If you’re a fan of Modeselektor! or Apparat, then undoubtedly you will have heard of Berlin’s best collaboration, Moderat. The trio are aimed at a very particular kind of electronic music fan and their music is truly compelling. One of my favourite tracks “A New Error” illustrate the balance from each of the three producers. It has the warm astaral qualities that Apparat produces followed by the muscular energy from Modeselektor, it’s an extremely intricate song and in the right mood it can take you into a completely different world.
Another song to check out is “Nr.22” arguably one of Moderat’s finest cuts and one of the best standard built and released techno I have heard for a long time, like many tracks, it starts off whispery before setting out a lose hyperactive synth and staccato-drum pattern, sure to melt paint off the walls from Berlin to Broooklyn.
There are so many club made moments in each of their songs yet they manage to split their style with a variety of atmospheric numbers to grime-infected pop tracks. Every song is a winner. Ring takes up vocal duties on a couple of tracks, a personal favourite being “Rusty Nails.” This tune closely resembles songs off Apparat’s 2007’s “Walls.” However, there is less of a dream/pop structure and this has been swapped out for dubstep sounding synths. I feel Rusty Nails and other vocal song “Out of Sight” owes a lot to Burial as the similarities make you feel as if you are listening to a Burial song, however Moderat are able to add their own spin to things.
Moderat (Moderat) album felt sightly lengthy in comparison to Moderat (II) as some tracks felt as if they were there for the sake of making a full length record rather than an EP. However the 2013 album II reflects how much the trio have progressed as they seem intent on exploring or blurring the line between ‘dancefloor listening’ and ‘headphone listening.’ Overall, the major differences between II and their self titled is that their sonic sensibilities have grown more refined and compelling and that the world has just about caught up with them. (Well, some of us more than others) II seems capable of making the most out of the moment as it is a flawlessly xecuted record.