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Nothing new and done a lot better before
on 21 July 2008
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