For a little more than two decades, Modeselektor have been one of the most appreciated names in electronic music, not just in their home country of Germany, but on an international level. The pair rose to stardom after linking up with Ellen Allien to release on her BPitch Control imprint, and have since captained their own label – Monkeytown Records, where they have released works from DJ Koze, Sirusmo, Robag Wruhme, Rodhad, Solomun and a heap of other top producers. This month
the German pair dropped their fifth studio long player, Extended. It comes with a massive 27-long tracklist, and features both Jackson And His Computer Band, and vocalist Paul St. Hilaire. Across the tracks you’ll find a number of different sub genres, with an overall theme of bass heavy, richly produced IBM and techno. And with 10 of the included titles coming in at under two minutes long, it seems that the project could be the result of live jam sessions, that have been chopped up, arranged and mixed after the fact. The straight forward format showcases everything that’s great about Modeselektor’s work, where every sound has its place, and nothing is added just for the sake of it, something that a lot of producers could learn from these days. Below you can find our recommended starting points for Extended, as well as some suggestions from the Modeselektor catalogue and similar sounds worth checking out.
Where to start:
Hood: Heavy set bass frequencies dominate the soundscape on this one
Puls: Punchy kick drums, hollow percussion and rhythmic vocal samples
Movement: Reverb drenched, lofi palette of snappy percussive rhythms
Previous from Modeselektor:
Who Else LP (2019, Monkeytown Records)
Monkeytown LP (2011, Monkeytown Records)
If you like this then check out:
Ellen Allien – Auraa LP (2020, BPitch Control)
Trentemoller – The Last Resort LP (2006, Pokerflat Recordings)
Modeselektor’s Extended LP is out now on Monkeytown Records.