Here comes more essential Modeselektor accompanying the duo’s new album. Rarely has a pair of tracks been more representative of their creators. „Who“ underscores their reputation as pioneers of boundary-pushing popular electronic music, keeping it real while keeping it fresh, appealing and inclusive. Featuring Estonian rapper Tommy Cash on vocals, „Who“ is a frantic and melodic tune, showing a love for the spectacular and no fear of of pop. „Else“ is the perfect atmospheric flip side, picking up similar sounds but going for subtle sonic experimentation over an emotionally charged broken beat. It’s Modeselektor’s universe in a nutshell. Always familiar, never the same.
Modeselektor will release their new “Modeselektion Vol. 04” compilation on 1st June 2018 via Monkeytown Records x Ninja Tune. It features 17 exclusive tracks including the first new Modeselektor production since 2015 – a wild acid techno track ‘Kalif Storch’ – named after the nightclub of the same name in Erfurt, Germany.
From exciting upstarts such as Skee Mask, rRoxymore, Solid Blake and Sarah Farina to exalted visionaries Peder Mannerfelt, Vatican Shadow and Actress, “Modeselektion Vol. 04” is a direct reflection of Modeselektor’s genre-defying DJ sets which, at their heart, celebrate invention, innovation and hybridity combined with a hearty commitment to moving dancefloors. Indeed, this has been the ethos from the inaugural release in the Modeselektion series in 2010.
Moderat collected reworked live versions of tracks from all three albums and will release a 15-track compilation, Live, via their label Monkeytown on November 18th. Until then, watch a recording of Moderat live in Berlin.
01. Intro (Live)
02. Ghostmother (Live)
03. A New Error (Live)
04. Intruder (Live)
05. Bad Kingdom (Live)
06. Damage Done (Live)
07. Animal Trails (Live)
08. Reminder (Live)
09. Eating Hooks (Live)
10. Eating Hooks (Siriusmo Remix) [Live]
11. Rusty Nails (Live)
12. The Fool (Live)
13. Last Time (Live)
14. No. 22 (Live)
15. Live (Non-Stop Live Concert)
Taken from Moderat’s single “Running”. Video directed by Jakob Grunert. Release date: May 20. Pre-Order here: http://smarturl.it/ModeratRunning
As a bonus, stream the Shed remix of the track, below:
…a rebellious teenager slaves away in a dystopian world, harvesting crystals from a vast grey landscape. This sparkling bounty is given as an offering to a tribal deity, who resides in a shrine guarded by sentinels with green glowing masks, where he is constantly under attack from an army of drones… Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to live in that world.
The new video for Reminder – the first single from the upcoming album Moderat III – will take you there!
PFADFINDEREI, Moderat’s long-time creative partner for visual works, came up with the innovative idea of using gaming aesthetic and VR production tools to make the experience truly, and uniquely, immersive and invited SEHSUCHT Berlin, to realize the full scope of this ambitious project. Mate Steinforth and the SEHSUCHT Berlin team developed the imaginative, politically charged narrative.
“Time to share our first single „Reminder“! We’re looking forward to performing it live for you! Love S G S.
Below you can watch the official video for “Dark Waves” from German producer/electronic musician Robot Koch. The song appears on his album HYPERMOMENT out now on Monkeytown Records (Modeselektor’s label).
Filmed entirely on an iPhone6s plus (following a trend for videos ie Kanye West’s “Only One” and Kate Nash’s “She Rules”), “Dark Waves” director Sven Dreesback takes Koch’s atmospheric tune to video of surfers Ryan Gast, Elija Bustos and Michael Ralla in open water.
The trio of Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) akka Moderat, are ready to release their third and final album, III, on April 1st, following 2013’s II and 2009’s Moderat. The record is being co-released by Mute Records and Monkeytown Records.
Moderat will also tour all over Europe and North America in support of their upcoming album. For visual direction and their impressive live shows the trio teamed up with renowned artist collective Pfadfinderei.
German electronic musician, singer and songwriter ROBOT KOCH will be releasing his new album HYPERMOMENT on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records November 6 and is now offering the song “Care” as an instant grat along with its gorgeous video created by freelance filmmaker and audio technology researcher Mickael Le Goff. His creation is a stunning compliment to KOCH’s melancholy production featuring Julien Marchal.
Le Goff’s work focuses on a strong interaction between sound and images, using traditional video techniques as well as stop motion, light painting animation, 3D, VFX or generative coding. For the release of ROBOT KOCH’s new album, he created a hypnotic and organic world of visuals traveling from space to small crystals formation. Creating the images for “Care,” small droplets of ink were placed in a drop of oil in suspension. When releasing in the water, the slowly evolving mixture of oil and colored ink created interestingorganic structures. The process has been repeated with some inertia in the water and these structures started to somehow dance, fitting nicely with the music flow. All the images have been filmed with macro lenses and a glass of water. (More about Le Goff can be found at http://mlegoff.tumblr.com/ or https://vimeo.com/mickaellegoff)
HYPERMOMENT, while retaining ROBOT’S much loved hallmarks, is a true evolution of his sound and style. Driving deeper into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes, this is the first of any of ROBOT’S works to feature his own voice (as can be heard on “Care,” “Serenade” and “Fernwood”). The field recordings were captured along ROBOT’S nomadic writing trips to New York, Berlin and the inspiring Joshua Tree in California, as well as his new home base of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, where he was constantly writing and re-writing the tracks to fit in with the basis and ethos of the album.
After exploding onto the scene with an accidental hit, ‘Howling,’ the unexpected duo of Australian singer/producer/cult folk artist Ry X (of The Acid) and Berlin’s 4/4 innovator Frank Wiedemann (of Âme and Innervisions) are now on the heels of an equally surprising debut album, Sacred Ground. Set for release in 4th May 2015 as a collaboration between MODESELEKTOR’s Monkeytown Records and Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, Howling’s lush LP unfolds as subtly and instinctively as their artistic process.
Often recorded on-the-fly between rehearsals and while on the road for their European tour, their acoustic/electronic compositions incorporate delicate instrumentation, warm strings and organs, driving analogue sounds, gentle field recordings, and of course Ry X’s unmistakable voice. Although there are distinct traces of both artists present throughout all 10 tracks, as a duo they’ve created a sound that veers away from anything expected. ‘Signs’ – the album’s first single – is a hypnotic capturing of their unique new sound, with Ry’s ethereal vocals floating through a divine minimalistic landscape.
Some words on the video:
“Dugan and I always set out to capture the emotional essence of imagery in connection to music. In this ‘Stole the Night’ video we wanted to hold an open conversation about a few things… one was the concept of being ‘tamed’ by our current society… that we are all inherently wild and of the earth but are kept into belonging by the structures of our imposed ‘world’. Concrete and cereal, K-Mart and aesthetic importance of self. What if some of us better suit the wild. The earth. Belong more there, than within walls.
And the second thing we explored was the fragility of human psyche. My sister is quite heavily ‘schizophrenic’ by medical world standards and has struggled, as has our family, with it for more than 15 years. Though I have reason of heart to believe ‘Mental Illness’ can change with our perceptions of it. It is shown in many indigenous cultures that when someone the western world might label as ‘mentally ill’ is instead supported by the community and given purpose and love, the ‘imbalances’ soften and there is connection to human spirit and heart. Holding the mind in a more stable place.
When a great meditation teacher I know was asked about mental illness he said (paraphrased from memory) “We are all mentally ill. We can only see the degrees of how much we are by how much we hurt one another”. So the video touches on a lot… but perhaps more than it needs to tell the exact story by narrative, it is the emotion of the struggle of what frees us, and what keeps us grounded. Of how relationship can serve and hinder. Of how our journey is not only of the realm in which we spend most of our time… in shopping malls and work places, but that also of nature, and even more so, that of the heart and mind.“