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Sunday, March 20 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Shit Robot

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To list the ways Marcus Lambkin, aka Shit Robot, spent the '90s and early aughts is to essentially document some of New York City's most seminal moments in music. After moving to the city in 1992 from his native Dublin, Ireland, the man behind the moniker served a stint as a resident DJ at the infamous club Save the Robots; co-founded Plant Records and the now defunct Plant Bar, where The Rapture's Luke Jenner poured drinks and which UK magazine The Face called "New York's coolest and loudest bar"; used his cabinet making skills to help literally build the DFA studio; and DJ'ed the legendary Shit Robot parties with future LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. After more than a decade on the frontlines of New York City's music scene DJ'ing other people's records, Lambkin departed in 2004 for a small town outside of Stuttgart where – in the relative quiet of the German countryside – he finally began making his own music. Since then, he has produced tracks that are a reflection of both his longstanding love of house music and a life lived in nightclubs. With that foundation, Lambkin has managed to make one of 2010's best albums. From the Cradle to the Rave, with all its analog sounds and precise arrangements, is an inspired and beautifully crafted update of classic house, refurbished to feel fresh and new. "Tuff Enuff," the first of the album's nine tracks, rests on a brawny bassline that's suddenly engulfed in a radiant Kraftwerk synthscape, while "I Found Love" lays down funk-driven electric bass currents under vocals processed to depths lower than Barry White's, and "Losing My Patience" has a chorus built on lush backing keys and soulful, trembling vocals. "Take 'Em Up" may be the best roller skating anthem of 1980 never written, "Grim Receiver" cycles throbbing bass loops over a big, steady beat and "Answering Machine" adds synthetic strings to a mix that already includes quivering soprano keys and wonderfully off-kilter vocals. "I Got a Feeling" brings high frequency electro disco together with cowbells, blips and bleeps and retro piano houseAnd "Triumph!!" – the appropriately named final track – casts incredibly long, cosmic synth shadows across the album's monumentally epic finish. Lambkin is joined on this excellent debut full length by a list of notable contributors: James Murphy co-wrote several tracks and mixed the album, while Juan Maclean, Janine "Planningtorock" Rostron, LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, House of House's Saheer Umar and ex-Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up's Ian Svenonious all contribute vocals to From the Cradle's… stellar arc of songs.
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To list the ways Marcus Lambkin, aka Shit Robot, spent the '90s and early aughts is to essentially document some of New York City's most seminal moments in music. After moving to the city in 1992 from his native Dublin, Ireland, the man behind the moniker served a stint as a resident... Read More →


Sunday March 20, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am
La Zona Rosa 612 W 4th St

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