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Monday, May 17 2010 | 16:31 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Headman is Robi Insinna – acclaimed producer, DJ, and founder of Relish Records. Headman’s unique blend of house/pop/disco/rock has put him at the forefront of the ‘nu-disco’ movement, alongside contemporaries, and mates, DFA Records, Kitsuné, and Output Recordings. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. From his remixes for Franz Ferdinand, The Gossip, Roxy Music, and Zombie Nation (just to name a few), to his worldwide popularity as a DJ, Insinna is a man of many talents.

Releasing his highly acclaimed debut album, “It Rough”, on influential Munich label Gomma, in 2003, Insinna followed this with “On” (2006), featuring collaborations with members of Soulwax and The Rapture. Never one to miss a pulse, Headman once again put his head down in the studio again, to release his third full-length album, “Catch Me” (on Gomma), in 2008.

In the midst of all this, Insinna has also found the time recently to complete remixes for Munk, Zongamin, The Invisibles, The Doves, Tiga and more, maintaining his worldwide DJ appearances all the while.

Phew! If you thought that was it – think again.

On April 30, Headman returned with a brand new astonishing album: 1923. After releasing three albums on Gomma, he returned with this new record on his own label Relish Recordings. It’s an incredible work of art – ten tracks of pure gold that show and highlight the rich talent at work here. The forward-thinking, evolving sound of a true artist. It bridges the different sonic worlds Robi has created for himself over the years. From Headman and Manhead over the last decade this Swiss-born musical genius has been at the forefront of dance music. Equally at home in techno clubs as he is in disco environments, Robi has developed his repertoire and this album is a new high watermark for his talents. Everything from techno to post-punk, disco and pop are in some way evident in these ten recordings, which holds together as a body of work unlike anything he has done before.

A stellar selection of guests include the one and only Dieter Meier of Yello, Steve Mason of Beta Band and King Biscuit Time, Katrina Noorbergen of Australia’s Cassette Kids and Tara who worked with Robi on “Catch Me”, “It Rough”, and “On And On”. The next single to drop will be “Private Show”.

Robi is also heavily involved in the artwork and visual elements of Headman and the Relish label. He designs all artwork and plans are afoot to feature this within a Relish exhibition. Working between Zurich and Berlin, Robi has plans for pop up shops to accompany his album release, showing his art, prints and shirts. Look out for more news soon.

www.myspace.com/headmanmanhead

Headman Top 10 May 2010:

01. Headman – Private Show (Tape To Tape Remix I) (Relish)
02. Hannulelauri – Super Monkey (Seahorse & Castle)
03. Telonius – Hit Me (Bottin Remix) (Gomma Dance Tracks)
04. Shit Robot – I Got A Feeling (DFA Records)
05. The C90s – 10:01 (Villa Remix) (Relish)
06. Tape To Tape – The Devil Made Me Do It … (Relish)
07. In Flagranti – Ex Ex Ex (Headman Dub) (Codek)
08. Andrew Weatherall – Selective Walking (Rotters Golf Club)
09. Tensnake – Coma Cat (Permanent Vacation)
10. Friendly Fires vs Holy Ghost – Hold On (XL)

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