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MSTRKRFT REVEALS THREE NEW TRACKS

MSTRKRFT REVEALS THREE NEW TRACKS

MSTRKRFT REVEALS THREE NEW TRACKS “PRICELESS,” “PARTY LINE” (MR.OZIO REMIX) AND ZHU’S “IN THE MORNING” (MSTRKRFT REMIX)

As summer rolls in, MSTRKRFT will soon release their third album OPERATOR on July 22 (Last Gang Records). To launch the album’s physical pre-order, they’ve made available another song from it with “Priceless.” Both the physical and digital pre-order for the album are available now here, marking the only place you can purchase the album on vinyl, CD & t-shirt as well as a signed poster bundle.

“Priceless”–which made its debut today, June 8 via DIY out of the U.K. (Check out their Q&A with MSTRKRFT’s Jesse F. Keeler here http://diymag.com/2016/06/08/mstrkrft-new-track-priceless-listen-premiere)–features Sonny Kay of The VSS. Says MSTRKRFT‘s Al-P of his contribution to the track, “Our desire to make a techno record with a punk aesthetic guided our choices for vocal contributions. Some of our initial ideas on who we wanted on the record started to seem like too grandiose a gesture after being away for so long, so we started thinking about records we listened to from our past. From a time when were playing in and recording bands that were absolutely punk. The VSS record ‘Nervous Circuits’ was something that was constantly referenced, and the vocal stylings and production heavily admired.”

He adds, “When we asked Sonny Kay to write something he was very enthusiastic, which excited us, and somehow validated our idea of asking punk rockers to be involved in the album. Sonny ended up delivering a masterful composition of word play with an intense performance that was used almost untouched in its entirety.”
Meanwhile, reaching to the other side of the musical spectrum, MSTRKRFT is ready to blow up your party with the Mr. Ozio remix of OPERATOR‘s “Party Line.”  The funkadelic remix from Gauloise producer made its debut with France’s Tsugiwho wrote, “Mr Oizo has managed to strip down the original song by adding a rather classical drums break and by giving to ‘Party Line’  a more dancefloor-friendly atmosphere. A great surprise!”

The duo also lent their remixing skills to Zhu’s “In the Morning.”  “Turning it into a rough and scratchy house track, the veteran pair channel a distorted, chaotic style that echoes the aesthetic of their first two singles from the new album, ” wrote Toby Reaper of Dancing Astronaut (6/6/16).  “Though this sound has been present in much of their previous music, the song structure, minimal synth lines and sample decisions showcase a more tech-oriented direction for the album. While sometimes rough sounding on headphones or computer speakers, hearing MSTRKRFT’s new work on their forthcoming tour will be an experience to say the least.”

MSTRKRFT, who is Jesse F. Keeler & Al-P, quietly began work on OPERATOR in late 2013 at their Toronto studio, optimizing their analog attack with an arsenal of synths, 808s, 909s and other equipment to track and perform what would eventually become OPERATORMSTRKRFT was last heard from in 2011 when they released the single “Back in the USSA.” It capped off an incredible run for the Toronto electronic dance music disruptors that began with their Juno Award-winning debut album The Looks in 2006. Electrifying festival appearances at Bonnaroo and HARD Summer followed, in addition to high-profile official remixes for everybody from Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue to Wolfmother, Justice and Bloc Party. 2009’s Fist of God boasted collaborations with the likes of John Legend, Ghostface Killah, E-40, N.O.R.E., Lil’ Mo and more as it predicted an eventual crossover between hip-hop and electronic music on the horizon.

Catch MSTRKRFT on tour this June:
DATE
 
CITY
VENUE
Fri
6/10
San Francisco, CA
The Independent*
Sat
6/11
Los Angeles, CA
Exchange*
Mon
6/13
Ottawa, ON
Ritual Nightclub
Tues
6/14
Toronto, ONT
The Horseshoe Tavern*
*Live Set

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