Robert Hood ‎– Minimal Nation

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One Touch 3:58
Museum 5:12
Ride 4:16
Acrylic 3:54
Unix 3:14
Rhythm 5:04
Station Rider E 4:36
The Pace 5:40

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AX-007 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(2x12") Axis AX-007 US 1994 Sell This Version
AX-X Robert Hood Minimal Nation(12", Promo) Axis AX-X US 1994 Sell This Version
AX-007 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(2x12", M/Print) Axis AX-007 US 1994 Sell This Version
AX-007 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(2x12", MP) Axis AX-007 US 1994 Sell This Version
AX-007 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(2x12", W/Lbl) Axis AX-007 US 1994 Sell This Version
M•P315 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(2x12") M-Plant M•P315 US 1999 Sell This Version
MP315 R. Hood* Minimal Nation(2x12", W/Lbl, Promo) M-Plant MP315 US 1999 Sell This Version
M.PM1 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(10xFile, WAV, Album) M-Plant M.PM1 US 2009
M.PM1LP, M.PM1 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(3x12", Album, RE, RM, Whi + CD, Album, RE, RM) M-Plant, M-Plant M.PM1LP, M.PM1 US 2009 Sell This Version
M.PM1 Robert Hood Minimal Nation(CD, Album, RE) M-Plant M.PM1 US 2009 Sell This Version
MPM1CD Robert Hood Minimal Nation(CD, Album, RE + CD, Mixed) M-Plant MPM1CD US 2009 Sell This Version

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onlycrumbs

onlycrumbs

July 12, 2016
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", AX-007
Interesting to note, is the 2009 remaster takes away from all the beautiful transients and peaks of the original release. Hear it for yourself. The original has these nice subtle sculpted dynamic peaks that are sooo awesome, especially being a minimal techno record, while the remaster removes them and squashes them.

No doubt, the bigger sound picture is still there in the remaster, and the overall feeling of the tracks is still present, but the microcosmic beauty, and the majestic presence has been dissolved to make room for loudness and more impact; which might have been done on purpose. Who knows?
d_former

d_former

March 6, 2016
edited 5 months ago
referencing Minimal Nation, CD, Album, RE + CD, Mixed, MPM1CD
Hood makes with the mixed CD a perfect bonus to showcase his definition of minimalism and what Minimal Nation stands for. Are included in this 3 decks mix much more than the listed contents. Tracks from all the existing versions, ranging from the 3x12 EP version on M-Plant to the old 2x12 EP version on M-Plant (Grey Matter was named Grey Move) and including also tracks from the Axis version (The Pace, Acrylic), are blended all together, sometimes even twice with double copies. Crackles and evident surface noise proove old copies were used to make the mix but finally it sounds even better and organic and authentic. You can hear during the mix tracks from other projects, mixed together with the Minimal Nation tracks, like Internal Empire, Moveable Parts Chapter 2, Hood Music and much more... A complex but fantastic introduction to define how Minimal Nation has become a staple of modern minimal music.
martydabreak

martydabreak

March 21, 2015
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", MP, AX-007

The Best Mispress ever made. The First Tracks are Great Hard Kicking Techno tracks from Jeffs Legendary Dj Sets in the period at the Mid Nineties. Its Sad the Track: Psycho Thrill only Released digital :( not on Vinyl later in 2012. The second Record is Robert Hoods Excellent Minimal Nation Album.
kunoman

kunoman

November 19, 2012
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", AX-007
Back in the nineties this was way ahead of its time. One of the most influential albums of Techno.
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June 22, 2012
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", AX-007
Alongside Dan Bell no one else honed the efficient, minimal vibe so effectively. But listen closely and you can hear all the influences in there. Some of the songs sound like proper funk, just minimalized...
ivo303

ivo303

November 28, 2011
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", AX-007

the pace: pure hard raw funky detroit...thats trance !
marc23133

marc23133

August 27, 2009
referencing Minimal Nation, 2x12", MP, AX-007
There is also another version of this release, which has an extra track on one side (c ?); i have a white label of it, as well the original.

As an introduction to minimal techno, this double 12" is unsurpassed, many have tried to emulate it, no one has succeeded.

This was Rob Hood's first release following his departure - along with Mills - from Underground Resistance. It is doubtful that he intended to kick start another direction for techno to head off in, though is it hard to argue that, at the time, it certainly needed something to prevent it's descent into loud and relentless boring jackhammer 4/4ness.

Personally, I think the "moveable parts, vol.1." ep is a far superior release...

cheers, marc.
ultrasound

ultrasound

July 18, 2009
referencing Minimal Nation, 3x12", Album, RE, RM, Whi + CD, Album, RE, RM, M.PM1LP, M.PM1

The year was 1994. Something was mutating in the music from the Bladerunner-esque city at the top of the Mid-West: the hitherto string-laden albeit abstracted futurism of techno was corroding down to something which was closer to the frame of its chassis. It was this LP - and it became a marker of a turning point in techno music at least. In the context of a new millennium some newish things become apparent: 1. Some of it is not very 'minimal'. ['Internal Empire' is actually a lot starker and sinister than this LP, not to decry 'Minimal Nation' for *not* having those qualities to any great extent.] Also, don't be surprised by the odd lush pad sequence to well up over the trackiness. 2. It's _extremely_ funky. If you know the theory of 'on-the-one', Test it here. This is black future Funk with a capital 'F'. 3. Even though it doesn't really sound dated in 2009 - it's very evidently from a different era: the analogue atmosphere is very palpable. You can almost smell it. [You can certainly hear the hum of the cheapo recorder this was finished on]. And there's circumstantial evidence everywhere of the VCOs and diodes used to make this LP - one track is titled 'SH101'. In my view, this remains a milestone - don't miss it [again].