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ARTIST
TITLE
Mean Friend Vol. 1
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
MONKEY 112-1EP MONKEY 112-1EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/25/2021

Modeselektor's new Extended mixtape (MONKEY 111CD/CS) consists of 27 previously unreleased tracks, and while the Berlin duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary do want those tunes to be heard within the context of the mix, they've also decided that it wouldn't be right to keep all of those tracks to themselves. Over the next few months, the pair will be releasing a series of EPs, each one built around a different Extended highlight. First up is "Mean Friend", and though the manic, synth-fueled gallop of the title track headlines the package, Modeselektor have also cooked up a number of alternate versions. The booming "Mean Boyfriend" trims the fat and ups the volume, leaving behind a chest-rattling drum workout. "Komm" includes a spooky vocal turn from Einstürzende Neubauten frontman and former Bad Seeds member Blixa Bargeld. On the remix front is Detroit electro don DJ Stingray putting his own stamp on "Mean Friend". Although the original song is clearly potent on its own, the real thrill of the Mean Friend EP is hearing how all of these artists -- Modeselektor included -- harness the track's chaotic energy and usher its jagged rhythms in bold new directions.