Own Existence has been in circulation since 2008, having first seen the light of day on ‘Law Of Robotics’, I-Robots debut album, and this double header of eponymous interpretations comes sandwiched in the middle of other, sundry album re-rubs. What drew me more than anything to this package though, was the presence of Gary Martin, a blast from the past and a slept-on talent.
Martin seems to be feeling his way back into production, albeit on the back of an album for Motech last year. His work, for me at least, always had a touch of the exotic, and allowed standard Detroit tropes an extra air of licentiousness. There’s some evidence of that here, the sonic arrangement providing a nice sense of space accompanied by some essential robotic vocal action.
The Los Hermanos remix is a piece of Latin-infused machine funk; lively, dynamic and extremely danceable with a good sense of progression, which is exactly what you want from Gerald Mitchell and co.
Both versions are worth your hard-earned shekels and will prove their dance floor worth when unleashed. Los Hermanos for peak time abandon, Teknotica for phlegmatic introspection.