Amidst all the trends that have punctuated the last decade or so of electronic music, Siriusmo's pedigree and distinctive sound as a producer have remained one of a few constants. It's this talent spread across a number of EPs and countless remixes that has ensured a growing clamour for a more substantial album shaped insight into Moritz Friedrich's musical mind. Finally it's here courtesy of his peers Modeselektor and from the opening strains of a newly reworked "High Together", it's clear that Berlin's finest purveyor of fuzzy electronic funk wanted listening to Mosaik to be something truly special. Reining in a fondness for hording productions, Friedrich has been able to weave together older tracks such as "Nights Off" and "123" with new material to present an album that retains his core and very much distinct musical identity. Friedrich's inherent ability to craft heavily electronic grooves dripping with a unique funk startles across the course of the seventeen tracks here. Furthermore it's the diversity of sounds covered over the course of an hour that ensure Mosaik never touches on monotony.
Monkeytown stalwart Siriusmo is back with a bang and a pencil. He now presents Comic: a record that sounds like its title. This feels like a dilettante kid's drawings, roughly sketched with a big marker. Abstract layouts and finely carved romantic paintings. The legendary Mr. Oizo joins him on the bleepy "Doppelklick" while scene veteran Jan Driver is back on the scene for a collaboration entitled "Patina" which is a rhythm heavy and brooding piece of dancefloor drama. Elsewhere, there are plenty other highlights such as the booming "Dagoberta", the chill Balearic vibes of "Geilomant" or the jagged and angular groove of "Isegrim". 14 songs ripped from the pages of a colouring book to vividly be coloured by you!
Second-guessing Siriusmo (AKA German producer Moritz Freidrich) is never wise; since making his debut at the turn of the decade he's successfully turned his hand to a myriad of styles. On this tasty three-track missive, the frequent Modeselektor collaborator is in a particularly positive mood, opening proceedings with the glistening, life-affirming synth melodies and bustling reggae-pop bottom end of "Cosmic (Edit)". There's a far deeper and more intergalactic feel to "Always Do", where crystalline synthesizer arpeggio lines usher in a mutant take on P-funk smothered in evocative piano lines. The pianos return on similarly eccentric but entertaining closer "Where Was It?", which sounds like a mad mash-up of Joker, the Radiophonic Workshop and Jonny Jewel's synth-heavy soundtrack work.
Moritz Friedrich, better known by his stage name Siriusmo, is a Berlin-based producer that has released everywhere from Boys Noize and Sonar Kollektiv to Exploited. In 2015 he joined forces with Modeselektor and toured Europe under the banner of Siriusmodeselektor, playing festivals from Glastonbury to Sonar. The track "Geilomant" is taken from the album entitled Comic which marks his 14th release for the esteemed Monkeytown imprint. It's a bluesy and soulful '70's styled synthpop jam that soons borders on Suicide style synth punk.
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