Release Date: 3rd October
The Berlin trio Moderat released their third full-length on the first day of April 2016. Simply titled "III" it was said to be "graced by [...] an attention to songcraft that goes beyond what the trio has offered before" and "a resounding realization of what Moderat is and can be: a band you can relate to, not just a beat you can bob to", by Resident Advisor and Pitchfork, respectively. Critical accolades aside, everyone seems to be in agreement - the act's triennial opus is a veritable victory lap. Gernot Bronsert’s & Sebastian Szary's jocular, bass-anchored eclecticism as Modeselektor always superbly complemented Sascha Ring’s delicate, meticulous avant-pop as Apparat. This was, and still is most apparent on „III“’s opening track, „Eating Hooks“. Not since 2013’s „Bad Kingdom“ was there a more soaring, more lilting electronic ballad for us heads to call our own. Atop a syncopated, elegantly skeletal beat, sometimes offset by deeply visceral LFO bass, sometimes punctuated by haunting acoustic artefacts, sometimes awash with enveloping shoegaze fuzz. Ring’s harmonized crooning unfurls, effortlessly hybridizing into falsetto and/or belting, as needed. With breathtaking precision, he navigates unobvious melisma and alternates between straight singalong timing and passionately percussive swing. A masterful economy of meter is achieved – every syllable is made to count, and the afferent lyrics follow suit. Poetry that might’ve seemed trite if sung by a less accomplished performer is rendered into a penetrating discourse on the internal politics of addiction.
a1. Eating Hooks (Live)
Release Date: October 3rd
The 12“ consists of two remixes. One of them is an alternate version of the NGHT DRPS remix that originally came out as the opener to the day one “III (Bonus Tracks & Remixes)” compilation – where the first take was a wistful, yet skippy speed garage affair, the second take instead opts for less energetic, more introspective UKG. The other is an eminent edit of Siriusmo’s above-mentioned remix, executed by none other than Solomun – the Diynamic don subtly coaxes maximum peak-time efficacy out of Siriusmo’s exuberant, flam-happy take.
a1. Eating Hooks (Siriusmo Remix - Solomun Edit)
b1. Eating Hooks (NGHT DRPS Remix 2)