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Boomkat Product Review:
Rob Hood trims back to his classic, vacuum-sealed minimal techno aesthetics with the Monobox project’s first new album since 2003
Arriving in pursuit of the streamlined styles of his ‘Forwardbase Kodai’ 12”, the pioneering architect of Detroit minimalism serves eight pulsating distillations of purist techno, concentrating on nuanced shifts of tone and texture as opposed to the more gospel influenced peak time Floorplan gear or the sci-fi inspirations of his beloved work under this government name.
The difference is subtle but clear to hear in the polished crispness and colder, almost dub technoid drive of his styles here. ‘Angel City’ is a sleek missile working with shivering dub chords and martial momentum that also informs ‘Drydockl, while there’s also a steely, puckered teutonic feel to the album’s longest workout, ‘Exoplanet’ and the the coolly pent kick drum gratification of ‘Rise’ or the piquant, trancey leads of the title tune will works wonders at 5am when they really hit home.