FREE THE ROBOTS
w/ guest: P Villa
Friday May 19 at The Drunken Unicorn
$11adv / $13dos / 21+ / 9pm
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Part of the Brainfeeder collective that counts Flying Lotus and Samiyam among its members, Los Angeles' Teebs crafts a more atmospheric version of the beat music exemplified by the label. Born Mtendere Mandowa to parents from Malawi and Barbados, Teebs and his family hopped from the Bronx to Georgia and Hartford, Connecticut before landing in Chino Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. He established himself as a musical and visual artist in the mid-2000s, taking up painting and shaping samples and beats into carefully layered songs with Fruity Loops. Working on his own and as a part of the My Hollow Drum collective, he also connected with Dublab, L.A.'s non-profit public Internet radio station. In 2008, Teebs participated in that year's Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, which caught the attention of Flying Lotus; eventually, the pair became neighbors and collaborators. Teebs issued several short-form releases in 2010, including the Jackhigh/BNJMN collaboration The Tropics; Los Angeles 6/10, which featured Daedelus; and his Brainfeeder debut, Why Like This? While working on his debut album, he endured a series of personal hardships, including his brother's illness and the death of his father, that informed Ardour (also released in 2010) with a flowing poignancy. The following year, Teebs returned with the library music-inspired compilation Collections 01, which featured performances by harpist Rebeka Raff and Austin Peralta. However, aside from Sons of the Morning, a collaboration with Prefuse 73 that resulted in 2013's Speak Soon, Vol. 1, Teebs focused on his visual artwork for a few years. His Ante Vos project, for example, found him reworking the covers of albums he found in the trash. When he returned to making music, the results were 2014's more purposeful-sounding Estara, a collection of songs named after Teebs' house and featuring cameos from Prefuse 73 and Jonti.
FREE THE ROBOTS
A project launched in 2003 by producer and DJ Chris Alfaro, Free the Robots is sample-heavy, left-field hip-hop act in the spirit of Flying Lotus and Daedelus. The project made its debut in 2005 with the self-released LP Prototype, and Alpha Pup Records released his sophomore album, Ctrl Alt Del, in 2010. Alfaro then returned to his own name, working with acts like Busdriver and Glitch Mob, and Free the Robots returned with the 2013 album The Balance. In 2015, he teamed with Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief MC Opio for the album Sempervirens.
Described by Fact! Magazine «your favourite dj's favourite dj», affiliated with Brownswood Recordings, Blue Note, !K7 Records, and one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer. This bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn't wait for the next thing to land on his lap, he actively seeks it out, therefore just take a peek at one of his 580 shows on Belgium's foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops, Gilles Peterson and featured on MTV Hive.
However, don't assume that he's only working futuristic angles — no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels.
His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community and a mix for the famous Ninja Tune Solid Steel series.
LeFtO is forever moving forwards but always got an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic dj sets, he switches effortlessly between genres. He's not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in the Belgian city of Gent. World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul, Singapore to Manila, Kazakhstan to Germany, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With residencies in Amsterdam, Paris and New York, the man is unstoppable…
The travel resulted in a compilation on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings with DJ Simbad, a compilation for Universal Music, a couple releases in collaboration with Los Angeles based label 101 Apparel, and his latest compilation for BBE/Southport Weekender.