math - Robert Hood
4. X-factor - Pacou
5. Strobe Light - Robert Hood
6. Taboo - Marco Lenzi
7. Fever (Rephrased) - Joris Voorn
8. Bust The Vibes (Real Disco Mix) - Fab G
9. Sandune - Dan March
10. Element 3 - Various Artists
11. Mind Detergent (Robert Hood Remix) - Diego
12. Skin Deep - Jeff Mills
13. School - Robert Hood
14. Element 23 - Various Artists
15. Mr. Funk - John Thomas
16. Informant - DJ Skull
17. One Side - Scorp
18. All It Takes - Pacou
19. Mass - Phase
20. Agent Wood (Adam Beyer Remix) - UK Gold
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Biscuit on 2 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I went to see Robert Hood at the end of February in Manchester and he was very impressive, so I was quite excited when I found out he was due to do a Fabric CD. The recent Fabric CDs have been disappointing and I hoped this won't be the same, however when I saw the track listing on the Fabric website I could see we were in for a treat. Tracks such as `UK Gold - Agent Wood' and `Jeff Mills - Skin deep' standout straight away.

The mix starts with Monobox - Silicone Fingers and the listener could be mistake for thinking they have purchased another Villalobos bore fest, however Robert Hood is from Detriot where they know have to make and play techno, so this track is faded out and Hood brings in the first of many of his own tracks. The mix continues with solid Detroit techno also encompassing a European flavour in `Joris Voorn - Fever'. The mix goes from strength to strength as Jeff Mills comes and goes and familiar funk of UK Gold leaks through the dark industrial beats. As the mix comes towards the end we are treated to one last piece of Hood's magic in the shape of his `The greatest Dancer'. As this track fades in you'll probably be reaching for local listings to see if Hood is coming to a club near you.

In Conclusion, this is a good solid Detroit techno mix from one of the original innovators of the scene and is worthy of a place on the CD rack of anyone who likes good intelligent music. If you don't already own Jeff Mills - Exhibitionist buy it now.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bwasiz on 21 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's always difficult to go against the stream of public opinion and with high hopes for, finally, a good techno stomper, especially after reading the countless raving reviews around the net, I am sorry to say Robert Hood failed to impress miserably.

The style he is portraying is nothing new, which doesn't need to be a problem. All the way back at the back end of the nineties we saw a rise in this style of music by exeptional deejays like Ben Sims, Marco Bailey, Samuel L session and so many more who all used the same type of loop based techno and through unbelievable mixing skills raised it to timeless hights.

It is here where Robert Hood fails and he fails incredibly. He seems to be trying to do the same thing by mixing fast and furious, but fails to understand that one can only do so when one understands that one still have to consider that a mix should be building up. Robert Hood, however, goes from left to right and back again. He is mixing in deep pounding baselines after rhytmic entities, let's it play for a minute and brings it back down with an empty sounding flat beat without bringing back the previous one leaving the mix empty and chaotically.It's sad because just as we get enthusiastic with one tune he brings the mix to a full stop with another that simply doesn't fit unless he brings the previous back or leaves it mixed in longer. In short, the transmissions are too short, too abrubtly and the tunes don't complement each other.

The way of mixing with this style of loop based techno is essential and it is a shame that Fabric chose Robert Hood to do so.

If this style is your cup of tea, please, stay clear of this one. It has been done before and it has done far better.

Have a listen to the following:

Samuel L Session on Monoid
Ben Sims - escapism part one & two
Monika Kruse - On the Road
Technasia - plus 1
...and of course anything by Ritchie Hawtin
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
Admittedly I'd never heard of Robert Hood until this months Fabric CD arrived but I read his bio online and discovered he is largely credited with being amongst the first minimal techno producers in the early 1990's. Hood's style, however, is nothing like the European minimal techno sound that has had a stranglehold on the dance music scene for the last few years, it's a lot more high energy. Where todays modern minimal techno tends to be between 120 and 128bpm, Hood's tunes are all 130bpm+. Fabric 39 is a high tempo journey through stark industrial Detroit techno, taking in warmer cuts that would sound at home in a Carl Cox or Renato Cohen set and the occasional techno reworking of an of old disco record.

When the first track by Monobox began I thought the mix was gonna start off on an ambient note but then the tune just fades out and is replaced by a high tempo 4/4 beat which sets the tone for the whole mix. The mixing is fast and frantic with 32 tracks packed into an hour. For the most part the mixing is superb with just one or two records ending a little abruptly. Hood works the EQ's and filters to create big bass drops and energy builds. He is obviously a great DJ but I think the mix is definitely more suitable for the club. If I heard this in a club I can imagine leaving exhilarated and smiling but I think the pace is a little too relentless for most on CD.

Like this? Try: Pure Intec: Carl Cox
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stevie G VINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
Despite being regarded as one of the founding fathers of techno, few have heard of Robert Hood. His Fabric mix favours simplified but intelligent beats, moving at a rapid, unrelenting pace (32 tracks in all).

Hood takes stripped-back minimal and reclaims it as his own. Yet tracks like 'The Greatest Dancer', highlight his skill at playing both ends of the spectrum.
Some tracks dont work, the opener by Monobox - Silicone Fingers being one painful example. The Jeff Mills track Skin Deep is also criminally cut short. But otherwise a superb selection and a masterfully crafted mix.
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