The three members of My Favorite Robot started their activities (running a label and being an electronic music trio) with a shared mission: Ignore the norm and broaden the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible. “We try to blur the boundaries between ‘songs’ and typical dance floor music. All three of us are children of the 70s and 80s and we want our music to be a representation of our respective influences. We grew up listening to ‘songs’ rather than ‘tracks’ and we want that quality to resound in the music we make and release.”

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Artist: My Favorite Robot
Based: Canada
Label: My Favorite Robot
Podcast #029

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The three members of My Favorite Robot started their activities (running a label and being an electronic music trio) with a shared mission: Ignore the norm and broaden the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible. “We try to blur the boundaries between ‘songs’ and typical dance floor music. All three of us are children of the 70s and 80s and we want our music to be a representation of our respective influences. We grew up listening to ‘songs’ rather than ‘tracks’ and we want that quality to resound in the music we make and release.”

Strikingly, MFR started out as a duo (formed by Jared Simms and Voytek Korab), and the third member (James Teej) didn’t join the group until five years later. “Voytek and Jared started the project in Montreal and at one point Jared moved to Toronto. There, he encountered James and there was this instant connection. Initially, James just released his solo records on MFR Records, but later on he became involved in the day-to-day business of the label as well. Quickly, we started collaborating in the studio on a frequent basis, because James has a wealth of technical knowledge and skills. So eventually all of the lines were blurred and it was a matter of course that he would become a full member of My Favorite Robot.”

CHANGE IN DYNAMICS

This development entailed a change of dynamics: “But because strongly share the same vision, that doesn’t matter all that much. We do differ in tastes, but we respect each other in that area. And when it comes to concrete activities for My Favorite Robot, everyone does their part. We know where our individual strengths are, so we let every person do their own specific tasks. For instance: Jared is more involved with the day-to-day works of the record label, James keeps busy with the technical studio stuff that we all understand, but he has a quicker way of doing things and Voytek is the main vocalist of the bunch, who also contributes in songwriting. This breakdown isn’t strict at all, and every person jumps in when necessary. We maintain a strong do it yourself mentality. 20 years ago, everyone in the music industry had a specific specialty, but nowadays you have to know a little bit about all fields of work.

We currently don’t even live in the same city anymore. Voytek still lives in Montreal, I live in Toronto and James has moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador. With the way technology has developed, that’s easily manageable. We keep each other up to date through email and Skype and we plan in studio time regularly.”

FROM CLUB TO LIVE

The addition of James Teej opened up a realm of possibilities. Previously, Korab and Simms only did DJ sets as a duo, but with James, the possibilities of a live set opened up. “As soon as James joined us, we started transforming into a live concept. It took us a while, because that transformation takes a different approach when it comes to the creation of music. We wanted to have a solid collection of material before performing live, which turned out to be our album (‘Atomic Age’, 2013). The album is more song-based, which is better suited for live performances. Besides that, we still make club music and do DJ sets as My Favorite Robot, but those DJ sets are done with a maximum of two people, because three DJ’s would make a DJ set confusing for us and for the audience.”

My Favorite Robot tries to maintain the spontaneity of their DJ sets in their live performances, in accordance to their mission that we mentioned before: “When we were rehearsing for our first live shows, Voytek suddenly started a spontaneous jam of Alice in Chain songs. Jared and James were completely surprised and thus decided to keep that in our live set.”

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“We’re taking our time with this podcast. It’s a chance for us to show all of our diversity and give an impression of our tastes at this moment. We’re really taking it step by step, adding song after song and working on it for a longer period of time. That way, we’re not forgetting songs and we can really dig into our record bags.”

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They call it surfer house, and it’s easy to imagine why. There is a certain lightness that’s not easy to effect when using analog instruments. It’s as if the notes that are used are out the floating in the air, hitting your ear drum irregularly and coincidentally, instead of them being forced into the side of your head.

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Artist: Trackman Lafonte & Bon Qui Qui
Title: Fascinating Facts
Label: Creme Organization
Catalog#: CREME1256
Releasedate: 2012-04-23

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They call it surfer house, and it’s easy to imagine why. There is a certain lightness that’s not easy to effect when using analog instruments. It’s as if the notes that are used are out the floating in the air, hitting your ear drum irregularly and coincidentally, instead of them being forced into the side of your head.

It’s impossible to keep track of every Legowelt alias out there, but this joint project with Xosar is one we’ll certainly keep an eye on. We’re praying that he will one day go the Roman Flügel way and decides to forego all aliases. Let’s be honest: Danny Wolfers still has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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Girls, hold on to you Panama hats, because this is going to be one intense ride. What starts out as a very threadbare track with some minimal synth elements all of a sudden deepens around the 1:25-mark. As if you’re in the movie theatre, watching a movie in 3D without the glasses for the first thirty minutes before finally putting them on.

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Artist: C.A.R.
Title: Idle Eyes (Roman Flügel Remix)
Label: Kill the DJ
Catalog#: 64567
Releasedate: 2014-09-29

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Girls, hold on to you Panama hats, because this is going to be one intense ride. What starts out as a very threadbare track with some minimal synth elements all of a sudden deepens around the 1:25-mark. As if you’re in the movie theatre, watching a movie in 3D without the glasses for the first thirty minutes before finally putting them on.

In essence, the track is quite simple. The way that it’s put together with minimal elements, gaining maximum effect, is a testament of Roman Flügel’s genius. This is bittersweet, since we feel that this could be his masterpiece, leaving no room for improvement. This is a composition that belongs to life’s top moments, like the first time you see a sunrise at Melt Festival or receiving an assenting response to your marriage proposal.

We’ll just go out and say it: this is a modern day Bolero that would make Ravel return to the drawing table.

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Do you know that feeling when you are already late, you’re about to leave and you need to pee? After that, you REALLY need to leave in a hurry because.. well, you already needed to leave right before peeing. And right at that moment you find out you have no clue where your keys are. That feeling of utter chaos and self-loathing because you’re that idiot who never puts his keys in a standardized place.

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Artist: Clockwork & Tale Of Us
Title: Lost Keys
Label: Life And Death
Catalog#: LAD009CD
Releasedate: 2013-04-15

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Do you know that feeling when you are already late, you’re about to leave and you need to pee? After that, you REALLY need to leave in a hurry because.. well, you already needed to leave right before peeing. And right at that moment you find out you have no clue where your keys are. That feeling of utter chaos and self-loathing because you’re that idiot who never puts his keys in a standardized place.

Well, this track definitely does not describe that feeling, it’s actually quite the opposite: a beautiful and soothing track. Slowly evolving pads, subtile bassline and, well… the sound of ringing keys. This calming, yet interesting piece of work is probably the last soundtrack that would be playing in our heads when we’ve lost our keys. But if it would, yours truly would be very happy to be such chaotic guy.

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This track is far from new, but it seems to gain popularity in the form of waves rolling towards the beach, but then leaving gradually. The recent wave, thanks to Jackmaster who over the years has kept playing the track here and there in his sets, happened end of last September. Jackmaster dubs it ‘the tune of the week/month/year and the history of the universe’. But because this track keeps popping up every couple of years, it’s not a track everybody has already heard. It’s kind of a classic, but then again it’s also something many people haven’t heard yet. So we decided to share it.

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Artist: Fatima Yamaha
Title: What’s A Girl To Do
Label: D1 Recordings
Catalog#: DONE061
Releasedate: ?

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This track is far from new, but it seems to gain popularity in the form of waves rolling towards the beach, but then leaving gradually. The recent wave, thanks to Jackmaster who over the years has kept playing the track here and there in his sets, happened end of last September. Jackmaster dubs it ‘the tune of the week/month/year and the history of the universe’. But because this track keeps popping up every couple of years, it’s not a track everybody has already heard. It’s kind of a classic, but then again it’s also something many people haven’t heard yet. So we decided to share it.

Music sometimes has the ability to trigger a feeling of recognition, or sometimes it even brings back very specific memories. It kinda feels like coming home to a place where you’ve lived for many years. It feels like looking at old photographs of your childhood. Or meeting up with that one friend you haven’t seen in years, but you guys still connect the same way you always did. When it happens you get warm fuzzy feelings and of course the dumb grin on your face that can be roughly translated to ‘remember that moment when the thing happened, that was so awesome’.

‘What’s a Girl To Do’ did this to a couple of us for some reason. Therefore we feel like maybe we’ve heard this tune before and to be even more precise; we think we heard it when we were young. It feels so familiar we can’t help but think it was a soundtrack to some kids movie we liked. Or maybe because of the instruments used, and the repetitive melody, it’s reminiscent of the 16-bit video games that we played back then. However, Fatima Yamaha, pseudonym of Bas Bron – Dutch producer of the infamous Dutch rap formation ‘De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’ and the guy behind ‘Bastian – You’ve Got My Love’ – created this beautiful piece of tranquility in 2004. So did the producer base this track on an existing soundtrack from our youth? Or are our minds just playing tricks on us and have we never heard this tune at the age that this track reminds of us so much? Could it be that because a track reminds you of a period in your life, that your brain automatically connects the track to certain memories you already have? It definitely leaves us wondering which part of our associative memories is actually true, and which part might be created by music. But if you feel what we feel when you hear this track, you’re going to have it on repeat for about an hour the first time you listen to it. – DW. & R.

P.S. The entire Fatima Yamaha album is available to download for free here;

http://www.d1.ie/music.php?intLabelID=1&intReleaseID=87

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Leap. Easy as that. Just leap. To where? What do you associate with ‘Leap’? You decide for yourself. But listening to this track makes you think Nick Dow wants you to leap somewhere kind of strange, kind of eerie but still with a spark of hope, of beauty somewhere in the dark. Like jumping from a cliff into a dark oceanic cave, with only one ray of light showing you shimmers and submerged treasures.

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Artist: Nick Dow
Title: Leap
Label: Traum Schallplatten
Catalog#: TRAUMV180
Releasedate: 2014-09-01

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Leap. Easy as that. Just leap. To where? What do you associate with ‘Leap’? You decide for yourself. But listening to this track makes you think Nick Dow wants you to leap somewhere kind of strange, kind of eerie but still with a spark of hope, of beauty somewhere in the dark. Like jumping from a cliff into a dark oceanic cave, with only one ray of light showing you shimmers and submerged treasures.

Diving deeper only gets you more breathless, just like the climax of this track can kind of overwhelm you and sweep your breath away. Somewhere mid way, your doubt kicks in to either move on or go back. That final climax gives you one last look into what leap you took when you started this track. A wonderful wall of sounds and scapes.

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My Favorite Robot aren’t afraid to pay homage to their influences, as evidenced by this podcast. The basis is formed by a nice foundation of deep techno, yet al the garnish is formed by some synthpop, african drum patterns and wavey disco.

My Favorite Robot tries to maintain the spontaneity of their DJ sets in their live performances, in accordance to their mission of ignoring borders and broadening the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible: “When we were rehearsing for our first live shows, Voytek suddenly started a spontaneous jam of Alice in Chain songs. Jared and James were completely surprised and thus decided to keep that in our live set.”

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Artist: My Favorite Robot
Label: My Favorite Robot
Based: Toronto (CAN)

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My Favorite Robot aren’t afraid to pay homage to their influences, as evidenced by this podcast. The basis is formed by a nice foundation of deep techno, yet al the garnish is formed by some synthpop, african drum patterns and wavey disco.

My Favorite Robot tries to maintain the spontaneity of their DJ sets in their live performances, in accordance to their mission of ignoring borders and broadening the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible: “When we were rehearsing for our first live shows, Voytek suddenly started a spontaneous jam of Alice in Chain songs. Jared and James were completely surprised and thus decided to keep that in our live set.”

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Try your hand at this thumping, gloomy track to get your weekend started on this night of Halloween. S Olbricht has his roots in some of the darker industrial genres, which is quite evident when you hear this track. Instead of a snare drum, he uses a sound that resembles Darth Vader panting in your neck. Complementing that is a misty synth pattern that babbles on over a dusty layer of percussions.

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Artist: S Olbricht
Title: Venus
Label: Lobster Theremin
Catalog#: LTWHT003
Releasedate: 29-09-2014

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Try your hand at this thumping, gloomy track to get your weekend started on this night of Halloween. S Olbricht has his roots in some of the darker industrial genres, which is quite evident when you hear this track. Instead of a snare drum, he uses a sound that resembles Darth Vader panting in your neck. Complementing that is a misty synth pattern that babbles on over a dusty layer of percussions.

If that isn’t spooky enough for you on this All Hallows’ Eve, you should check out his album ‘The Last Act of Dorothy Stratten’, which is a concept album about the murder of real-life Playmate Dorothy Stratten. In his own words (from an interview with Electronic Beats): “She was Playmate of the Year in 1980 and was murdered aged 20. Since then she has been almost totally forgotten, a true character from another era who’s only remembered by those who were around back then. Regarding nostalgia, there’s something about the mastering and lo-fi sound – but not the music – that I’ve used. The cassette symbolizes a lost and found memory of those times. It’s a kind of flashback.”

This guy creeps us out, but in a good way. Especially on Halloween.

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In the Netherlands, Cinnaman is regarded as one of the bright young DJ-talents. As a selector he has been known to be on the forefront of new developments in every thinkable genre of house music culminating in his regular and long-running club night Colors in TrouwAmsterdam. Although we’ve been a fan of him for quite some time now, we hadn’t considered to invite him for our podcast series until we saw a deeper side of him when he did an all nighter in De Verdieping, the second room at Colors during Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013. We came to see Julio Bashmore and Kowton, yet we spent all night with Cinnaman during his 6-hour journey in Trouw’s infamous second room.

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Artist: Cinnaman
Based: Netherlands
Podcast #028

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In the Netherlands, Cinnaman is regarded as one of the bright young DJ-talents. As a selector he has been known to be on the forefront of new developments in every thinkable genre of house music culminating in his regular and long-running club night Colors in TrouwAmsterdam. Although we’ve been a fan of him for quite some time now, we hadn’t considered to invite him for our podcast series until we saw a deeper side of him when he did an all nighter in De Verdieping, the second room at Colors during Amsterdam Dance Event in 2013. We came to see Julio Bashmore and Kowton, yet we spent all night with Cinnaman during his 6-hour journey in Trouw’s infamous second room.

“Yes, that was a fun night. Trouw has become kind of my second home and all the people working and playing there feel like one big family that I have become a part of. With Trouw closing in Januari, it’s kind of like we’ve all grown up and leaving our parents’ home. Still, I think we will keep that family bond and move to different places across Amsterdam or across the country.”

With Trouw closing, everyone is wondering what will be the next great club in Amsterdam that everybody will frequent in the future. “Well the thing is, you see all these new initiatives and that of course is great in itself, as long as they don’t try to be ‘the next Trouw’. The beauty about Trouw is that it was a stamp on a certain generation, just like Club 11, RoXY and iT were for previous generations. Although I’ve been to Club 11, I never had that special connection with it like I have with Trouw. It’s now up to the next generation to build something that is tailored to them. It has to grow naturally, just like Trouw did. It’s not like Trouw was the great club it is now directly after Club 11 closed. It had to evolve into what it is now and the same goes for the next club that is going the be the next great thing.”

The end of Trouw also means uncertainty for Cinnaman’s club night Colors. “We [Cinnaman and his Colors-partners Volcmar Lammers and Lukas Nieuwenhuijsen] are still contemplating Colors’ future, but personally I think maybe the end of Trouw will also be a nice ending for Colors. It really belonged to that place and if we decide to continue throwing parties, I think it should be something entirely new, in a new place.”

In the past, we have featured one of Cinnaman’s productions: a collaboration with Tom Trago [as Yuro & Trago; Cinnaman’s given namen is Yuri Boselie]. Apart from that, there are not a whole lot of Cinnaman productions out there. We wondered why. “I actually spend a lot of time in the studio. I’m too big of a perfectionist to release more music though. To me it’s just a way to keep myself entertained. Some people play video games, I like to fiddle around in a studio. Sometimes a friend comes over like Tom and then we decide to just release it for the hell of it, but mostly it’s for myself.”

That perfectionist approach also shines throught when Cinnaman is making a podcast. “I’m never satisfied. I spent a lot of time on this one as well. Making a podcast is totally different from playing in a club. There’s no crowd energy when you’re making a podcast at home, you’re just playing music for your blank wall. That makes me insecure. I’d rather just get an instant reaction to the music I’m playing.”

One time he even got quite an unusual reaction from a guest. “There was this time a guy came up to me and asked if I wanted to play at his wedding. I was like “Yeah, hit me up, we should definitely do that, I’ll even do it for free!” I was totally looking forward to that. Playing some old disco and 80’s set full of hits and obscure records that I have collected over the years. I think he got scared from my reaction or thought that I was sarcastic. Long story short, I haven’t heard from him ever again. Still, I hope he’s happily married now.”

By this point in our conversation, we started to get the impression that Cinnaman never considered to do any other thing than making music, so we dared to ask the most cliché question thinkable: What would he be doing if he weren’t making music? “To be honest, I’ve never even considered such a scenario. The only thing I’ve known is making music and that’s what I’ve been doing my entire life. There was never a plan B, because it just always was this way and luckily I haven’t had to worry about doing anything else.”

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A new recording for our ‘Live at SEKOIA’-series. We could give you an extensive lecture about Tsepo, the mix or the event but let’s just quote the man himself for this one:

“Thursday we had a fun party in a warehouse, we had djs like dennis, florinsz, some afro and a guy from ireland. We had great fun. Ok. Bye.”

Fair enough.

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Artist: Tsepo
Label: Trouw
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

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A new recording for our ‘Live at SEKOIA’-series. We could give you an extensive lecture about Tsepo, the mix or the event but let’s just quote the man himself for this one:

“Thursday we had a fun party in a warehouse, we had djs like dennis, florinsz, some afro and a guy from ireland. We had great fun. Ok. Bye.”

Fair enough.

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