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- Paradise by Floorplan (Robert Hood)
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Detroit’s Robert Hood's Floorplan alias is aimed squarely at the dancefloor and embraces house disco and funk influences. The first Floorplan 12" dropped on his Drama label back in 1996 and a succession of 12"s appeared on the label as well as the Duet label up until 2002. Floorplan was put on hiatus until nine years later when the Sanctified EP appeared on M-Plant and then the wicked 'Altered Ego EP'. It's worth noting that the CD and vinyl editions of 'Paradise' have slightly different tracklistings. The CD featuring a few tracks from the two previous EP's: 'Confess', 'Altered Ego' and 'Baby Baby' while the vinyl only features one previously available track 'Confess' which is an infectious uplifting party piano house track. I suspect though if you're a Hood fan then you'll already own those 12"s.
As always with Robert Hood the production is outstanding, the grooves totally infectious with crisp drums, driving bass-lines and his signature sound palette that many have imitated but never bettered. There's straight up techno in abundance but also moments which separate Floor plan from his work under his own name such as the Gospel house of 'Never Grow Old'. 'Eclipse' has a groove reminiscent of Lil Louis' eternal house classic 'French Kiss' complete with sweeping filters. 'Higher' is a peak time techno cut with jacking 909 claps and swishy rides while closer 'Above The Clouds' has a touch of dub techno flavour.
Nobody makes techno like Robert Hood, he is an absolute master of the artform and arguably one of it's greatest producers of all-time. His Fabric mix elevated his name somewhat and 'Paradise' looks destined to do the same with lot's of crossover potential for the more savvy members of the house community. It's always a pleasure to hear Floorplan material even if every single track doesn't quite do it for me. Still there's plenty here to make this well worth adding to the Hood collection. Party guaranteed.
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