Music Review | posted 29.09.2011
Modeselektor
Monkeytown
Monkeytown, 2011
Text Maximilian Theisen , Translation Julia Frohn
Your Rating:
8.0
User (2)
8.0
Editorial
Cover Modeselektor - Monkeytown

On Monkeytown, Modeselektor is introducing a town with suitable districts for everyone’s individual taste. Friends of classic dubstep, dancehallheads, indie-listeners as well as ravers will find what they’re looking for in Monkeytown. And still, it’s actually impossible to match even a single track with a certain genre. It was in 2007, when the second album by the producer-duo Modeselektor, Happy Birthday, was released. Four years and countless remixes and collaborations later, the two lads from Berlin – Gernot Bonsert and Sebastian Szary – present a mixture of everything that the international club-scene has to offer these days. In doing so, they are supported by Thom Yorke, Miss Platnum or the breakcore-expert Otto von Schirach. The track Pretentious Friends deserves special mentioning: Busdriver’s rough vocals are looking for their place between a thumping grime-beat and unleash an intense energy, which is not to be achieved by any of the following tracks. Despite the many different ideas for compositions, Modeselektor actually deliver a surprisingly homogenous record. This might be due to the fact that Monkeytown was recorded in a continuous recording session of ten weeks, which, according to the Berliners, hadn’t been the case in the previous productions. Within those ten weeks, the maybe most interesting Modselektor-record so far came into being.

You can find Modeselektor’s Monkey Town at hhv.de: 2LP | CD
Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Review | posted 02.03.2012
Busdriver
Beaus $ Eros
Californian rapper and producer Busdriver keeps evolving into a singer and presents a sound that doesn’t have much to do with what you would call Hip Hop.
Music Review | posted 21.04.2011
Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke
Ego/Mirror
Burial is sending us a sign of life with Ego/Mirror, having assembled Four Tet and Thom Yorke to create a brilliant 12inch.
Music Review | posted 03.04.2012
Mouse On Mars
Parastrophics
»Parastrophics« is an acid-soaked ride to hell and back through the world of electronic music.
Music Review | posted 10.05.2012
Lazer Sword
Memory
The new album by Lando Kal and Low Limit a.k.a. Lazer Sword can either be danced to with courage or stared at in disbelief.
Music Review | posted 16.08.2012
Otto von Schirach
Supermeng
Otto von Schirach’s debut for Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records is quite wound up musically.
Music Review | posted 16.06.2015
Aidan Baker & Idklang
In The Red Room
In Idklang, Aidan Baker has found a partner who provides an informal frame to his exuberant arts.
Music Review | posted 10.06.2015
Jamie xx
In Colours
On his debut, Jamie xx hat got it all right. It’s an incredibly exquisite record – exquisite enough to be disgusted.
Music Review | posted 15.06.2015
HELM
Olympic Mess
Overcoming stress through music: On »Olympic Mess«, Luke Younger aka HELM is trying to handle his very own chaos.
Music Review
Robbie Basho
The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12
Robbie Basho is considered a pioneer of the steel guitar. Now the great »The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12« from 1976 has been reissued.
Music Review
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.
Music Review
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Review
Robert Cotter
Missing You
»Missing You,« released in 1976 and recorded by Robert Cotter with musicians from Chic, has been reissued on WeWantSounds now.
Music Review
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead 006
This time, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have brought California saxophonist Gary Bartz on stage for their »Jazz Is Dead« series.
Music Review
Steve O'Sullivan
Green Trax
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.
Music Review
Selda Bağcan
Selda
The 1973 album »Selda« by Selda Bağcan is one of the best testimonies of Turkish music. Now it has been reissued.
Music Review
Nils Frahm
Graz
With a delay of almost 12 years, Nils Frahm’s debut album, recorded in »Graz«, is now released for the first time.
Music Review
Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi
Melodies In The Sand
»Melodies In The Sand« brings together music from three decades by the Czech musical couple Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi.
Music Review
Moor Mother & billy woods
BRASS
Moor Mother & billy woods… and a good dozen more: Camae Ayewa dominates the joint album »BRASS«, but other studio guests also get to have their say.
Music Review
Various Artists
Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)
Darone Sassounian has compiled seven tunes for the compilation »Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)« on Terrestrial Funk.
Music Review
Prequel
Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)
»Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)« is Prequel’s debut LP on Rhythm Section International seven years after his first EP.
Music Review
Irakli
Major Signals
After a series of EPs, Berlin producer Irakli releases his debut album on »Major Signals« on Dial. The mood is subdued, the multi-layered sound progressive.
Music Review
Lana Del Rey
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
With “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”, Lana Del Rey continues to spin her great capitalism-cinema pop art.
Music Review
Nico Mecca
Floppy Computer
Somewhere between Kraftwerk Autobahn and Mort Garson’s greenhouse: Periodica Records releases »Floppy Computer« by Nico Mecca.
Books Review
Marie Staggat & Timo Stein
HUSH - Berlin Club Culture In A Time Of Silence
In »HUSH – Berlin Club Culture In A Time Of Silence«, photographer Marie Staggat and journalist Timo Stein capture the ongoing state of emergency of an entire culture.
Music Review
Panoptique
How Did You Find Me?
This music screams for contact: Panoptique have released their new album »How Did You Find Me?« on Macadam Mambo.
Music Review
Reymour
Leviosa
Swiss synthpop duo Reymour release their debut album »Leviosa« on Knekelhuis.
Music Review
Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
Selected Works (1985-2005)
»Selected Works (1985-2005)« brings together eleven tracks by American dancer and shamanist Gabrielle Roth on one record.
Music Review
Maulawi
Maulawi
Recorded in 1973, never released because Strata Records went bankrupt shortly before. Now »Maulawi« by Maulawi Nururdin has been released for the first time.
Music Review
Various Artists
La Ola Interior
»La Ola Interior« is particularly well suited as a contemporary document that captures the mood of creative niche music in post-Franquist Spain.
Music Review
Dax Pierson
Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Disappointment)
Friends of the Anticon. label are certainly still familiar with Dax Pierson. Now he is releasing his solo debut »Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Disappointment)«.
Music Review
Mandala
Mandala
Beautifully confused: Mad About reissues the only album by Brazilian jazzers Mandala from 1976.
Music Review
Zopelar
Universo
Synthesizer jazz, hip hop breaks, Brazilian touch: Zopelar is back with »Universo«, a new release on Apron.
Music Review
Merope
Salos
Folk, ambient, choral songs: the Belgian-Lithuanian project Merope keeps moving between these poles with its album “Salos” for STROOM and thus avoids all the blunders.
Music Review
Eiko Ishibashi
Hyakki Yagyō
On her first solo studio album in two years, »Hyakki Yagyō«, Eiko Ishibashi brings wonderfully wondrous sounds into flowing movements on two sound collages.
Music Review
Adult Fantasies
Towers Of Silence
A very deserving compilation brings us Stroom these days with »Towers Of Silence« from the Belgian Adult Fantasies.
Music Review
Oiro Pena
2
The Finnish multi-instrumentalist Antti Vauhkonen releases playful music with his vinyl 10-inch »2«, released by Jazzaggression.
Music Review
Biosphere
Dropsonde
The new edition of »Dropsonde« comes along with seven bonus tracks. The Norwegian producer Biosphere then radically reinterpreted an entire genre.
Music Review
Cindy
I'm Cindy
Two years ago Palmbomen II introduced us to Cindy Savalas and her hometown Carmel Vista. Now her »lost« debut album »I’m Cindy« has turned up.
Music Review
Greg Fox
Contact
Greatness through reduction: On »Contact« drummer Greg Fox uses his instrument even more purposefully.
Music Review
Hessel Veldman
Eigen Boezem
DIY recordings made in the eighties in the Dutch city of IJmuiden: »Eigen Boezem« exposes music by Hessel Veldman.
Music Review
Irreversible Entanglements
Who Sent You?
Jazz doesn’t get any more historically relevant this year: the fantastic second album »Who Sent You?« by Irreversible Entanglements.
Music Review
Various Artists
Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth
You think you already know everything about synthesizer music from the 1980s? Then, thanks to »Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth« you can practice in humility.
Music Review
Cucina Povera & Haron
Plafond 6
Cucina Povera and Haron share the rills on »Plafond 6«. The dilettantish is sometimes so exaggerated that it hurts.
Music Review
Heerlens Percussie Ensemble
Biologic Music
If you say »drum group« now, you’re out: Hot Mule releases »Biologic Music«, six pieces written in 1986 by the Heerlens Percussie Ensemble.
Music Review
Red Axes
Red Axes
Red Axes have released »Red Axes«. On their second album the Israelis seem to have found themselves again.
Music Review
Jensen Interceptor
Strings Of Fear
Without Jensen Interceptor, the electro hype of the last few years would hardly have been justifiable. Now a new Vinyl 12" has been released.
Music Review
Daily Fauli
Fauli Til Dauli
Minimal Wave releases with »Fauli Til Dauli« musical finds of the Danish actor Søren Fauli, who calls himself Daily Fauli here.
Music Review
Ron Boots, Jo Bogaert & Morten Søndergaard
Lachrymation / Ambient Kinsky / Sahara I Mine Hænder / Far Boundaries
The latest release brings together tracks from Ron Boots, Jo Bogaert and Morten Søndergaard, a Dutchman, a Belgian and a Dane.
Music Review
Fire-Toolz
Rainbow Bridge
More weird, more beautiful music than on »Rainbow Bridge« has never been heard in the discography of Fire-Toolz or the catalogue of Hausu Mountain.