Last Wednesday, Wobble Wednesday played host to the first ever US performance by the MC/DJ duo Robot Robinson. Bronx area lyricist John Robinson has been at it in the hip-hop game since 1996, but has recently found great success collaborating with Berlin producer Robot Koch. The two have found a critically acclaimed balance of old-school hip hop and electronic, “post-dubstep” beats, and have amassed a following despite just one release together. Robinson’s solo set kicked off the main event, backed by local DJ Rain. His freestyles and call-and- responses indicated what kind of experience he has, not only as a studio lyricist, but as a live performer. Robinson even made way for local star, Charmingly Ghetto, to rise to the stage for a verse.
The main event came with the pairing of Robinson and Koch. The contrast of the smooth flow of rhymes over the fragmented glitchy beats created a really fascinating dynamic. It was danceable, but futuristic and almost rave-y at the same time. This flavor carried over into Robot Koch’s DJ set, which connected with regular Wobblers and others who came for electronic vibes. He was a special guest to have imported all the way from Berlin, but to be paired up with the talents of John Robinson really made the night memorable.
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