It’s been four years since the German trio of producers Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary, and Sascha Ring released their self-titled album as Moderat. Each has been equally busy with their main musical projects—Modeselektor and Apparat. Within the last year they set aside time to record their follow up record, II, and now they’ve given NPR an exclusive stream a week before the release. From the sounds of the lead single “Bad Kingdom” and their recent interview with Fact, we can expect a further plunge into semi-traditional song structure.
On paper, Modeselektor and Apparat should not touch; the first plays with templates built around hip-hop, electro, and glitch whereas the other has plunged himself into the world of IDM and experimental pop. Modeselektor run Monkeytown Records, which will release II, and the increasingly prolific 50Weapons, whose’s roster includes Shed, Addison Groove, and Cosmin TRG. Where the three men do meet is BPitch, which has released music from their respective projects. Stream Moderat’s II here via NPR.