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artist:   Giant Robot        arrow Official Band Site labelcode:   03447  
title:   Domesticity label-catal.-no  9:PM 030  
Format:   CD in Digipack Downloads:   Press info PDF download
label:   9pm | distributed by Broken Silence    Press photos JPG download

GIANT ROBOT - „Domesticity"

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. Live, the band traverses the distance between meditation and controlled psychedelia. The band is currently living intensely with its current full-length release, "Domesticity", which in fact received an overwhelming lot of positive reviews in Germany's music-media just after it's release on 9pm Records in early March 2005. The album also was put on rotation in a remarkable number of German college-radios. The story so far: 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 There were some personnel changes and by spring 1999 professionalism had replaced chaos, pop-ambitions superceded jamming, and the group had become a viable unit that handled its communications via SMS.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. „Helsinki Rock City" was included in Olli Saarela's film „Bad Luck Love", along with a number of other Giant Robot tracks. 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

This all meanwhile led into a relatively steady line up consisting of 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.


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