When the reclusive Moritz Friedrich is in limbo between releases (as he is right now) guessing what he might be up to next is hard. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible: his music is so far left of center you never know where it's actually heading. So instead of speculating, Hamburg-based DJ and music scribe Ralf Theil went through ten years of Siriusmo music and picked some of the weirdest and greatest tunes the Berlin-based producer has released.
Oh yes, we do want pop radio to sound more like this. This strange little pre-Monkeytown gem boasts a mean sawtooth bass, an angular uptempo drum skeleton, and bratty tales of big city romance, hot desire and icy disillusionment. This is a great example of how effortlessly catchy Siriusmo allowed his music to be earlier in his career. We can only imagine what would have happened if he had kept on working on this type of electronic Berlin pop with Dana… What we do know is: if you like this, you'll fall in love with their more mellow Trommellied in a drumbeat.
Siriusmo: Einmal in der Woche schreien (Monkeytown 2010)
Vocal house, Siriusmo style. Meaning: the vocals are androgynous, messy and chopped up beyond recognition; the melodies are full of timid weirdness; and that freak of a snare drum hits you in the head with a picket sign saying “Disco Ends Here”. Play this once a week.
The missing link between Stones Throw and Monkeytown, Marsimoto is the high-pitched, weeded-out alter ego of chart-topping German rapper Marteria. For a short while, word on the streets was that Marsi and Mo would link up for an entire album of mad electro-rap. Sadly, nothing beyond these 124 seconds of awesomely silly puns and hyperactive pop culture references ever materialised.
Siriusmo: Bad Idea (Monkeytown 2011)
A dense tour de force through various pitches of processed, grimey rap, anchored by a terrified jazz drum kit Flying Lotus might have just used this summer. Clocking in under three minutes, Bad Idea crashes into dubstep, runs it over a couple of times in a dark parking lot, and leaves it with nothing but crackling chords before anyone even realises what the hell is going on.
Icke (Berlin dialect rapper of Icke & Er fame) finds himself lying dead, hungry and pantless in a hallway that's not even his own, or maybe he's on a roof, not really sure. All he knows is: this is not what he had in mind for the day. He had things to do and places to be in, and now he can't even find his castle anymore, or any beer, for that matter. Providing a minimal, funky bounce that goes perfectly with the hilarious stream-of-semi-consciousness raps, you can only imagine Siriusmo and Icke looking at each other, laughing, hitting “Save” – and putting this on Mo’s 2013 full-length Enthusiast
For his only official release in 2014, Siriusmo teamed up with Anstam, one of Monkeytown's most unpredictable weapons. The result, named Muckefuck after an all but forgotten German expression for coffee substitute, is a mesmerizing concoction of warm techno chords, lost stabs and dark groans that is far too slow to get you going, but easily claustrophobic enough to scare you back into any space holding a well-tempered Funktion One. Vinyl-only stop-and-go goodness, absolutely no substitutes.