A release that harnesses the power of iconic moments from 1972 and 2020.
It is mostly Mallory's speech that makes "The Struggle" pure goosebumps material. Acid lead lines aren't a staple for Robert Hood and he doesn't pull it off with the same finesse that we are used to. The rest of the track is solid, as you would expect from an artist of his calibre, but it has nothing on his best work. The wailing siren and drum rolls that dominate the track's second half don't live up to the first minutes where Mallory steals the show.
The tension lets up with the bassline groove of Floorplan's infectious "Save The Children," symbolic of Hood's view that spirituality is the answer to our struggles. The voices of Dick Gregory, Dr. Betty Shabazz and other influential figures respond to Mallory, asking who's gonna save the children from the state of emergency she describes. Robert and Lyric Hood continue the potent Floorplan formula of wrecking-ball kick drums and joyous vibes. The Detroit mix cranks up the intensity by zooming in on the chord stabs and sampled speeches.
Fri / 14 Aug 2020
01. Robert Hood – The Struggle
02. Floorplan – Save The Children
03. Floorplan – Save The Children (Detroit Mix)