Unbroken chord loops on early Hood tracks like "Unix" and "Rhythm Of Vision" are more disjoined on Spectral Nomad, which has been reissued by Metroplex. On the title track, those sounds are more hesitant, pecking and clawing the rhythm into shape. The same chords resurface on "Explain The Style," arranged in a seven-note string that begins smoothly before seizing up. Other motifs overlap across the EP. "Explain The Style" and "Detroit: One Circle" share a one-word chant, "Detroit." Aqueous sounds bubble underneath most tracks in counter-melodic patterns. Choppy drum breaks—heavy on hi-hats that sound like sharpened knives—appear on "Spectral Nomad" and "Modern And Ancient."
If many of Hood's tracks in the mid-'90s were defined by simple outlines, then Spectral Nomad scrambled those contours. The broken techno of "Modern And Ancient" foreshadows the sort of club music now thriving in Bristol. On the 12-inch's undoubted anthem, "Detroit: One Circle," the sounds of malfunction—boings, pings, sirens—float like debris in a fast-running current. It works wonders.