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Described by one critic as a "minimal techno supergroup," Moderat consists of Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, and the duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, better known as Modeselektor, with the three first working together in 2003. The trio released the 12" Auf Kosten der Gesundheit (consisting of four tracks and a series of locked grooves) on Ellen Allien's BPitch Control, but they placed Moderat on a shelf for several years. They put together a stylistically varied and often frantic self-titled album, featuring guest vocals from Paul St. Hilaire and Eased, and released it on BPitch in April 2009. Worldwide tours and festival appearances occurred under the Moderat name for the next four years, but the group didn't return to the studio until 2013 when the album II was released by Mute Records in North America and appeared elsewhere on Monkeytown. The album sold briskly for an electronic release, reaching number ten on the German charts and respectively peaking at 11 and 23 in Switzerland and Austria.
Moderat is an electronic music project that originated in Berlin, Germany. It started as a collaboration between Sascha Ring, also known as Apparat, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, also known as Modeselektor.
Moderat's first release was an EP, Auf Kosten der Gesundheit, in 2002. Their first full length album, Moderat, was released seven years later due to creative disagreements and different opinions on how they should work. The album received mostly favorable reviews. NOW magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 points describing it as "quite creative and surprisingly catchy", and Urb 5 out of 5, praising it for being "extremely beautiful and catchy".
In 2009, the readers of the online electronic music magazine, Resident Advisor, voted Moderat "The #1 Live Act Of The Year". In 2010, they were voted "The #7 Live Act" by the leaders of the same website. Moderat toured Europe throughout the summer and autumn of 2010, playing mostly festivals.
Moderat's second album, II was released on August 2, 2013 digitally and August 6, 2013 physically through Monkeytown Records and Mute in the United States. The first video from II was "Bad Kingdom," an illustrated piece directed and produced by Pfadfinderei about a young British man in 1966 London traversing a greedy underworld.Bimm, Jordan (2013-08-01). "Moderat | NOW Magazine". Now (newspaper). Retrieved 2013-08-07. http://www.urb.com/2009/04/24/moderat-moderat "RA Poll: Top 10 live acts of 2009". Resident Advisor. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2013-08-07. "RA Poll: Top 10 live acts of 2010". Resident Advisor. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2013-08-07. "Modeselektor/Apparat Supergroup Moderat Announce New Album II | News". Pitchfork Media. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-08-07. "Good - Moderat "II" CD Deluxe Edition (MONKEYTOWN036CD)". Monkeytown Records. Retrieved 2013-08-07.