Regular readers of Clash will know that not only Modeselektor are the mutts nuts of the dance scene but also we carry something of an obsession of their alchemy in bass.
Red Bull unleashed yet another blinding event on the capital with the announcement that these lords of bastard dancehall would be spinning records on a quiet Tuesday night.
Clash were going anyway, but when we heard via Twitter that Modeselektor had ‘forgotten’ their records bags and they were now forced to play live – Clash started running to the Book Club.
Having seen Modeselektor in the more hedonistic expanses of Glasgow’s seething club land we were doubtful that proceedings would ‘kick off’ as such. Yet within the first rumbles of their opening the cosy cellar on Leonard St eurupted into a proper bounce.
Gernod and Szary have been developing their own warped take on techno dancehall, splintered hip hop, shattered rap and twisted IDM since they met at a Berlin rave in 1992.
From the bulging and swollen low frequencies of Godspeed to the afro dub mumblings of Tikiman on Let Your Love Grow the venue was packed with reverential dance heads who queued studiously to get such Tuesday night delights.
Hurl in other highlights such as The White Flash, complete with one of Modeselektor’s true fans Thom Yorke, Hyper Hyper and their long time finale Kill Bill Vol 4 and we were already stood captivated as Szary drenched the front few lines with a bottle of champagne.
Yet another blinder from the world’s best dazzling us on a school night.