It’s mid-January 2016, and we’re in a brief hiatus before the promotional frenzy for Digitalism’s third album, Mirage, kicks off in earnest. Jens “Jence” Moelle and İsmail “Isi” Tüfekçi are playing some records at London’s XOYO club, where they maintain a residency.
They find the capital inspiring. Jence has succumbed to the city’s charms and pretty much lives here now, so tonight’s set is very much a home game. Professionals that they are, Jence and Isi skip the teasing and hit London with some new songs from Mirage. “Utopia” turns out to be a suitably predictive title, and it’s a song they call themselves call “the bomb in our repertoire.” It immediately puts you in mind of Digitalism hits like “Zdarlight” – the long breakdown, the nagging melody, and their penchant for an engaging melancholic deepness. It does stellar business with the crowd. “Tell you what,” they seem to say, “let’s just play it again right away?”
Before the night got wild, the two invited Kaput to their hotel room to tell us some secrets.