Killer Robot presents KR02 with Jeremy Caulfield



2 years in the lifetime of a club in Cape Town is a long time. 2 years in the lifetime of a club night is even longer, but then Killer Robot is about more than just a club night. Since its humble beginnings at Fiction in 2006, Killer Robot has devoted itself singlemindedly to the promotion of underground electronic music culture in South Africa through its support of local djs, both up and coming and established, to its staging of some of the worlds most cutting edge techno producers and djs. Its three residents, Ivan, Bruno Morphet and AK47 have performed at influential events and festivals throughout South Africa and abroad, alongside some of the biggest names the scene has to offer, all while continuing to hone their craft every Friday in front of undoubtedly the most up for it audience in the country.

From Butane to Bodycode, Kompakt to M_Nus, Killer Robot has become South Africa’s open channel to the international underground, giving clubbers the opportunity to experience artists they would usually have to travel overseas to see. KR has also provided a platform for local artists and djs to reach and consolidate an audience of committed listeners through its relationships with Johannesburg’s Digital Rockit and Durban’s Seake. The Robots pioneering work on electronic stages at previously niche outdoor events has won over new fans to the music and their commitment to showcasing new names has seen a wide roster of artists playing sets with them at their Fiction HQ.

Killer Robot celebrates two years of sonic conquest on Friday 29th August at Fiction in Cape Town. Joining them on the night will be the one and only Jeremy P Caulfield, dj extraordinaire and label boss of Dumb Unit recordings, one of the most influential and underground techno labels out there today. Make a date and celebrate 2 years of music, magic and mayhem with the mighty Robot!


At a time when so much techno feels like endless variations on a played-out theme, it’s heartening to know that there are still a handful of artists, labels and DJs who can combine experience, skill and forward-looking ideals in style. Step forward Jeremy P. Caulfield, who amply ticks all of the above boxes.

As proprietor of leading neuro-minimal imprint Dumb-Unit, DJ of widely-acclaimed repute, and occasional producer of stripped-back, ominous dancefloor bombs, Jeremy has emerged from his early days on the Canadian techno circuit to become a leading light of today’s underground club scene. Using his fifteen years of DJing experience as a springboard, Jeremy has utilised Dumb-Unit as a pivotal platform for the blossoming careers of artists including Butane, Lee Curtiss, Sweet N’ Candy and Seph, loosely defining a hinterland micro-scene of murky, intricate sounds that play with the darkest recesses of the mind while remaining firmly attached the propulsive drive of the dance-floor.

It’s an ambiguous definition best articulated by his series of Detached:Works mix tapes and CDs, which over the course of three volumes and 10 years neatly plots Jeremy’s evolution from sparky underground enthusiast to undisputed connoisseur of finely-tuned contemporary techno. From early residencies at Toronto’s legendary Blue and Fukhouse parties (where he knocked around with like-minded local jocks Adam Marshall, Ian Guthrie and Jeff Milligan, while playing alongside techno deities like Richie Hawtin, Derrick May and Jeff Mills), Jeremy’s established himself as one of North America’s finest DJs. In 2008 alone, alongside his residency at Watergate, (in his adopted home of Berlin) Jeremy has played nearly every weekend across the globe, including gigs at renown clubs and festivals such as Fabric, Fuse, Mutek, and the Sonne Mond Sterne Festival and tours of Japan, Australia and South America

Meanwhile, his rare but intricate rocking live shows surface every once in a while to remind us that his darkly-tinged, boiled-down beats and distantly unsettling grooves are one of the most precious jewels in the jagged DU crown. Check his killer releases Dumb-Unit, Trapez and WMF if you need any proof.

Somewhere between his smart, re-edit heavy sets, his vigorously spiky artist releases, and his scandalously consistent label, there lurks the charred, elusive heart of Jeremy P. Caulfield. The fun part is trying to find it.