LISTEN: MSTRKRFT Return with Confrontational “Little Red Hen”

Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P return with their first new material in five years.

Toronto club destroyers MSTRKRFT haven’t released new music since 2011’s “Back in the USSA” and “Beards Again” singles, and they haven’t put out a record since 2009’s Fist of God. But now that Jesse F. Keeler has resurrected and reanimated his dance-rock duo Death From Above 1979, it’s only natural that he and Al-P would resurrect and reanimate their rock-dance duo, too.

“Reanimation” being the key word here. “Little Red Hen,” the pair’s new single, is a physically demanding track built around pushy analog synths and a pummeling beat. Part of that immediacy comes from the group’s no-frills production: “There’s no trickery,” Al-P said in a statement. “We’re not manipulating anything afterwards. We set limits for ourselves sonically and stylistically as far as the palette goes.”

Keeler, meanwhile, calls “Little Red Hen” “the most accurate reflection of how we work on stage,” which we’ll be excited (and a little intimidated) to verify when MSTRKRFT play FLOODfest Austin next week.

There’s still no word on when the duo’s new record will be released or what it will be called, but you can prime yourself with a stream of “Little Red Hen” below.

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