Music Reviews

Review: Modeselektor – “Monkeytown”

By Ross Figlerski

Released: September 27, 2011

Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary don’t necessarily fit into the generic mold of recent electronic music. This is why everything they tend to release is so damn impressive. Their new album, “Monkeytown”, combines typical IDM, drum, and bass with enough pitch warps and jungle rave sensibility to keep any sophisticated electronic music fans happy, while still attracting average listeners. What this album represents is not necessarily a defining piece for the group, but an impressive crossover record. This is an incredibly hard feat to reach, let alone for an electronic group. Notable tracks on this album include “German Clap, Evil Twin”, and “Blue Chords”. Artists Bus Driver, Anti-Pop Consortium, and Thom Yorke also make appearances throughout the album. Thom Yorke has gone on record saying that Modeselektor is one of his favorite groups. They contributed a remix to Yorke’s “King of Limbs” remix album as well. All in all, this is a solid effort from the group, and interesting enough to keep the album on replay.

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