Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave review

Posted on 5 August 2010
By Martin Higgins
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Shit Robot’s release offers a serious slice of electronic danceability, churning out the polished electro sounds that DFA have become renowned for with stable mates LCD Soundsystem and Holy Ghost!

Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot moved from his hometown of Dublin to the bright lights of New York in 1992 and began throwing subterranean electro parties in the city.

During these formative years he met DFA co-founder James Murphy, who is now releasing the album on his esteemed and progressive label. It will follow on from the Irishman’s 2009 release, Simple Things Work It Out.

Tuff Enuff is the first of the album’s nine tracks and it opens on a brawny bassline that builds into a shimmering Kraftwerk synthscape. While I Found Love lays down funk-driven electric bass currents giving the track a rawness and edge which should appeal to the moody, ruffles type character.

Of the nine tracks on the album, two stand head and shoulders above the rest. This is not to the detriment of the other tracks which have their own individual merits – it is just that Losing My Patience and Take Em Up are on another level and reach higher musical plateau altogether.

Losing My Patience features Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor belting out a powerful chorus which spreads out over lush backing keys, the harmonies and the machine music complement each other perfectly. Take ’Em Up is a sparkling disco track with a driving electro beat, the female vocals add that je ne sais quoi and send the track into overdrive.

From the Cradle to the Rave establishes a unique sound for Shit Robot but fits comfortably into the back catalogue of James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy’s New York label.

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