That little "influences" box on a musician's MySpace page is usually a repository for not-funny irony or complete bullshit. Shit Robot's, however, is as sincere and accurate as this single-man-act's name is not -- name-checked here are early electronic heavyweights like Carl Craig, Andrew Weatherall, Derrick May, and Juan Atkins.
And although Shit Robot is signed to DFA, a New York label that's hipster-approved and attracts a lot of bored rock kids, his techno lineage is more sonically apparent than those of the minimal purists boring themselves into silence.
A Shit Robot track (how many times can we repeat "Shit Robot" in this piece?) is straight-up funky, built on stuttering 808s and "Tour de France"-era Kraftwerk-style synths. And yes, there's a classic '90s, raw kind of vibe to the tracks too. Makes sense, since Mr. Robot, whose real name is Marcus Lambkin, cut his teeth playing real-deal legendary NYC spots like Save the Robots, and later Plant Bar. If at time the music can sound a little willfully retro, well, it works as a salve. If you find yourself pining for a time when techno still equalled soul, well, then, a robot called Shit may be the cure for what ails you.
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Shit Robot plays The Vagabond (30 NE 14th St., Miami) Friday, October 16. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free before 11 p.m., $5 after. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-379-0508; thevagabondmiami.com.