Blood, Beetroots, and an Infinite Controversy

Let’s face it: There’s virtually no point in doing a piece on The Bloody Beetroots latest (and massively leaked) album, “Romborama.” [Dim Mak] Though I did consider it for a brief moment, I came to realize rather quickly (after having scoured the countless other pages offering the leaked material) that the opinions people have to offer (or at least the ones expressed in writing) regarding the style, intent, and success of the infamous Italians are scattered about in nearly every possible direction, and as such, whatever “wisdom” I could potentially offer as a result of an article would likely be deemed callous and assuming by the large percentage of people who do not share the exact same opinion that I do.


As a result, I’ve become content with the notion that there simply cannot be a unified perception of these outlandish noisemakers. Where bands like the Beatles (I know I know, outdated reference. I chose it because of its irrefutability.) or, as a more contemporary example, Justice, can generally be considered “revolutionary” and “talented” whether or not you actually like their tunes, The Bloody Beetroots are forever destined to be those two guys that either ruined, or revolutionized the disco scene.

So here’s what I’m proposing. Take a good hard listen (if you haven’t already) to a few of the more enterprising tracks found on Romborama, and then if you please, let us all know exactly how you feel about the direction The Beetroots haven chosen to embody. Is it brash and unnecessarily noisy? Are they simply cultivating a field of sound and putting a beat to whatever they can get their machines to spew out? Or are they still the praiseworthy, pioneering geniuses that took control of electro back in 2006 and showed us how to really “do it hard?”

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The Bloody Beetroots – House N° 84

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The Bloody Beetroots – Anacletus

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The Bloody Beetroots – Mother

20 thoughts on “Blood, Beetroots, and an Infinite Controversy”

  1. Now don’t get me wrong, I love these guys, I really do. They make electro on PCs and in unconventional ways and they know how to get the crowd moving, (among other things). kudos. BUT… a lot of these tracks seem like just different versions of Cornelius. I’m listening to Anacletus right now and despite the fact that I think it’s a sick track, it’s basically a remix /re-edit of Cornelius… am i right? Same goes for some other tracks where the samples are most obviously from their own previous remixes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… I do like the team ups with folks at ed banger (vicarious bliss on ‘Little Stars’) and myspace cool kids. So I guess I don’t think their stuff is genius, but I don’t think it’s nonsense either. I could go on, but if this is the final cut of the album, then it’s definitely gonna get a lot more Love/Hate from electroheads and Italians alike ♠

  2. They have not ruined elctronic, but have made it infinitely better.

  3. i really like this CD. sure, TBB dropped so many different styles into this debut album. i think that was part of it, that it was a debut CD. sadly, not as many people have heard of them as have Daft Punk or Justice. i feel that TBB wanted to “show off” that they could do a whole bunch of styles. however, they still manage to stay true to their one most identifiable quality: they produce Bangers.
    simply put, i really like this CD.

  4. I have been a big fan of The Bloody Beetroots ever since they initiated their presence onto MySpace. Back when I Love The Bloody Beetroots, and their Miscommunication remix were new. I have watched them progress, from a one-dimensional duo that mainly put out electro with hard riffs and distortion, to the most diverse (in my opinion) guys in the electronic scene today. They’ve always been my favourite, based on the fact that they always had big tracks that sounded great, and showed lots of talent, yet also had something more, which i couldn’t quite get off my mind. I knew there was something different about them when i heard Verrà La Morte e Avrà i Tuoi Occhi. I do not recall ever hearing a classically influenced electro track at 145bpm. If you have not heard this, please, check it out. Since then i kept a collection of every bbs track that was online. It’s been years now, and i can definitely say without a doubt in my mind, The Bloody Beetroots are the revolution. Their diversity embodies a range of genres, which all work extremely well. I don’t fancy the hip-hop side of it, purely because i dislike hip-hop, but they still make it sound great in comparison. I could write a thesis on their music, there’s so much complexity and emotion in their music, it’s unbelievable. Bob Rifo is the best electronic producer of the 21st century (again, imo). You have your bangers like Cornelius and Warp, then your more chillout and meldoci tracks like Mother and Yeah Boy, your classical tracks like Death Of Cornelius Part.1 (Overture) and Little Stars, your hip-hop tracks like Amazing and their Stomp The Roach remix.. the list is endless. You cannot confine them to a genre. Bob Rifo is a genius. Only track i dislike completely on the album is Yeyo. Besides that, Romborama is a great success, and surely will be in the months and years to come. Not sure if they’ll attain the status of Daft Punk, because they completely revolutionized electronic music, but right now The Bloody Beetroots definitely set the standards extremely high.

  5. Sorry for the structure of that massive chunk of writing. It was a rush job. Meldoci – an extremely bad typo of melodic. Apologies.

  6. “ruined, or revolutionized the disco scene”

    why when people wear masks they are labeled “revolutionary”. They are good electro/house producers… thats it. There are so many other producers doing much more creative work right now. these guys need to stop getting too much hype. its getting almost as annoying as the “deadmau5” hype.

    these are good producers. but save the revolutionary label for the real talent.

  7. whose “revolutionary” in the electro scene right now? I dont get where you are going with this…Deadmau5 did revolutionize dance music…ask anybody with any clout & history in the scene like Pete Tong or Erick Morillo…they all say it.

    the acts that have been controlling the direction of electro over the past 3 years so far has been Bloody Beetroots, Crookers, and Justice/Ed Banger dudes. Each of them has their own distinct style that is being mainstreamed copied by TONS of new producers now..the ultra distortion electro, the fidget house, or the melodic-glitchy tunes

  8. look to be honest i loved the bloody beetroots, having seen them live they were an amazing act and in some ways to the “music” scene they have been revolutionary and so have many other electro acts in the last few years. I unfortunately have not listened to the new album and have hunted relentlessly for it…a link would be awesome haha. However back on track the bloody beetroots have done alot for electro, but like most groups once they get popular people start to doubt what they did for music, and believe that because they’ve gone from their ‘underground’ myspace culture to one more accessible by others such as itunes etc, that for some reason all that revolutionary work is invalid. This will continue with majority of artists but in my opinion the beetroots have done a hell of alot for music in the last few years and im glad i get to enjoy some great beats.

  9. deadmau5. did not revolutionize dance music at all. he’s really good. but revolutionized? i think were are throwing this word around a little haphazardly nowadays. deadmau5 has his obvious influences. hes mixing electro/dub/disco and comming out with some bangin stuff. Daft punk/ and ed banger revolutionized electro. They changed they way all those bedroom producers think. They changed the live show. deadmau5 IS JUST ANOTHER DJ. why do people build him up? what is deadmau5 doing that is sooooo different than countless other acts?

  10. In response to “meh”. Have you heard all their music? If you’re basing it upon a few tracks.. even 10 or so.. you have no clue. They ARE the real talent. Mau5 is also a great producer but i don’t see how his productions completely separate themselves from other productions.

    and the fact they wear masks isn’t the reason for them being revolutionary what-so-ever. be more open-minded to them and you just might see what i do.

  11. Deadmau5 “IS not JUST ANOTHER DJ”. He’ is a music artist. Just because he plays his own songs during his live shows does not make him a DJ. That is like saying Daft Punk were DJ’s (even though they once were) during their Alive tour. Or saying like Kanye West or Fall Out Boy are DJ’s because they play/sing their own music during their live shows.

  12. so why would you even mention fall out boy right now that is completely random. plus they way they are saying they are comparing deadmau5 “revolutionary” style towards that of the other artists mentioned. to them he really is “just another dj”. to answer that question way up there the beetroots aren’t revolutionary they are just showing us a different side to electro music. no matter if you like them or not you have to give them props for having the ability to mix so many different genres together and still make it sound like a legitimate song. also, who doesn’t play their own songs during live shows? are you dumb? they just tear that shit up and make it sound usually more amazing than the original. before you post something make sure it has some sense to it.

  13. Sorry Digit moster, but you are completely wrong in what you are saying, as Daft Punk in there alive tour used live synths to create the music… Kayne raps live (poorly at times) in front of A-Trac and Fall Out Boy last time i checked didn’t put on one of there own CD and then walk out on stage they actually play the stuff on instruments.

    So that is what deadmau5 would need to fo to become a live act, even take it one set futher like digitalism or the presets and put a drum kit in there then that is a REAL live performance. (He might do this, i am certainly no Deadmau5 Expert)

    for my 2 Cents, i don’t think that either of these groups (or justice for that matter) are revoluntionary, they are more evolutionary, they have taken a genre to a different place. But neither of them have single handely turned it around like nirvana did to grunge in the early 90’s and daft punk did to all types of dance (DJ) music in the late 90’s. well thats my view anyway

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