Moderat – Running

“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” plays over the office speakers for the third time. We have the top 40 Pandora station going and underneath the cyclical chorus you can hear bursts of typing on bouncy keyboards and the click, click, click of tabs being closed, emails opened.

Boredom can be lethal. It sinks into your bones and makes you soft with complacency.

But fuck, there are anecdotes for this madness! For me, it’s music and writing. A thought provoking paragraph or an unexpected house beat lets creativity seep back into my brain and cools off my head.

And one sound that I can always count on for revival is Berlin-based, Moderat.

Back in February 2015 WalterCronkTight broke down Moderat’s sound, attributing it to their Berlin roots – a lingering culture desire to perfect the synthesizer, fine tune the reverberations of a speaker, and push sound beyond its auditory boundaries.

In March Moderat released their third album, III and I approached it with caution. I didn’t want any preconceived notions to color my experience. Was Moderat really that good?

Yes.

Once again they defy conventional sound. It’s house-y, trance-y, a tribute to the purest form of German techno. But it’s also fucking catchy, and I find myself singing along in a Taylor Swift-like falsetto.

Check out the music video for Moderat’s single, Running, and let it push you to the creative brink…

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Moderat – A New Error

Moderat. Listening to their sound, it is no surprise they’re from the birthplace and Mecca of electronic music – Berlin. Long before the likes of Rusko and Deadmau5 brought electronic to America mainstream, accelerating a massive market of new artists, Germans were doing the 4-beat-stomp 7 nights a week. Decades of consistent passion to electronic music has cemented Berlin’s position as leaders. Entire lifetimes devoted just to creating the best synthesizer, music club, or monitor cannot be denied. As the world has opened up to electronic, some of the new perspectives have undoubtedly added a lot to the genre; others have embarrassed it with a lack of soul and a surplus of marketing. Yet in the backdrop of all these changes, Berlin’s undercurrent continues to push forward in many unique directions.

Moderat represents just one of those directions.