Mouse on Mars’ latest album, coming out next month, is a massive work that involves an amazing number of collaborators. The German electronic duo celebrates their 21 years as a band with all their friends on this anticipated album.
21 Again is seriously a group effort- the album boasts 30 total collaborative artists, including Tortoise, Laetitia Saider, Herbert, and Tyondai Braxton. DJ Scotch Egg is among another 10 musicians offering interludes on the album.
21 again is Mouse on Mars’ end of year bash, and the sheer number of artists working with Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma on the album makes it a party you don’t want to miss. The juggernaut of an album will have 29 songs along with the interludes, and it will be on two CDs. It’s a fitting celebration of the band’s 21 years together- and of their “coming of age.”
The press release says the album will offer jaunts into all sorts of sounds; “laid-back disco funk with Tim Gane (Stereolab / Cavern of Anti-Matter),” “spinning jittery dream pop with Scratch Pet Land,” “desert polka” with Candie Hank, “anthemic hip-hop excursions” with Modeselektor and Puppetmastaz, and “neo-post-rock” with Tortoise and Laetitia Sadier. Truly, “21 again is an ode to joy and to the friends of the band, yet also an homage to constant dialogue and diversity.” It’s this culture of constant change and reinvention that’s kept Mouse on Mars together and relevant for so long.
The album as a whole could seem confusing, given the sheer number and diversity of talent working on a single production, but the band tells fans “not to take it all too seriously” since “anything could change any minute.” 21 Again is meant to be fun, a testament to the band’s innovative spirit, and to the friendships made along the way.
21 Again comes out October 31. Check out the track list below.
01. Eli & Mark E. Smith: 21 Again
02. Mouse On Mars & Cavern of Anti-Matter: Fertilized
03. Mouse On Mars & Tortoise: Shoe Fly
04. A Hawk And A Hacksaw & Balàzs Unger: Celebration Song Mouse On Mars & Errorsmith: Errormom
05. Mouse On Mars & Eric D Clark: Lost And Found
06. Mouse on Mars & Modeselektor feat. Mr. Maloke: Purple Fog
07. Mouse on Mars & Siriusmo: Immer Kurz Davor
08. Mouse on Mars & Scratch Pet Land: Splymogym
09. Mouse on Mars & Dodo NKishi: Queen Für Erschein
10. Mouse On Mars & Atom TM: Key My Brain
11. AGF / Delay Team: 21 Momstars
12. Mouse on Mars & Helado Negro: Carca Jadas
13. Mouse On Mars & Laetitia Sadier: My Toe Is On Fire
01. Ingrid & Oswald Wiener: Wir möchten auch drauf sein
02. Mouse On Mars & Schlammpeitziger: Ein Leben Wie Heu
03. Mouse on Mars & Junior Boys: Putty Tart
04. Mouse on Mars & Candie Hank: Metaloona Swamp
05. David Michael Digregorio & Sung Huang Kim: We’re Glad You Are Born Today, Unless You Weren’t Born Today
06. Mouse on Mars & Machinedrum – Juice Clr 9
07. Mouse On Mars & Mesak & Claws Costeau: Somiak
08. Mouse on Mars & F.X. Randomiz: Fromm
09. Prefuse 73: 90’s
10. Mouse on Mars & Funkstörung: Bon Djerry
11. Mouse on Mars & Yoshimi: NKANKA
12. Mouse on Mars & Matthew Herbert aka DJ’s Collapse: Double Gum
13. Mouse on Mars & Olivia Block: Pterion
14. Mouse on Mars & Oval: Gitto Ski
15. Mouse on Mars & Tyondai Braxton: Off Sea
16. DJ Sotch Egg: Mouse On Egg (Happy Birthday!)