divided|back_ MODERAT

8 04 2009

Sorry but we will abuse from the word milestone. Two german electronic giants fusioned to one: Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat. But this is not a new joint. We have to go back in time: Moderat’s formation began back in 2002 when Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor) recorded an EP for the record label BPitch Control. The making of this release was incredibly exhausting for the three of them, and at the last minute they renamed the EP “Auf Kosten der Gesundheit” (which translates to “At The Cost Of Health”). When it came time to begin working on an album, Moderat suddenly broke up. What follows is an incredible story. Divided they created two milestones in electronic music:

Picture by Melissa Hostetler

Picture by Melissa Hostetler

A short time later both Modeselektor and Apparat simultaneously worked on their own full-length albums — Modeselektor’s debut, Hello Mom!, and Apparat’s collaboration with Ellen Allien, Orchestra of Bubbles. Each went on to become successful releases and were followed by two career-defining albums for the individual acts. Additionally, since their debut releases, both acts have performed over 1,000 shows at nearly every point of the globe.

Modeselektor’s sophomore album in 2007, Happy Birthday!, set another milestone in German music history including musicians such as Puppetmastaz, Mäximo Park and Thom Yorke. Amongst a slew of remixes for the likes of Thom Yorke and Björk, Modeslektor also went on to tour with Radiohead across Japan in 2008. Apparat, on the other hand, moved forward with his album Walls in 2007, taking a musical path that was more band-oriented and kept him on tour for several years running.

It was a twist of fate that brought about Modeselektor and Apparat’s reunion in the spring of 2008. Szary and Bronsert, both proud fathers, were on their way to the “Stadtbad Mitte” (Berlin-Mitte City Pool) with their children for their regular Monday swimming lessons when they ran into Ring, a devout bachelor who happened to be accompanied by several dubious females. After a battering of verbal abuse, the three gentlemen quickly made peace and decided to get back to work on their collaborative album post haste. Thus, Moderat was reformed.

In recording Moderat’s self-titled album, the three men began by renting studio space at the legendary Berlin Hansa Studios (where Bowie recorded Heroes) in order to record the album in analog with the help of the studio’s vintage tube technology and an old EMI console from 1972, restored especially for Moderat…

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RELEASE: 20.04.2009

FORMAT: CD / CD+DVD / LP / Digital


EAN CD: 880319409523 (Basic)

880319419928 (Deluxe)

EAN LP: 880319418815


01 A New Error

02 Rusty Nails

03 Seamonkey

04 Slow Match (feat. Paul St. Hilaire)

05 3 Minutes Of

06 Nasty Silence

07 Sick With It (feat. Delle aka Eased from Seeed)

08 Porc#1

09 Porc#2

10 Les Grandes Marches

11 Berlin

12 Nr. 22

13 Out Of Sight

14 BeatsWaySick (feat. Busdriver) [Bonus Track – Deluxe Version Only!]

15 Rusty Nails (Shackleton Remix) [Bonus Track – Deluxe Version Only!]

btw. of course Moderat will be at this years Sónar: read more …