50WEAPONS, Legendary Techno Label, Just Announced It’s Dead

50WEAPONS, the iconic techno label from Berlin known to be a home to major releases from the likes of Cosmin TRG, Modeselektor, Falty DL, Benjamin Damage, Marcel Dettmann, Phon.o, announced without explanation that it’s dead, via a video posted to Facebook (and now, YouTube). There’s even, ominously, a gravestone. The “50” in 50WEAPONS is 50 releases. And they weren’t kidding. #rip50weapons [Facebook post] It’s not a great time to be a label. Vinyl purchases are up, but production is backlogged and still requires capital. Download outlets are seeing major consolidation, with DJ-facing giant Beatport swallowed up into EDM festival ticket-pushing …


Moderat Debuts II, Pushing Electronic Supergroup Production Quality Again [Review, Links, Listen]

If you haven’t heard it yet, you owe yourself a listen to Moderat’s II, the second outing from the combination of Berlin electronic superstars Apparat and Modeselektor. A preview has launched on Spotify, but the best option to try before you buy is NPR Music (America’s listener-funded public radio tastemakers): First Listen: Moderat, ‘II’ First, the thumbnail guide to the cast: Modeselektor is Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, in turn behind Monkeytown and 50 Weapons. Apparat is Sascha Ring, who had a major role in Shitkatapult (the label founded by T.Raumschmiere, aka Marco Haas, and company) The boundaries between those …


Modeselektor Documentary to Chronicle a Duo Who Really Click [Trailer]

Electronic Beats, the editorial project sponsored by a certain major mobile carrier in Germany, has been doing extraordinary work profiling artists. (Their films are in English or have English subtitles.) The upcoming Modeselektor project, due out the 3rd of May, extends that to full-length documentary filmmaking. And the results look terrifically inspiring. But what’s significant here may not be a popular, influential electronic duo getting their due. Just as importantly, as featured here in the trailer, the creative coupling of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary is all about the energy of two people who really work together. This thing might …


Modeselektor and Thom Yorke in Crazy-Good Track: New Video, More from Monkeytown

You know they’re enjoying this. So you will, too. Photo: Ragnar Schmuck Studio, courtesy Modeselektor. Absorbing the earnestly-nervous urgency of Thom Yorke’s rhythms, Modeselektor dial in a perfect collaboration on “Shipwreck,” a highlight from their latest full-length. Tony T. Datis directs the music video adaptation into a dark narrative. Wandering children set the scene, but keep watching as the cadence of the video begins to gather momentum; Datis finds his way into the phrasing of the music and the story becomes gripping as it moves on. Thom Yorke, meanwhile, has quietly become a voice beyond his band or even his …


Decibel Log 3: Murcof, Mount Kimbie, Modeselektor, Teebs and More

Still from Robert Henke’s set at Optical 1 Our man in Seattle, Primus Luta aka David Dobson, continues his video coverage of the Decibel Festival for CDM with another set of feature coverage. All that coffee out there must be working. Take it away… Despite being the first event after an incredible night, which for many extended well beyond the 2am last call, Pravda Studios is packed early on day three for a full schedule of conference activities. ┬áIt comes as little surprise though, the first workshop is one most who are involved with the release of music today are …