In the latest Rolling Stone, BPitch control artists Modeselektor are featured in the "Hit or Hype" section. The verdict?
"We haven't rocked out to music this rave-marish since parachute pants were all the rage. Say it with us: Never Again."
The new Modeselektor is one of the most interesting records I've had the pleasure to hear this year. Also, it has little or nothing to do with "Rave," at least in the comparison the writer is trying to make. I find it also quite interesting that the magazine fawns over MIA and her creative beatmaking, global influences, fashion style, etc. a few pages before.
I'm not denying that the new MIA album is quite good, but perhaps if the Modeselektor chaps had a glossier, pop-friendly public image, complete with tinny proclaimations about "power to the people" and garish neon clothing, they could be more palatable. Instead, they just make groundbreaking dance music that is an intelligent amalgam of several disparate genres. Rave being one of them. Dancehall, Dub, Industrial and Pop being others.
However, it's no surprise that traditional media can't wrap their heads around this. My advice: stick to your strike zone, Rolling Stone. Surely there's some new Pete Wentz news, or overhyped, derivative UK garage rock band to drool over.