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Robot Koch and Savannah Jo Lack – Particle Fields LP

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After last year`s hypermoment release on Modeselektor`s Monkeytown label, Robot Koch returns with a special collaboration album. Particle Fields was written and recorded with LA based composer/violinist Savannah Jo Lack earlier this year in Los Angeles. The album features Koch ́s hallmark detailed and organic soundscapes as well as the cinematic, lush string arrangements by Savannah Jo Lack giving the album both an emotional depth and a contemporary production that is highly visual.

Koch and Lack wrote the songs together from scratch, instead of superimposing string arrangements over existing electronic compositions, they let both musical worlds grow together organically, which was exciting and creatively challenging for both artists. Particle Fields embraces the stark and rich emotive qualities of both the classical and electronic music worlds, mashing them up to create a new sonic landscape that is both visceral and cinematic.

Particle Fields is out this week on Trees & Cyborgs.

ROBOT KOCH is an award winning producer/composer from Berlin, now living in Los Angeles. He released on labels like Monkeytown Records, Friends of Friends, Bpitch Control and Project Mooncircle.Koch`s unique sound of organic electronic music has been called “Wonderful and Strange“ by legendary John Peel of the BBC already 10 years ago.His cinematic music lends itself to picture and has been placed on dozens of major TV shows and films over the past few years, including NBC`s the black list on and ABC`s how to get away with murder, as well as movie trailer for „San Andreas“.He currently works on the Soundtrack for an upcoming Series on ZDF. His single „Here With Me“ has reached more than 20 million plays on Spotify and his social media following doubled since his last album release.Apart from pursuing his solo career, Koch is an established producer, composer and songwriter for other artists, responsible for numerous german gold and platinum records (Casper, Marteria).Koch won the German Music Composers Award 2014 in the category „best composer electronic music“.

Schwarzmodul – Subraze (Robot Koch Remix)

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LA-based artist schwarzmodul premiered the “Subraze” (Robot Koch remix) from the upcoming “Self-Titled” EP on XLR8R. Listen and download for free via XLR8R.

The video for “subraze” can be watched below. Schwarzmodul “Self-Titled” EP will be available on October 21.

Robot Koch – Eclipse (Dnte Remix)

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Dnte has had the opportunity in doing an official remix for Berlin’s Robot Koch. “Eclipse” was originally released on his Hypermoment album on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown imprint.Available for free download here.

Hailing from Budapest, Dnte is a fresh new artist making a big impact on the electronic music scene. His unique approach combines classic instrumentation and synthetic sounds to achieve a surreal, other-worldly effect. In his debut EP, Wake Me Up, Dnte puts an unconventional spin on hip hop music as we know it, merging elements of hip hop music with wonky, soul, funk, and electro.

KYTES – I Got Something (Robot Koch Remix)

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After a succesful run at SXSW, KYTES return with their new single ‘I Got Something’ featuring a remix by Berlin’s hotly tipped producer, Robot Koch.

Celebrated in their native Germany, newcomers Kytes have grown from strength to strength over the past year with the release of their acclaimed singles ‘Inner Cinema’ and ‘On The Run’, described by Noisey as “hit-you-over-the-head catchy indie-pop”. Charting on German radio, winning accolades and kudos from broadsheet media and blogs locally, the band look to take their inimitable sound further abroad; taking their cross over indie-dance grooves to this year’s SXSW.

Kytes also impressed the powers that be at Vodafone Germany, who immediately chose ‘On The Run’ to soundtrack the new Vodafone CallYa campaign nationwide.

‘I Got Something’ creates a positive feeling, telling us to look ahead in life, to take the leap and try something new.

Remix duties come courtesy of Robot Koch, who lends his melodic, delicate touch to the track. His organic, textured productions were deemed ‘wonderful and strange’ by the late and great John Peel.

The single and remix will be available seperately and as bundle from 29th April 2016.

Video: Robot Koch – Dark Waves feat. Delhia de France

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Below you can watch the official video for “Dark Waves” from German producer/electronic musician Robot Koch. The song appears on his album HYPERMOMENT out now on Monkeytown Records (Modeselektor’s label).

Filmed entirely on an iPhone6s plus (following a trend for videos ie Kanye West’s “Only One” and Kate Nash’s “She Rules”), “Dark Waves” director Sven Dreesback takes Koch’s atmospheric tune to video of surfers Ryan Gast, Elija Bustos and Michael Ralla in open water.

No. 17: Robot Koch – Hypermoment

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Deep into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes.”

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Video: ALEK FIN – Lift Up feat. Robot Koch

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Californian electronic producer Alek Fin has shared the official video for “Lift Up” featuring LA/Germany-based producer Robot Koch. The single is taken from his excellent Án Mynda EP. Directed by Anthony Ciannamea.

This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Video: Robot Koch – Care feat. Julien Marchal

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German electronic musician, singer and songwriter ROBOT KOCH will be releasing his new album HYPERMOMENT on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records November 6 and is now offering the song “Care” as an instant grat along with its gorgeous video created by freelance filmmaker and audio technology researcher Mickael Le Goff. His creation is a stunning compliment to KOCH’s melancholy production featuring Julien Marchal.

Le Goff’s work focuses on a strong interaction between sound and images, using traditional video techniques as well as stop motion, light painting animation, 3D, VFX or generative coding. For the release of ROBOT KOCH’s new album, he created a hypnotic and organic world of visuals traveling from space to small crystals formation. Creating the images for “Care,” small droplets of ink were placed in a drop of oil in suspension. When releasing in the water, the slowly evolving mixture of oil and colored ink created interestingorganic structures. The process has been repeated with some inertia in the water and these structures started to somehow dance, fitting nicely with the music flow. All the images have been filmed with macro lenses and a glass of water. (More about Le Goff can be found at http://mlegoff.tumblr.com/ or https://vimeo.com/mickaellegoff)

HYPERMOMENT, while retaining ROBOT’S much loved hallmarks, is a true evolution of his sound and style. Driving deeper into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes, this is the first of any of ROBOT’S works to feature his own voice (as can be heard on “Care,” “Serenade” and “Fernwood”). The field recordings were captured along ROBOT’S nomadic writing trips to New York, Berlin and the inspiring Joshua Tree in California, as well as his new home base of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, where he was constantly writing and re-writing the tracks to fit in with the basis and ethos of the album.

Robot Koch – Hypermoment LP

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I’ve come to think that the universe is a four-dimensional site in which nothing is changing and nothing is moving. The only thing that is moving along the time axis is our consciousness. The past is still there, the future has always been here. Every moment that has existed or will ever exist is all part of this giant hyper-moment of space time.
– Alan Moore, June 2011

This quote by British novelist, Alan Moore, was running through electronic musician ROBOT KOCH’s head as he relocated to Los Angeles from Berlin. After spending the last 15 years in the German capital, and being spurred on by seismic shifts in both his private and working life, being in a different place, culture, and society brought on the thought that while our conscious mind moves along, the past, present and future all co-exist. This formed the basis, concept and, idea behind his new album HYPERMOMENT. Due out November 6 on Monkeytown Records, it his first new album in four years. It’s also his first on Modeselektor’s hallowed Monkeytown imprint and the follow-up to his EP Tsuki.

HYPERMOMENT, while retaining ROBOT’S much loved hallmarks, is a true evolution of his sound and style. Driving deeper into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes, this is the first of any of ROBOT’S works to feature his own voice (as can be heard on “Care,” “Serenade” and “Fernwood”). The field recordings were captured along ROBOT’S nomadic writing trips to New York, Berlin and the inspiring Joshua Tree in California, as well as his new home base of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, where he was constantly writing and re-writing the tracks to fit in with the basis and ethos of the album.

The album features some familiar faces from ROBOT’S world. LA-based schwarzmodul, who was on his previous Tsuki EP, makes an appearance, as well as Delhia de France from his recent “California Dreamin'” collaboration which was used on the trailer for Warner Bros’ summer blockbuster San Andreas (de France is also from the band the Pentatones, who ROBOT produced the album Ouroboros for in 2014). ROBOT has also brought on some of his favorite new emerging artists such as the UK’s Fassine (“Spine”) and Mree from NYC (“Separated”), as well as California-based Stephen Henderson (“Dreams”).

While being ROBOT’S most rounded work, HYPERMOMENT is also his most personal to date, dealing with heartbreak, culture clashes, and transitions, optimizing Alan Moore’s quote which so heavily informed it. While the past is there to be learned from, and the future will always be with us, our consciousness will continue to move forward.

Tracklisting:
Circles feat. Curtain Blue & Delhia de France
Dreams feat. Stephen Henderson
Kalimba feat. Malte Beckenbach
Serenade
Eclipse feat. Julien Marchal
Spine feat. Fassine
Seperated feat. Mree
Fernwood
Dark Waves feat. Delhia de France
Night Drive feat. schwarzmodul
Care feat. Julien Marchal

Video: Robot Koch & Delhia de France – California Dreamin

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Following the huge success of “Here With Me” and his TSUKI EP on Modeselektor`s Monkeytown Label, Robot Koch returns with the beautiful vocal talents of Delhia de France, on their dark and melancholic version of The Mamas and Papas classic California Dreamin’. Vocalist Delhia is also well known as front woman of the electronic conceptual art band Pentatones.

This stripped back and broodingly beautiful version opens with Delhia’s gorgeous vocals and the classic piano line, building into Koch’s signature drums and epic string lines, a freshly twisted haunting take on this west coast classic, and fitting very much into the legendary John Peels quote describing Robot’s music as “wonderful and strange – pop music from the future”.

Originally written over a year ago, the track has recently been used by Warner Brothers as the sound track to the trailer for their summer epic San Andreas, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Rumors have been rife online as to who has done the track, with artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Lykke Li and Warpaint in the frame for it.