Until now, perhaps. If that suggestion of amateurism was always a bit of a myth, then Enthusiast—which has apparently been painstakingly revised, several times—should put it to rest once and for all. Serious and focused but also enormously fun, it represents the late flowering of a distinctive, accomplished talent. While Siriusmo's love of electro and old, farty keyboards is still front and centre, Enthusiast is less hard-edged than his previous outings on, for instance, Boysnoize Records. At the same time, while it nods to voguish influences (the broken heavyweight funk of "Tränen Aus Bier" could be a new track on Numbers), it more often sounds like Friedrich has looked back in order to move forward. Enthusiast is full of the breezy, whacked-out charm of Money Mark, Kid Koala and the late '90s instrumental beatz scene, plus a splash of the brainiac playfulness of Rephlex and vintage IDM. This all peaks in the glorious title track, an epic, improbable wrestling match between Squarepusher rhythms and Lemon Jelly melodies.
With barely a drop in its bouncing, garrulous energy, Enthusiast dazzles as it flips between mutant hip-hop ("Cornerboy," "Itchy"), lysergic easy listening ("Leftovers"), the block-party funk of "Congratulator" and the cartoonish cavalcade of choppy beats and slurping keyboards that is "Rantanplant." For anyone missing Discovery-era Daft Punk, "Stinky Wig" will scratch that itch in style. Not that Siriusmo deserves to be overshadowed by such comparisons. Modeselektor were right: Siriusmo is Monkeytown's own King Kong.