What does the future hold? A.I.? Government and corporate overreach? Perhaps not as sci-fi today as it might have been. “Robotika” is loosely structured concept album about life in the not-too-distant future, in a dystopian world of control.
Written as a total narrative, Robotika builds upon the strengths gained over the previous three albums. Darker with industrial overtones, the electronics are turned up to 11 with dense keyboards, heavy-machinery drums, treated vocals and air-tight sequencing.
Opening the album – “Diagnosis: Begin”. Diagnosed with “Robotika”, we begin.
Beginning with a metallic drone with sledgehammer drums coming in shortly “Robotika (Technology Seduces)” begins the story and album. (“not a man, not a machine, but something else, in between”)
“The Future” we envisioned when we were young, is seldom the present that eventually materializes. And often we lament or pine for a past that either never existed or has been airbrushed to a point of non-comprehension. “remember when you were young?”
What happens when you join the program? The assembly line of life birth-school-work-death trudges on. For some “(I Do) The Robot”.
Once locked into the assembly line one is now under the influence and control of “Industry (Hostile Takeover Mix)*”.
Once in (and part of) the machine, even with compliance can come enemies, “Assassins (Take The Hit Mix)*”
The constant grind, crush and brutality of dialing life leaves some just wanting to be “Medicated”… ambient, downtempo, dreamy, serene, and chill…
From a Medicated state, “Android Dreams (remix)” can occur… a dream-like dub washes over and goes into another dream-state…
Moving forward into consciousness the realization of “Just a Lonely Robot”… a bit funky, with the right mix of electronics, feeling and sax….
Emerging from the lonely robot, the need comes to get lost in the “Nightlife”. Like a night out clubbing in Berlin, cold analog synths, tightly paced drum machines and a funky-yet-restrained bass-line move the song forward.
One of the most upbeat, energetic and exciting tracks on the album, “Tonight” explodes with a kinetic new-wave post-punk energy and drive.
A call to arms, or more realistically, the dance floor is heralded by the burst of horns on “Dance Again”. Electro synth pop with a dynamic rhythmic insistence who’s propulsive drive pulls you along.
A tad more somber and introspective “Perfect Day” has wistful synth leads over improvisatory basslines, anchored by trippy back-beat and sculptural synth washes.
The journey of Robotika continues as “Memories Drift (It’s Christmas)” has a melancholy-tinged look back at holidays past. Anchored with a syncopated bass as ambient atmospheres swirl about, ‘like snowflakes in the air’… (yet another exclusive track to this edition of Robotika)
Coming out of the dream-like quality of “Memories Drift”, comes the ambient, lush, and dreamy “Robotika (Ambient)”. A stripped down and minimal version, underscoring the beauty of the keyboard washes and chords.
The conclusion of the journey is “Prognosis: End”, with a confirmed diagnosis of Robotika, with symptoms of Munich Syndrome.
Arriving near the end of our journey, “Robotika (beta)” is the concise short-form of the title track, “Robotika (Technology Seduces)”. All the elements are here in the beta version, which was then expanded, refined and remixed into the full title track.