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Band:   Giant Robot | CD (2005) MP3   Real Media Stream
Release:   Domesticity MP3   Real Media Stream
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GIANT ROBOT - Domesticity

Giant Robot started out in the mid-90's as a loose collective intent on 20-minute dub jams. The size of the entourage was, for many years, a mystery to all. Communication within the band was handled via posters and flyers to ensure that an appropriate amount of musicians, dj's, fire breathers, breakdancers, video manipulators and Nordic urban ninjas could congregate at the show. The first ep "33RPM ROBOTICS" was released in 1997. It included a version of the Finnish folk song "Konevitsan kirkonkellot", which Giant Robot infused with heavy doses of bassiosity, dub and hip hop. There were some personnel changes and by spring 1999 professionalism had replaced chaos, pop-ambitions superceded jamming, and the group had become a viable unit that handled its communications via SMS. Giant Robot's 2nd ep "Helsinki Rock City" (1999) became the underground party anthem of the summer and consequently was in the Top-10 of all Finnish year's end music polls. The fall of 1999 saw the release of "Urban International". The ep included remixes by house-music mastermind Jori Hulkkonen, beat perverts Pepe DeLuxe and hip hop producer Jonny Bro. Giant Robot released its' first full-length album "Crushing You With Style" just before Christmas 1999 in Finland. Other European counties followed in the spring. The single "Jennifer Kissed Me" did very well in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The video was shown on MTV all over Europe (including Russia). French dj Laurent Garnier included Giant Robot's music in his playlist. The consequent European tour took the band all over the place, from
Paris to St. Petersburg, from Berlin and Reykjavik to Oulu. Giant Robot's second album, "Superweekend", was a hypnotic carpet of sound, with a hard, modern sheen to it. It had a more r'n'b-infused sound than its ramshackle predecessor. The album made it into the top 10 in Finland upon release and launched one top 10 single, Dancehall Dominator. One of the songs, Modern Man, was produced in a partnership with Mr Velcro Fastener, Finland's electro messiahs. At present there are 6 Robots: Abdissa 'Mamba' Assefa, Petro Niiniluoto, Kasio, Tuomas Toivonen, Aleksi Tolonen & Arttu Tolonen. Orbital members include sound/electrical engineer Sami Volotinen and augmented vocalist Hosni Boudali. Giant Robot's music is a heady and context-dependent stew of influences ranging from hip hop to dub, funk to r'n'b, mesmeric rock to techminimalism. And indeed "Domesticity" is their so far most mature album that made it's way to continental Europe through 9pm Records. What highlights this brillantly produced masterpiece is the band's ability to write both classic dance-floor compatible tunes and deep dub-influenced, almost psychedelic soundscapes. An elegant, well-balanced blend of electronic and handcrafted music. That's stylish and of international format. For sure one of the reasons for Giant Robot's gigs and tours in Germany, Russia, the UK and the Netherlands (so far).
   
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