Boomkat Product Review:
Intense, cut-up electronics, technoid R&B and avant-wonky deconstructions on the 11th album from Mouse On Mars, which comes courtesy of Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label. Created using their own custom-built software, which they developed for their live Pandaemonium project (in which they manipulate the output of an orchestra in real-time), Parastrophics is a royal headf*ck – just when you think you’ve got a handle on one of its squelched-out grooves, you realise you’ve actually no idea; this is 3-dimensional music, coming at you from all sides, its funk persistent and undeniable but in a permanent state of flux. One way or t’other, it’s the most ‘floor-friendly MoM record we’ve heard in a while: bear witness to the cartoonish techno-boogie of ‘Wienuss’, or ‘They Know Your Name’, which sounds like some kind of bastard hash of Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Roman Flugel’s ‘Geht’s Noch’, while ‘Baku Hipster’ is an inspired MIA parody that’s crying out to be exercised in the club. The core of the album – tracks like ‘Syncroptians’, ‘Cricket’, ‘Imatch’ – sound like Jan St Werner and Andi Toma’s take on Hud Mo-style hip-hop/R&B fantasia, completely bonkers but totally on-point. Seriously, this duo cram more incident into a single track than most producers manage in a career – sometimes this tendency is maddening, but for the most part it’s exhilarating. Certainly if you’ve got enough caffeine in your bloodstream, then Parastrophics is gonna blow you way.