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RODNEY CROMWELL: Opus Three (Bot34v1)

RODNEY CROMWELL: Opus Three (Bot34v1)

Released by Happy Robots 3rd February 2022 © ℗ Happy Robots Records LABEL: www.happyrobots.co.uk WEB: www.happyrobots.co.uk/rodney-cromwell PRESS RELEASE ============== Indietronica artist Rodney Cromwell from Catford releases his new single ‘Opus Three’ via Happy Robots on 3rd February. It’s a floor-filling synth-driven dance number about disconnected lovers trying to conjure optimism as the world stands the brink of apocalypse. Conceived as a love-letter to a lost synthesizer, ‘Opus Three’ is at it’s heart the simplest of dance numbers; a full-fat 120bpm beat, layered with a chunky Moog Opus 3 synth line, is overlaid with percussion and the primitive buzzing tones of a 1960’s pocket stylophone. Inspired by the haunting and surreal novel ‘Ice’ by Anna Kavan, the song is about two lovers on the brink of apocalypse, separated by distance, lost in time, trying to find positivity in a world where there is little. “Don’t let it be, catastrophe” repeats the chorus, trying to conjure optimism from somewhere. The B-side ‘Perception Management’ is an atmospheric dystopian synth instrumental that might be described as as ‘post-truth pop’. The maxi single includes an extended dance mix produced by Rich Bennett with remixes from Dublin synthpop artist Circuit 3 and Happy Robots’ latest signing folktronica act, Field Glass. ‘Opus Three’ is taken from the forthcoming ‘Memory Box' album. The LP is a mixture of synthpop, hauntology, dreampop and European coldwave and releases on 18th March. Using analogue synths, drum machines with minimal computer sequencing the LP conjures an organic, dream-like world, inspired as much by Alice in Wonderland and Franz Kafka as by its sonic influences such as Kraftwerk, The Cure, Polyrock and Stereolab, creating a distinctive and compelling world. Rodney Cromwell's debut LP 'Age of Anxiety' (2015) and 'Rodney's English Disco' EP (2018) garnered Rodney Cromwell coverage in amongst others Electronic Sound, NME, Huffington Post, Paste, Record Collector, BBC6 Music and RNE3 in Spain, for whom he recorded a live session. The debut album featured in scores of Best of Lists including Electronic Sound and The Electricity Club who named him ‘Most Promising New Act’. He has played lives shows with acts like Pram, Death & Vanilla, M!R!M, Rowetta and Steve Davis. In 2020, he performed as part of Damo Suzuki of Can’s backing band. ‘Memory Box,’ the lead single from the album, premiered in Post-Punk.com and was voted by fans into the Dandelion Radio Official Festive 50. It has received coverage across the globe including national radio play in Japan, Finland and Spain and multiple spins on BBC 6 Music in the UK.
FIELD GLASS: Gardens (Bot32v1)

FIELD GLASS: Gardens (Bot32v1)

Released by Happy Robots on 5 May 2022 ℗© Happy Robots Records W: www.happyrobots.co.uk E: info@happyrobots.co.uk Bot32v1 PRESS RELEASE ============= New to Happy Robots! We are thrilled to share with you the first release by Field Glass. for fans of: Four Tet, Caribou, múm, AIR, Slowdive, folktronica. Working together for the first time, brothers Dan and Jacob Mayfield are field Field Glass. 'Gardens' is the debut release, taken from their incoming album ‘Kin’ which will be released on 27th May. Using a variety of acoustic instruments, such as a Victorian travelling organ and a dulcitone, together with analogue electronics, they have composed a series of lush instrumental pieces, recorded with their friend Mike Collins at Big Jelly Studios, a beautiful deconsecrated chapel in Ramsgate. 'Gardens' is a stunning encapsulation of their sound; upbeat and emotive, you can almost smell the summer air and feel the swaying flowers, conjured by their lush folkadelic sound. Field Glass’s music touches on electronica, shoegaze and ambient, blending instruments and found sounds into short minimalist tracks. In 2015 they founded the Hannah Peel and Jarvis Cocker endorsed, School of Noise, a workshop for children and young people exploring music and the science of sound, this inspired them to rediscover their own excitement for making music and to experiment with sonic possibilities. The album 'Kin' will be released on limited edition clear vinyl lathe cut LP and on all major digital platforms, distributed by Cargo Records. The LP will be available to pre-order from the Happy Robots Bandcamp from the 6th May.
ROMAN ANGELOS: Swimming Through The Aisles (Bot30v2)

ROMAN ANGELOS: Swimming Through The Aisles (Bot30v2)

Taken from the album 'Music From Underwater Supermarkets' Released by Happy Robots 28/01/2022 © ℗ Happy Robots Records LABEL: www.happyrobots.co.uk WEB: www.happyrobots.co.uk/roman-angelos PRESS RELEASE ============= From the sonic invocation of “Foghorns" through to the finale, "The Underwater Supermarket”, the new album from Roman Angelos paints a sonic dreamscape where the mundane act of grocery shopping meets the future. “Music for Underwater Supermarkets” continues and extends Roman's obsession with the library and soundtrack music of the past. This time, he fuses that aesthetic with childhood memories of being pushed around in shopping carts and visiting strip malls. Vibraphones chime alongside woodwinds and vintage synthesizers, creating an immersive sound that feels exotic and smooth. Lead track “Swimming Through The Aisles” is a snaking composition in 7/4 that propels the listener through water like a diver looking for signs of life in the deep. A dark combination of “Kind of Blue” and 50s exotica, this mysterious tune is reminiscent of modular jazz with some wriggling synths sprinkled on top. The finale of the record, “The Underwater Supermarket” combines pulsating ambient synth pads with Bossa Nova beats and wistful melodies. Designed to put a smile on your face, the track evokes childhood memories of supermarket trips tingled with a certain murkiness that keep those recollections just out of reach. In addition to the longer tracks, Music For Underwater Supermarkets also contains a number of short ambient pieces that serve as connective music between feature songs. One such song, ‘The Aimless Aquanaut,’ with its bubbling arpeggiated synths, sitting sonically somewhere between the scores of Stranger Things and Blade Runner, pushes the listener into an aquatic meditation Roman Angelos is the project of Brooklyn producer Rich Bennett; it was developed as a vehicle for Rich to explore his obsession with library recordings of the 60's and 70s, muzak and exotica. Beyond the world of library electronica, Rich has been involved in a diverse group of musical projects, including the newly reunited outsider/60s proto-punk group The Shaggs and Brazilian funk group Limoncello. 2020’s debut for Happy Robots ‘Spacetronic Lunchbox’ was a burst of sonic nostalgia that boasted 11 songs in 10 minutes. It gained praise from Freq, The Electricity Club and The Haunted Generation, in the printed magazines Electronic Sound and Shindig! and received radio play from Bob Fisher (BBC Tees) and BBC6 Music from Cerys Matthews and Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone.
RODNEY CROMWELL: Memory Box (Bot29v1)

RODNEY CROMWELL: Memory Box (Bot29v1)

Release by Happy Robots 27 October 2021 © ℗ Happy Robots Records LABEL: www.happyrobots.co.uk WEB: www.happyrobots.co.uk/rodney-cromwell PRESS RELEASE ============== After a 2 1/2 year hiatus, London-based synthpop artist Rodney Cromwell will be releasing a new single via Happy Robots with distribution by Cargo Records. 'Memory Box' is a song about perceptions of reality and the certainty of our memories. How do we believe anything in a world where truth and honesty are of so little worth? Rodney Cromwell is the nom de plume of Adam Cresswell. With minimal percussion, his lyrics float over a bed of vintage synthesizers and effected guitar. "I wanted the song to have the feel of a marching clockwork toy, so the beat is really simple and metronomic with the synths doing the talking.” Shunning a clean '80s synth sound, the song is almost psychedelic in outlook, reminiscent of the minimal synth of acts such as Broadcast, Pram or Silver Apples. The video, an atmospheric montage of heavily effected and distorted shots of rural Britain, was inspired by film auteurs such as Stan Brakhage and Chris Marker. This single is the title track of the forthcoming ‘Memory Box' album. The LP is a mixture of electronic hauntological excursions, dreampop and European coldwave, scheduled for release in early 2022. Using analogue synths, drum machines with parts played almost entirely live (with minimal computer sequencing) and vocals free of autotune, this LP conjures up an organic, dream-like world, inspired as much by Alice in Wonderland, Franz Kafka and Anna Kavan as by its sonic influences such as Kraftwerk and The Cure. The sonic pallet of 'Memory Box' is both reassuringly familiar and completely distinctive. R odney Cromwell's debut LP 'Age of Anxiety' (2015) and 'Rodney's English Disco' EP (2018) garnered Rodney Cromwell coverage in Electronic Sound Magazine, NME, Huffington Post, Paste, Record Collector, BBC6 Music and national RNE3 in Spain, for whom he recorded a live session. The debut album featured in scores of Best of Lists including Electronic Sound, and The Electricity Club named him ‘Most Promising New Act’. Rodney will be playing a handful of shows to support the LP release. His debut festival appearance at Indietracks was described as “a spiritual experience" and led to slots with artists including Pram, Marsheaux, Death & Vanilla, Rowetta and Steve Davis. In 2020, he performed as part of Damo Suzuki's backing band.
MOOD TAEG: Happiness Fragment (DanKe Version) (Bot28v1)

MOOD TAEG: Happiness Fragment (DanKe Version) (Bot28v1)

Taken from the album 'Anaphora Versions' Released by Happy Robots Available on CD / Digital © ℗ 2022 Happy Robots Records Video directed by Mood Taeg PRESS RELEASE ============== Mood Taeg (pronounced Mood Tag) is a three-piece Scottish/German musical project split between two studios and two continents, with members’ tdk and K’ko operating out of Düsseldorf and Lowell Freeman based in Shanghai. They have been described as neo-Krautrock but outside of their kosmische roots, they also cite John Carpenter, Philip Glass, Mastermind Herbie, Isao Tomita, and LFO, as influences. The band self-produce  between their Shanghai and Düsseldorf studios and are part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists. For ‘Anaphora Versions’, Mood Taeg have combined their own re-imaginings of album tracks with those by musicians from tdk and Lowell’s hometown of Dundee and K’ko’s hometown of Düsseldorf. In doing so, they continue their approach of being part of a wider collective of artists rather than just a 3-piece band, an approach which allows for fascinating new takes on their music. Album opener, ‘Happiness Fragment’ sees tdk and K’ko take a poppier path with their DanKe version. Following that, scratch DJ and Scottish graffiti artist Vera turns ‘Konkord’ into a beat heavy study of  head-nodding bliss, whilst Lowell Freeman transposes ‘Pilomotor Reflex’ from its motorik roots to nostalgic electronica. ‘Ohrwurm’ sees the Düsseldorf artist Liefergasse add a Germanic twist, followed by Jan the Man and his dystopian public service announcement version of ‘Diskonkordanz’. For the Electric Boogaloo version of ‘Pilomotor Reflex’, Lowell dusts off his Roland TR-808 and revisits his Street Sounds Electro roots for inspiration. The Alien Cormorant delivers a rockier take on ‘Diskonkordanz’ that finishes with a flourish reminiscent of Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot. The album closer is the radio version of Squirrels Dancing Among Elephants. In addition to the 9 listed tracks, the CD version features two exclusive hidden tracks, the Shanghai radio mixes of ‘Happiness Fragment’ and ‘Pilomotor Reflex’. The album cover features work by Düsseldorf photographer and ‘Kollektiv’ member Faible. Mood Taeg’s two albums on Happy Robots 'Exophora' and ‘Anaphora’ received acclaim from the likes of Prog, Electronic Sound Magazine, The Dorf, Last Day Deaf, The Electricity Club, Freq Joyzine, Shindig! and more with radio play on BBC Scotland and BBC 6 Music including play from Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone.
ALICE HUBBLE: My Dear Friend (Bot25v2)

ALICE HUBBLE: My Dear Friend (Bot25v2)

Pre-Order LP: https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/ Spotify: https://smarturl.it/hexentanzplatz 'My Dear Friend' single by Alice Hubble (Bot25b) released Taken from the album 'Hexentanzplatz' Video directed by Alice Hubble ℗© 2021 Happy Robots Records PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Alice Hubble has announced her new album Hexentanzplatz will be released on September 10th, 2021 via London-based electronic-pop label Happy Robots. Described as the work of ‘one lady at home with her enormous collection of synthesisers’, Alice Hubble mixes melancholic pop, layered vintage synths and elegant vocals, reminiscent of Ladytron, Jane Weaver and Goldfrapp. Her debut album Polarlichter was released in September 2019 to much critical acclaim. Lead single ‘My Dear Friend’ was inspired by the discovery of a collection of love letters written by Hubble’s mother to her father around the time that they first met. “My mother passed away when I was in my teens and these letters gave me a real insight into who she was as a person, her ‘newly in love’ giddiness jumping off the page,” she says. Her new album Hexentanzplatz, named after the German mountain steeped in magic and legend, translates literally to mean Witches’ Dance Floor. An apt title for an album that dances its way through themes of illusion, love, feminism and protest whilst maintaining glistening, 80’s synth-pop sensibilities. Whilst Hubble was driving around the Harz Mountains last summer, the song ‘Beautiful Madness’ by Michael Patrick Kelly was on regular radio rotation. She repeatedly misheard the lyrics, thinking Kelly was singing “Oh what a beautiful mountain”, a sentiment which had much more resonance given their surroundings. The misheard line made Hubble smile and became the basis of her new record’s title track. “Being an eternal optimist I felt the need to write something in 2020 that was full of hope and positivity,” she says. Hexentanzplatz will be available on vinyl, CD and digital on September 10th via Happy Robots and Alice Hubble is set to take her immersive live show on the road this Autumn.
MOOD TAEG: Tachistoscopic Interval (Bot24v2)

MOOD TAEG: Tachistoscopic Interval (Bot24v2)

ORDER: https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/anaphora Released by Happy Robots www.happyrobots.co.uk Taken from the album 'Anaphora' Released 22/10/21 ============= Mood Taeg (pronounced Mood Tag) is a three-piece Scottish/German musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The band name, a term in functional linguistics, is a reference to their day jobs, while the album title Anaphora, meaning reference to that which preceded, or came before, is a further nod to linguistics, and their own musical evolution. Mood Taeg have been described as Neo-Krautrock, combining a contemporary take on the lange gerade drumming style of Klaus Dinger and Jaki Liebezeit with the melodic sensibilities and tones of Michael Rother and Kraftwerk. However, outside of their Krautrock roots, they also cite John Carpenter, Philip Glass, Mastermind Herbie, The Beach Boys, Isao Tomita, LFO, Roy Ayers, Ennio Morricone, and Airto Moreira as musical influences. Production-wise, they look to the work of Conny Plank, Greg Wilson, and Brian Eno for inspiration. The band self-produce all of their music back and forth between their Shanghai and Düsseldorf studios and are part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists. They also maintain their Scottish connection through collaborations with artists such as Dundee poet Andrew French. On the new album album, Mood Taeg have built on their well-received debut, Exophora. And while some motorik elements remain, patterns generally eschew repetition and evolve organically within tracks. ‘Squirrels Dancing Among Elehants’ is a good indication of the sound of the new album, where the emphasis has also moved on from the subtle vocal textures found on Exophora, to stronger, more prominent vocal elements who reflect their political, social, and cultural views. The debut album 'Exophora' received acclaim from the likes of Prog, Electronic Sound Magazine, The Dorf, Last Day Deaf, The Electricity Club, Freq Joyzine and more with radio play on BBC Scotland and BBC 6 Music. QUOTES ========= " Blissed out electronica... manages to creep under one’s skin after the very first listen" Joyzine "Seductive..reveals more of itself with every play" Prog Magazine "Replicates the singular emotional experience of Neu!'s accelerated heartbeat pulse and the satisfaction found in the subtlety of Cluster" Electronic Sound Magazine PRESS RELEASE
MOOD TAEG: Konkord (Bot23v2)

MOOD TAEG: Konkord (Bot23v2)

Bot23 Released 11 December 2020 www.happyrobots.co.uk/mood-taeg 'Corpora / Konkord' is the new double A side single by Düsseldorf and Shanghai based Mood Taeg. Released digitally and via super limited edition lathe cut, this record is a bridge between 2020's album 'Exophoa' and their new album to be released in on Happy Robots in 2021. PRESS RELEASE ============== Mood Taeg (pronounced mood tag) is a Scottish / German musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. Mood Taeg create music that incorporates the motorik drumming of Klaus Dinger and Jaki Liebezeit; the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk; and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce instrumental compositions that are contemporary and, at the same time, fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art. For them, the art dictates the form. Thus, songs can be 10 minutes long with passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples featuring anything from the poetry of Christopher Logue to the writings of Oliver Sachs. On this new single the band add extra elements to their sonic pallet. The A side, ‘Corpora’ (to many the stand out track on the debut LP) has been tightly edited with ethereal electronics at the forefront, creating a soundscape that is as much dreampop as it is krautrock. The AA side Konkord was part of a collaboration with Dundee Poet Andrew French, its spoken word vocals in a idiosyncratic Scottish accent add a melancholic lo-fi indie-rock dimension, akin to that of Glasgow’s Arab Strap. Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden. They are also part of the wider Mood Taeg kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists
MOOD TAEG: Corpora (Bot23v1)

MOOD TAEG: Corpora (Bot23v1)

Taken from the single Corpora / Konkord. Released by Happy Robots. Release Date: 11 December 2020 www.happyrobots.co.uk https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/corpora-konkord . . PRESS RELEASE ============= Mood Taeg (pronounced mood tag) is a Scottish / German musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. Mood Taeg create music that incorporates the motorik drumming of Klaus Dinger and Jaki Liebezeit; the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk; and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce instrumental compositions that are contemporary and, at the same time, fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art. For them, the art dictates the form. Thus, songs can be 10 minutes long with passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples featuring anything from the poetry of Christopher Logue to the writings of Oliver Sachs. On this new single the band add extra elements to their sonic pallet. The A side, ‘Corpora’ (to many the stand out track on the debut LP) has been tightly edited with ethereal electronics at the forefront, creating a soundscape that is as much dreampop as it is krautrock. The AA side Konkord was part of a collaboration with Dundee Poet Andrew French, its spoken word vocals in a idiosyncratic Scottish accent add a melancholic lo-fi indie-rock dimension, akin to that of Glasgow’s Arab Strap. Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden. They are also part of the wider Mood Taeg kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists.
ALICE HUBBLE: We Are Still Alone (Bot22v1)

ALICE HUBBLE: We Are Still Alone (Bot22v1)

Order LP www.happyrobots.co.uk/botshop 'We Are Still Alone' single by Alice Hubble (Bot22) Released 27 November 2020 on Happy Robots Taken from the album 'Polarlichter' Video directed by Alicia Briss ©2020 Happy Robots Records QUOTES ======= "Adventurous electroprog krautpop" Electronic Sound Magazine "Alice Hubble's solo debut conjures gorgeous pastoral soundscapes" The Quietus "Tender and insightful and awash with old school synths and a beautiful voice." Steve Lamacq (Steve Lamacq's Track of the year 2019, so far) PRESS RELEASE ============== Alice Hubble is the project of self-confessed synthesizer lady Alice Hubble. The album 'Polarlichter' was released in late 2019. Layered with vintage synthesisers and mellotron, the album is majestic and sweeping, offering a soundscape of pastoral solace, far removed the urban sprawl in which it was conceived. Alice on We Are Still Alone: “It is the most personal song on the album, and is about the journey my brother and I went through in the aftermath of my father’s death in 2007. Our mother passed away ten years prior and, as you can imagine, this was a life changing event for both of us. “My experience of grief is that it is isolating and whilst you’re processing what happened you likely won’t be able to be there for others in the way you would like to. Losing both of our parents at a young age was hard, and though you go on, because you have to, it’s not something you ever get over. Over time the experience becomes a part of your story, things becomes easier to navigate and you can be there for each other in the way you want to be. Though the song comes from a sad place, the overarching themes are of love, renewal and a hope to make amends”. Musically the track shows my unashamed love of OMD’s brooding moments on their Architecture and Morality LP. This wasn’t intentional, but in some ways inevitable.” Acclaim In 2019 Alice’s debut single ‘Goddess’ was picked up by BBC6 Music with multiple plays across many shows with Steve Lamacq play listing it and naming it his ‘Track of the Year So Far.’ Play followed on RNE3 in Spain, NTS, Amazing Radio and college radio stations in the US. She was featured by many other outlets including Prog, The Quietus, Louder Than War, God is in the TV, For The Rabbits, The Electricity Club and Electronic Sound Magazine who gave her a four page feature in the September issue and listed 'Polarlichter' in their Albums Of The Year. As well as completing a debut headline tour she played shows with Damo Suzuki, Advance Base, Beak (ex-Portishead) and Pram and shows in France and Germany. Alice had a number of festival appearances planned for 2020 cancelled due to the pandemic. Her sole 2020 show was in February leading the Alice Hubble Experience as Damo Suzuki’s backing band. In April she recorded and released an experimental electronic album, a collaboration with Bradford based Andy Abbott under the moniker ADRA Hubble described as ‘possibly the finest output of this whole sorry lockdown’ by the Independent Music Podcast. She is preparing new material for 2021.
MOOD TAEG: Deictics (Version) (Bot21v2)

MOOD TAEG: Deictics (Version) (Bot21v2)

Order | www.happyrobots.co.uk/botshop Digital | https://smarturl.it/MoodTaegExophora 'Deictics (version)' by Mood Taeg (Bot21) released 2020 Taken from the EP 'versions' Original mix taken from the album 'Exophora' Video directed by Mood taeg ©2020 Happy Robots Records www.happyrobots.co.uk PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Mood Taeg is a musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The band is part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists. The project was started in 2016 as a musical outlet for Kollektiv members Lowell Freeman, TDK and K’ko but it is also a project for fellow Kollektiv members such as Faible who creates visuals for the band. The musical style of Mood Taeg reflects their love of German experimental music from the 1970s and the legacy it has in other musical styles such as Hip Hop and Electro. The function of Mood Taeg is to create music which incorporates the motorik drumming of Jaki Liebezeit and Klaus Dinger, the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk, and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce extended instrumental metronomic compositions that are contemporary and at the same time fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art; the art dictates the form. Thus songs can be 10 minutes long with long passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples featuring anything from political lectures by Michael Parenti to sections from Michael Halliday’s books on Systemic Functional Linguistics. These vocal samples are a direct reference to Holger Czukay’s sampling, both with Can and in his later solo work. Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden, and combine digital recording techniques with old analogue synths and instrumentation.
Mood Taeg: 2MR (Version) Bot21v1

Mood Taeg: 2MR (Version) Bot21v1

Order | www.happyrobots.co.uk/botshop Digital | https://smarturl.it/MoodTaegExophora '2MR (version)' by Mood Taeg (Bot21) released 2020 Taken from the EP 'versions' Original taken from the album 'Exophora' Video directed by Mood taeg ©2020 Happy Robots Records www.happyrobots.co.uk PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Mood Taeg is a musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The band is part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists. The project was started in 2016 as a musical outlet for Kollektiv members Lowell Freeman, TDK and K’ko but it is also a project for fellow Kollektiv members such as Faible who creates visuals for the band. The musical style of Mood Taeg reflects their love of German experimental music from the 1970s and the legacy it has in other musical styles such as Hip Hop and Electro. The function of Mood Taeg is to create music which incorporates the motorik drumming of Jaki Liebezeit and Klaus Dinger, the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk, and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce extended instrumental metronomic compositions that are contemporary and at the same time fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art; the art dictates the form. Thus songs can be 10 minutes long with long passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples featuring anything from political lectures by Michael Parenti to sections from Michael Halliday’s books on Systemic Functional Linguistics. These vocal samples are a direct reference to Holger Czukay’s sampling, both with Can and in his later solo work. Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden, and combine digital recording techniques with old analogue synths and instrumentation.
ROMAN ANGELOS: Himalayan Cats With AK-47's (Bot19v2)

ROMAN ANGELOS: Himalayan Cats With AK-47's (Bot19v2)

Order | https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/spacetronic-lunchbox Info | https://www.happyrobots.co.uk/roman-angelos 'Himalayan Cats with AK-47's' by Roman Angelos Taken from the mini LP 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' (Bot19) released 2020 ℗ ©2020 Happy Robots Records www.happyrobots.co.uk PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Roman Angelos is the nom de plume of Brooklyn-based producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Rich Bennett. "11 one-minute tracks of insanely cheerful and groovy lounge muzak. It's fantastic" Bob Fischer Electronic Sound Magazine / Haunted Generation The project of Roman Angelos was invented as a vehicle for New York's Rich Bennett to explore his obsession with library recordings of the 60's and 70s. And why not! The new record 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' hearkens back to that era, blending early electronica, exotica, muzak and video game music. Boasting 11 songs in 10 minutes, the albums is a burst of sonic nostalgia that is original and (light) entertaining in its own right. Rich officially joins the Happy Robots roster after working as a mixing engineer and/or producer with many Happy Robots artists including Sinosa, Alice Hubble, Rodney Cromwell and Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab)'s project Hologram Teen. Beyond the world of library electronica, Rich has been involved in a diverse group of musical projects, including the newly reunited outsider/60s proto-punk group The Shaggs, dream-pop band Mahogany, and Brazilian funk group Limoncello. 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' was released on Friday 27th March 2020, digitally
ROMAN ANGELOS: Please Hold The Elevator (Bot19v1)

ROMAN ANGELOS: Please Hold The Elevator (Bot19v1)

Order | https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/spacetronic-lunchbox Info | https://www.happyrobots.co.uk/roman-angelos 'Please Hold The Elevator' by Roman Angelos Taken from the mini LP 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' (Bot19) released 2020 ℗ ©2020 Happy Robots Records www.happyrobots.co.uk PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Roman Angelos is the nom de plume of Brooklyn-based producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Rich Bennett. "11 one-minute tracks of insanely cheerful and groovy lounge muzak. It's fantastic" Bob Fischer Electronic Sound Magazine / Haunted Generation The project of Roman Angelos was invented as a vehicle for New York's Rich Bennett to explore his obsession with library recordings of the 60's and 70s. And why not! The new record 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' hearkens back to that era, blending early electronica, exotica, muzak and video game music. Boasting 11 songs in 10 minutes, the albums is a burst of sonic nostalgia that is original and (light) entertaining in its own right. Rich officially joins the Happy Robots roster after working as a mixing engineer and/or producer with many Happy Robots artists including Sinosa, Alice Hubble, Rodney Cromwell and Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab)'s project Hologram Teen. Beyond the world of library electronica, Rich has been involved in a diverse group of musical projects, including the newly reunited outsider/60s proto-punk group The Shaggs, dream-pop band Mahogany, and Brazilian funk group Limoncello. 'Spacetronic Lunchbox' was released on Friday 27th March 2020, digitally
ALICE HUBBLE: Kick the Habit (Bot18)

ALICE HUBBLE: Kick the Habit (Bot18)

Order LP www.happyrobots.co.uk/botshop 'Kick The Habit'' single by Alice Hubble (Bot18) released 1st November 2019 Taken from the album 'Polarlichter' Video directed by Phil MFU ©2019 Happy Robots Records www.happyrobots.co.uk PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++++ Alice Hubble is the project of Alice Hubley - one lady locked at home with a vast collection of synthesisers! Alice Hubble’s album 'Polarlichter' was released in September. Layered with vintage synthesisers and mellotron, the album is majestic and sweeping, offering a soundscape of pastoral solace, far removed the urban sprawl in which it was conceived. On ‘Kick The Habit’, the second single, Alice offers her distinct take on the 70’s glam rock sound. Part Goldfrapp, part Suzi Quatro. ‘Kick The Habit’ was written after Alice finished a tour supporting Canadian band Black Mountain. Says Alice: “Black Mountain’ are masters of the ‘big riff’. After listening to them night on night, I was inspired to attempt my own ‘big riff’ song drawing further inspiration from bands like Goldfrapp and Ladytron and 70’s glam rock and prog to shape the final song.” The lyrics were inspired by Black Narcissus, the 1940’s psychological drama about the emotional tensions of jealousy and lust within a convent of nuns living in the Himalayas.  “With the lyrics I wanted to portray aspects of the journey central character Sister Ruth goes through in rejecting the sisterhood and embracing her sexuality”. Also on the new single, are three remixes. Canadian synth artist Soft Riot injects an atmospheric darkwave slant, like The Cure fronting a synth-band band. Happy Robots label-mate Rodney Cromwell reimagines the track for the football terrace - with additional vocals from his kids, think Add N To X, Fat Les and ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. The final mix by Spaceship takes the track on another darker excursion – akin to 90’s Numan with 303 synths injecting a touch of acid house. ‘Kick The Habit’ was co-produced with Mikey Collins (whose clients include Metronomy, Stealing Sheep, Girl Ray) and who contributed drums to the track. The video was directed by Phil MFU (Vanishing Twin / Man From Uranus).
ALICE HUBBLE: Goddess (Bot15v1)

ALICE HUBBLE: Goddess (Bot15v1)

Order LP www.happyrobots.co.uk/botshop 'Goddess' single by Alice Hubble (Bot15) released 31st May 2019 Taken from the album 'Polarlichter' Video directed by Adam Cresswell ©2019 Happy Robots Records PRESS RELEASE +++++++++++ Alice Hubble is the new solo project of Alice Hubley (Mass Datura, Cosines, Arthur and Martha), and the product of one lady locked at home with her collection of synthesisers. ​Goddess is taken from Alice’s debut album ‘Polarlichter’ which was recorded at her home in north London using her vast array of analogue sythesisers. The recordings were completed and mixed at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate (whose clients include Metronomy, Stealing Sheep, Girl Ray) and was co- produced by Mikey Collins (Allo Darlin). Having recently supported Damo Suzuki she will be playing a number of shows in support of its release. Says Alice on the song: “Goddess is a song about the male gaze; about a man idolising a woman to the point that he doesn’t see her as a person. His ‘love’ is all consuming and the focus of his affection is seen merely as an object. As a result he consumes her and takes from her until she has little left, but thankfully she finds the inner strength to walk away.” Despite its themes Goddess is a pure pop-song sugar-coated with layers of Korg and Juno synth. Its musical inspirations were by ‘Boy’ by The Book of Love, ‘Plainsong’ by The Cure and ‘Of All The Things We’ve Made’ by OMD.” "Goddess' is the lead track of her debut single. The release also features Alice’s baroque instrumental Lake Louise and three remixes of the lead track; the first is an epic Can / Neu! krautrock re-imagining by Berlin / Japan based Mood Tag, the second is an ambient darkwave interpretation by London’s Bricolotheque and the final version is a lush, symphonic evolution of the track by neo-classical composer Luke Mawdsley