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ROBOTOBIBOK

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Poland


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Robotobibok (a blend of two Polish words for robot and skiver) was formed in 1998 in Wroc³aw, Poland. From the very beginning, their music has seemed to combine modern electronic music with the energy of improvised jazz. Strong and acoustic drums, double bass and trumpet intertwine with dreamy vibraphone, electric guitar and characteristic 70's analogue electronica.

The result evokes the atmosphere of 70's electric jazz and early electroacoustic experiments. The core of Robotobibok's music is their post-jazz rhythm section, ostensibly inspired by the newest electronica, but going further and building more intricate structures. Robotobibok also try to develop their own language in improvisation; individual instruments sometimes do solo, but none of them dominates in the end.

Robotobibok's three records: Jogging (2000), Instytut Las (2003) and Nawyki Przyrody (2004) were released by its own label, Vytvornia OM (Technology in service of meditation), which also released other befriended projects (Tomasz Gwinciński, AGD). For the last three years, the band has been relentlessly touring (among others, Knitting Factory -New York 2002, Paradiso - Amsterdam 2004; AB - Brussels 2004), also at various festivals: "XI Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2002", "Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival 2003" in Berlin, "Eurosonic Festival 2004" in Groningen, "16th Dour Festival" in Dour and "26th Saalfelden Jazz Festival". Robotobibok have played next to Nils Peter Molvaer and Khamer, Chicago Underground Duo/Trio, Tied and Tickled Trio, De Kift and Fennesz. In April 2002 they toured briefly in USA and since January 2004 have been regularly playing in Holland, Belgium, France and other European countries.

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Jogging
2000
3.75 | 8 ratings
Instytut Las
2002
4.03 | 4 ratings
Nawyki Przyrody
2004

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 Instytut Las by ROBOTOBIBOK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.75 | 8 ratings

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Instytut Las
Robotobibok Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars Second album of Polish progressive nu jazz band is more mature than debut. Musicians combine jazzy winds with synths, electric guitar and acoustic rhythm section. As a result music is synth-based progressive combination of jazz and few rock elements. Sax and trumpet's soloing is almost free-form, but rhythm section gives very rock-like rhythmic structure (sometimes-with help of shredding electric guitar).

Sound is fresh with main accent on experimentation, not composition. As a result there are many new interesting sounds and rhythmic combination, but listener will hardly remember single composition after listening of full album. Producing is also raw, more at the level of demo release.

In all, really interesting, but raw album. Possibly, most experimental progressive nu jazz band from Poland at the time of release. The main problem is material - it often sounds as rehearsals, some sketches, raw blueprints. Many moments are interesting to listen, but whole album doesn't even remind finished work.

Next Robotobibok's album is more matured and better composed and finished for sure (but at the same time - less experimental).

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 Nawyki Przyrody by ROBOTOBIBOK album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.03 | 4 ratings

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Nawyki Przyrody
Robotobibok Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars Interesting album from Polish nu.jazz band. Possibly, main test for new listener is album's opener, Kamaji. Heavily vintage electronics-led composition with synth-modified vocals. To be honest, for me it's a bit too much of early electronic band's imitation there on this song.

Then, things go much better after starting from second song. No vocals, very acceptable mix of real jazz instruments/sounds and Moog/ARP Odyssey sound. Really jazzy compositions, with sax, free improvisation and quite atmospheric sound.

Album's music is influenced by 70-s free jazz, Elephant9 keyboards driven nu.jazz and some early analog electronic bands sound. Sax and synthesizers, plus complex, sometimes a bit electronic rhythm. Most interesting Polish nu.jazz I ever heard.

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 Nawyki Przyrody by ROBOTOBIBOK album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Nawyki Przyrody
Robotobibok Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by cuncuna

4 stars Third studio album from Robotobibok explores the paths previously stablished by the band in an even more concise, concentrated way. That is to say, a complex reflection on droning both in terms of recent times electronica scene and jazz as a deconstructed genre. Somehow, the hypnotic and voluptous rythms from their first album jogging and the ethereal mood from Instytut Lasz are here combined to once again deliver this form of music that talks both about the sampler phylosphy of modern electronic music (that is, to make the exact cut and create a brief abstract of a musical idea, powerful enough to say everything with a minimum of invested language) and the live, physical dimension of jazz music as genre. But this time, the electronic elements are much more in front as a genre on it's own, as can be heard in the opening track, for example. This is a modern jazz album that nevertheless deals with classic jazz effortlesly, creating a unique mix and rich dialogue between source of inspiration and digital interpretation of it. Lovely, exciting album, dense at times but not at all hard on the ears. Unless of course you don't like that sampler phylosophy wich here, although not present as a disturbing element, will not be appealling to those reluctant to such genres as Trip Hop or Drum and Bass. Off course, those who like such genres will certainly smile from the very firt second. Within those parameters, a must have.

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 Instytut Las by ROBOTOBIBOK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.75 | 8 ratings

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Robotobibok Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by adamB

5 stars It is not a trivial matter to describe the music presented by Robotobibok. There is no doubt that it is really progreive and innovative one. Rythmical it is more complicated then King Crimson. That's a fact. On the one hand somethimes it is totaly minimal rock but on the other hand it is extremally jazzy in the same track.

We have here fast guitars, screeming wind-instruments like trumpet or saxophone combining with silence moments in the same minute. Music created by Robotobibok is really illustrative. And it is instrumental only. Therefore, there is a place for listener imaginary.

All in all, this music is very jazzy and rocky illustrative music with psycho cosmic mannerism. I have not found another band like this one yet. I do not know if you all like it but you have to listen to it. GO AND TASTE IT :)

Another PERFECT band from POLAND.

5 stars

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