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ARTIST
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Moderat
FORMAT
CD

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BPC 200CD BPC 200CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/12/2009

This is the highly-anticipated debut full-length release by Moderat, the collaborative conjoining of Modeselektor and Apparat. 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. A short time later, the artists went their separate ways to work 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. A twist of fate at the Stadtbad Mitte (Berlin-Mitte City Pool) united them in the spring of 2008, and Moderat was reformed. Recorded at the legendary Berlin Hansa Studios (where David Bowie recorded Heroes) in analog with the help of the studio's vintage tube technology and an old EMI console from 1972, restored especially for Moderat. American software designer, Joshua Kit Clayton, was hired to program a superb reverb algorithm specifically for the recording process of this album. Additionally, during the first phases of recording, Szary and Bronsert bought an EMT Model 140 Plate Reverb on an Internet auction and had to travel to Los Angeles to pick it up. Back in the studio, the Berlin vocalist Dellé (aka Eased) from leading German act Seeed found himself in Moderat's studio room while on a quest to find a bottle opener. There on the spot, the three gents of Moderat finally waved good-bye to the concept of a mere instrumental album and said hello to vocal recordings and the song "Sick With It." At the same time, they found older vocal recordings of Paul St. Hilaire that had been recorded by Szary and Bronsert way back on low-noise 1/4" analog tape. Those recordings are what led to the low growl of "Slow Match." All this encouraged Szary and Bronsert to convince Ring it was time for him to contribute a beautiful set of soft vocals, which can be heard on the moody drone of "Rusty Nails" and on the flickering synth-wash of "Out Of Sight." Seven years after their initial formation, Moderat's self-titled debut makes it sound like these fellas have been working closely together for years -- and the analog production gives these tracks a steady, glowing warmth that pulses and breathes organically. Totally seductive, dark dance tunes that possess an almost tribal disposition for the most intense peak moments. This is a massive debut that unites two of techno's most celebrated acts.