There’s a slew of news to share in the world of Berlin techno wizards Modeselektor! Firstly, the band is releasing a video for Monkeytown’s “Berlin” feat. Miss Platnum. As with all Modeselektor videos, it is excellent! The cardboard-animation video, premiered via Stereogum yesterday, was directed by Swiss graphic designer and animator François Chalet. In the words of Chalet:
"We want to get married, and we want Modeselektor to play there … They'll NEVER come and play at a wedding … And we wouldn't be able to afford them … Weeks later I emailed Monkeytown Records in order to proof to Meike, my future wife, that this idea will always stay an idea … One day later at the phone - Monkeytown: ‘You contacted us at the perfect moment - we urgently need a good video because someone flaked on us!’ One Skype conversation with Modeselektor … 3 weeks of hard work and little sleep … cardboard everywhere … lots of computer crashes and … Modeselektor will play at our wedding - hurray!"
In other monkey-related news, on July 3rd Monkeytown is releasing Modeselektion Vol. 02. The music in this volume explores darker, more experimental grounds, while still incorporating Modeselektor’s trademark party vibes. The compilation features unreleased, exclusive tracks by Monolake, Prefuse 73, Mouse on Mars, Clark, Lazer Sword, Martyn, Siriusmo, Addison Groove, Egyptrixx,Anstam, Diamond Version, Phon.o, Bambounou and many more. For further information, visit: http://bit.ly/GFMjw8.
And finally, in conjunction with their upcoming tour (U.S. dates are below), Modeselektor has just released the 2 CD + bonus DVD Monkeytown – Deluxe Tour Edition. The Deluxe Tour Editionfeatures the previously released Monkeytown, plus an entire bonus CD filled with all instrumentals from the album and an additional bonus track co-written by Thom Yorke. The DVD comes with all 3 official videos for the songs “Shipwreck” feat. Thom Yorke, “Evil Twin” feat. Otto von Schirach, and the aforementioned “Berlin,” as well as extensive live footage filmed at the Warehouse Project in Manchester and a 20-minute interview with the band. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/yu2kto.
MODESELEKTOR TOUR DATES:
Fri. April 13 – San Francisco, CA @103 Harriet
Sun. April 15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Tue. April 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed. April 18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Thu. April 19 – Boston, MA @ Royale NightClub
Fri. April 20 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Sat. April 21 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sun. April 22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella