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Apparat and Modeselektor join forces
on 1 June 2009
To produce a simply fantastic album!
Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, is one of the world's top producers. Although maybe not on the tip of everyone's tongue, the sounds he creates are simply beguiling and has helped the likes of Ellen Allien, and many others, to craft their sounds. Modeselektor are Berlin-based electronic duo, who can count Thom Yorke as a big fan!
The songs on here are as varied as you can get. Ok, they're electronic, but they're some well played guitars on here too! Sascha lends his vocals to 'Rusty Nails' which sounds very Apparat-like, and the more subdued closer, 'Out Of Sight'. There's no bad songs on here, even the bonus tracks are good, including 'Beats Way Sick', which has an MC rapping over it and I'm not a big fan of rap and hip hop even!
Elsewhere, dub and reggae feature, Paul St. Hilaire, who has worked with Basic Channel, turning up on 'Slow Match', setting it apart from the rest of the dub and dubstep out there now with atmospherics rising in the back. 'Sick With It' featuring Dellé Aka Eased From Seeed, is grimy-jungle, but definitely more commercial sounding. 'No 22' is Leftfield-esque dub techno.
On the other side, we have 'Porc #1' and 'Porc #2', the previous starts with a bluesy-rocky guitar line before developing into the latter, all chiming, soaring atmospherics, shoegaze-esque guitars and wispy vocals.
'Les Grandes Marches' is beautful. Synth lines pulse in from the start before developing into a very Apparat-like rhythm track, showing electronic music and programming is and can be better than the standard out there now.