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"Motor" is the third and best LP in Robert Hood's Nighttime World series.

With this concept album - the concept being the city of Detroit itself - the former Underground Resistance man takes techno right back to its roots: Kraftwerk, Juan Atkins and the motor industry. There's a passing similarity between Nighttime World 3 and Tour De France Soundtracks, I think. That's not to say that it's derivative - it's more of a homage, although there's a subtle inventiveness underlying the 12 (long) tracks here to give the classic Detroit techno sound a 21st century re-fresh.

Throughout, there are synthetic clunks, clangs, clicks, door-slams and all manner of robotic and mechanical noises, in keeping with the record's automotive theme. "Black Technician" sounds like Deep Space-era Model 500 with a twist. "Learning" appears to be a stylistic nod to Rob's old UR colleague Jeff Mills. Best of all is the single "Torque One", with Hood using his trademark percussion to devastating effect to come up with something not unlike the Basic Channel boys at their very best (even better, maybe). Whilst the percussion may not have changed that much since early LPs like Minimal Nation and Internal Empire, the music certainly has - gone is the repetitiveness to be replaced by a more conventional melodic Detroit techno style similar to Kenny Larkin and one which benefits from a headphone listen.

For my money this is not just the best of the Nighttime World series, it's also the best Robert Hood album of all. A future Detroit classic.
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on 16 January 2013
Evoking echoes of 90's Techno & Progressive House, with lush 'up-to-date' production - Robert Hood has achieved a classic Detroit album. Some abstract moments, but I like that, & Acid corkers like 'Motor City' & 'Hate Transmissions' keep the album bubbling along nicely.

Seriously good stuff - one of my favourites from 2012 for sure.
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