Torque One provides an advance opportunity to hear how Robert Hood plans to tackle the conceptual themes at play in Motor: Nighttime World 3, the Detroit minimalist machine funk exponent's long overdue third instalment of the Nighttime World album series. Set to revolve around "the life, history and future of Detroit's motor industry and its workforce, set against a backdrop of decay, hope and re-birth" Hood might well be opting for a softer, more subtle approach than the grinding, relentless style he's refined in recent years on the basis of the two tracks here. The title track sets the shuffling rhythms deeper in the mix, allowing the brooding tone to dominate as the dubby textural qualities bubble away, while "Movement" combines bristling experimentalism with restrained orchestral strings.
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