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Robin Ball
Sheep Funk (Inc. Saytek Remix)
Memory Box
  • FIRST RELEASE 17/04/2020
  • REPRESS 23/10/2020

Robin Ball is back on his own Memory Box label with another timeless new single that comes with two alternate versions and a special remix from Saytek.

Ball has been involved in the dance scene since the age of 14 when he first started his own parties. Since then he has emerged as a singular voice with a discography that takes in essential cuts all the way back to the mid-nineties, most often on Groovepressure. A fine recent run of tunes under his own name have helped establish this label (and party) as a vital modern outlet with the likes of Nina Kraviz, B.Traits, The Black Madonna and Ben Sims all having supported.

Up first here is a remix from Saytek. After tearing up two Memory Box parties with his innovative, improvised live set, the UK talent lands on the label ahead of a third live set, this time at Corsica Studios on April 4th. He is, of course, a hardware master who speaks through his machines and has done so for many years to great acclaim. Amongst his many industry supporters, he has become a firm favourite of the legendary Carl Cox, who has released music from him and been extremely vocal in his praise, calling him “One of the UK’s freshest & most exciting acts”. Saytek has also released on labels like Superfreq and KMS Records and is in fine form once again here. His offering is a pumping peak time techno track with vast kick drums, icy hi-hats and the sort of live and lithe synths that define this artist's sound. The whole track sweeps you off your feet, taking you on a true techno trip and showing why DJs like Derrick May, Sasha, Maceo Plex and Dubfire find his music so essential.

Then comes a 4/4 mix of Ball's 'Sheep Funk', which is a jittery groove with smeared synth landscapes in the background bringing the soul. The fantastically forward facing original is a high speed slice of slick tech-funk. The electro styled percussion and rubbery bass all bring real energy and vitality to the club. Ball then offers a
remix of his own under his Robin Beats moniker, a pseudonym he uses for his abstract techno and breakbeat adventures, here he pairs things back and ups the sci-fi stylings with deft sound designs all colouring the restless and elastic techno synths and crisp hits.

This is another innovative offering from the always on point Memory Box

  1. A1. Sheep Funk (Saytek Remix)
  2. A2. Sheep Funk (4-4 Mix)
  3. B1. Sheep Funk (Original)
  4. B2. Sheep Funkiano (Robin Beats Remix)

Published: March 3, 2020