Santa Ana's Free The Robots debut full-length Ctrl Alt Delete (Mar. 30 on Alpha Pup) is an evolution–a fearsome and sophisticated instrumental album as animated by the spirits of Can or Agharta-era Miles Davis as by Madlib or Dilla or the Low End Theory beatmakers that are regulars alongside them at the Crosby. (Ikey Owens' guest spot on “The Eye” launches the song somewhere between Davis' “Billy Preston” and Can's “Father Cannot Yell,” and surely Julian Cope will be writing about this momentarily.)
Robots' real-named mastermind (and Crosby co-owner) Chris Alfaro knows exactly how to pace and how to punish, and each song on Ctrl Alt Delete is a carefully assembled piece all its own; together, however, they align into an album of vision and precision.
After the jump: Take a listen to “Orion's Belt Buckle” off the forthcoming Ctrl Alt Delete.
Opener “Sci-Fidelity and the crushing “Global Warming” tent pole the
album–both glacial in temperament and tempo, and both the kind of song
that grinds dinosaur bones into dust–but there isn't a soft spot
anywhere. Second-to-last “Turkish Voodoo” (certainly friends with
Gaslamp Killer's recent “Turk Mex”) would have been a natural ender,
with its smashing OH NO-style beat, synth blips for improved
circulation and a climax that will catch and messily devour the next
song in your shuffle. But actual conclusion “Inter Arma” is instead the
slow-burning “Mother Sky” that Ctrl Alt Delete truly demanded.
It's a vital release for heads of any pedigree–beat, bass or like Damo
Suzuki, mushroom–and up there with dios' we are dios as one of the
strongest local releases so far this year.