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Future music on a Friday night

“Bitch motherfucker” isn’t something you expect to hear from the mouths of puppets. But that’s what the Berlin-based puppet hip hop group (uh-huh) Puppetmastaz contribute to “The Dark Side of the Sun,” the first single from Modeselektor’s new Happy Birthday. The track is mostly unintelligible, with Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (former DJs who’ve become quite phenomenal and inventive producers) having chopped it up nicely. The result falls somewhere between techno, rap, and Eurocrunk, whatever that means—and it’s not the album’s only comment on the absurd creativity now pulsing through Berlin. Modeselektor reeled in a remarkable assortment of guests for an album that truly defies categorization. One minute, it’s Thom Yorke’s familiar moan over a dubstep groove, then French rappers TTC coughing up a Gauloise, then Rhythm & Sound vocal legend Paul St. Hilaire crooning over something with the two-step of jungle and the empty space of ambient. How all this translates to the dance floor, I can’t wait to find out. With Jacob London, Recess Vs Introcut, DJ Struggle, Nordic Soul, Electrosect, and the Shameless Makeout Lounge.

Fri., Oct. 19, 9 p.m., 2007

 
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