Moderat-III (heavyweight double album Mute/Monkeytown Records 2016)
I was intrigued by the beautiful black/white video for the song Reminder last year and bought/downloaded this album. I have played it constantly for the past year, and patience was rewarded in a (slightly) cheaper version of this on vinyl. This third partnership between German DJ/producers Modeselektor and Apparat (Mode+rat=Moderat) is a sometimes dystopian, sweeping landscape of beats, breaks, and glitched vox resting somewhere between FourTet, Miike Snow, and a more experimental Royksopp. But really not like any of them, as they tend to inhabit their own space.
I am enamored with the idea of electronic music whose primary function is song based, rather than dance floor pyrotechnics. I also appreciate that the songs breathe and grow, rather than bludgeon you with oh so clever BREAKS! They know how to create tension. This makes for an album to listen to before blast off, or perhaps the day after? Well, maybe the day after the day after?