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Moderat is a collaborative group comprised of artists Apparat and Modeselektor.
II is their second album release
The secret of Modeselektor's and Apparat's collaboration lies in the fact that they never even tried to get close to one another. Modeselektor's thundering bass rumbles in the cellar, Apparat's sensitive and subtle melodies float high in the eaves. The fact that what one assumes to be incompatible actually communicates, is what makes Moderat so unique. Moderat is not just a studio project: they've toured all five continents.

Deluxe 2LP edition features 11 tracks

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Mark (Interlude)
  2. Bad Kingdom
  3. Versions
  4. Let in the Light,
  5. Milk
  6. Therapy
  7. Gita
  8. Clouded (Interlude)
  9. Ilona
  10. Damage Done
  11. This Time


Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 6, 2013)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00DJYKB7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Heard this album. Loved it. Bought it off Amazon. However, this version of the LP is missing 3 of the tracks (Milk, Therapy, Ilona) from the standard LP version of the album. Just FYI, you can find the standard version of the LP (with all 11 of the tracks) at other online retailers for same price of this LP (or cheaper).

Not sure why a band or record label or anyone would cut 3 tracks off an album (especially some of the best ones) and press it as a separate copy.
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As the title of my review suggests, I'm quite smitten with Moderat's "II". A beautifully produced, lush album that will not leave your car stereo for some time. While the first effort from the Modeselektor - Apparat tag team may have felt a bit uneven at times trying to appease each member's individual tastes, this record feels very cohesive and confident from start to finish. I love the first album and view it as a classic in the genre, however, it does not reach the heights of its successor. The track "Let in the Light" is a wonderfully composed electro-pop work of art. Extremely well written and very catchy. This track embodies the feel of the album best. Warm synths, soaring vocals from a more confident sounding Sascha Ring, this track brings pins and needles to my body with its intensity.

The album goes through various changes in mood. Near the middle of the record we're hit with the ambient-house 10 minute long "Milk". A gorgeous track that progresses into something quite heavy at the end. This track sets the pace for other heavy instrumental pieces to follow. The album takes a turn with "Damage Done". A song that wouldn't feel out of place on an Apparat record like "Devil's Walk". If you purchase the deluxe album it includes the track "Last Time" which is certainly worth the extra $.

So far, Moderat II is the best work from both Modeselektor and Apparat. Enjoy!
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One of the major cruxes of electronic music (in its early years, all the way up until today) is in the way that novice electronic artists build their music: in a totally linear and predictable way. If you've been listening to electronica, chances are you know the formula: start some atmospheric sounds, make a synth chord progression of simple major & minor chords, a little melody line, and add a static beat. If you're lucky, the artist will mess with some of the above ideas, but perhaps to the point that it becomes distasteful. Then, separate all of the above with a couple of breaks and snare rushes, and .... Voila!

That hasn't been what Moderat has done. Moderat (1 part Apparat and 2 parts Modeselektor, shake vigorously) have come out with another gorgeous installment of their nature of sound. Without repeating their first album in an obvious way, this second creation makes for a lovely companion to the first. Their atmospherics & texture are frequently changing, and the songs' structures can be some of the most complicated in the genre: using both electronic and organic instrumentation, showing solid knowledge of syncopation, alternate chords, use of drones, and in taking one sonic idea through many landscapes with their unceasing attention to detail in their effects.

Perhaps the strength of their work is not only their honed electronic wizardry, but also, the inclusion of guest vocalists/lyricists (like Busdriver or Delle from the first album), which gives them another medium, structure, or style to work with, work around, and be influenced by. Two of the tracks are a bit brief, running around 90 seconds, but even these interludes reveal refreshing little worlds of ambient texture.
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Modeselektor+Apparat=
UniqueMotherF*ckin'Music.
Been a huge fan of these guys for a while now&Couldn't wait for them to return. This LP just shows that 2Different groups can come together, coexist &Make UnbelievableMusic.
It's a shame they aren't that big in the U.S. YET. If you're tired of the same old EDM that most people are into these day; you gotta check these guys out, they will not dissapoint.
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When I realized the collabortation (Modeselektor/Apparat) was releasing a new album titled II I was excited. The disc was worth every agonizing day of waiting. Every song is magic, keeps you moving. Mood, trance and ambient at it's best. Moderat kept that creative edge and the single "Bad Kingdom" is reminiscent of the "Rusty Nails' track from the first album. These guys are incredible at what they do and I hope it coninues with future releases.
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I listen to the second album by Moderat until I wake up in the morning with the lyrics and melody already playing in my head. And there are tracks on II that from the very first rotation will appeal to a modern electronic music connoisseur, not to mention an occasional FM listener. That means that you can listen to this music with your friends, and they won’t cringe their noses because your music usually sounds like “buckets falling down the stairs” or “squeaky rats scurrying across the highway“. Add to that vocals by Sascha Ring himself, and you’d be surprised not to hear these tracks on the radio. In fact, as of this writing, the album has already made the German top ten album charts. Whatever the commercial temptation of Moderat may be, I still consider the album to have enough experimental edge and top-notch production values to keep this music addict happy.

Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, and one half of Moderat, has recently released Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre) on Mute, which has immediately piqued my interest, as the album gravitated more towards the cinematic and modern classical compositions that I often crave. The second half of the project is of course the German Modeselektor duo, consisting of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. These two have been dropping bass heavy beats since 2005, with releases mostly on Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control, until Modeselektor launched their very own, Monkeytown Records in 2009. The second release by the collaborative moniker Moderat makes an appearance on Monkeytown once again; there’s also a double CD version featuring a continuous mix of “A Couple Of Favorites During The Production Of II“, including tracks by Jon Hopkins, Dark Sky, Head High, Anstam, and Atoms For Peace.
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