Boomkat Product Review:
Boy Robot is what we’d like to consider a bit of a one off. Its the sort of record that fits in so perfectly within the CCO agenda – a love of pop music, electronica, dub, simplicity, catchiness, something memorable. The collaborative effort of Berlin’s Zorn and Uppsala’s Hans Möller , Boy Robot take things from end to end with a myriad of styles that manage to encapsulate and disect a pool of generic ideas that scarcely make an appearance across a full body of work - let alone a first album - perfectly fusing the musical signatures that each artist has perfected over the course of the last few years. From an unfolding rigid digital riddim that mr Zorn structures so well, a cascade of twilight melodies weaving itself in and out of the ride to a ballearic vibe that seems deliciously out of place, like a tranquilised, late night version of post-rave blues. If you’re familiar with the work of both of them, you will be instantly aware of the magic at play. Over the last couple of years, zorn has aquired a reputation for deep technoid tracks, focusing on complex rhythms. Möller, meanwhile, fits perfectly into that image, adding his own vision of percussive structure and melodies, playing the melodica and the kalimba imbuing the whole album with a more acoustic edge. So imagine, if you will, an album that spans across from Basic Channel infused micro stepping dub washes, through to Monolake rewired technotik structures and ending up at the other extreme – flowing washes of acousticly maintained ambient pop. This is an album that will surpirse a lot of people. An album so resolutely diverse and coherent at the same time, a rare thing these days. Highly Recommended.