DescriptionArtist: V.A. Title: I-Robots present: The Detroit People Mover E.P. ft. Rhythim Is Rhythim & Infiniti Label: Opilec Music Release: August 3rd 2013 Cat. No.: OPCM 12 069 Format: Limited Clear Orange Vinyl / Digital
I-Robots is an alias of Opilec Music boss Gianluca Pandullo, a long time DJ and producer with a penchant for classic techno and electro cosmic disco. For his next project in the esteemed I-Robots Reconstructions concept series the Italian re-edits some classic material, all with the permission of the original artists.
The tracks in question are Derrick May's hugely influential 'Emanon' cut, recorded under his Rhythim is Rhythim alias and originally released in the 1990s on his own seminal Transmat Records label – one of the mostimportant imprints in the early days of techno alongside KMS and Metroplex. The second track – which was first released on Metroplex, the label Juan Atkins founded in 1985 and then re-released and reworked on Night Vision - is 'Game One' produced by the legendary Juan Atkins and Orlando Voorn as Infiniti. The latter of these pair has already released a number of times on the Opilec Music label.
The inspiration for the title of the EP comes from the Detroit's People Mover train – almost like a monorail from the future but with retro trains riding along it, the People Mover speeds people around the city and has done since the mid 60s in a fashion that brings to mind the futurism of techno in a perfect way.
The stunning 'Emanon' is first and the idea with both edits was simply to "keep the original vibes and just create a longer groovy version with a more DJ friendly sound that I love to use in my sets" says I-Robots. The results truly are sympathetic to the original while at the same time imbuing it with a fresh modern perspective. It's a fantastically freestyle and deep electro tech track with plenty of machine soul. Moody synths form the backdrop of the track as scattered and loose percussion fills the foreground. Plenty of bite comes from the pudding kick drums below and the way the track constantly twists and turns through a sci-fi galaxy makes it as essential and arresting now as it has ever been.
'Game One' is a much more streamlined but just as infectious track that bares the old school Detroit hallmarks of the 80s and 90s that are still so appealing today. Frantic percussion shimmers back and forth above jazzy hi-hats and lively synths dance their dance in amongst it all. Hypnotic and seductive, this track is a classic piece of Detroit techno soul reworked with a live, freestyle "samba" inflected percussive groove all tastefully and masterfully carried out by I-Robots.
Two superb edits, then, that breath life into already classic material and will likely win both I-Robots and the original producers many new fans in the process. The vinyl release will be strictly limited to 500 copies and will feature artwork from Alan Oldham aka DJ T-1000 who originally designed for Transmat Records and Djaz-Up-Beats.