Besides "Detroit: One Circle", "The Pace" must be my favorite track by Robert Hood. "Minimal Nation" and "Nighttime World Vol. 1" are very good as well but if i grab a Robert Hood record its very often either "The Pace" or "Detroit: One circle". Brilliant stuff!
I met Robert Hood only once when he played at Analog City in a warehouse/club behind Kings Cross in London in the mid 1990's. I remember even now, over a decade later, that we had a conversation after he finished his set about how his parents had influenced his interest in, and aproach to, music and life.
What a bloke, I thought, to have such talent and yet remain effortlessly genuine and unpretentious. At the risk of making a complete fool of myself I commented, as we parted company, that if he was ever in want of name for a track, as his series of untitled moveable parts releases on m-plant seemed to suggest, he might consider using "Wandering Aimlessly" which just about summed up the state of my life at the time. We shook hands and off he went into the night.
A few monts later, back in Newcastle, after buying on sight the new m-plant release [MP 306] I opened it at home I saw track B was titled "Wandering Endlesly". Maybe against the background of the club soundsystem he had misheard me, perhaps he refined and improved my suggestion, or maybe it was just mere coincidence. I don't suppose I will ever know. What matters is that the man left a lasting positive impression on me. Articulate, intelligent, principled and creative. The master builder. A supremely gifted artist and a gentleman.
This is not the same track like on his Minimal Nation album also called The Pace. It's more club-orientated and a very good tool to set every floor on fire. A Masterpiece!!!
I think this was the first track he made, using two different topics, playing one after the other. He later used it gladly, for instance for his Wisdom To The Wise Remix for Dave Clark.