You’re forgiven if you don’t already know about the Mostly Robot project but you’re only getting this pass from us once. As the video below will show you, Mostly Robot is a new supergroup that consists of Jamie Lidell, DJ Shiftee, Jeremy Ellis, Tim Exile, Mr. Jimmy and visual collective Pfadfinderei. The band’s homepage on Native Instruments site goes on to say “Mostly Robot is a genuine band, made up of exceptional artists…each musician plays independently – instruments are synced only by the human element, with no MIDI clock or sync grid obstructing their creativity.
In the tradition of inspiring jazz concerts, the show includes creative interpretations of renowned classics – from the twisted electronics of Aphex Twin's ‘Windowlicker’, through Herbie Hancock's proto-electro ‘Rockit’, to Biggie Smalls hip-hop anthem ‘Juicy’. Mostly Robot’s pop-infused genre rollercoaster ride is complimented by insanely inventive solo routines from each band member, as well as never-heard-before original songs by Jamie Lidell.”
It’s a pretty cool idea that seemed to translate pretty well live at their first-ever performance at Sonar this year in Barcelona. The video traces the band’s prep for the gig from a squash court in a rented house and outlines all of the Native Instruments hardware and software that allows these artists to create the show. Check it out, and keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming Mostly Robot presentations in Berlin on September 8th at the Berlin Festival at Night and in Budapest at the Electronic Beats Festival on September 13th.
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