Boomkat Product Review:
Heavyweight, nicely sequenced and mixed collection of live versions from the don, Robert Hood, centered around tracks from last year's 'Omega' LP. 'Omega' was inspired by Richard Matheson's end-of-the-world novel (and subsequent movie adaptation) The Omega Man, and for 'Omega Alive' Hood has decided to give an extra "post apocalyptic" burnish to his productions - as if his steely, aerobic minimal techno sound wasn't dystopian enough already. As ever, what separates Hood from his legion imitators is his supernatural grasp of funk, and his ability to wring that funk out of even the most brutally linear, industrial shapes - 'Alpha: Alive' in particular grooves hard and lean, before opening up to admit twinkling arpeggios and an inevitable shout out to Detroit. There are some unfamiliar inclusions ('Bells At Dusk', 'Minimal Minimal'), but of course the real treat is the new versions of classics like 1994's 'Unix' and 'Minus', sounding as well-oiled and punishing as the day they were born. You shouldn't need us to tell you that Hood just owns this sound, and really, you can't go wrong with this album. Sick.