Trulz and Robin presents: Robomatic Mpc 101
I have to admit, I’m not a great lover of electro. Too often, the sound feels tinny, too lightweight. It lacks the richness (and fat bass) of techno. Having said that…this six track mini-LP from Scandinavian Robin C, of Trulz and Robin, is an absolute corker.
The opening salvo of ‘Nya drömmar’ proffers a pounding electro beat, punctuated by spasmodic, off-kilter synth twangs that fly in all directions giving a taste of things to come. Following closely behind is the gloriously funky ‘Elven,’ all grinding, stop-start bass, harsh handclaps and frantic synth, a frenzy of twisting, turning electro that leaves you breathless. A savage, discordant element pervades ‘Siste stasjon,’ its harsh beat, lightning fast bass and funky percussion constructing a ferocious union of sounds.
Combining intense acid and electro, ‘Bleep‘ advances at a furious pace, the unremitting beat untroubled by the splashes of whirling, blooping synth and percussion layered on top. The potent vibe continues with ‘Kan inte stoppa,’ its agitated tone accentuated by distorted acid and querulous synth twists, all pushing and pulling in an effort to assert dominance. Final tune, ‘Antligen hemma’ persists with the fast-paced electro beats of its predecessors, supporting the nimble synth sound which scatterguns wildly across the surface.
Electro with attitude.
Review by D
Clips of whole EP
Blurb: The Cymasonic Recordings label has gotten its hands on a textbook specimen of the old school electro sound with the Mpc 101 EP. The six track mini-LP is the undertaking of Robomatic, a moniker assumed for this project by Robin C, also one half of Trulz & Robin and Dance Disorder. At a time when much of dance music is being degraded and repurposed for a younger generation mostly unaware of their roots, this ‘electro-romantic’ homage to the true sound proves a necessary addition to the dialogue: electro said in confidence.
Highlights like “Nya drömmar,” “Bleep,” and “Elven” take listeners back to a purer time that even predates techno, while worshipping the same seemingly alien electro-pop influences of Kraftwerk, the distinguisher being that it has more to do with early electronic experimentations in hip-hop and funk. The best thing about the electronic culture is that the lines have always been a bit blurred, bleeding over any perceived borders. This is how Cymasonic finds itself releasing in such a classic American style — but produced by Scandinavians — and the planet continues to spin ’round.