DFA are truly specialists when it comes to releasing retro-futurist club tracks. “I Got A Feeling” and “Norfolk Nights” by Shit Robot are joining a long list then, but it is testament to the label and the tracks that they release not none of them become forgettable faces amongst the crowd. “I Got A Feeling” is no different, establishing a unique sound for itself but fitting comfortably onto James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy’s New York label.
Following his move from his hometown of Dublin to New York in 1992, Marcus Lambkin or Shit Robot as he is now know, began playing and then later throwing parties in the city. Along the way he was to meet DFA co-founder James Murphy, who is now releasing the two tracks on his esteemed label. Serving as the follow up to 2009’s “Simple Things Work It Out” this release comes at exactly the right time for the Irishman.
“I Got A Feeling” builds slowly from its minimal beginnings complete with rough lead riff and slow jacking body onto the house-led second half of the track. At the mid-way point, housey piano chords start the ascent into this territory before the vocals from Saheer Umar, one half of NYC dance duo House of House, begin to kick in. Moving further, bassy synths and electro handclaps join a driving beat as the echoing vocals cascade over each other, sending the track into overdrive.
“Norfolk Nights” on the B, another 8 minute journey like its predecessor, merges old school beats and building Italian style, spacey synths on top. As it peaks though, things descend into an eerie quietness before the track builds itself back up from scratch.
Review: Tom Jones