Robosonic [DJ & producer team] :: Berlin Kreuzberg
ROBOSONIC aka Cord Henning Labuhn and Sacha Robotti, made quite an impression on the international scene in 2012 courtesy of their summer hit record, “Worst Love“. Released on OFF Recordings and with the B-Side “Thankful“ and a remix by their homie Dr. Dru, the record soon became a classic, with its longstanding success on Beatport and chartings by players like DJ Sneak. Indeed, it even went so far as claiming the no.1 spot on Resident Advisor’s monthly chart and no.35 in their ’Top Charted Tracks of 2012’!
As a follow up, Robosonic released “Over the Edge“ EP in fall 2012. Again, the response was overwhelming, with the record peaking at Number 6 in the Beatport Deep House Chart and staying in the Top 100 for over six months! Both “Worst Love and “The Edge “ became two of OFF Recordings biggest hits to date, helping Andre Crom’s imprint to become one of the currently most sought-after labels on the planet. Label nights in venues as far afield as Colombia and Mexico soon followed - proof if needed that the artists and the label are here to stay.
Yet make no mistake about it – Robosonic are no spring chickens in this game! Their career is the story of an uncompromising artistic hussle, a fight for musical independence, a strong belief in making it happen against all odds. For over seven years now they’ve been busy building their reputation as producers of the finest beats and DJs of some repute - as they slay dance floors worldwide through their unique, potent and multi-dimensional style, be it on festivals, illegal raves, penthouse parties, clubs, the TV or radio. Productions and DJ skills aside, it’s the duo’s lovable personalities and their penchant for ’keeping it real’ that’s endeared them to a vast audience.
Going back in time: in 2007, Robosonic released their debut album, Sturm und Drang, on their - now defunct - Diskomafia label, complete with a series of 12’’ and remixes by luminaries of the underground, not least Play It Down’s Jesse Rose, Stil vor Talent’s Oliver Koletzki, Trapez’s Florian Meindl and Gigolo’s Christopher Just.
After almost four years of self-imposed abstinence from original productions - in which they relentlessly toured clubs, hosted their podcast “Berlin Kreuzberg Institut“ and ventured into the rave merchandise business with a “robosonic yellow“ towelling scarf named “Punchi“ – the boys got back down in 2011: their sublime release on Jackmode Music entitled “The Sweetness“, with Dirtybird’s J.Phlip own interpretation, was soon charted by the likes of Claude Vonstroke and licensed to Cassy & Joris Voorn’s “Cocoon Heroes“.
To bring us up-to-date, Nov 2012 saw a Robosonic Remix for Channel X on Oliver Koletzki’s label Stil Vor Talent. The collaboration with this label so far culminated in the release of the Robosonic record “Feldrecord Im Zirkus” in Jan 2013. Their artful EP pays tribute to pianist Laura Weider, who played a 40-hour concert in Berlin’s infamous Bar 25, an official Guiness world record! Robosonic – always striving for unique ways to produce music - used samples and field recordings from the pianist’s performance and the public’s atmosphere to create a club track that embraces the weird and wonderful vibe of the moment.
Robosonic consolidated their previous success in 2013 - not only with a re-work of Johnny Corporate’s “Sunday Shoutin“ on Defected, a remix for David Keno on Noir Music, and a very special remix of Kerri Chandler‘s 90s classic „Hallelujah“ released on the legendary NYC house label King Street Sounds, but also with the long-awaited collaboration between Robosonic & Adana Twins. The two duo’s „La Fique EP“ dropped in June on 2DIY4, a branch of the infamous Diynamic which can show off hits by Solomun, Stimming and Amine Edge – and by the end of July it was still no.1 in the Beatport Indie Dance charts! August saw a single release on Off Recordings, „She Was On My Mind“ with Stefano Ritteri, which has already seen support on BBC Radio 1 by Pete Tong. In September Robosonic remixed Deux Tigres on Moodmusic Records, and at the end of the year, the boys released their „Macho Madness EP“ on Off Recordings – followed by extensive Latinamerica and Australia Tours.
The boys are back in the studio now! Upcoming this summer are an EP for Off Recordings featuring the legendary NY rapper Masta Ace, as well as a collaboration with the K.E.E.N.E. brothers from Panama, to be released on Get Physical, one of the label Robosonic have wanted to release on for the last 10 years. Fall will see a Robosonic remix of the seminal classic „House Music“ by Eddie Amador for Yoshitoshi Recordings! Also, Robosonic are getting in the flow working on their upcoming second album, 7 years after their debut..
So stay alert for more creative chaos, open source inspiration, wild parties, visual workouts with love and detail, sweat on the walls and plenty of bassy music with a 4/4 heartbeat!