Modeselektor's Happy Birthday! is a fun amalgam of the most fun elements of electronica's past, present, and future, from four-on-the-floor rave (albeit not nearly as mindless as that genre can be) to textural IDM of the Plaid/Black Dog school to bouncy hip-hop and electro jams that wouldn't sound out of place while cruisin' in your pimped-out Escalade. The stiff techno of the duo's native Germany is nowhere to be found -- every one of these tracks is loose and groovy, hip-shakin' and head-bobbin' fun, with a serious injection of piss-taking, fun-lovin' humor. After all, this kind of music should be fun. Did we mention they're fun? As diverse as this album is they never forget to bring the party. "Godspeed," "Edgar," and "The White Flash" (featuring Thom Yorke!) bring the glitch. "The Dark Side of the Sun" and "2000007" (featuring French rappers TTC) bring the crunk. "Let Your Love Grow" and the title track bring the ragamuffin riddims. And "Déboutonner" and "Hyper Hyper" (featuring Otto von Schirach and a refrain of "we need a bass drum!") bring the acid and the glow sticks. As the title implies and the music confirms, Modeselektor know how to have a Happy Birthday!
Performance CreditsModeselektor Primary Artist
Thom Yorke Guest Appearance
Otto Von Schirach Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paul "Scooby" Smith Vocals
Sascha Ring Vocals
Sebastian Szary Belching
Technical CreditsJens Thele Composer
Sascha Ring Composer
Gernot Bronsert Composer,Producer
Sebastian Szary Composer,Producer
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Imagine that some enterprising wireheads have uncovered the rusting remains of Front 242 moldering in the ruins of post-apocalyptic Europe, and managed to get it running again. The high-tech chrome and polymer has chipped away, but the home-brewed grain that it runs on now provides a lot more raw power. Modeselektor provides the soundtrack for that future. Even the more overtly clubby tracks are fairly aggro. There's a party at the end of the world, but you're not invited. So mind your business, and keep walking. Don't get me wrong, these tracks are not depressing in the least, not with these beats. But the fun on offer is backed by the understanding that our best days are behind us. Even the Terminator machines have finally crapped out. Here, humans, you can have your planet back. The only misfire on the album is, "I Can't Sleep Without Music", which is like a cover of a lame Chemical Brothers tune. That aside, this is a solid release for anyone who likes their electronica with some mustard.