After a long 4 year wait, the Berlin-based duo Modeselektor returns with their 3rd LP, this time on their own label, Monkeytown. The album is bizarre and really runs the gamut of styles, but you can hear the constant undertones of angular German electronic production. Heavy electro tunes like Evil Twin showcase the duo’s production skill with the high energy lead synth playing in odd time against the rhythm. This is instant classic techno, but it’s a little too weird to go mainstream. This is highlighted by their choices of guest vocalists; in addition to the usual suspect Thom Yorke, avant garde rappers Busdriver and Antipop Consortium lay down abstract verses over spacey Techno.
All in all the album sounds more like a collection of singles, each an experiment on a concept, and that’s great for an electronic group accustomed to releasing singles and EPs. Modeselektor is on tour supporting the album, and I highly recommend going to see them live. I caught their show in Montreal over the summer, and it was absolutely insane; they didn’t even hit the stage until 1:30am. Pre-sale went quickly, and I won’t be surprised if it sells out, so I’d get a ticket sooner than later. SF people, I’ll see you at 1015 Folsom, Friday the 13th!
Modeselektor – Shipwreck (ft Thom Yorke)
Modeselektor – German Clap
Modeselektor – Berlin
Video for Evil Twin (featt Otto von Schirach)