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Modeselektor

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October 25, 2011

As countless indie rockers root around in Eighties synth pop, it's a relief to hear others advancing that decade's other great cybernetic subgenre: techno. Keeping grooves minimal but sonic detailing maximal, Modeselektor smear snarky flows by avant-rapper Busdriver and, on two tracks, colorize fragments of fan Thom Yorke's voice, whose falsetto conjures Billie Holiday as a disco diva on "Shipwreck." Elsewhere, "Blue Clouds" offers nothing but beat brilliance and sick synth morphs, which turns out to be enough.

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