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SebastiAn, Total
Big Beat/Atlantic Records, May 31

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Whether or not you’re aware of it, you’ve often been subjected to France’s Ed Banger Records sound, characterized by the squelched circuitry and steaming ’70s asphalt brought to you by acts like the Justice electro duo and Simian Mobile Disco. The Bosnia-born SebastiAn has been hawking his (arguably) darker side of the Ed Banger sound for going on seven years, culminating in this, his debut full-length. A 22-song manifesto of sorts, it does evolve the sound some, but it’s not full of outrageous surprises. Lots of melted retro-disco (“Love in Motion” recalls Hot Chocolate’s “Everyone’s a Winner”), along with, as you’d more or less expect, some dubstep headbanging on the (quite wild-ass) title track. Gaspard Auge of Justice visits on “Tetra,” normally a portent of business as usual, but it’s actually a chill curve, proffering fake classical in and around its unhurried beat. These are tantalizing, if aimless and self-congratulatory, tunes; suffice to say that the album cover tellingly depicts the artist kissing himself in further technical fiddling whilst real progress burns. B

—Eric W. Saeger






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