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No Surprises

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No Surprises 04:11


This is the first single from the new Headman album. The track features vocals by Silver Jan and a remix by Zillas on Acid. It’s the first new material produced since the self-titled Robi Insinna mini album and SASM, the new band project with Douglas J McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb, released on Industria in 2018.

Robi Insinna has been releasing music since his debut in 2001. At the same time he started Relish Recordings, with the aim to re-create a vinyl label similar to the records he was buying at that time, obscure post–punk, new wave and disco records. Very inspired by the British Balearic scene and the Italian afro scene, he created Manhead as an opposite to Headman. The trademark Bass was always very present in Headman production.

This time Robi Insinna decided to work again under the Headman moniker. The single has a kind of NYC 80’s vibe, which is pretty much what the music was always about, strong retro raw edge funk machine driven sounds. The use of analog equipment, synthesizers, bass and loads of outboard gear is a trademark of Robi Insinna’s production. Saying that, the idea is not just to copy the past, but to take influences from it to create something new. Zillas on Acid rework the track into a slow-driving techno chugger, taking it in a darker and more sinister direction.

No Surprises is a funky new wave track echoing the optimism of past decades.

“If you steal, steal right” - Brian Eno


released July 1, 2022


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Headman Zurich, Switzerland

Robi Insinna Artist, DJ, producer and Relish Label owner helped forge the early 2000's disco-punk aesthetic with tracks such as It Rough, B.S.W.D. and many remixes under his Headman/Manhead alias. Relish still paints itself as somewhat of a project rather than a label, with a defined ethos, with special editions and visual. The label keeps busy discovering and releasing international talents. ... more

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