Berlin-based producers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szar are surely perfectionists when it comes to the creation of controlled chaos. They seem to have no genre boundaries, tons of ideas in their heads and a deep aversion against fulfilling expectations or getting stucked in categories. Since over a decade these two electronic geniuses are willing to challenge themselves and their genre more and more. They tinker with their synthesizers, they are breaking beats and bass sequences and they are always willing to add a experimental note to their complex floor fillers.
Last years Monkeytown – which is also the name of their successful label – was filled with great tunes that were partly bass-driven acid rave anthems and partly diversive or laid-back groovers. Once again, RADIOHEAD-frontmann Thom Yorke turned up on the record. He’s been a fan and some sort of promoter for the duo since their early days – and god knows there ain’t many bands that influence RADIOHEAD these days. But MODESELEKTOR‘s ambitious and grooving sound does. But they are not just capable of creating music on their own – they are also passionate lovers of new music, especially when they are spinning their turntables.
The second installment of their Modeselektion-series shows exactly that passion and versatility. Featuring some great acts like german experimental legends MOUSE ON MARS (freshly signed on Monkeytown Records), CLARKE, SIRIUSMO or PHON.O this compilation is both – a great DJ-Mix, but also a fluent collection of sounds, ideas and visions. Starting slightly dark and experimental the eighteen tracks accelerate more and more and invites the listener to follow a darkened path into an challenging club night. There’s not much Four-To-The-Floor or Hands-Up-Rave-material on this selection, there are a lot of breaks, strange sound solutions and dramaturgic twists.
It it’s very unique way, Modeselektion Vol. 2 represents everything the two curators stand for. Of course it got groove, base and tight beats, but it also gives enough room for interpretation and just pure listening moments. On the one hand that’s a good thing on the other hand everyone should be aware of the fact that this is no typical club- or even an after-party-mix. Seems like the standard of MODESELEKTOR is the ignorance of expected standards – which might not be the worst work ethic.
from Berlin, Germany