Free for the Robots ( Moonchild - King Crimson )

New one from these eclectic Cali associates, friends of Obey who some of you might know from their appearance on the Jazz & Milk breaks comp last year. There's a fine line with this kinda stuff: of course, nobody wants to hear a band stuck in the same style on every tune, but you also have to be wary of "too many cooks spoiling the broth." Free The Robots tread on that line like some tightrope performers, and they manage to pull off the trick on every track here, balancing breakbeats, psychedelia, hip hop and electronic elements like it's nothin'. From the smoked-out, spattering, Speak-N-Spell groove of "Listen To The Future" to the jazzy "Session Two", these guys show that they can even weave dialogue and non-traditional lyrics into their music. The title alone on "Yoga Fire" had us Street Fighter nerds trippin', but the music (sounds like a Bollywood breakbeat version of "Apache") ain't too shabby either. Lastly, check the bouncy, swingin' "Jazzhole", and if you still aren't convinced, I guess this isn't your cuppa joe.


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