Reviewed by Kenyon Hopkin (all music guide)
On Island Row, Capitol K (aka Kristian Craig Robinson) isn't only inspired by rock, punk, and experimental music; he's enamored by the sounds and sights of the city of London and the rural landscape of locales such as rain forests and beaches. Those influences meld succinctly on his second record, named after his studio. And although he uses little more than a sampler, guitar, mixer, and delay box, the studio trickery and song craftsmanship are imaginative. "Pillow,"
Killer with a capital 'K'
Reviewed by Sandy Schmidt (The Stanford Daily)
One thing Kristian Craig Robinson’s second version of “Island Row” does not
lack is creativity. Sure, perhaps his critics are right, and the songs are a little disorganized, even disjointed at times; but it is this stop-and-go feeling that gives his songs their original flavor. By the end of this month, the CD by Robinson, a.k.a. Capitol k, will at last be released in the United States. Until now it was available only in Europe, where its first version had
Reviewed by Malcolm Seymour III (Picthfork media)
The latest effort from London's one-man Capitol K outfit is an elegant stylistic cocktail that mixes indie pop and IDM (let's say the "I" stands for "independent") without compromising either. The hybridization of rock and electronic genres has become a fairly tired musical formula over the last several years, but 26-year-old Kristian Craig Robinson executes with such precision and innovation that Island Row leaves even the seasoned listener slackjawed and struggling
Reviewed by I.M. (playlouder.com)
Not likely to be getting nominated for the Brits any time soon, this one. Not only has Kristian Craig Robinson -- for Capitol K is he -- travelled to the point where national identity becomes a slightly ambiguous issue, but 'Island Row' clings to music's fringe like a particularly tenacious head louse while still managing to sound less distressed than the new Billie Piper album. No mean feat.
Mind you, his releases from the last couple of years should have
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel