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  • Summary: The debut full-length release from Robert Hood under his DJ alias Floorplan includes elements of gospel, house, jazz and techno music.
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  1. The Wire
    Dec 10, 2013
    Robert Hood's first album as Floorplan is if anything more functional than Marcel Dettmann's offering. [Oct 2013, p.58]
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    You're drawn in by a minimalist master at work.
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    From a distance, Paradise continues to connect the dots of Hood's career, but up close, it's completely absorbing.
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    Aesthetically, funk, soul, and gospel are part of the same tradition that runs from African polyrhythms, through house and classical minimalism, to minimal techno, and Hood’s faith enables him to embrace these influences as more than just empty signifiers. The result enriches all of these traditions, making for a thrilling and enlightening listen that forces a fresh look at Hood’s peers and back catalogue.
  5. Jul 23, 2013
    Paradise is a record with a big personality that demonstrates how much your integrity as an artist informs your music and why that slippery qualification separates someone like Hood from the legions of lesser producers out there.
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    They’re solid tracks though few approach his greatest moments.
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    It's slightly more accessible than his previous work. [Sep 2013, p.102]
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  1. Jul 24, 2013
    What is so great about Paradise is that you actually feel like you are in paradise when listening to this album. What Robert Hood A.K.AWhat is so great about Paradise is that you actually feel like you are in paradise when listening to this album. What Robert Hood A.K.A Floorplan has created is a very upbeat and groovy album. With this album, you feel like you are on a beach in Mexico and you are just having a fun time. Songs like "Baby Baby" and "Never Grow Old" just have those vibes where you just want to start slowly moving to the beat of each respective song. Not all songs have that groovy feeling though, and I wished they did. Songs like "Higher" and "Eclipse", although have good beats, seem too dubstep-ish and too hard electro for "Paradise". Other than a couple songs that move away from the flow, (they are still good songs), this album is a very consistent and very groovy piece of music. Expand