Robert Hood ‎– Omega

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M.PM8LP, M.PM8CD Robert Hood Omega(3x12" + CD + Album) M-Plant, M-Plant M.PM8LP, M.PM8CD US 2010 Sell This Version
M.PM8 Robert Hood Omega(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) M-Plant M.PM8 US 2010
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maroko

maroko

July 8, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
I have always had more respect for Robert Hood as a DJ than as a producer. I am a huge fan of his early The Vision release, but in my ears his other albums lack the timelessness and a constant replay factor I look for in techno. "Omega" is not all that different, as it's extremely well executed minimal techno through and through, where the two best tracks have been previously released on a 12" (Alpha and Omega). Now, with the excpetion of War In The Streets with all that crazy shuffled bleeping acid which just relentlessly gains in intensity, the other tunes here are all meticulously arranged and processed, but it may the mathematical precision and accuracy which suffocated some of the flavor I was expecting. The exactitude, the inimitable skill Robert Hood has for dotting the i's and crossing the t's, and the attention to details is overwhelming, but when you listen to tracks like Towns Have Disappeared Completely (which reminds of some of Woody McBride's more daring and minimal productions, with its bleak rudimental sound, and linear, repetitve 303s), Omega and War In The Streets, you can hear the music actually breathing and coming to life. To me, the other tracks just sound flat out cold, and are relieved from something that holds fast, commands full attention, connects, or even entangles. Despite all the carefully sewn in features and facets, the music never fully captures me - most of it sounds like above average minimal stuff, with breath taking technical factor, but not as much musicality as I have hoped for.

I assume, this will be present in plenty DJ cases for the next year or so, as the tracks portray a sound capable of satisfying present day dance floor demands. The groove is more than solid, and the tunes have that something 'extra' to make them effective: like the thought provoking bouncing ball tick-tocks on Think Fast, the glitchy effects on The Workers Of Inquity, the off beat drive and echoing, Basic Channelish hook on Are You God?, the couple The Wheels Of Escape and Saved By The Fire, which share some similar sounds and effects, but the former has this very cool "launch off" trick used, as though the music was taking off from the CD surface into an unknown space orbit. These should all be nicely incorporated into modern minimal techno sets. Plus, for those into it, the red 3xLP is an eye treat in its own right! Naturally, if I add the already mentioned gems, Alpha with its additional and playful staggering effects complementing the main 4x4 kick, and Omega (End Times), quite probably my favorite here, with an eerie sci-fi lead amassing tension for minutes and minutes and minutes - you get enough good music here to stay contented!

Overall, older and original Robert Hood fans won't be disappointed with this album. He hasn't sounded as confident as he does on "Omega" for way longer than I'd want to remember. His trademark minimal sound has finally gotten properly upgraded, yet there is enough variation to prevent it from sounding dull. I won't be enjoying it as much as many, but minimal purists should be all over this one, as I see it as a return to form by one of the original masters of the genre. Not to make it sound like I'm being all negative here, this is a very good album, and all other issues set aside, it has three tracks I really dig, and a few other I'd probably get my head spinning to in a club, but at home they just don't work on their own. I strongly suggest Hood's fans to check it out, even those who had lost faith years ago, because he is definitely back in the loop with this one. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but those who'll love it, will do it with a passion as intense as the red color on the cover art.