Haitian-Canadian beat master Kaytranada just released his first studio album, 99%, earlier this month and the grooves are so infectious that not even robots can resist dancing to them.
The music video for the first single from the album, Lite Spots, was directed by Martin C. Pariseau, and features a quick learning, highly articulated, animated robot learning dance moves from Kaytranada as they make their way through Los Angeles.
The inspiration for the video struck while listening to the new album over a couple of joints at Pariseau's office. This is not the first video Pariseau and Kaytranada have collaborated on, but this is the first time they have worked with such a large effects team. I talked to Pariseau in Montreal who said the dancing bot has elements of EVA from Wall-E, as well as ASIMO, Hundayi's soccer playing robot. The character began to take on a life of its own with each design decision, rooting the character in some real life physics.
"When you get to the designing piece, you have to decide if this piece is plastic or aluminum or whatever," says Pariseau. "The robot is in the virtual world, but it's a physical object."
Pariseau called the crew of over 30 people who worked on the video 'the best in the world,' rattling off a list of movies they'd worked on, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The end result shows their skills off nicely, as the impossibly agile robot picks up dance moves from every corner of the African diaspora, bringing the 70s Brazilian beat of the song to the forefront.
Just as Kaytranada chops and screws those vintage samples into a distinctly modern track, the robot also carries these dance moves forward into a version of our future. We may all be concerned about robots taking our jobs, but I'm looking forward to the day when I can bounce down the street with my new mechanical best friend, learning new moves as we wander the world.
Cara Rose DeFabio is a pop addicted, emoji fluent, transmedia artist, focusing on live events as an experience designer for Real Future.