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Moderat - 'II'

A series of nocturnal funk swells and echoes occasionally adorned with choruses that sound like a blitzed ‘Get Lucky’

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  • Record Label Monkeytown
7 / 10
Mood-setter ‘The Mark (Interlude)’ might sound like spending Halloween on nitrazepam, but to the dedicated aficionado of Berlin electronica, ‘II’ is the noise of all their Christmases turning up at once. The second collaboration between Modeselektor and Apparat, it swiftly transforms into a series of nocturnal funk swells and echoes occasionally adorned with choruses that sound like a blitzed ‘Get Lucky’. ‘Let In The Light’ is all pitch-shifted underwater vocals and crustaceans for xylophones, ‘Damage Done’ is delicate soultronica, ‘Milk’ is a melodic 10-minute spin cycle, and ‘Gita’ resembles will.i.am being sprayed with air jets. Hypnotically hip.

Mark Beaumont

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