MSTRKRFT :: released July 28 2009
MSTRKRFT (pronounced “master craft”) are set to cross over with their genre crushing new MSTR-piece Fist of God. Having established themselves at the vanguard of electronic music with their 2006 debut The Looks, (previously through Modular) their sound has the dance-punk tilt of Justice, the club ambitions of Daft Punk, and the radio potential of Pnau and The Presets.
“I think we approach it differently because we’re not coming from a strictly dance background” says one half of the band, Jesse F. Keeler, in reference to the bands rock-meets-dance-meets-rap meets-anything-really sound. Jesse was formerly part of now defunct punk outfit Death from Above 1979, whose singles included Romantic Rights and Black History Month, and who were produced by MSTRKRFT’s other half Al-P.
Now signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, MSTRKRFT’s immense credibility in the indie-dance world is matched only by the ridiculously diverse list of artists that they’ve collaborated with and remixed. From Nine Inch Nails to Kylie Minogue to Wolfmother to Usher to The Kills.
Is it any surprise, then, that new album Fist of God, whilst at the razor’s edge of electronic experimentation, features 6 times Grammy Winner and R&B superstar John Legend (fresh from Barack Obama’s campaign trail)? Or Ghostface Killah, he of legendary rap pioneers the Wu Tang Clan. Or Isis, Missy Elliott protege Lil’ Mo, Freeway...we could go on...
The first single, an ode-to-hedonism called Bounce features US rapper N.O.R.E. and has brutally pounded dance floors everywhere. So much so that it was picked up not only by Triple J and FBi, but also the Nova Network. No small feat for a single primarily aimed at the club scene.
With the best yet to come, whether it‘s through club mania or simply Divine Intervention, Fist of God is the album that will hoist these indie-electro heavyweights firmly into the spotlight.