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Floorplan bring their blend of house and gospel to the native home of those genres 

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As an original member of politically progressive electronic group Underground Resistance, Robert Hood helped make techno one of Detroit’s biggest exports during the late 80s. But in 1992, he set off on a solo career and began to shape the rhythmic, raw subgenre of minimal techno, often releasing his work under his M-Plant imprint. Hood has recorded under a litany of pseudonyms, including the Vision, Dr. Kevorkian, and Floorplan, which he launched in 1996 to focus on house music. In more recent years his music in that project has increasingly reflected his domestic and spiritual life; 14 years ago he moved his family to Alabama, where he now serves as a local minister, and in 2014 Floorplan morphed into a duo with the addition of Hood’s 16-year-old daughter, Lyric. Hood has publicly spoken about his desire to show the intersection of house and gospel in Floorplan's music, but some of their newest releases include threads of techno too. The thumping title track off 2017’s EP Let the Church (M-Plant) courses forward on frizzled, blown-out percussive loops; whenever the song’s rhythmic skeleton drops out to make room for a brief, nearly screamed soul vocal sample, it manages to ratchet up the energy even further.   v


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