This is Siriusmo. His real name is Moritz Friedrich, he is from Berlin (Of course) and often collaborates with Modeselektor. He is signed to Monkey Town Records and has finally released, after a series of EPs and remixes, his debut album entitled Mosaik.
This album is getting massive play here at b0ka HQ and it has been said that Mr. Biting Guy, Etoh and Edit are all in love with it. Siriusmo is a severely schizoid producer and Mosaik gives us lots of references to work with in explaining how it sounds. There is Aphex Twin’s Druqks written all over it, especially the track Feed My Meatmachine sounds heavily inspired by Aphex’ Taking Control, where the robotic chant “I’m taking control of the drum machine” is replaced by “Feed my meatmachine” (Or is it “feel my beat machine”?). You can clearly hear Mr. Oizo (Analog Worms Attack) in many of the tracks; the interlude Call Me and Lass Den Vogel Frei! is basically an Oizo beat with the piano, scratch and guitar stabs so much affiliated with Ed Banger productions in the past over a proto-funk bassline. For those who know Air’s discography and listen to Einmal In Der Woche Schreinen you can’t help but feel like it’s basically an uptempo techno take of Run. The melody is almost the same, though of course with a few modifications, the chords are similar and the female vocals have been tweaked and sterilized much in the same way, only instead of French-English robo-romance we get German reverb-soaked staccato. The title track Mosaik could easily have appeared on Salva’s Complex Housing with its glinty synths and arpeggios.
My personal favourite must be Goldene Kugel, though it’s hard to choose just one from this massive album. A female vocalist who does a fantastic job (sounds a lot like Nena’s 99 Luftballons) sings something in German I can only imagine must be about cats (There’s also a cat-sample hiding in the mix) and the mesh of her glitchy human voice over the uptempo rave-ish beat makes for an awesome soundtrack for a summer-drive in a Cadillac as well as something to play in clubs:
Just the name Siriusmo is a great one for this artist because it seems there’s nothing serious about it at all. It’s damn interesting, fun, intelligent and varied, unpretentious even when pompous and put together in a messy but coherent way, almost like a Stones Throw beats-record. And, of course, the cover says it all: