I’ve had an itch in the back of my mind, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t stem from an undiagnosed brain disease. Amorphous though itches may tend to be, this one has a distinct alphanumeric form to it — the letters M-O-D are clearly carved out, as if Modeselektor and Moderat (the former + Apparat) have been engaging in some sort of rhythmic demonry, trying to coax my concerted exploration of their music. Then, once I’ve thoroughly delved, the imprint inside my skull will diminish to a shade, control will be relinquished, and I can go back to lounging around in my undies, content that I’m now fully acquainted with two of Germany’s most talked-about electronic outfits. I keep hearing about them, anyway.
The impulse to delve couldn’t have come at a better time, as Moderat have just announced the full details of their sophomore LP II, due out August 6 on the Modeselektor-run imprint Monkeytown, as well as some celebratory European tourdates around its release. Check out the standard CD tracklist below, though be advised that the album will released in four editions: as a standard CD, deluxe CD, standard LP, and deluxe LP. The deluxe versions differ from their standard counterparts by way of their distinct cover art and (obviously) longer tracklistings, while the tracklistings vary slightly across the CD and vinyl releases.
Recording took six “intense” months, and the trio admit to having “aged about 10 years while making” the album. Crow’s feet be damned!
01. The Mark (Interlude)
02. Bad Kingdom
04. Let in the Light
08. Clouded (Interlude)
10. Damage Done
11. This Time
08.02.13 - London, UK - Eastern Electrics Festival
08.03.13 - Crimea, Ukraine - Kazantip Republic
08.10.13 - Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne
08.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
08.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.24.13 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka