Review: Robert Hood – Omega: Alive

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM12

Tracklist:

1. Bells At Dusk
2. Run
3. Alpha: Alive
4. Omega: Alive
5. Minimal, Minimal
6. Who Taught You Math?: Alive
7. Unix: Alive
8. Side Effect: Alive
9. Minus: Alive

Bonus Tracks:

10. Alpha – James Ruskin Remix
11. The Family
12. Atomic

Recommended!

With the ‘Omega’ album from last year, Robert Hood took charge of techno once again. By going for his own interpretation of ‘The Omega Man’ movie from 1971, Hood showcased a side of his music that would fit in a new context, filling up the atmosphere with a more experimental mindset—but not at the cost of his forward headed and driving tracks from the early days.

At the time of the release of ‘Omega’, the very structured sound could at times feel that it was lacking something more. ‘Omega’ came on and off by delivering structures that was firm but at the same time Hood-like, which was forgiving. Although. almost a year has passed since ‘Omega’, where the sound has grown steadily, especially when it comes to Robert Hood’s own dj and live sets from last year, where his material from the album made perfect sense in the way he played it.

‘Omega: Alive’ is almost an hour long showcase of how the previous album could sound when Hood performs it, where the sound architecture fits perfectly and creates a killer mix CD.

Combining old and new material into new shapes, Hood starts out with the tripping ‘Bells at Dusk’, which completely engages and forges the rest of the album in a special way. Continued along the track ‘Run’, which draws a lot of the more classic Hood tracks, with steady and static arrangement.

The mood is transformed a lot throughout the mix, where Hood blends both the calm and wild aspects of his tracks, shining special light over ‘Alpha: Alive’, a new version of ‘Alpha’ from the ‘Alpha / Omega (End Times)’ EP from last year. This time, the sound of this track is more down to the earth and less penetrating, as a new atmosphere follows in line with new melodies—a perfect reworking into a new state of mind.

Straight from the mind of the master; ‘Minimal, Minimal’ is an anthem of crazyness. Working perfectly as a bridge for the live set, it is interesting and good that Hood includes the briding tracks too, as they are needed to continue on when playing live. Even though it might seem as a strange track, it makes perfect sense in a live set, especially from the man himself.

A dangerous move, but a very good one in this case, is the reworked classic material from Hood’s extensive back catalogue. He manages to rework them so they fit the atmosphere of the ‘Omega’ live set and pushes them into a new territory. The reduction both limited to the style of his, but also by the probable equipment used at that time has made the tracks into the special ones that they are today. Interestingly, Hood has elevated the sound of them into a different one, not being able to compare them (there’s really no point), but gives a feeling of refreshment and excitement.

For the bonus tracks, Robert Hood included the James Ruskin remix of ‘Alpha’, as well as the previously released ‘The Family’ and the new track ‘Atomic’. ‘Atomic’ is more experimental in a way that was introduced in ‘Omega’—just as with the album from last year, it will probably grow a lot within time.

‘Omega: Alive’ is released on CD and digitally the 20th of June.

My favorite tracks:

Minus: Alive

Alpha: Alive

Bells at Dusk

Minimal, Minimal

Thanks to Jonas at EPM and Robert Hood for this release.

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1 Response to “Review: Robert Hood – Omega: Alive”


  1. 1 Bággen June 3, 2011 at 05:49

    Wow! I’m realy-realy waiting for the outcome of this CD!
    Another great Robert Hood M-Plant release!

    Thank for the review!

    He will play @ Hungary Budapest next friday can’t wait it!

    Cheers from Hungary
    Bággen


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