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  • Release Date 2017-08-27
  • Label Outtakes
  • Catalog OUT008
Cord Labuhn / The Grind / Outtakes OUT008

„For many years I was on the grind with my man Sacha Robotti. We met around 2004 through a mutual friend, Matz, who became something like the godfather of Robosonic because he purposely placed us together at a dinner table - and probably fed us some doobies for dessert.
Matz' later child was named after our later first original release „Yasmin". To survive and somehow make a living based on our love for music the three of us formed a company offering our services to corporate clients. That wasn't always the easiest and most fulfilling but still it paid our rents or loans and meals a few times before we were welcome and somewhat respected in the international DJ-producer circuit.
Back then another friend of mine was creative director with a reknowned agency and asked me for a commissioned work for a car company, which short after had it's ‚big' moment in a presentation at the Detroit Motor Show. To support my gang I involved Sacha, Matz and my favourite mixdown engineer Jesco Lohan in the project and paid top dollar out of my budget. Unfortunately the client wanted me to completely overdraw the production for wow-effects on car journalists at this trade show.
Now when I went through my folders looking for candidates and stories for the OUTTAKES series, I used some of this piece and came up with this stripped down version.
Big ups and co-production credit to Sacha, who in 2015 decided to leave Berlin and me behind - as our dual ambitions for Robosonic - to focus on his own solo path which he had prepared for years.
I was sad and paralysed for a moment, but had to accept and support his decisions and manner. I finally decided to keep Robosonic alive with fresh new energy, production work, worldwide touring and unaltered love. Good luck and nothing but the best for his grind and happiness. Peace OUT#008!" C:

Primarily OUTTAKES is a series of musical compositions - songs, beats, tools, recordings and sonic fragments designed to encapsulate a time, vibe and feeling. These collections will see Cord Labuhn open up a selection of his personal folders and archives to give listeners an intimate insight into his mindset and creative processes whilst simultaneously showcasing the talents of some his closest friends and supporters. After a lifetime of crate digging and absorbing music, OUTTAKES sees a rejuvenated Cord go back to his roots and follows a rekindling of his love affair with Hip Hop that saw him hit the studio with iconic names such as KRS-One, Masta Ace and Jeru The Damaja. Coupled with the recent geographical displacement of Robosonic - fate and the Atlantic Ocean have temporarily separated the pairing, with Sacha now residing in Los Angeles whilst Cord continues to live and work in Berlin - the time was right to think outside of the box with the creation of an outlet for these evolutionary 'works in progress' the first step of many on the road ahead.

Aiming to channel the spirit of the memories that helped him form his cultural and musical identity, OUTTAKES won't be limited to sonic offerings and will include photographs and video footage in its bid to tackle 'real life matters'. What Cord means by this is open for interpretation but one meaning he attributes to the phrase is it being a metaphor for physical products you can touch, trade and give-away. Known for his affection for towels - stick with us here - he's also applied his mind to the invention of a towel/scarf hybrid which he calls PUNCHI and uses and distributes around the necks of likeminded people and wet cats.

In the tradition of creating physical product to enhance the musical experience, further opportunity for fans and followers to show some love and support for the free floating digital content on offer will follow with the opportunity to purchase items from the OUTTAKES category in the PUNCHI store:

Forged in the fires of friendship and the emotional bond to our deepest musical moods, it's little wonder the project has already found favour with and features contributions from the likes of EPMD, The Beatnuts & Greg Nice, B-Real and members of Underground Resistance in addition to his close friends and camp members.

To receive an immediate SLEEP OUT download and to catch up with the continually evolving OUTTAKES collection by periodical love letters, simply send a blank mail to This email address can also be used to contact Cord regarding feedback, sponsoring and collaboration opportunities in addition to his social media channels which can be found below.

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