When first released as a vinyl double-pack 'Minimal Nation' not only sounded unlike any other record but also looked like no other, with each track finishing in a locked groove that forced the listener to flick the needle to the next track. Each groove was built from harsh angular elements that when combined created an alien funk not bereft of warmth or soul. A sound so unique that its single spark echoed around the world and took electronic music into new uncharted territory. As Rob Nash noted in The Sunday Times (December 2008) "minimal's roots go further back, it was invented in 1994, not 2004, and in Detroit, not Berlin. Its inventor was Robert Hood. His 1994 album, Minimal Nation marked the birth of minimal techno." Robert Hood had in fact been experimenting with the sound that was to define his life since he left Underground Resistance. "Around 1992", he recalls, "I was fooling around with the Juno 2 keyboard and I came across this chord sound; once I had that chord sound and a particular pattern I realized I didn't need anything else. In order to maximise the feeling of the music, sometimes we have to subtract."
To this day Minimal Nation remains the benchmark, the ground zero of 'minimal'. The first record to conceptually take the Pavlovian Dog's principle of less is more straight to the dancefloor with its insistent loops and surging funk patterns. As Robert himself concludes, "Minimal Nation is not just a collection of rhythm tracks, but a supernatural work of art realized. I felt a strong sense of urgency to create a body of work that identified with what was placed on my heart, as opposed to what was on my mind. Regardless, of it's diminutive nature, one should never underestimate the neural potency of minimalism."