Soulgrab Records is a recent addition into the ring of Texas house music labels, proving there's hardly just a 'Lone Star' in that state's electronic music community. For Soulgrab's second release they touch down in Dallas with three original productions from Patrick Gideon. Titled I Hope You Robot, the EP's individual cuts are each made up of very different parts. From an early age, starting in his early teens, there's something in Gideon's wiring that has made him seek out his own methods of programming, whether it be DJ'ing parties or producing music. He broke with the predominant sound at his early rave experiences with explorations into house music. This desire to break with the status quo in favor of more personal pursuits is shown by the range of this work. "El Camino" is a minimal and deep tech-house vehicle with a meaningful message provided by an expertly placed vocal sample breaking through the hypnotism of the track's laid back lounge appeal. The slower "City Rhythm" serves as a complete 'one-eighty,' busting out unexpectedly in a broken electro funk and nu-disco party-starting blend. Once again nothing like its predecessor, "Shameless" is a flashy, hard-hitting piece poised to drive the dance floor into a frenzy with tires burnt-out and squealing like its pitched up synths. All together, I Hope You Robot will have listeners unable to sit still -- much like its creator.
Da Sunlounge (Myna Music / Bambino) - “‘Shameless’ is cool … nice, chunky underground house.”
Marques Wyatt - “Nice beats.”
Robert Owens - “Cool tracks.”
Soul Minority (Kolour / Pack Up And Dance) - “‘Shameless’ for me here … nice work on vocals.”
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings / Balance Alliance) - “‘El Camino’ has some proper robotic groove to it … lovely!”
Daz-I-Kue (Future Soul Records / Bugz In The Attic) - “Liking this.”
Distant People (SSRadio / Foliage) - “Yeah, love that bounce and bass … ‘Shameless’ is my favorite here!”
J. Caprice (High Maintenance / Juiced Music) - “Very smooth release … looking forward to hear more from Patrick in the future!”
Graeme Park - "This is quite appealing."
Matt Prehn (Oh So Coy / Large Music) - “Intresting textures here … will try.”
Vincent Kwok (Eight-Fifteen / Transport Recordings) - “I love the funkiness of 'City Rhythms'.”
Kid Enigma (Great Lakes Audio / 1200 Traxx) - “I really love ‘Shameless’.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - "Awesome trio of tunes … I'll be playing at least one of them tonight!"
Taigo Onez (The Essence Radio Show, Chicago) - “Jackin' … quality release from Patrick Gideon!”
SimonG (Deep South Audio, New Zealand) - “Smoking quality … ‘El Camino’ is the bomb … I’m looking forward to more from this label.”
Deron Delgado (Stompy) - “I’m diggin' ‘City Rhythms’ … the other two tracks are solid deep house, too.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “The deep funk of ‘El Camino’ -- with its echoes, space effects, and random keys -- is a carefully done, dubbed-out house piece.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings / Fabric) - “From the stabby, hypnotic grooves on ‘Shameless’, to the bouncy Brett Johnson-esque beats on ‘El Camino’, and the brilliant ‘80s future-disco on ‘City Rhythms’, this is a winner all round … top class EP!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House Web Zine) - “Utterly sexy slice of deep house.”