On the first note… opener We Magnify His Name even manages to be stylistically varied within the one track. It starts out sounding like a good-time filter disco cut, then surprises you by bursting into an all-out gospel number before settling down into a rollicking carnival-esque groove to see out the rest of its 9-some minutes. Fantastic stuff.
Second cut Baby Baby couldn't be much more different. It's a fast-paced n' bouncy techno number that sounds like nothing so much as the kind of nu-NRG the late great Tony De Vit made Trade famous for. That's right, kids – it used to be socially acceptable to be into deep house and garage, and dig Trade as well. It may seem strange to you young 'uns but s'true.
Misty-eyed nostalgia aside and back to the EP, and Basic Principle brings proceedings to a close, and what a close it is. It's a BIG organ-fuelled house/techno tune with an epic feel – think Plastic Dreams or Positive Education or The Man With The Red Face, that's the kind of big and epic we're talking.
So basically: old-skool legend known for sparse, uncompromising techno takes time out, makes some houseified shizzle, pisses all over 90% of everything else out there, gets on with his day. You gotta respect that… and you gotta get a hold of this.
Out: This week
About: This comes on Mr Hood's own M-Plant, naturally. And I should point out that doing the housed-up Floorplan thing isn't exactly a new venture for him, he's been doing it since the mid-90s. So it's no surprise he's really very good at it by now!
Make a joyful noise unto the Hood, for he is worthy :-)