01. Robota (Steve Stoll Remix)
02. Robota (Polygon Prompt Remix)
03. Robota (Darkmode Remix)
04. Robota (Koda Remix)
05. Robota (Elektronauts -Robotech- Remix)
This is the remix that Elektrax has just been itching to unleash, from a man who's been one of Little Nobody's favorite techno producers since 1995, and is currently in the studio with pioneering electronic band Front 242.
We're talking the Blunted Boy Wonder himself, Steve Stoll, one of techno's finest luminaries, a man who's cut records for NovaMute, Proper N.Y.C., Harthouse, Synewave, Djax-Up-Beats, and Mike Dearborn's Majesty Recordings.
His remix here completely flattened us, left us gasping for air, and at a loss for effective descriptive words - dying to be heard on a packed techno floor, this is pure, unadulterated techno by someone truly special. Steve Stoll knows how to do minimal; he's got a real knack for it, and combining that knack with Toshiyuki Yasuda's vocal line, he's hit the next plateau techno-wise.
Luckily for you and me, the other mixes here stand up to the grand master challenge!
The Polygon Prompt remix has an old school vibe which is more than just cool - it reminds us of Percy X, just a bit harder - with great production too. This, of course, is par for course for Mr P.P., and it's heavy, hard and suitably relentless in funky new ways.
Darkmode then applies subtle instrumentation at the beginning of his mix, while a dark wash from about 1:00 conjures up feelings of a suspense soundtrack, without being scary; it's dark and ethereal. Then it kicks into its own awesome take on the techno equation.
Melbourne's latest enfant terrible, Koda, offers up superbly innovative, dark and gritty techno stylings that left us quivering - a mix that shouted out to be included in any collection daring to call itself a techno remixes collection.
Wrapping up proceedings, the Elektronauts deliver their second go at the track, the Robotech remix - with the deepest reverb/echo effect man has ever heard on the already vocodered vocal line, and a huge, fathomless techno-structure we're betting sonar could never quite penetrate.
Bold? Yes. Brash? Certainly. Exemplary techno? Without a single doubt.