It's time to think about our European friends this week, as Mood Swings investigates what's going on in Germany.
Germany has been teaching the world about electronic music for the better part of the past 50 years: whether it's Kraftwerk or Chicks on Speed, Digitalism or Booka Shade, Culture Beat or Modeselektor, Sven Vath, Boys Noize, Paul Van Dyk, Loco Dice, Moguai etc. etc. etc., there's bound to be at least one German act dwelling in electronics that you like and dance to.
Berlin is (or maybe was?) famous worldwide for being the 'capital city' of techno, with clubs such as Berghain or Tresor gaining so much fame over the years that they've become touristic hotspots. So yes, 'Deutschland über alles' might be true under certain aspects.
If you have any interest in the club scene, you'll already have heard of Tensnake. Hailing from Hamburg, he's been producing records for the past 10 years, walking the edge between disco, nu-disco and house sonorities. His latest single has hit the shelves at the start of the month although it sounds like it might have been released in 1993. Just try and sit still while listening to it:
Tensnake – Mainline
Siriusmo has been producing remixes, singles and EP for most of the 2000s, and his debut album 'Mosaik' came out (on Modeselektor's label) last year. It's a tribute to Siriusmo's ease with electronic music: there's a staggering amount of different sounds, moods and influences, making each track completely disconnected from the next but giving an overall feeling of listening to some very, very good music.
Siriusmo - Feromonikon
ZZT are a duo consisting of Zombie Nation and Tiga. The techno and electro influence of both artists gave life to a very interesting act that caught the club world's attention a few years back with their track "ZZAfrica". Their first album came out last year and it's bound to give you a good fat dose of techno energy.
ZZT – Vulkan Alarm