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Thom Yorke’s Modeselektor Collaborations Leak


Last month, Modeselektor offered up 45-second preview streams of two tracks they recorded with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Set to appear on the German electronic duo’s third album, Monkeytown, the full tracks have now made their ways into the hands of Seattle radio station 107.7 The End. Hear them here.

As previously reported, Yorke’s latest glitchy collaborations with Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary resemble his contribution to 2007’s “The White Flash,” from the Berlin DJ/production pair’s Happy Birthday!. Of the two tracks, “Shipwreck” is the more conventionally song-like. “Oh shit, I am sinking,” Yorke moans elegantly atop bleeps, hums, and galloping beats. Meanwhile, “This” chops up and mangles the Radiohead frontman’s lofty croon, its busy electronics at once gothic and futuristic — save this one for your Halloween party.

To hear the entire album, stay tuned to, where Monkeytown will be streaming September 16. The proper full-length hits the United States on October 4 via Modeselektor’s own Monkeytown label. Anti-Pop Consortium and Busdriver also guest.

In other Yorke news, he appears in Radiohead’s hour-long episode of From the Basement, as the band plays two new tracks alongside cuts from The King of Limbs. What’s more, a 2-CD collection of remixes from The King of Limbs, titled TKOL RMX 1234567, is due out October 11 on the band’s tbd records imprint. You can already hear reworkings by Four Tet, Lone, and Pearson Sound Scavenger.