Everyone’s favourite German duo took two tracks off the top of their stellar Monkeytown album for a gorgeously packaged vinyl release. Last year Modeselektor’s Monkeytown was praised pretty much unanimously, a remarkable feat for producers who have been in the game for over twenty years. From the high–profile guest vocalists to the prime electroid cuts that drove crowds wild all over Europe, their first full length release on the Monkeytown Records label they own truly had something for everybody. The same cannot be said of the extended dub version of Evil Twin on offer here, nor of B-side German Clap. These tracks are stripped dancefloor weapons set to kill.
Evil Twin has been given a makeover with the help of Miami breakcore guru Otto von Schirach, its length extended to over seven minutes of sweaty, bombastic violence, driven by a searingly brutal synth line and an ominous, oozing vocal sample. German Clap is here in album form, an incessant big room stepper with a punch most producers can only dream of. Both tracks benefit from unbelievably good production–one of the benefits that comes with being such veterans of the scene. This release seems aimed at those who accused Modeselektor of having “gone soft” after last year’s collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Rest assured, they are still very much capable of destroying the odd dancefloor or two.