Moderat are Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary). Seducers and hooligans, ponderers and party monsters. They leave no page unturned in their electronic and analogue lives. On one side, there is the thoughtful sound tinkerer and pop poet, and on the other, the techno b-boys. Both acts represent the Berlin electronic scene from the other side of the straight bass drum. Modeselektor are grand masters of subterranean bass and electrifying breakbeats. Apparat is the purveyor of sophisticated electronic pop music.
In the space of eleven tracks, Moderat presents a very varied but nonetheless compact and epic tale with their new album II. Its first single, "Bad Kingdom," will be released digitally and as a 10" HERE on July 9th. It is perhaps the most universal song Apparat and Modeselektor have ever produced: a pop song full of passion and energy, lacking contradiction and speaking a universal language. Watch its video, directed by Pfadfinderei. It is set in and around London in the year 1966 and features a descendant of the English aristocracy who turns from being an ambitious young man into a ruthless power broker.