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July 6, 2012
For their latest release, the My Favorite Robot Records crew turn to Slok and Djuma Soundsystem for a superb split artist EP.
My Favorite Robot are having a pretty impressive start to the summer season, with a successful showcase party at Sonar, a standout guest slot at the opening of DC10 in Ibiza and a host of releases on the label, including a new album from Jori Hulkkonen. Now Jared, James and Voytek are looking to their next signing in the shape of the a split artist EP featuring two sterling acts, Italy’s Slok and the Scandinavian duo Djuma Soundsytem.
Simms and Korab originally formed the My Favorite Robot act in Montreal back in 2002 and the label in 2008, shortly after Jared’s move to Toronto. At the same time, the duo hooked up with the No.19 Music crew and James Teej and a new chapter in Canadian music history was born. Teej, who was already recording for Rekids and other influential imprints, soon became involved in the My Favorite Robot label and a musical affinity between himself and Simms and Korab lead to the duo to becoming a trio. Whilst their good friends at No.19 went on to form the massively successful Art Department, the boys at My Favorite Robot worked alongside them building their own label into a global beacon for quality electronic music.
Recently, My Favorite Robot Records has received huge critical acclaim and has released music from the likes of Tim Paris, Sasse, Nitin, Chloe, Michael J Collins, Kenny Glasgow, Jonny White, Phonogenic, The Model, Murphy Jax and Emerson Todd to name but a few.
2011 saw My Favorite Robot releasing on Crosstown Rebels and Visionquest, remixing for Jori Hulkonnen’s Processory project and 2012 is even brighter with projects upcoming on Life & Death, Last Night On Earth and BPitch Control. There are also plans for a series of label-driven events around the globe. Already established as a force to be reckoned with, it seems it is now time for the Robots to take on the world.
Slok (a.k.a. Alessandro Russo) has been a pre-eminent force in electronic music for some time now, releasing a string of outstanding singles on labels such as SAW, Irma, Circle and his own Electronic Petz, while remixing for the likes of Get Physical, Kling Klong and of course My Favorite Robot Records. Now he returns with a brand new remake of his 2005 Saw Recordings release Lonely Child - deep, atmospheric, rolling house rhythms provide the base for the breathy and ethereal vocals whilst the arrangement builds the intensity with an extended and spacious drop. Quality stuff.
On the flipside, we have Copenhagen-based Norwegian producer Mikkas Skulstad a.k.a. Djuma Soundsystem, who’s previously released on the likes of Eskimo, Neurotraxx and Rebirth. Here he offers up Come Together, a wonderfully laid-back, electro-influenced house cut that draws on sparse drum programming, heavily effected vocals and retro synths to create a genuinely original sounding record that is a pure pleasure.
Once again, My Favorite Robot Records offers up a single that defies genre classification and is sure to please the label’s ever expanding fanbase. Another stellar release from this superb Canadian imprint.