Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, first collaborated with the duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, better known as Modeselektor, in 2003. The trio released the 12" Auf Kosten der Gesundheit on Ellen Allien's BPitch Control, but they placed Moderat on a shelf for several years. They put together a stylistically varied and often frantic self-titled album, featuring guest vocals from Paul St. Hilaire and Eased, and released it on BPitch in 2009. Worldwide tours and festival appearances occurred under the Moderat name for the next four years, but the group didn't return to the studio until 2013, when the album II landed on the Monkeytown label. ~ Andy Kellman
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