I guess it should come as no surprise that a sci-fi nerd has a secret fetish for pop songs with robot vocals. From ELO to Daft Punk, I’m a sucker for music that features a Cylon-esque crooner! Heavy vocoder and other vocal processing fell out of favor for quite a while, but Cher (with “Life After Love”) and the aforementioned cyberpunk techno duo Daft Punk paved the way for a new generation of post-modern lead singers on a microchip tip. The only trouble is finding them! That’s where all of you can help…
Earlier tonight I was listening to one of my favorite examples of this sub-genre, a track called “Ralph & Cathy” by French House/Downtempo electronic artist extraordinaire Alex Gopher; it’s a sublime, atmospheric track about a helpless traveler, lost amongst the stars with his computer – or is he? I figure readers of this blog might dig it:
In any case, I’d love to make a mix tape of tracks featuring songs like this, but much to my chagrin, the local record shop doesn’t have a “robot vocals” section! So I am calling on all of you, loyal Darth Mojo readers, to make suggestions. Anything from classic vocoder hits to modern techno with actual computers doing the singing, please bring it on – the more spacey sounding, the better! When I’ve made my final selection, I promise to share the playlist with y’all.
I look forward to hearing what everyone comes up with!
[NOTE: If you like the track I posted above, check out more of Alex Gopher’s music]