Berlin’s electronic-based duo Modeselektor performed last Thursday April 19th at the Royale Theater. Expectations were not only reached, but surpassed with their German mix of electro, techno, dubstep, hip hop and old school Berlin crunk.
The house DJ outdid himself by forcing the crowd to dance right after doors opened, even though the place wasn’t packed. The opening act, Toronto’s Egyptrixxx, was announced the same day, but did not impress. Egyptrixxx played a DJ set consisting of dubstep and hard electro, but did not seem to lift the mood. I wasn’t particularly a fan of the transitions between songs and it all seemed quite monotonous.
The two main Berliners of the headlining act set up visuals projected on hung white cloth that went perfectly with their set list. Their stage was protected by branches of freaky, neon light. From the beginning, Modeselektor injected the crowd with a hard dose of in-your-face electro. Eventually, people went verrückt (crazy) as they played their so longed-for single, “Berlin”. Something interesting about Modeselektor was how they would stop after every song, like a rock group, instead of making it a whole steady piece, which is typical of electronic music. They played mostly material from their Monkeytown album, which we often play on my show, Practical Solutions for Insanity. Regardless of the amount of people, there was an incredible bonding vibe within the crowd. The duo ended their set with their LFO-raging semi-nostalgic electro-ish “A New Error”, which was originally released as a side project by the name of Moderat. It was definitely a night of good vibes and emotion. Danke schön Modeselektor.