Apparat - The Devil’s Walk (2011)
Apparat makes a ton of music that places you into a certain trance. Sascha Ring has been making electronic music for many years, including his well-known group Moderat which is a trio between fellow German musicians Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, better known as Modeselektor.
With Apparat, Ring takes his sound in a more ambient direction. While keeping those similar electronic, techno-inspired elements, he introduces a completely new sound. In his words, the idea for the direction of Apparat was due to his interest in designing sounds rather than beats.
I don’t remember exactly when I first heard Apparat, I somewhat recall hearing a song in a skate video, but it may have been a short edit my buddy made and used one of their songs for. A few years later, his song “Goodbye (feat. Soap & Skin)” was used in an episode of Breaking Bad. Around this time I was listening to a ton of Baths, Four Tet, and Telefon Tel Aviv, which I consider to be pretty similar in terms of heavy bass and ambience.
Over the years, Ring hasn’t stepped away at all from the more dancey side of his work. He still continues to do remixes, and also has had more music featured in trailers and movies. His most recent album LP5 was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
This album has been something I find myself going back to a lot. I find new sounds and components each time I listen, no matter how many times I do. I really enjoy everything Ring creates and I hope he doesn’t slow down anytime soon.