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DJ-Kicks (Mixed Tracks)

Robert Hood

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Robert Hood's installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series offers no unexpected detours or twists -- it's simply 72 minutes of steady, alert techno chugging along like a freight train. Hood lets each track play for about three minutes before smoothly blending it into the next one, and there are no jarring transitions or overdriven effects, just plenty of precise EQ'ing and sweeps. That said, it's still a solid, highly enjoyable mix. Hood's mixing skills are flawless, and there's enough of a balance between more functional passages, where the beats just bang along with a minimal note sequence on top, and moments where the drama is elevated a bit via vocal samples or bigger melodies, such as the neon synth sequence that pops up halfway through Hood's own "Hall of Mirrors." One thing to note is that this a Robert Hood mix and not a Floorplan mix. There are no overt references to Hood's devout Christian faith here, and barely anything resembling gospel, soul, or disco, apart from the looped vocal samples on Adrian Hour's "Make You Feel Good." While Hood is responsible for roughly a third of the tracks, most of the rest are by European producers, including Berghain favorites such as Truncate and Marcel Fengler, in addition to U.K. techno mainstays like Slam and Mark Broom. Still, it's true to Hood's pioneering vision of minimal techno, which focuses on stripped-down, funky machine rhythms, with the overriding goal being to make the crowd move. Hood's DJ-Kicks isn't quite as wild or personality-driven as his Fabric 39 mix from a decade earlier, but it's undeniably focused, and it clearly reaches its intended goal.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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1
Connected (Intro) (Mixed)
Unknown
00:01:37

Unknown, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 Copyright Control

2
Focus (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:04:39

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 !K7 Music

3
Terminal 5 (Mixed)
Truncate
00:03:25

Truncate, MainArtist - David Flores, Composer, Lyricist - Blueprint Publishing, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2017 Blueprint

4
Remain (Mixed)
Slam
00:03:51

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Slam, MainArtist - Stuart McMillan;Orde Meikle, Composer, Lyricist

2018 !K7 Music 2014 Soma Recordings

5
Clocks (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:03:22

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 M-Plant

6
Thwack (Mixed)
Marcel Fengler
00:03:29

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Marcel Fengler, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

2018 !K7 Music 2010 Mote-Evolver 2010

7
King (Gary Beck Remix) (Mixed)
mark broom
00:03:11

Mark Broom, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 EPM Music

8
Greytype I (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:03:28

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 M-Plant

9
Mirror Man (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:03:22

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 M-Plant

10
We Will Not (Mixed)
Stare 5
00:03:11

Bryan Zentz, Composer, Lyricist - EPM Music, MusicPublisher - Stare 5, MainArtist

2018 !K7 Music 2018 EPM Music

11
Video Siren (Mixed)
Gary Beck
00:04:21

Gary Beck, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - BEK Audio, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2013 BEK Audio

12
Dice (Mixed)
Mark Reeve
00:04:35

Mark Reeve, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - SPG Publishing UK Ltd, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2012 Soma Recordings

13
Bond Solid (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:02:38

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

2018 !K7 Music 2017 Dekmantel

14
Signs of Change (Robert Hood Remix) (Mixed)
Landside
00:03:40

Landside, MainArtist - Tank Of Music, MusicPublisher - Emmanuele Nicosia;Brynjar Bjarnfoss, Composer, Lyricist

2018 !K7 Music 2017 Just This

15
Make You Feel Good (Mixed)
Adrian Hour
00:03:11

Adrian Hour, MainArtist - Miguel Adrian Aguero;William Holland, Composer, Lyricist - Toolroom Publishing/Full Thought Publishing, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2014 Toolroom Productions

16
The Knight Rider (Mixed)
Ben Long & Tom Hades
00:02:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Ben Long & Tom Hades, MainArtist - Ben Long;Tom Hades, Composer, Lyricist

2018 !K7 Music 2016 Driving Forces

17
Chained to a Dead Camel (Mixed)
Clouds
00:03:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Clouds, MainArtist - Liam Robertson;Calum MacLeod, Composer, Lyricist

2018 !K7 Music 2013 Overlee Assembly

18
Inwards (Mixed)
Hans Bouffmyhre & Kyle Geiger
00:03:03

Hans Bouffmyhre & Kyle Geiger, MainArtist - BEK Audio, MusicPublisher - Hans Bouffmyhre;Kyle Geiger, Composer, Lyricist

2018 !K7 Music 2015 BEK Audio

19
Machine Form (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:03:47

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 Dekmantel

20
Hall of Mirrors (Mixed)
Robert Hood
00:03:16

Robert Hood, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M-Plant Music / EPM Music, MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2018 M-Plant

21
Confuzed (Mixed)
Oliver Deutschmann
00:03:12

SPG Publishing UK Ltd, MusicPublisher - Oliver Deutschmann, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

2018 !K7 Music 2013 Soma Recordings

22
Protocol (Saturation Edit) (Mixed)
Matrixxman
00:01:30

Matrixxman, MainArtist - Charles Du, Composer, Lyricist - Lord Virtual Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2018 !K7 Music 2013 Fifth Wall Records LLC

Album Description

Robert Hood's installment of the long-running DJ-Kicks series offers no unexpected detours or twists -- it's simply 72 minutes of steady, alert techno chugging along like a freight train. Hood lets each track play for about three minutes before smoothly blending it into the next one, and there are no jarring transitions or overdriven effects, just plenty of precise EQ'ing and sweeps. That said, it's still a solid, highly enjoyable mix. Hood's mixing skills are flawless, and there's enough of a balance between more functional passages, where the beats just bang along with a minimal note sequence on top, and moments where the drama is elevated a bit via vocal samples or bigger melodies, such as the neon synth sequence that pops up halfway through Hood's own "Hall of Mirrors." One thing to note is that this a Robert Hood mix and not a Floorplan mix. There are no overt references to Hood's devout Christian faith here, and barely anything resembling gospel, soul, or disco, apart from the looped vocal samples on Adrian Hour's "Make You Feel Good." While Hood is responsible for roughly a third of the tracks, most of the rest are by European producers, including Berghain favorites such as Truncate and Marcel Fengler, in addition to U.K. techno mainstays like Slam and Mark Broom. Still, it's true to Hood's pioneering vision of minimal techno, which focuses on stripped-down, funky machine rhythms, with the overriding goal being to make the crowd move. Hood's DJ-Kicks isn't quite as wild or personality-driven as his Fabric 39 mix from a decade earlier, but it's undeniably focused, and it clearly reaches its intended goal.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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