Release Date: Jun 24, 2016
Record label: M-Plant
Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Club/Dance, Minimal Techno, Detroit Techno
In a recent chat with a London vicar, Robert Hood said there wasn't much difference in the way he builds a DJ set and the way he preaches. God has long been a part of Hood's music, and his Christian faith has become a central tenet of his work in recent years. While he continues to make sci-fi-indebted techno under his own name, his spiritual side comes out in Floorplan.
If you’ve read an interview with Robert Hood in the last few years, you'll see that the Detroit techno pioneer obsessed with one question: What is the difference between an energetic Sunday morning at church and the rapturous hours of dawn spent at the club? To him, they both aspire to the same physical and experiential ends. Be it dark room or wooden pew, you should find yourself swaying, head to the floor, singing praises to something beyond yourself. They both function, at some deeper level, in the realm of the sublime and the ecstatic.
In modern music - and in particular the electronic kind - there is nothing more difficult to navigate than the line between not doing anything and not doing anything brilliantly. It’s what separates the masterly rolling minimalism of Phuture’s ‘Acid Tracks’ from the soporific dullness of the track your mate knocked up on Ableton, or the worst bar room DJ set from a mind-mangling club excursion into noise. Detroit producer Robert Hood (aka Floorplan) knows more about this particular divide than almost anyone.