Berlin's Siriusmo Makes You Dance and Think, Same Time
Why can’t all club music sound like this?
As a kid, I remember someone handing me a disc and telling me this was “progressive house.” Having never heard the genre before, I imagined that ‘progressive’ applied here as it did with progressive rock; hypertechnical, warped, and for headphones only. What it ended up being was only a slight variation on regular house, and fairly lame house to boot. But the idea never left my head, and the concept was redeemed when I heard a record called Buckfunk 3000. Just because it’s dance music, doesn’t mean it has to be repetitive and mindless. That was 1998.
Siriusmo was just getting started back then. He began releasing 12″s on myriad labels in 2000, forming a style that takes every aspect of the term ‘Intelligent Dance Music’ very literally: The production is nuanced and though-provoking, the four-to-the-floor compatibility is constant, and Mo’s proficiency with the keys is apparent on every track. It’s funky, it’s catchy, and the sounds are processed to a semisweet pulp.
His sound landed him on Monkeytown records alongside Berlin’s Modeselektor in the late 2000s, the two acts becoming favored collaborators. Despite Modeselektor’s penchant for touring and performing live, Siriusmo stays true to the studio-rat lifestyle coined by solo electronic producers of the 90s. He reportedly hates playing live and only allows it to happen once in a while. That’s why, if you happen to be in Bristol, you should take this opportunity.
Check out Siriusmo’s video for “WOW”