Just another WordPress.com site

Bands We Like: LA's Free The Robots Proves That Androids Can Swing Too

It’s like a campaign slogan.

Photo credit: Free The Robots/MySpace

Chris Alfaro worked on a few different projects, but the one that’s got the catchiest everything is his solo work under the name Free The Robots.

In the LA instrumental beat scene, there are a ton of personalities. There’s the space age funk of Dam-Funk, the jazzy excursions of Austin Peralta, the sinister womp of Sahy Uhns… the list goes on.

Free The Robots is the cartoonish finder of delicious samples, creating tracks that are at once thoughtful and silly.

Tracks like “Jazzhole” are reminiscent of Mr. Scruff’s dance numbers, while songs like “Diary” revive the best days of RJD2 and DJ Shadow.

A notable trait; the stuttery stop and go beats that Madlib and J Dilla pioneered, which everyone seems to be adhering to for the past decade, are not a staple in Free The Robots’ tracks. The beats are pretty straightforward. It’s refreshing to hear something with the sensibility of yesterday that still has the experimentalism of today’s LA beat scene.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F9301580 Ctrl Alt Delete (2010 Tour Promo Mix) by Free the Robots
Free The Robots new album Ctrl Alt Delete is out at the end of this month. Get a taste below.


Written by M

March 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Posted in Bands We Like, Music

Tagged with

%d bloggers like this: