Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Bloody Beetroots

I love the Bloody Beetroots... 1, 2, WHOOP, WHOOP... 31 Seconds... DESTROY...

If you haven't figured it out by now I love the Bloody Beetroots and they hold the spotlight on this entry. The brainchild of Bob Cornelius Rifo, the Bloody Beetroots are the production and performance alias of Rifo and his partner in crime DJ Tommy Tea. Specializing in hard, and I mean hard (HARD), beats and classical-esque melodies, the Bloody Beetroots are a masterpiece of musical genius.

Bob Rifo is, admittedly, my favorite producer of electronic music. Scratch that. My favorite producer of music. Period. Born in 1977, as a child he was introduced to classical music. Chopin, Beethoven and Debussy. As he and his taste for music grew he became affected by other influences: Punk Rock music and the outrageous imagery of comic artists.

Sir Bob began to experiment. He now focused his ability on producing a sound that combined his classical roots with samples, electro and hardcore 80s' punk/new wave. Late in 2006 the Bloody Beetroots were formed. In 2008, just two years after the inception, Rifo had released 2 studio albums (Romborama and Cornelius) and 45 remixes. Now, Rifo has teamed up with Steve Aoki of Dim Mak records to create The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 1977 and has released another studio album: Rifoki.

How to describe?... Well... It's as if the Misfits, Beethoven and Daft Punk fucked at a rave and created the bastard child of Electro, Classical and Punk that is The Bloody Beetroots. The Beetroots are all over the map.

They have songs like "Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi" and "The Death of Cornelius" where a heavy classical influence can be heard; 1:49 into the former there is a cello solo. Then there is the "Speed Racer Theme" remix (The first song I heard by them).

"Domino" , the release track for Rifoki (Rifo and Aoki's 2010 project), is heavily influenced by Punk culture; Style, ideology and music. It's the story of a radical anarchist leaders' escape from a top secret government facility during the Jimmy Carter presidency. The highlight of the song, for me, is when Rifo yells "DESTROY!" right before the beat drops. In the video Rifo is the anarchist leader and he screams it in the face of his captors as he escapes.

The Beetroots original tunes are amazing but I think it's the remixes released under their name that truly exhibits Rifo's musical genius. Song's like "Pistols and Hearts" by Captain Phoenix, "Dimmakmmunication" a remix of Timbaland, "La Mano Mia Inst", "Cobrastyle" by Robyn and "Cheap and Cheerful" by The Kills.

The Bloody Beetroots are my absolute favorite.

Enjoy the Music.

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