Moderat is a collaboration between Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary), both major figures in Berlin’s vibrant electronic scene. On their 2008 self-titled debut album, they defined the Moderat sound: throbbing bass and electrifying beats, enhanced by Apparat’s delicate vocals. Five years later, they return with a new single, “Bad Kingdom” and a beautiful album, Moderat II, released August 5 via Monkeytown Records.
An emboldened and emotional return, “Bad Kingdom” comes with a video from fellow Berliner Pfadfinderei. Moderat also collaborated with Pfadfinderei to create a new groudbreaking live show and, for the album’s cover art, they enlisted Siriusmo, who was already behind the punching woman of the first Moderat album.
To celebrate this exciting new release, let’s revisit an all time favourite: “Rusty Nails”.
After months of teasing us with gorgeous singles and remixes,Apparat is finally releasing The Devil’s Walk, his first album for Mute Records. Out today September 26th, the album is backed by a new single, “Song Of Los”, which is also out today on 12″ and download.
To celebrate the release, Apparat asked Mogwai to produce the first official remix of this new track but you can bet there will be plenty more remixes popping up in the weeks and months to come. If you are curious and feel like sampling Mogwai’s reworking of “Song Of Los”, head over to Mute’s Soundcloud and if you want to listen to the original, stream it below!
Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) is not going to disappoint his fans with his new album, and he might well gain a few new followers too. The Devil’s Walk is possibly his most varied album to date, with some tracks hinting at a New Wave revival, others capturing moments of grandiose electronica and finally some tracks recreating the ambient soundscape Apparat is famous for. As a whole this record stretches into territories that the German producer had rarely explored before, while still managing to craft its own unique style of somber yet majestic music.
Apparat proves that he is an artist who knows how to connect with his audience and understands his own creative range. The Devil’s Walk, Apparat’s fourth album, reveals itself a bit more with every listen. More than a mere experiment, it’s a subtle work of contrasts and contradictions, standing somewhere between melancholy and solace.
You will be able to catch Apparat and band on tour in the UK in October (tour starts October 14th in Bristol to finish off in London on the 26th). To get all the dates, find Apparat on MySpace or check out his official site. Don’t forget that you can buy Apparat’s new album starting today on
German electronic artist Sascha Ring, better known by his stage nameApparat, has a brand new album coming in September on Mute Records. Called The Devil’s Walk, the LP will be Apparat’s first solo full-length since 2007’s Walls, that is if you don’t count his critically acclaimed 2009 collaboration with French duo Modeselektor as Moderat (for the uninitiated, Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat).
To start building up momentum ahead of his new album, Apparat recently released the single “Ash/Black Veil”, a five-and-a-half-minute ambient electronica piece that was immediately embraced by fans and music critics alike. The song came with bonus remixes by US dance music’s rising star Amtrac and emerging Russian producer Mokhov.
Apparat - Ash/Black Veil (Mokhov Remix)
Apparat - Ash/Black Veil (Amtrac Remix)
The second track to drop from The Devil’s Walk is called “Black Water” and it’s a perfect example of Ring’s cinematic electronica, soothing vocal melodies and hypnotic rhythms. Commencing with a gently pulsating hum and concluding with a nostalgic rain sample, this song is disarmingly simple, yet terribly effective. Just what one would expect from a new Apparat release…
Apparat - Black Water
To help you wait for the new album, you can always listen to more tunes by Apparat on MySpace or check out his official site. Don’t forget that you can buy Apparat’s music on
Many of you may already know Apparat for his work as a producer. His productions with Ellen Allien and more recently with Modeselektor (for the uninitiated, Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat) have earned him major accolades from his peers and influential critics alike. His three solo albums and one remix album, all released on Shitkatapult (a label he runs with co-founder Marco Haas) were equally well-received and Apparat’s reputation as an expert beatmaker is high as could be.
Now Sascha Ring, as he is known to his family and friends, is showing us that he can also rock the decks as a DJ. For the new installment of the prestigious DJ KICKS compilations, the Berlin-based electro wizard has combined some contemplative tracks with more upbeat compositions that give the mix a steady pulse.
The album, to be released on October 26, includes music by Autechre, Martyn, T++, Joy Orbison, Born Ruffians, Thom Yorke, Four Tet and a new previously unreleased track by Telefon Tel Aviv. The selectio also features a new DJ Kicks exclusive track by Apparat himself: “Sayulita”. In their boundless kindness, !K7 Records have decided to give away this track for free and it’s currently available for download on the official DJ Kicks website.
Apparat - Sayulita
Starting out with dance floor-oriented techno, he later started to create ambient music and recently became “more interested in designing sounds than beats”. Recent music is closer to glitch, clicks and cuts or idm, accompanied with classical string instruments and other sounds.
What a great way to start this year’s festivies! For springten‘s opening concert last night, Moderat performed a spectacular audio-visual show in a magical setting on top of a hill that overlooks the whole city of Graz. Beautiful music and gorgeous visuals by Pfadfinderei.
Moderat is an electronic music project that started in the early 2000s in Berlin as a collaboration between Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor). Their first full-length album took a long time to complete, due to some creative disagreements and different opinions on how they should work. It was finally released in 2009 – seven years after their debut EP!
Moderat - A New Error
However, the final result is outstanding! With their debut album Moderat managed to please almost everybody and recevied rave reviews. Fully dedicated to the exploration of current dance music trends, they have put together an album that is eclectic and sophisticated but still retains a strong pop appeal.
Moderat - Rusty Nails (TRG'S Peaktime Remix)
Moderat - Les Grandes Marches (MMMatthias Remix)
Throughout the summer of 2010, they will be playing various festivals in Europe. First stop: springten! Show Moderat some love on MySpace and buy their album on
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