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Nighttime World Vol. 2

by Robert Hood

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Stepping Out 04:59
Desire 05:39
After Hours 06:02
Teflon 06:44
Still 07:13
Untitled 06:05
Silent hill 03:40
Darkroom 08:29
Blackness 04:26


Review taken from: techsoul July 22, 2008 on Discogs.com

Amazingly intense from its beginning to its end, 'Nighttime World Volume 2' can be called Robert Hood's masterpiece. It shows the amazing range of his musical talent. As already mentioned, Hood's focus clearly is set towards Jazz on this album. Still, this is as Techno as Jazz can get.

The interesting thing here is that Hood connects Techno and Jazz mainly through melody and arrangement. For most of the time, he wisely avoids the temptation of just throwing obviously jazzy sounding samples of real instruments and drums into his tracks, and the few times he does, as on 'The Key To Midnight', it makes sense and is on purpose.

However, synthetic instruments remain his first choice almost throughout the whole album. Synthetic brass sounds, synthetic pianos, synthetic drums - but it doesn't make things sound cheap for one moment, because you can hear it's a part of the concept. I believe that this is the reason why even straight minimal Techno tracks like 'Teflon' or 'Dark Room' seem perfectly in place between the variety of other styles this albums has to offer.

There are bassdrum-driven jazz hybrids like 'Stepping out' or the amazing 'Weight Of The World' which has some resemblances with Hood's later piece 'Who Taught You Math?' on Peacefrog. 'Desire', 'Still' and 'Peace' are close in both quality and depth to Neil Oliverra's releases under his Detroit Escalator Company moniker - beautiful, calm ambient tracks. 'After Hours' could be labeled as Future Jazz, while 'The Key To Midnight' and 'Untitled' tend towards jazz-inspired Hip Hop.

The album ends with 'Blackness' on which Robert Hood's wife Eunice gives an impressive and touching spoken-word performance that really makes you think.

This one really, really deserves to be heard.


released April 17, 2000

Robert Hood


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M-Plant Detroit, Michigan

M-Plant is the ground breaking landmark techno label from minimal master, Robert Hood. This is the second reincarnation of the label which launched in 2009 into the digital world. The label is primarily an outlet for Robert's productions under his own name, with his daughter Lyric as Floorplan, exploring alien themes as Monobox or the realms of jazz with the Nighttime World series. ... more

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