Primarily, Siriusmo aka Moritz Friedrich is a real survivalist, played in a band for many years and is a fan of old keyboards. As a professional artist (painting, illustration, graffiti) Siriusmo lives off temporary jobs and even does construction wo..
It's not even a decade-spanning discography that makes Siriusmo's debut album seem so overdue. In a dance domain where 12-inch verbosity rules, the inimitable Berlin producer has always stood out by way of his penchant for the concise, for the song over the “track”, for quality over quantity – a musical personality that has forever craved the long-player. And with previous releases striding confidently through a rich array of genres – from dubstep to disco, hip-hop to house, electro to experimental – his work is invested with incomparable diversity, eschewing outright any danger of a four-four snooze-fest over the course of an hour. Indeed, in its premeditated hodgepodge of styles, composite sonic totality and rugged texture, Mosaik couldn't be more of a fitting rubric.
Betraying influences from the 70s to the present day and beyond, one foot keeps the door to the past ajar while the other kicks the door to the future wide open. The palpable funk and thumb-slap bass of opener, “High Together”, the pop-baroque of “Idiologie” and warped rap of “Bad Idea” all point towards Mo's grounding in the records of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and plentiful helpings of hip-hop. Any hint of nostalgia, however, is dragged kicking and screaming into a 21st Century discotheque where the bass is twisted, the beats are laden and a space-age grandiosity envelopes the whole.
His timbre-palette is strikingly visceral; every note a corporal experience as well as an aural one. Take “Sirimande” for instance: the imposing, undulating synth-lead cuts to the core, raises your hair and summons your feet in an uncontrollable act of bass-submission. But then, just as you're at your most willingly vulnerable, Mo's cunning dexterity shines through. He makes an arresting switch from the beefy to the beautiful, from the body to the mind, as elegantly tapped organ keys play a melody of soulful poise. It's this type of canny counterpoint that provides the stitching throughout Mosaik's vibrant patchwork.
For every drop of dancefloor sweat, there's a soothing breeze to cool down. The frolicked electronics of the title track, balmy chords of “Einmal in der Woche Schreien” and searing P-Funk of “Good Idea” make Mosaik an album as well equipped to soundtrack a sunset strut as an early-morning club crack-on. It's a mood that is only enriched by a consummate understanding of, and appreciation for, the intricacies of harmony. Individual melody lines dance impishly around one another on “Signal”, for example, as sonic warmth is woven on a loom in your ears. (Let the CD run after “Red Knob” and you'll be in for a similar treat).
Siriusmo's ability needs no introduction; he's already undertaken remix requests from the likes of Gossip, Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism after all. But now, after ten years of tantalising EPs crying out for development on a broader stage, we can finally enjoy this unique talent for the unadulterated, all-encompassing artistic vision that it is.
“Mosaik” features a good hour of music on vinyl including 4 exclusive bonus tracks. The CD comes with a shorter edit of “Feromonikon” and the 2 CD exclusive tracks “Sirimande” and “Feed My Meatmachine”. Only on CD you will find a true highlight of Siriusmo's first EP for Monkeytown Records in 2009: “Nights Off”. The CD version will also be available for download at all good download stores worldwide.
Selected discography Siriusmo
2000 / Ne Me Quitte Pas / Mad Benton Records
2002 / ...Is Wunderbar! / Bungalow
2003 / Sirius / Sonar Kollektiv
2004 / Immer Wieder / Grand Petrol Recordings
2005 / W.O.W. / Grand Petrol Recordings
2006 / Ick Hab Wat Bessret Vor / Bungalow
2006 / MiniRock / Grand Petrol Recordings
2007 / Allthegirls / Exploited
2008 / Diskoding Mini Album / Boysnoize Records
2009 / Gummiband / Grand Petrol Recordings
2009 / The Uninvited Guest / Monkeytown Records
2010 / The Plasterer Of Love / Monkeytown Records
2011 / Feromonikon / Signal / Monkeytown Records
2011 / Mosaik / Monkeytown Records (debut album)
2011 / Sirimande / Feed My Meatmachine / Monkeytown Records
2002 / flash and gorden / Ich Denk Nicht Immer
2003 / los fancy free / Voltage Is OK
2004 / ben mono / Protectio
2004 / shine / popbitch
2005 / Captain Future Re-animated / Lass Uns Fliegen
2005 / Captain Future Re-animated / Planet Der Kranken
2005 / chikinki / Ether Radio
2005 / loui austen / Heaven
2006 / jan driver / Bulldogg
2006 / modeselektor / Silikon
2007 / jacousie / Double Barrel Name
2007 / simian mobile disco / It's The Beat
2007 / yelle / les femmes
2008 / sido / Carmen
2008 / david rubato / Circuit
2008 / idiotproof / Gorilla(ass of the baboonrmx)
2008 / digitalism / Echoes
2008 / boys noize / & Down
2008 / puppetmastaz / So Scandalous
2008 / housemeister / What You Want
2009 / modeselektor / 200007
2009 / munk / The Rat Race
2009 / adam freeland / rock on
2009 / bag raiders / shooting star
2010 / gossip / heavy cross
2010 / scissor sisters / invisible light
2010 / clare maguire / ain't nobody
with modeselektor - Déboutonner
with autotune - Nightshift
with jan driver - bolt
with Raketen - popsong