Modeselektor: Happy Birthday (Bpitch Control)
As Modeselektor's Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary enter the world of fatherhood, they've thought of no better way to celebrate than by making one of the best albums of their careers. Modeselektor has been pissing off the powers that be since performing at illegal raves in early '90s Berlin, which established them as one of Europe's premiere live acid house acts. Over a decade later, they've got no cobwebs to shake off. They're keeping techno raw and cockeyed through all of it's morphing stages such as the crackling two step of "B.m.i." and "The White Flash," a collaboration with buddy Thom Yorke that goes deep the caverns of ambience.
Film School: Hideout (Beggars Banquet)
Last year, Film School's self-titled release was such a lukewarm Gothic exhibition that the listener could almost catch the aroma Robert Smith's hairspray seeping through their speakers. Now, this San Francisco band has turned over a new leaf, creating one of the year's psychedelic zeniths on the magnificent Hideout. The guitar infusions are never less than scintillating and the tracks hover like dreary pixie dust. Haunted melodies perch atop lucent feedback and reverb as the tension in the pitched whir of singer-guitarist Krayg Burton's voice veers closer and closer. The songs structures soar, which makes the album a gorgeous glide of fuzz and mist from beginning to end.
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