19 February 2016
Moderat is the alliance of Berlin’s electronic heavy
weights, Modeselektor and Apparat. Like very few
other artists they manage to fuse rousing basslines
and intense breakbeats with gripping songs and a
highly individual voice. With "Reminder", the three
give a first impression of their anticipated third album.
The strikingly beautiful song takes off where their
2014 hit "Bad Kingdom"
left off. Developing a verypersonal combination of modesty and honesty, Apparat
takes his vocal style to another level. The lyrics
deal with the possibility of a new beginning: Instead
of blaming others, we should assume responsibility
for our situation. This is a liberating experience, it empowers
us to let the debris go up in flames and have
them lead the way to new experiences. Modeselektor
underpin the beautiful vocals with subtle percussive
grooves. As the icing on the cake, gleaming synthesizer
sounds immerse the voice fully.
With the exclusive track "Fondle" the trio expose
a seldom seen side of their music. The slow, heavy
groove alternates between a deep Chicago House
Sound and hypnotic, drifting Dubstep. As a counterbalance
to this deeply felt rhythmical heartbeat
Moderat place elegiac, spherical sound scapes, while
Apparat drifts off in a remote and dreamy state.