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Hexstatic - When Robots Go Bad
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When Robots Go Bad


Released: 2nd July 2007 | 12 track album
The dynamic duo, Hexstatic, return to the fray with When Robots Go Bad, their finest album yet. Taking their electro obsession to greater heights than ever before, WRGB finds Robin Brunson and Stuart Warren-Hill mashing up sounds and influences in search of the ultimate machine groove. From first track Red Laser Beam they lay out their wares - crunching guitar samples, huge drum box beats and enough synths to drown a nation beneath a sea of (sine) waves. It's such a euphoric opening that it's hard to imagine how they can keep the pressure up. First single Roll Over quickly lays any fears to rest. Featuring new vocal find Sabirajade, this is a swinging groove of heavily-layered keyboards and soulful, sultry vocals. Tokyo Traffic takes the tempo up again for an acidic, glitchy, serialist pop-locker of a tune that just about makes sense of the term future-retro. Freak Me features B+, a female MC from Oz, who effortlessly rides a more minimalist, sexy, funky riff. Continuing the sexy theme, Prom Night Party is a complete re-work of a classic 'lost' track from Mike Ladd's Majesticons project. Electronic ode to love TLC gives the boys an opportunity to take the tempo right down, whereas Move On (featuring Edinburgh MC Profisee) starts to drive us forward again. B+ returns on A Different Place, a floating electronic groove that shows she can do much more than rap. Subway is another tune for a new generation of breakers, Profisee offering a paen to underground music inspired by the forced fears of a nation. From Lab Rat onward the vocoder takes over - Newton's Cradle, Newaves and the superb Bust offering an object lesson in the contrasting ways in which synths and drum boxes can be used to create superb, funny, funky, driving dance music.