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RnB/Hip Hop | Friday 3rd April 2020 | Arren

Robosonic brings the heat with this killer 10 tracked playlist.

Robosonic is an acclaimed artist who’s been in the game now for over 10 years. In this time the Berlin-based producer/DJ has released loads of high quality house on a variety of imprints including Defected, Toolroom, and Stil vor Talent. He’s become a figurehead in what’s dubbed as ‘Golden Era House’ because of his ability to convince rap icons such as Masta Ace and KRS-One to collaborate on house tracks as well as remixing house legends like Todd Terry, Kerri Chandler and Eddie Amador.

Last week he did it again, as he dropped his latest fire Ghetto which features Gang Starr Foundation member, Big Shug. Together they’ve unleashed a banging record which perfectly aligns both house and rap scenes of Boston and Berlin combined. The result is pretty epic with Shug’s raw verses nodding to the golden era of East Coast rap, whilst subtle references to the classic Meet Her At The Love Parade by Da Hool entice you into the hedonistic world of Berlin. It dropped last week on Outtakes Records and is such to make a big impact this year.

Speaking about the release Robosonic said: "I have been listening to rap music from an early age and my music has been heavily influenced by the sound. Creativity and self-expression can be acts of both personal healing and empowerment for your community – something I admire and I think is true of hip hop. On the track, Boston born rap legend Big Shug tells a true story about his first visits to Europe in the early 90’s with Gang Starr and shoots a golden-era style rhyme over my electronic wall of sound, a nod to 90’s life in Berlin. Look out!"

Celebrating the tracks release and giving us an insight to the kind of records which influenced it, Robosonic has sorted us a massive ten tracked list of tunes. Filled to the brim with serious rap and house music, he proves exactly why he’s heralded as a figurehead in the ghetto house scene.


'Let Live' - Robosonic, Ferreck Dawn & Big Shug

My first collaboration with Big Shug. When he came to my studio he talked about the famous club „The Paradise Garage“ in New York, where he used to go raving with fellow rap legend Guru and friends back in the days. Ferreck Dawn and I build a piano house around that.

'Counterpunch' - Big Shug & Guru

The original Gang Starr members, Guru (R.I.P.) & Big Shug on a classic DJ Premier production.

'Da Art of Storytellin' - Outkast & Slick Rick

Story being told, wrapped up in a smooth rhyme.

'The Freaks' - Deeon

Ghetto Tech as real as it gets – on Dancemania. Shouts to DJ Funk who was probably the first one I’ve heard DJing that mad sound.

'Halfway Crooks' - Amine Edge & Dance

My french homies AE&D who played at my own party in Berlin (at Ritter Butzke) recently, came up with their own take on Ghetto House in Europe some years ago. They coined the G-House tag a lot in the years around 12/13/14 I remember, and though we all grew out of certain boxes over the years, I think a good part of our fanbase is mutual and recognizes real…

'Ghetto Gospel' - KlangKuenstler

I released a collaboration with Klangkünstler on Mother Recordings once. The vibe of the Ghetto Gospel was a good fit in some sunny sets I played and of course another sample reference to a HipHop classic.

'1UP' - Robosonic & Jeru The Damaja

Sidestory: You hear Jeru The Damaja speaking in ‚Ghetto‘ as well. He came around when Shug recorded in my studio, and they would reminisce over some stories from the past. 1UP and my subsequent connection with Jeru lead to working with Big Shug later on.

'The Militia' - Gang Starr, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx

One of my favorite Gang Starr Foundation productions and probably the first time I heard Big Shug speaking to me, while I was a teenager, buying rap records on vinyl.

'I Want Your Soul' - Armand Van Helden

That’s a funny NYC vibe music video, shouts to Armand.

'Don’t Laugh' - WINX

Twisted techno mood. Not funny.


Robosonic & Big Shug’s new single, Ghetto is out now on Outtakes Records - Buy/stream

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