I was djing at the Sprawl club in London in mid '98 when a girl came up to me (which they do) and handed me a demo tape (which they don't) entitled "Capitol K". I didn't hear what she said (I was mixing in Urban Shakedown's Arsonist VIP dub at the time) but I assumed it was hers. When I got home I put on the demos I had received along with a few others as you do, but the Capitol K one jumped out at me. It contained 2 tracks, "Jump Off The Box" which captivated me with it's backwards guitar, mumbled vocals & faux afx hi-Q snare rolls and this "Song For Belgium" which had thundering live drums and great smudges of tape manipulated atonal guitar loops (in dub). Well, this was not the sort of thing I was used to getting and I rang the number on the tape. Turned out it was this guy Kristian Robinson (and it was handed me by his flatmate who was also friends with Elf-Cut, the label where his debut ep was released). Over the next few months K sent me the remaining tracks which made up his debut "Sounds Of The Empire" which is still one of the best debut albums I have heard. His sound combines lo-fi electronics with lo-fi rock and the results are fucking great. Kristian is really an original artist doing his own thing. We have now released 2 album's worth of K and his second: "Island Row" was subsequently licensed for release worldwide by XL Recordings.
Nov 11, 2002
The Cosmic Forces Of Mu
Oct 29, 2001
- Aug 06, 2015 - Frog Pocket at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre (Glasgow)