Release Date: Jul 3, 2012
Record label: Monkeytown
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
After years of being underrated and underestimated by po-faced purists, Modeselektor—and their labels 50 Weapons and Monkeytown—suddenly seem to own the zeitgeist. Tongue-in-cheek as the definition may have been, Gernot Bronset and Sebastian Szary's eclectic Euro crunk sound prefigured much of the post-everything genre-blending now driving innovation. Naturally, in this atmosphere, many of electronic music's free-thinkers, both new and old, have gravitated towards Modeselektor's imprints.
As producers, Berlin techno twosome Modeselektor bridge the gap between manual-memorising electronics and brick-subtle, MDMA-peppered bouncy abandon. Conveniently, this is also the music they like, and have once again compiled exclusively on their own label. They don’t see why venerable IDMers (Clark, Mouse On Mars) shouldn’t sit next to frightfully modern p*st-d*bstepers (London’s Addison Groove, Toronto’s Egyptrixx).
The second Modeselektor-curated release for their own Monkeytown Records boasts an angry monkey for its cover art—a stark contrast from Vol. 01's more abstract and, well, cute rendering. This is so you know that Vol. 02 is serious shit..
In the space of two decades, three albums, and collaborations with artists including Thom Yorke and Apparat, Berlin duo Modeselektor's glitchy, experimental techno has taken their vision of Berlin to the world. In doing so, they've helped shape the city's image as our era's clubbing capital. On the second of their Modeselektion compilations, though, they turn away from the dancefloor to a more inward journey.
Modeselektor’s futuristic party starters, DJs Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert, have had a lot of success building their own trance-rock mecca over the past decade, but they’re also adept at finding like-minded talent to bring into their fold. The duo’s musical intuition was well showcased on Modeselektion Vol. 1, which brought together a who’s who of Euro-dance talent culled from Szary and Bronsert’s Monkeytown and 50 Weapons imprints onto one collection.