Lefto (Belgium) and Free The Robots (California) found themselves on tour together a year and a half ago. They decided to cook up a record with the beats they were making from the inspiration collected along the way. Fast-forward to the present and that idea has grown into Karavan, an album full of international exotic melodies and heavy rhythms that reflect the sounds gathered through their years of consistent nomadic touring. Karavan is out on May 19th on vinyl and digital. Click the green link above to pre-order on iTunes.
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Lefto. World renowned, he regularly blesses sound-systems from Tokyo to Seoul and Singapore to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been a resident deejay for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festivals since 2008. Camera under the arm, he is also one of the few deejays on this planet who can play somewhere and have a nice movie on the internet a couple hours later, with over 250 videos on YouTube and Vimeo. It's very impressive. The travels resulted in the Worldwide Family Vol. 1 compilation on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad in 2011. In 2012, he put out two compilations, one for American brand 101 Apparel and the other one for Universal Music.
Chris Alfaro is Free The Robots, the beatmaker/DJ known for his unique sound, hinting at jazz, blues, psychedelic, electronic, and hip-hop, while remaining undefinable. Using everything from dusty, obscure samples, mind-warping analog and digital synths, and live instruments, his dirty drums and progressive melodies blend everything together into sonically rich compositions. His ever-evolving, imaginative sound breaks free from any boundaries and flows away from robotic monotony. As one of the pioneering artists to come out of the Los Angeles beat movement, Alfaro continues to expand minds around the world with his line-up of original recordings and energetic live performances, sharing stages with the likes of DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, and DJ Krush.