Moderat is the all-analog trio of Modeselektor and Apparat, two fixtures on the Berlin live scene. Apparat is Sascha Ring, partner in the eclectic techno imprint Shitkatapult, which he operates alongside punk-techno don T. Raumschmiere. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaboration records (the first with Ellen Allien and the second with Modeselektor), and a handful of EP’s and singles, the consistently busy producer has established a signature brand of bubbling pop-leaning IDM that has earned him wide critical attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
Likewise, with their stunning live performances and genre-mashing approach to techno composition, Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have earned themselves an international reputation among music fans and high-profile peers alike. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was one of their first vocal supporters, and listening to 2005’s Hello Mom! and 2007’s Happy Birthday!, it’s not hard to see why. Modeselektor gleefully disregard the rulebook, incorporating heavy doses of dancehall, hip-hop, jacking techno, IDM, and ambient onto corrosive templates that bring to mind French acts like Justice as well as more highbrow British stalwarts like Autechre.
As Moderat, Modeselektor and Apparat chart new terrain that takes the best elements of both their sounds.