Technical knowledge and craftsmanship have improved their creative process, but in the studio they are driven by the same old things. It’s the quest for the beat they haven’t made yet, the eternal hunt for the perfect mix. No bass drum sounds like the other on this record, no snare repeats itself in a different track. Each hi-hat is tailor-made, no synth sound recycled on another occasion. This isn’t one of those predictable techno records, and that’s what makes it such an effort: the endless search for new sounds while always bearing in mind that less is more.
„Who Else” represents the sound of Berlin in all its ambivalence. You’ve heard lead single „Wealth”, a hip hop track featuring London Grime artist Flohio. „WMF Love Song” pays tribute to the long-gone formative Berlin club, but who could call these relentless UK vibes nostalgic? Estonian rapper Tommy Cash parties on the crunchy and playful „Who”, Otto von Schirach lends his screams to the dark industrial techno of „I Am Your God”. And there’s many other tracks that show Modeselektor rambling, raving, experimenting or just enjoying themselves. Is all of this considered hot and valuable by dance industry standards? Doesn’t matter, they don’t play by these rules too much.
„Who Else” is a record freed from outside pressure, only driven by a personal ambition to once more put out a great album. We’re happy they made it and looking forward to see them back on stage.