- Artists whose reputations are built on "defying genres" often tell the press that their secret is to simply ignore boundaries. Modeselektor, though, are among the few that actually have done so. The duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary work with one of the widest palates that you're likely to find, whether it be bottomed-out bass-heavy reggae, hip-hop and dubstep or altogether calmer climes. And that's just in their original productions.
The duo's tastes behind the decks run in the same direction, and Body Language 8 may be the finest example yet put together of this fact. The trendy bounce of Rustie's "Zig-Zag" and his collaboration with Joker on "Play Doe" reside far apart from one another, and in between we get Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes rubbing shoulders with Berghain resident Norman Nodge and Scuba's dubstep sharing time with Animal Collective. In short, this mix may be a great way to introduce your friends to electronic music.
Because Modeselektor are nothing if not accessible. When it comes to making a compilation, they somehow make the most obscure new music sound at home with radio hits from the late '90s. The minimal Godfather, Robert Hood, is right before Major Lazer, but somehow the marching band drums of "Pon De Floor" follow effortlessly from Hood's carnival-esque "Unix." And before it's all over, a stop is made for the aforementioned Animal Collective, whose "My Girls" is mixed into the fray in its original version.
After Dixon's celebrated edition helped prime the pump for the deep house revival and Matthew Dear's effort provided listeners with a guidebook on what minimal was up to in 2008, Modeselektor's mix is a seeming left turn. Body Language 8 is a lot to process—like watching Pulp Fiction on fast forward. But Modeselektor are a perfect choice for the series because body language is a universal code, a form of communication that often surpasses language and culture. Body Language 8 is one of the best examples of their DJing and mixing style that you can find—artists at the peak of their game, putting together something that perfectly encapsulates their artistic aesthetic.
02. Rustie - Zig-Zag
03. Missy Elliott - Lick Shots (Instrumental)
04. Osborne - The Count
05. Boy 8 Bit - The Cricket Scores
06. Felix Da Housecat - Kickdrum
07. Alex Cortex - Huyendo Part 2
08. G-Man - Quo Vadis
09. Norman Nodge - NN 8.0
10. Benga - Emotions
11. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip
12. Untold - Anaconda
13. MOVES!!! - All Skate
14. Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More (Amended Version)
15. Joker & Rustie - Play Doe
16. Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith - Wind It Up
17. Djedjotronic - Dirty & Hard (feat. Spoek) vs Dorian Concept - Trilingual Dance Sexperience
18. Horsepower Productions - Let’s Dance (Club Mix)
19. Robert Hood - Unix
20. Major Lazer - Pon De Floor
21. Boys Noize - Easyjet
22. Siriusmo - Nights Off
23. Modeselektor - The Black Block (Marcel Dettman Redifinition)
24. Scuba - Klinik
25. Animal Collective - My Girls
26. Modeselektor - Fill #1
27. Modeselektor - Art & Cash (live recorded At Electron Frestival Geneve 2009)
28. Siriusmo - Breath
29. Si Begg vs Juice Aleem - Rock My Hologram (Original Instrumental)
30. Moderat - A New Error