‘Death Star Droid’
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Robot Koch – Away From
Robot Koch – Gorom Sen (Shlohmo Remix)
VIDEO: “Hard to Find”
from ‘Death Star Droid’
Following the successful ‘Aftershocks’ EP on his own Robots Don’t Sleep label, Robot Koch returns with his long anticipated full length ‘Death Star Droid’.
Technically, this is Robot Koch’s debut LP but the man is no rookie – ‘Death Star Droid’ connects the dots between his club project Jahcoozi and his post rock outfit The Tape. He has also made beats and remixes for many international artists including Rustie and Amanda Blank – staple drops in the playlists of bass luminaries such as Mary Anne Hobbs, Gas Lamp Killer and Hudson Mohawke.
‘Death Star Droid’ is infused with dubstep and wonky hip hop, but the introduction of live acoustic instruments and heartfelt melodies is what sets it apart. The grizzly synths and bass lines on ‘While’ are supported by a drifting piano. On ‘Hard To Find’ Robot introduces strings and flutes – the signature use of wobbling Moog and Korg present throughout.
Robot has always drawn inspirations from all ends of the musical spectrum.
Having started out as a drummer in a punk and hardcore band, he found his way into electronic music via hip hop, jazz and DJing. His favourite albums include ‘Reign In Blood’ by Slayer, ‘A Love Supreme’ by John Coltrane and ’36 Chambers’ by Wu-Tang Clan.
Robot’s mixtapes have what could be easily called a cult following on the net. The blogosphere is jam packed with these gems. What sets these mixes apart from the next man’s is the liberty that they exhibited in defying genre based music by combining and clashing a broad spectrum of sound. Flying Lotus recently asked him to contribute a mixtape for the brainfeeder podcast. The mix featured West African folk and rare jazz oddities. Fly Lo had told Robot: “We gotta feed the kids more than just beats.” It’s clear that the man listened.
‘Death Star Droid’ is far more than just a producer album with a selection of up to date beats. It’s a sincere musical statement. Expect to be surprised – this is music made for true music lovers.
‘Death Star Droid’
(Robot’s Don’t Sleep)
Robot Koch album cover
01 Death Star Droid
02 Away From
03 Hard to Find
04 Love & the Machine
05 People are Strange ft. Grace
06 While ft. Manya
07Heaven is my Real Estate
09 Gorom Sen
10 A Song Formerly Known As Tooth
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