There are certain things that will always go together; whiskey and ginger ale, pizza and pineapple (if you disagree, you’re wrong), and MSTRKRFT and electronic music. Even still, to confine MSTRKRFT to the umbrella term of electronic music is almost discourteous.

I remember the first time I heard a MSTRKRFT song–I was sitting alone in my bedroom, as all brooding teenage girls do, scrolling through my iTunes where songs just happened to magically appear after hours of scatterbrained Internet browsing. It was probably “Bounce” or their remix of Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” that first introduced me to the duo. After that, MSTRKRFT’s sound became one that was embedded into my brain as I delved deeper into the world of dance music.

After a recent hiatus (which seemed like an eternity to someone whose perfect world would consist of a new MSTRKRFT album every week), Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P dropped OPERATOR. To be entirely candid, I think I lost a year off my life when I received it in my inbox, due to sheer surprise. Once I got over the fact that this was the first time I was hearing a full album from them in about seven years, I composed myself enough to listen to it.

OPERATOR brought back all of the feelings that I first had when I unknowingly discovered the beginnings of my electronic music obsession within the confines of my own bedroom. It’s gritty, complex, emotional, and 100% MSTRKRFT. From the metal-infused “Go On Without Me,” to the perfectly imperfect “Playing With Itself,” to the slow-climbing release of “Morning of the Hunt,” to my personal favorite, “Runaway,” there is so much to explore throughout OPERATOR. You could probably analyze each song to the millisecond, but it does just as much justice to close your eyes and just listen.

Without further ado, here is our exclusive interview with the brilliant duo that is MSTRKRFT. We talked about their hiatus, the creation of OPERATOR, and their first use of the term “electronic music.” Dig deeper into the brains of Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P below and learn more about their past, present, and future plans. Oh, and yes–I really think pineapple is good on pizza.

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