A paradigm shift for Robert Hood in his new album for Dekmantel
With no attempt at seduction, the rough yet reflective techno sound of Robert Hood, the symbolic figurehead of the Detroit scene and an original member of Underground Resistance, reminds us, through the radical nature of his work and his force, how the road to success has never been easy for him.
Robert Hood has fired a canon shot from the Dekmantel label, this veritable Amsterdam institution whose origins lie mainly in the gigantic festival of the same name.
Although the EP appears to have all the signs of a techno album, this notion is tempered by the introduction of a minimalist and experimental touch, preventing any attempt at genre categorisation or format standardisation.
Mr Hood is a magician, and his album presents us with a musical current which is resolutely underground, favouring a tonal complexity of the sound format to the work of certain omnipresent mainstream productions which surround us.
Contrary to common belief, techno provides greater meaning, reflection and collective experiences, so counterbalancing certain omnipresent mainstream productions which surround us.
So Paradygm Shift has reconnected with the beauty of the gesture, the capacity for empowerment present in the music, which fixes this sound experience at the limits of possibilities and vision.
Robert Hood rarely appears on the other side of the Atlantic, but he will be taking part in the Made in Rennes festival next month. Until then, we shall just have to savour this early stage, where keen ears can pick out tonalities, in the luxury of a rooftop DJ set like being in the darkest spaces of a spring after-party.
By : Antoine Rouzet