An act which really shouldn’t need any introduction. Digitalism are without doubt one of Germany’s finest exports. The Hamburg duo consisting of Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi progressed to prominence with the unique and powerful style of their debut album Idealism in 2007. With productions like Idealistic, Pogo and Zdarlight it’s easy to see how. After a tantalizing wait, the follow up finally came in 2011 in the form of I Love You Dude and although it was met by some with an air of criticism, we found it to be an enjoyable change up from works past. It was packed to the brim with bigger, fuller sounds such as Blitz and the album, for us, seemed to have been influenced by the intensity of the sensational Digitalism live show and we’re all for that here at WWD!
2013 has seen a resurgence from the guys, seeing them come back stronger than ever and with backing of Toolroom Records they’ve recently released remixes for both Bloc Party and the ever popular The Rapture. Bloc Party’s ‘Truth’ got an update from Digitalism before being released back in May. Its gradual build-up progresses into an explosion of bass induced, electro rock goodness.
The Raptures ‘Sail Away’ certainly got the full treatment in the Digitalism studio. It featured on the Digitalism DJ-KICKS mix back in 2012 and it’s safe to say we’d since been waiting for its eventual release on June 3rd. Rife with emotion stemming from the vocals, the Digitalism remix really packs a punch and is a fantastic piece of work. Simply a crowd-pleaser certain to go down a treat throughout the summer season.
Delighted to finally have them back where they belong, we had the pleasure of catching up with the boys recently. We talked about the new releases and all things Digitalism, check it out below!
n. We met in a record store where we used to work and hang out almost every day, and started performing together. After a while, going through all the weekly new releases over months and years, we were getting a bit bored because everything sounded the same to us. So we decided to make our own music so we could drop it in our DJ-sets. We started early 2000s, so naturally we wanted to do the opposite of what would be the usual output on all the other labels, so we departed from only playing house music more towards a leftfield kind of sound that included punk, electro, disco, techno, new wave and breaks. First we’d make edits of tracks and then eventually ended up making our own original music.
As we mentioned at the beginning, we see the digitalism style combining elements of rock, punk and electro and we saw your rise to to the fore of dance music came in conjunction with the rise in popularity of electro music. Do you feel that shifts in mainstream music styles impacts on your productions or will you to continue as you have done in the past?
Exciting times ahead for Digitalism fans and with the standard of their 2013 releases to date we’r
e certainly looking forward to catching them on a return to Dublin! Grab your copies of their 2013 killer cuts over on Beatport now.