Review: Drawing on the usual combination of close associates and fresh talent, Modeselektor are plaing curators once again and serve us this hefty 18-strong collection of shockingly modern beats. There's rugged and ranging electronica from Clark, Prefuse 73 and Mouse On Mars, while Modeselektor themselves keep things decidedly techno. By and large though the strongest informer is electro, from Lazer Sword's manic delivery to the deadly Detroitisms of Diamond Version. A special mention goes out to Martyn for the swinging glory of "Red Dancers", a rough and ready jacker with bandy legs and bawdy acid in its veins.
Review: Perennial electronic troublemakers Mouse On Mars have been particularly active of late with their partnership with Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint, and on this latest EP it's definitely not hard to hear why. There is a strong current of rave energy at work from the moment "Bakerman Is Breaking Bad" kicks off, as a flurry of acid and snapping electro drums get nasty with an old-skool electronica sensibility. "Cream Theme" has its own rose-tinted vision with dazzling chord stabs speaking of outdoor-party optimism as twisted through a juke-grinder. The title track too nods to tricky Chicago-born percussion and arrangement, although in this instance it sidles through a progressive spread of impulsive suites all crammed into five minutes, while "Migmy" says even more for footwork in a fraction of the time.
Mouse On Mars & Mesak & Claws Costeau - "Somiak" - (3:40) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & FX Randomiz - "Fromm" - (3:24) 110 BPM
Prefuse 73 - "90's" - (0:55) 102 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Funkstorung - "Bon Djerry" - (3:56) 50 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Yoshimio - "NKANKA" - (3:54) 64 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Matthew Herbert aka DJ's Collapse - "Double Gum" - (3:22) 101 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Olivia Block - "Pterion" - (5:19)
Mouse On Mars & Oval - "Gitto Ski" - (3:45) 80 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Tyondai Braxton - "Off Sea" - (3:39) 60 BPM
DJ Sotch Egg - "Mouse On Egg (Happy Birthday!)" - (0:39) 86 BPM
Review: Marking the third instalment in their mammoth 21 Again project, German electronica stalwarts Mouse On Mars present another salvo of collaborations that show just how far their tastes and influences reach. There's playful electro with skweee lynchpins Mesak and Claws Cousteau, rapid-fire drum programming with Funkstorung, unhinged synth and squelch weirdness with Matthew Herbert, and folk-infused psychedelia-meets-noise terror with Tyondai Braxton. At every turn the music is loud and leering, overflowing with ideas and production skills that prove Mouse On Mars are coming of age in fine style. If there was any doubt that this pair is a powerhouse in the world of experimental electronics, let this release be a lesson to all.
Review: Stepping up to give the veteran leftfield band what for under orders from Modeselektor, Travis 'Machinedrum' Stewart sounds like he had a lot of fun chopping up Mouse On Mars. It's not hard to spot his hallmark moves all over this feisty reworking of "They Know Your Name", as swift juke-style drum programming and dubstep swagger collide with the spirit of early jungle to great effect. Throw select lifts of Dodo Nkishi's sneering vocal into the somewhat forbidding soundscape and you have a certifiable banger on your hands. For all the hectic elements, there's still an air of restraint that makes Stewart's results so satisfying to listen to, even if the bass tries its utmost to topple proceedings.
Robot Koch - "Let Me" (feat Curtain Blue & Born In Flamez - Alex Banks remix) - (6:11) 140 BPM
Dark Sky - "Manuka" (Anstam's Saint Seclusive edit) - (4:53) 115 BPM
Mouse On Mars & Tyondai Braxton - "Off Sea" (Gajek remix) - (4:23) 66 BPM
Review: Late entry for RSD 2015 on the digital front! Germany's ever-impressive Monkeytown label comes in strong with a remix EP by some fresh and up and coming talent from the streets. Alex Banks rewires Robot Koch's "Let Me" into a bubbling mass of growl bass and sci-fi effects a-la Noisia, London's Dark Sky see their "Manuka" tune remixed by Anstam into a wonky future bass driver with one hell of a vocal-led breakdown. Gajek transforms "Off Sea" by Mouse On Mars & Tyondai Braxton into a filthy, broken half-stepper that's bound to cause quite the stir around the midnight hour. Another glorious affair from the Berlin massive.