It has been a while since we've done a review for an album, but with the release of Moderat's second album 'II', there was a great opportunity to write one. You might know Moderat for their previous singles 'Rusty Nails' and 'A New Error', or you might know the three geniuses behind this project: Sascha Ring aka Apparat and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szarny aka Modeselektor.
Earlier this month, Moderat released their stunning new single 'Bad Kingdom', a track with heavy basses and the extraordinary voice of Apparat. But just a week ago, they released the real deal: II. Their new album kicks off with Bad Kingdom, and continues with lots of great songs, all with a different atmosphere going on. 'Versions' reminds of Four Tet, where 'Let in the Light' clearly has influences from pop music, the good old two-step and Berlin minimal. The two following tracks are my favourite tracks on the album: 'Milk' is a ten minutes during masterpiece, where Moderat builds up incredibly towards the climax. 'Therapy' just has it all: the hard Berlin beat, dreamy effects and catchy vocals. The rest of the album connects more with Moderat's previous work, and is in my opinion slightly less interesting, not bad though, but these tracks miss something the first tracks do have. Except for 'This Time', a beautiful track to conclude the album.
Although most of the tracks of the previous albums were hard to dance to, Moderat changed their course and alternated between 'Bad Kingdom', a track you can compare to 'Rusty Nails', and 'Milk', a track where you can picture yourself in a dark disco in Berlin.
Enjoy the album!