Mixtape Monday: Modeselektor

10.10.11 Posted in Blog by

It’s time for Modeselektor! This duo had to be featured in the Mixtape Monday series someday. Well, that day is today. With their raw and rhythmic sound, Modeselektor is a bit quirky and extremely energetic. Loved by many (Thom Yorke of Radiohead is mad about them) and booked all over the world, they were recently asked to record a BBC Essential Mix. A mixtape full of energy and weird sounds.

Modeselektor mixtape monkeytown

Berlin-based Modeselektor members Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary met in 1992. At that time, they felt there was a lot of anarchy after the Berlin Wall came down. They started creating music together as ‘Fundamental Knowledge’. In 1996, they chose to name themselves Modeselektor. Because they saw their surroundings as a sort of jungle, they matched their sound – no boundaries – to that jungle. The result is a wildly diverse, slightly absurd mix of almost anything. Modeselektor doesn’t care about genre or rules, they just play whatever they feel like.

The name Modeselektor was taken from a function on the classic Roland RE-201 space echo analog delay effects unit. It fits them perfectly. After renaming themselves to Modeselektor, they bonded with others, such as Apparat, Ellen Allien and Radiohead. Today, they have gigs all over the world and are appreciated by many outside of the expected audience.

Although Modeselektor see themselves more as a live act, instead of studio musicians, I beg to differ. They are in fact great producers, listen for example to their latest album ‘Monkeytown’. That album alone proves my point. For now, enjoy the mixtape below that was done for BBC’s legendary Essential Mix!

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One Response to “Mixtape Monday: Modeselektor”

  1. Brett says:

    the last mixtape was fire!

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