Robert Hood's installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series offers no unexpected detours or twists -- it's simply 72 minutes of steady, alert techno chugging along like a freight train. Hood lets each track play for about three minutes before smoothly blending it into the next one, and there are no jarring transitions or overdriven effects, just plenty of precise EQ'ing and sweeps. That said, it's still a solid, highly enjoyable mix.
Why it's taken 66 instalments for Detroit trailblazer Robert Hood to curate a mix for !K7's venerable DJ Kicks series is anyone's guess, but the Underground Resistance co-founder's instalment is a skilful 70 minutes of sleek, minimal techno.
While the prodigious Hood has been a mainstay for a quarter-century, most tracks here date from the last few years. The buzzing, futuristic synth lines of "Connected" kick-start the set; Hood's smooth and sequential blending builds with cuts like Mark Broom's "King," Truncate's "Terminal 5" and ….