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

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

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

8 / 10 Marcus Lambkin seems to have a thing for awful names and even worse puns. Luckily for us, as Shit Robot, 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 (James Murphy, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Juan MacLean), it even feels like this and not LCD Soundsystem’s ‘This Is Happening’ is the key DFA release of 2010. One of many standouts is ‘Take Em Up 2’, featuring Nancy Whang summoning the spirit of St Etienne and Juan MacLean’s ‘Happy House’.

John Doran

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