Published Sep 19, 2014Although Headman, aka Robi Insinna, may be best known for his remixes — reworking tracks for Franz Ferdinand, the Gossip and Doves — the Swiss-born DJ is a sort of electronic music renaissance man, running his own label (Relish), designing album art and releasing music under his Headman moniker. On 6 (strangely, his fifth long-player and first in four years), Insinna brings in a handful of collaborators to help create ten tracks that represent the producer's all-inclusive mode of music making.
Produced almost exclusively by using analog and organic instruments, including synth, guitar, tape delay and drum machines, Insinna gives much of the music on 6 a sort of Minimal Wave feel. He rounds out most songs with pop-leaning vocals from guests, including Bozzwell and Sam Lynham of Gramme, but it's Rosie Blair of Ballet School who provides the album with one of its standout moments on the sleek, retro-fuelled "Dona." On 6, Insinna has moved his sound towards the clubby mainstream, sacrificing a bit of his sense of adventure and vision along the way. (Relish)