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M-Print: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music
Twenty years have passed since Robert Hood established M-Plant as the outlet for his pioneering, minimal reinvention of the Detroit techno blueprint. To mark this anniversary, M-Plant presents M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant. Spanning 33 tracks across 3 CDs, M-Print brings together for the first time a collection of essential Hood moments from the vast M-Plant back-catalog, alongside a hoard of new, remastered, and unreleased material. Covering Hood's output under his own name, as well as his Floorplan and Monobox aliases, the compilation is a coherent journey that celebrates the past, present, and future of the M-Plant label. CD1 explores the imprint's formative years and the golden age of Hood's minimal approach, with classics drawn from genre-defining '90s releases including Minimal Nation (MPM 001CD/LP), Moveable Parts Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, Internal Empire (TRESOR 10077CD/LP), and The Protein Valve. Stripped-down masterpieces such as "The Grey Area," "Minus," and "Realm" give way to the driving atmospherics of "Untitled Sketch" and "Unix." A concluding bridge into 2001's "The Greatest Dancer" is a telling nod to Hood's evolution in the decade that lay ahead. This progression is reflected in CD2, focusing on M-Plant material released between 2009 and 2013, a period in which Hood has expanded his palette, drawing on house, funk, soul, and disco influences while maintaining his status as a true techno architect. The many sides of Robert Hood are on display, from the refined muscle of "Superman," "Alpha," and "Range," to the soulful strains of "Never Grow Old" and the anthemic banger "Baby Baby." CD3 looks to the future of M-Plant while never losing sight of its past. New and unreleased tracks, re-edits, and remixes tap into classic and contemporary Hood themes; the warped pulse of "Monkey" and signature precision of "Minimal Minded" sit among clinical "Re-Plant" revisions of "Externus Oblique" and "The Family," a faithful reinterpretation of 1994's seminal "Minus," and some remastered rarities from The Protein Valve and Moveable Parts vaults. For the first time M-Plant brings together the evolution of a label and artist who continues to inspire the world of electronic music. M-Print: 20 Years of M-Plant is nothing less than essential. As Hood himself says, "M-Plant is more than a compilation. I wanted it to flow like a River of Living Water instead of just a flashback. It represents the unfolding of a dream, it represents passion and determination to make something out of nothing."