Berlin-based power duo Modeselektor have returned. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have taken their grimey techno blueprint and mapped out a landscape of bass-driven, world-tech that's by far their most varied work to date. Featuring guests like Radiohead's Thom Yorke, TTC, and Maximo Park, Happy Birthday! is this year's key to late night salvation.
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"Afghanistan," from the recently released A (Kemado), is the eerie, Kraut-psychedelia that bridges the gap between the Jesus and Mary Chain and Satan. Not unlike Faust or CAN, Turzi and his band Reich IV, write tripped-out, live music that will make any machine envious. If there was ever a time for acid, it's now.
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Institubes newest addition to their roster, David Rubato, is a man who knows how to work the French touch magic. This Parisian uses the same blistering synths and Daft Punk melodies as his contemporaries, but with a subtle appreciation for cosmic disco's spaciest effects. Taken from his debut 12," "Circuit" is a sonic treat for any electro-afficianado. Photo by Bastien Lattanzio.
Sam Sparro and Steve Spacek have a lot in common–at least when it comes to producing intergalactic soul. Sparro's deployment of gritty synths and Marc Ronson-esque vocal harmonies are the perfect compliment to his heavy, nu-electro-inspired percussion. Taken from the Black & Gold EP, the single of the same name will win over moms and partygoers alike.
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. G&D) are two of the few soul revivalists that don't have to hide behind retro samples and extravagant producers. Growing up under the wing of '70s progressive jazz and funk, the duo has reinvigorated the songwriting and production process, using both live keyboards, an array of synths, and primitive software. "One" taken from The Messsage Uni Versa (Look), is a new face of conscious soul that transcends overtly positive hip-hop and all things throwback. Photo by Peter Z. Jones.
One third of Restiform Bodies and purveyor of the ever-evolving anticon. sound, Telephone Jim Jesus has made quite a name for himself in the avant-garde hip-hop realm. Anything Out of Everything is an instrumental album of warm atmospherics and effected acoustic guitars, where dark and light constantly play off one another.
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