If we had one word to describe today’s premiere on Last Day Deaf from the musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai, Mood Taeg, this would be “retro-futurism“! Yup, it’s a continual battle, or combination if you prefer, between digital & analog. Future & past. Expectancies & memories…
‘Versions‘ will be released on Friday, September 11 via Happy Robots Records and will contain edits, remixes and re-imagines cuts from the outfit’s debut album ‘Exophora‘. Prepare yourselves for some saucy, motorik, kraut rock, come-hither electro ‘ear-gasms’, “Stereolab-ic” electronica, far out spacey psychedelia expanding in almost 10 mins, and some deconstructing big beat that brought in mind mid-90s greats, The Third Eye Foundation.
“Beam us up Adam” (Note: Adam is Happy Robots Records’ label boss)
Released 11 September 2020 by Happy Robots. Digital and Limited CD Distributed by Cargo Records
For lovers of krautrock and evocative electronic soundscapes, Happy Robots Records present ‘Versions’ a collection of reworkings from the debut album ‘Exophora’.
Mood Taeg (pronounced Mood Tag) is a Scottish/German musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The band is part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists.
The musical style of Mood Taeg reflects their love of German experimental music from the 1970s and the legacy it has in other musical styles such as Hip Hop and Electro. The function of Mood Taeg is to create music which incorporates the motorik drumming of Jaki Liebezeit and Klaus Dinger, the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk, and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce extended instrumental metronomic compositions that are contemporary and at the same time fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art; the art dictates the form. Thus, songs can be 10 minutes with long passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples, featuring anything from political lectures by Michael Parenti to sections from Michael Halliday’s books on Systemic Functional Linguistics. These vocal samples are a direct reference to Holger Czukay’s sampling, both with Can and in his later solo work.
The new digital EP ‘Versions,’ released 11 September 2020, edits, remixes and re-imagines cuts from the debut album ‘Exophora’. It includes remixes from Hologram Teen (ex-Stereolab synth-player Morgane Lhote) and Düsseldorf musician and producer Goersch.
Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden