“As Super Magic Hats, Melbourne’s Rob Masterton has begun to explore a Caribou-like territory of gleefully catchy melodies and psychedelic wooziness in his productions. The approachability and orderliness of Masterton’s one-syllable samples lends a pop sensibility and stuttering summertime energy to his work, which has earned him airtime on BBC 6 and a featured spot for “Happy Jazz” on Bleep’s unsigned track compilation, Filtered.” – XLR8R (USA)
“One of the brightest new electronic acts out of Melbourne” – East to West Blog (Aus)
“Vibrant and energetic electronics are draped over skillfully chopped vocal samples which swiftly carry the track into a blissful momentum. It’s too good to be only enjoyed once.” – Hearing Gold (Can), on “Because of You”
Super Magic Hats is a Melbourne-based musician and producer whose work embraces melody, noise and experimentation. Super Magic Hats’ sound is based around a sample-everything mentality and a love of unusual instruments and gadgets, underpinned with a gentle irreverence and playfulness, and glued together with intricate edits, delicately placed details, and washes of reverb and delay.
Super Magic Hats emerged on the Melbourne scene in mid-2011, when tracks Happy Jazz and Hangin’ were picked up by blogs and radio and received airplay on Triple J and Triple R. Out of 4,000 entries, Happy Jazz was selected by Bleep.com as a winner of their Filtered competition for unsigned tracks, achieving more blog love and play on BBC Radio 6 along the way.
Making a live debut at Revolver in September 2011, Super Magic Hats has gone on to play many legendary venues around Melbourne and interstate, supporting Rufus, The Kite String Tangle and Shigeto amongst others. His live set has developed into something both polished and chaotic, as improvised structures and live instrumentation bring tracks to life.
Super Magic Hats’ first EP was self-released in March 2013 on digital and CD, supported by an East Coast tour that took in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Second EP, Kumori, was released on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records in October 2014 on digital and cassette. Third EP, Slowly, was released on Tanukineiri, from Nagoya in Japan, on digital in Feburary 2015. Fourth and most recent EP Daydream was released with Hush Hush again as a teaser for Super Magic Hats’ first LP. Separation is Super Magic Hats’ long form debut, and was released by Hush Hush on cassette and digital, and launched with a full audio-visual gig at Melbourne’s Long Play, a boutique cinema/music venue. Super Magic Hats released his second and current LP, Wish, on Tokyo’s PROGRESSIVE FOrM in March 2017, on CD and digital.
Super Magic Hats’ music has been used in commercials and syncs for a range of clients including Melbourne Fashion Week and United Airlines, and Super Magic Hats has recently delivered presentations on Ableton for live performance to the Ableton User Group Melbourne and RMIT.