Robert Koch, better known as Robot Koch, has spent a long time perfecting his craft. The formerly Berlin-based German producer, now transplanted to Los Angeles, creates electronic music with both the delicacy of electronica and the punch of hip-hop.Coming up as one-third of Jahcoozi in the early 2000s, his move to solo work has included collaborations with and remixes for a number of well-known names, including Norah Jones, Tensnake and Bassnectar, among others. Most recently, Koch has found acclaim from a less likely source, winning the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis for Best Electronic Composer in 2014 from Germany’s copyright agency GEMA. Following that with a move to Modeselektor’s celebrated Monkeytown Records, Koch’s new EP Tsuki was released at the end of January, 2015.
Perhaps revered British radio DJ John Peel said it best when he described Robot Koch as, “Wonderful and strange—pop music from the future.” And while there’s certainly a futuristic element to it—there are some timbres only electronics can create—there’s very little robotic about it. Koch manages to find a natural balance of swing, melody and surprising warmth, enlisting a number of ethereal voices along the way for an otherworldly sound.