Earlier this month, Angelo Repetto released his debut album, Roboto, via Default Mode Records.
Most known as one-half of Wolfman, a duo formed in 2013 with Katerina Stoykova, Repetto now steps out in solo mode, presenting an album that looks to capture his ambivalent relationship with techno via brushes with ambient, synth-pop, wave, kraut, IDM, and acid. As the first release under Repetto's given name, Roboto is a marked step in his career, and was birthed from a stint living in Berlin, as he explains:
"Before I started working on this LP, I released a couple of EPs under the pseudonym Nkelo, so this one is actually the first release under my real name. I think I couldn’t release under my real name before because I was still searching for my sound. In fact, I’m still searching, and probably always will be, but the difference now is that I know where to look for it.
"I spent half a year in Berlin in 2017 and it was there that I started to work on this material. I finished the tracks back in my studio in Zurich. Looking back on the process, I have to say that the significant work happened here. I somehow had to get rid of all the cool music that I absorbed in Berlin and find my own musical language again.
"I’m quite a maniac when it comes to releasing music. I’m super happy in my studio working on new stuff but every time I’m about to release something I somehow start to freak out and keep telling myself that the world doesn’t need more music and that there’s no reason why anyone should listen to my music. It’s a nightmare. As an artist I think it’s important to question myself in order to grow, but sometimes I also need to relax… Not everything is a matter of life or death, even though it sometimes feels like it. But this time I told myself not to freak out—I did anyway—and to do it right from the beginning."
In support of the release, Repetto has offered up album cut "Tomorrow Never Knows," an emotive synth-driven track that sounds like the soundtrack to a sci-fi film from another dimension.
You can pick up "Tomorrow Never Knows" via the link below, with the album available here.
Due to issues regarding the GDPR, EU readers can download the track here.