Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most cherished and influential Techno albums of all time.
Upon its release in 1994 it sounded like little that had come before it, taking the first wave influences of tracky Chicago boxjams and Detroit funk-finesse before gutting them and fitting them out with a shiny new Detroit motor that clicked and whirred. Hood's minimalism is more about funk than any academic ambitions; he knew that subtle shifts in rhythm pattern and simple hints of melody were enough to create a devastating groove without going over the top into rock style bombast that a lot of techno of the time was verging on. His tracks worked more like a circle of drummers setting a pace and introducing repetitive phrases intuitively rather than a group of blokes with noisy machines trying to make everyone submit to funk.
This album is the perfect showcase of this restraint and innately considered organisation with the majestic 'Museum' using only a couple of sounds to drive dancers into a frenzy, while the teased elements of 'Unix' circle each other to release small but powerful fillips of funk energy for the floor. Basically; a masterclass in Detroit Future Funk.