Marcus Lambkin's impressive electro/techno effort overshadows the more mainstream acts on DFA

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Album Review: Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave

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Album Review: Shit Robot – From The Cradle To The Rave

[b]Marcus Lambkin[/b] seems to have a thing for awful names and even worse puns. Luckily for us, as [a]Shit Robot[/a], his ability to craft sublime slices of electro house and muscular techno pop trumps everything else about him. Given its unashamed ‘80s synth worship mixed with irresistible dance grooves and a cast of familiar vocalists ([b]James Murphy[/b], [a]Hot Chip[/a]’s [b]Alexis Taylor[/b] and [b]Juan MacLean[/b]), it even feels like this and not [a]LCD Soundsystem[/a]’s [b]‘This Is Happening’[/b] is the key DFA release of 2010. One of many standouts is [b]‘Take Em Up 2’[/b], featuring [b]Nancy Whang[/b] summoning the spirit of [b]St Etienne[/b] and [b]Juan MacLean[/b]’s ‘[b]Happy House[/b]’.

[b]John Doran[/b]

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