The duo's tastes behind the decks run in the same direction, and Body Language 8 may be the finest example yet put together of this fact. The trendy bounce of Rustie's "Zig-Zag" and his collaboration with Joker on "Play Doe" reside far apart from one another, and in between we get Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes rubbing shoulders with Berghain resident Norman Nodge and Scuba's dubstep sharing time with Animal Collective. In short, this mix may be a great way to introduce your friends to electronic music.
Because Modeselektor are nothing if not accessible. When it comes to making a compilation, they somehow make the most obscure new music sound at home with radio hits from the late '90s. The minimal Godfather, Robert Hood, is right before Major Lazer, but somehow the marching band drums of "Pon De Floor" follow effortlessly from Hood's carnival-esque "Unix." And before it's all over, a stop is made for the aforementioned Animal Collective, whose "My Girls" is mixed into the fray in its original version.
After Dixon's celebrated edition helped prime the pump for the deep house revival and Matthew Dear's effort provided listeners with a guidebook on what minimal was up to in 2008, Modeselektor's mix is a seeming left turn. Body Language 8 is a lot to process—like watching Pulp Fiction on fast forward. But Modeselektor are a perfect choice for the series because body language is a universal code, a form of communication that often surpasses language and culture. Body Language 8 is one of the best examples of their DJing and mixing style that you can find—artists at the peak of their game, putting together something that perfectly encapsulates their artistic aesthetic.