If it’s not full of heart, it’s not Digitalism.
The two friends, Jens Moelle and Ismail Tufekci, first met in a record store and have since helped define the electro-indie dance sound. Since their debut in 2004 they’ve put out two albums and a globe-trotting trail of tour dates, all while striving to smash the borders of their own sound and shows.
The German duo aren’t easily satisfied with their work - a gritty, punkish take on electro – and aim to never do the same thing twice. They’ve described their songs as scenes from the chapters of life and love, and they keep the odyssey rolling.
Digitalism’s first album, Idealism, is a whirling fifteen-track overnight adventure. The 2007 release was recorded through the early hours of the morning inside a windowless World War II bunker in Hamburg and has the defiant, clock-rejecting groove to match.
Keeping with their plan of always burning the plan, they switched up their second album I Love You, Dude, with a more playful attitude. Just like its title suggests, the 2011 album is a shout out to good people and times. The attitude is a bit lighter; while they describe Idealism as “nocturnal,” this release was more of a sunset.
Live shows from Digitalism are an experimentation all their own, and an off-the-wall one at that. Sometimes it’s just the two of them, sometimes a drummer is there to throw in a live element, but the emotion always shines through even brighter than the lasers and lights.