2008 release. It's no wonder Robert Hood is so easily able to see music as an art form, being a visual artist himself (Robert is also an illustrator, creating pencil, charcoal and graphite renderings). On Fabric 39, he wondrously illustrates emotive, scenic and rippling pictures through layered, hypnotic techno blends. The no-nonsense, trend-defying mix doesn't timidly tiptoe around the obvious; it boldly stomps right through the unfamiliar and unforeseen. Fabric 39 stands equidistant between extremes -- yin and yang, head and feet, up and down, black and white -- indeed, that "grey area" embodied to disc. It is simplified, intelligent music that moves and challenges at a fast, unrelenting pace, imaginatively mimicking the feeling of Detroit itself in all its industrial glory. Robert Hood takes stripped-back minimalism and sets beauty to a beat, pours emotions through hi-hats, sings with undulating rhythms and gives machines a tangible feeling of humanity. Artists include: Monobox, Pacou, Marco Lenzi, Joris Voorn, Fab G, Dan March, Diego, Jeff Mills, John Thomas, DJ Skull, Ø [Phase], UK Gold, Solid Decay, Adam Beyer, Mion, Scorp, Los Hermanos, and Low-Life.