Saturday, 11 June 2011

Recommended music: 'Total' by SebastiAn

Sebastians you might already know - Sebastian Coe (Olympic athlete & ticket fiasco chief), Sebastian Faulks (author), Sebastian Vettel (F1 speed merchant) and Belle & Sebastian (indie geeks). And now there's a new Seb in town - SebastiAn Akchoté - french dance music maestro and creator of bangers for Edbanger records.

'Hudson River' starts the show, managing in it's 50 seconds to sound exactly like E.L.O should if they made a comeback. From then on there's a rush of 21 tracks that each manage to leave you wanting more. This is undoubtedly a French-sounding album - that might sound like an obvious thing to say, but there's a certain Gallic dance sound that only the French can do.

If you've ever wondered what Justice would (or should) sound like fronted by Prince then just take a listen to 'Love In Motion' or 'Embody'. Elsewhere the album manages to channel the spirit of Daft Punk (particularly on 'Ross Ross Ross'), Mr. Oizo and pretty much every other French dance act of note from the past 10 years.

The album rushes past at a frenetic pace and plays out like something of a live set - the pace varies but the quality never relents. M.I.A. puts in a star turn on 'C.T.F.O' (Chill The Fuck Out), while Gaspard from Justice adds to 'Tetra', providing an intriguing preview of what their new album might sound like (a baroque version of their last one, apparently!).

If you buy the album from iTunes you get an extra track ('Organia') but in case you don't you can download it for free below.

You can also listen to 'Embody' here as well.


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