AU57: Moderat breaking act piece

June 1, 2009



MEMBERS: Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary – production), Apparat (Sascha Ring – production, vocals)
FORMATION: Berlin, 2002.
FOR FANS OF: Modeselektor, Apparat, Burial.
CHECK OUT: Moderat, out now on BPitch Control
WEBLINK: http://www.myspace.com/moderat

When it comes to choice collaborative albums, Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, has form. In 2006, the German electronic musician got together with Ellen Allien, the producer, DJ and BPitch Control label boss, to make the sublime Orchestra of Bubbles, and here he is repeating the trick with another titan of German electronica, Berlin duo Modeselektor. Moderat, as the trio have called themselves, can be traced back to 2002 when they released a solitary EP, but it’s not until now that an album has appeared. In the intervening years, both acts’ stocks have risen enormously – Apparat with Orchestra of Bubbles and then his third solo album, 2007’s excellent Walls, and Modeselektor with the patronage of celebrity fan Thom Yorke, who sang on their breakthrough record Happy Birthday! and invited them to tour with Radiohead. And the Moderat album has turned out much as you might expect, even with high hopes.

The self-titled debut is a modern techno record in keeping with their label’s fine history, with Apparat contributing the flair for detail and lush sound design that has become his trademark. But there’s also that sense of fun that Modeselektor are known for, and a deep, bass-heavy theme that indicates that the trio have been listening to their fair share of dubstep and dub techno lately. Rhythm and Sound vocalist Paul St. Hilaire makes an appearance on the frantic ‘Slow Match’, while ‘Rusty Nails’ and the closing ‘Out Of Sight’ ally Ring’s ethereal vocals to the depth charge bass and brittle beats of Burial. The trio are touring heavily throughout the summer; you’d be well advised to add the nearest date to your diary – they might just disappear for another seven years.


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