Digitalism live at Melt 2007
Background information Origin Hamburg, Germany Genres Electro house
Years active 2004-present Labels Kitsuné Music
Website Official website
Digitalism on Myspace
Members Jens "Jence" Moelle
İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi
Digitalism is a German electro house duo founded in 2004 in Hamburg and consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and İsmail "Isi" Tüfekçi. They are signed to French label Kitsuné Music, and have released four singles to date: "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room", and "Pogo". Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted bass lines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.
Digitalism has remixed tracks for The Presets, Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others, including a re-edit of "Fire in Cairo" by The Cure (entitled "Digitalism in Cairo"). Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize and Justice.
Jens Moelle has two solo releases on Kitsuné Music; "I Ragazzi Del 1982" as Palermo Disko Machine and Wired as Jence. He has since released "Vesuvia / Theme Of Palermo Disko Machine" as Palermo Disko Machine on Vulture Music.
Moelle and Tüfekçi met at a record store in Hamburg and became friends. Later, the store's owner asked them to DJ a party, and they then began mixing and recording. According to Moelle, they record their music in a World War II bunker they own in Hamburg.
Digitalism's debut album, Idealism, was released 9 May 2007 as Digitalism デジタル主義 (Dejitaru Shugi) on Toshiba EMI Records in Japan, on 21 May 2007 on Kitsuné Music in France, on Astralwerks in North America, and etcetc/Virgin Music in Australia and New Zealand. The album includes re-edits of the previously released singles "Jupiter Room" and "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by The Cure.
The Pogo EP was released as a single in support of the LP in May, with two alternate versions of the track.
Digitalism released their newest EP "Blitz" under Kitsuné Music on November 8, 2010.
On April 7, 2011 they announced a new album on their myspace, "I Love you Dude", will be released on June 20, 2011. On June 18, 2011 they played at the Hurricane Festival.
They claim Daft Punk and movie soundtracks as influences. It's often said that they named the song "Zdarlight" after Philippe Zdar from Cassius. Zdarlight, however is not a homage to Philippe Zdar, only a less conventional spelling of the word "starlight".
They perform live using a Macbook Pro laptop as the heart of the act, along with a Behringer BCR2000 and BCF2000 MIDI controller, a KORG microKORG, a KORG KP3, a Roland MC-202, a set of Roland V-Drums, along with some other synthesizers (such as the KORG MS-20), and various drum machines (such as the KORG Electribe ESX-1 and EMX-1). Moelle (and occasionally Isi) performs live vocals over the top.
Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS
2007 Idealism - 20 88 84 6 2011 I Love You Dude 41 81 77 95 -
Singles, EPs and Remixes
Year Title Format Label 2004 "Idealistic" 12-inch single White label 2005 "Idealistic" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music 2005 "Zdarlight" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music 2006 "Zdarlight" (Edition Moonlight / Discodrome) 12-inch single Kitsuné Music 2006 "Jupiter Room" 12-inch single, CD single Kitsuné Music 2007 "Terrorlight" 12-inch single Kitsuné Music 2008 Moshi Moshi EP LP/CD EMI Japan Records 2008 Kitsuné Tabloid: Mixed by Digitalism CD Kitsuné Music 2010 Blitz EP CD Kitsuné Music 2011 2 Hearts Download V2 Records 2011 I Love You, Dude Download V2 Records
Moshi Moshi EP
Moshi Moshi EP was released on 6 February 2008, through the Japanese EMI label. It contains 8 rare or live tracks. It has been released only in Japan to celebrate Digitalism's Japanese Tour. The title reflects the Japanese phrase used when answering the telephone.
- "Pogo (Digitalism's Robotic Mix)"
- "ZDRLT (Rewind)"
- "The Pulse (Live)"
- "Idealistic (Extended Mix)"
- "Yes, I Don't Want This"
- "Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)"
- "Pogo (Shinichi Osawa Remix)"
- "Zdarlight/I Want I Want (Live @ The Bunker)"
All remixes named Digitalism Remix, unless otherwise specified.
- 2005 Daft Punk - "Technologic" (Digitalism's Highway to Paris Remix)
- 2005 Munk - "Disco Clown"
- 2005 Sono - "A New Cage"
- 2005 Tom Vek - "Nothing But Green Lights"
- 2005 Einzeller - "Schwarzfahrer"
- 2005 Lisa Stansfield - "If I Hadn't Got You" (Digitalism Remix/Digitalism Dub)
- 2005 Cut Copy - "Going Nowhere"
- 2005 Martin Peter - "Psychoville"
- 2005 Tiga - "(Far From) Home"
- 2005 White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army" (Digitalism Twist-up Remix)
- 2006 The Presets - "Down Down Down"
- 2006 Depeche Mode - "Never Let Me Down Again"
- 2006 Test Icicles - "What's Your Damage?"
- 2006 The Cure - "Fire in Cairo"
- 2006 Klaxons - "Atlantis to Interzone" (Digitalism's Klix Klax R-R-Remix)
- 2006 The Futureheads - "Skip to the End" (Digitalism Remix/Digitalism Re-Rub)
- 2006 Cajuan - "Dance, Not Dance"
- 2006 Munk - "Disco Clown"
- 2007 Digitalism - "Pogo" (Digitalism's Robotic Remix)
- 2007 Dave Gahan - "Kingdom"
- 2008 Digitalism - "Home Zone" (11th Avenue Is Burning Digitalism Criminal Club Mix)
- 2008 Digitalism - "The Pulse" (Digitalism High Pulse Club Mix)
In popular culture
The single "Pogo" is featured in the official soundtracks of Electronic Arts popular video games Need for Speed: ProStreet and FIFA 08. It was also featured as the soundtrack for a Canadian Virgin Mobile advertisement, both in French and English, during December 2007. For a while it was also used on Sky Sports live football coverage as the pre-halftime-break highlight clip backing music. A remix of this song was also used in a Pontiac ad in 2007.
The track "Idealistic" is used in the first trailer for Rockstar Games' title Midnight Club: Los Angeles. An uncredited remix of "Zdarlight" was also used in the trailer for Nadeo's TrackMania Nations Forever released in early 2008. The Flemish tv station "Canvas" used a slightly edited version of the track "Magnets" in their introduction trailer "The New Canvas". The trailer was intended to introduce the radical new look of "Canvas". This VRT tv station featured a more serious style in the past. "Idealistic" was also used in Just Dance 2 for the Wii.
The British television programme MasterChef featured various Digitalism songs in the semi finals.
The song "Zdarlight" was used in a commercial for BMW X1
- ^ a b Interview, DCist.com
- ^ Higher Frequency interview
- ^ "Discography Digitalism". Australian-Charts.com. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Digitalism. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Digitalism
- ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Digitalism
- ^ http://lescharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Digitalism
- ^ "Chart Stats Digitalism". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/digitalism/chart-history/694484?f=322&g=Albums. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- ^ Trailer for TrackMania Nations Forever , contains remix of "Zdarlight"
- ^ BMW X1 Commercial
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