Moderat -- Bad Kingdom
When it came out, I was a little tepid on II compared to the eponymous debut. At the time, II didn’t seem to me to have any big standout tracks; it’s a bit subtle.
Now, after a proper headphones listen in the dead of darkest night, I am convinced II‘s a GREAT record.
The periodically-beat-skipping monster that is “Milk” takes some time to get shaking, but patience is amply rewarded; its final three minutes of face-melting beauty hit with all the force of avenging atomic angels.
Moderat -- Milk
I’ve somehow even retroactively gotten re-obsessed with the first record -- in going back to it, I’m finding more details there, and some bits of the album that I originally thought messy, are instead stunning in the ideas and sounds they are juxtaposing. And my favorite Moderat track (and album) keeps changing -- always a good sign.
I mean, the deep-diving “Seamonkey” is just stupidly awesome:
Moderat -- Seamonkey
I never cared much for Burial’s collaborations with the Spaceape. But if this sort of brilliantly dark dancehall sound is what they were going for, I can’t blame ’em for trying:
Moderat -- Slow Match (feat. Paul St. Hilaire)
I’ve often found Modeselektor on their own a little goofy, and Apparat somewhat wispy and insubstantial (though his collaborations are always good -- see also Orchestra of Bubbles, his album with Ellen Allien). But Moderat is a case where a collaboration is so much more than the sum of the parts.
Modeselektor seemingly bring the muscle, and Apparat brings the textures and class (he’s a pretty soulful singer too), and they meet in a middle ground that’s both catchy, and future-sounding.
Tracks like “Bad Kingdom” (up top) or “Rusty Nails” make you think they could go the Depeche Mode dark melodic pop route, if they really wanted to:
Moderat -- Rusty Nails
I know not everyone here is down with the mashup, and the original Moderat track is terrific on its own; but I dig this Lykke Li mashup quite a bit (and to anyone offended by the accompanying cheesecake photo -- well, hey, cheesecake happens).
Moderat -- Moderat feat. Lykke Li -- A New Error (Laz Arus Bootleg Mix)
They even look like they can more than hold their own in a live setting, something that’s not always easy for electronic artists (love the bobbing umbrellas in front of the stage):
Moderat -- Live at Electronic Beats Festival in Podgorica 2014
Moderat -- Live in Prague 2014
What records did you originally sleep on, only to be later blown away upon a revisit?