Moderat is the portmanteau project title adapted from German electronic artists Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) and Apparat (Sascha Ring). Curiously, I know very little about their respective bands (mainly because it’s like impossible to approach a new artist with 5+ studio albums… where does one start? What does it all mean!?), but it definitely doesn’t stop me from jamming on a regular basis to this side project. The members of Moderat combine forces beautifully, creating intense, tasteful electro that crosses effortlessly over subgrenres and emotional states-of-mind, making for a coherent and captivating listening experience. With an amazing sonic foundation of textural blends and elegant beats, the vocal work of Ring provides a silky-smooth webbing that amalgamates their worlds together into passion and sincerity.
Pumping out a multitude of music with their home pet projects, these dudes have still somehow found time to put together a few Moderat EPs and 2 stellar LPs: 2009’s “Moderat” and this year’s top-notch “II” (one of my most listened-to albums of 2013). In addition, their killer live performances feature crazy eye-candy visuals and they’ve one of the most interesting music videos I’ve seen in a while. Update: Ze Chermans are back with a deep, gauzy mediation into darkness: LP “III” (try stand-out banger “Finder“). And while we’re at it, check out these a-ok reciprocal remixes by Jon Hopkins and Moderat.
Favourite track: Gita… Just bask in it.