After producing 'Black Skinhead' on Kanye West's 'Yeezus' French producer Gesaffelstein finds industrial techno isn’t only of interest to those at Parisian raves.

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Gesaffelstein- 'Aleph'

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Gesaffelstein- ‘Aleph’

After producing ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘Send It Up’ on Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’, French producer Gesaffelstein now finds his industrial techno isn’t only of interest to those at Parisian raves. This hasn’t softened his approach, though, and much of ‘Aleph’ has a stainless-steel coldness to it that’s more interested in bludgeoning you over the head than holding you close. It mostly works, with ‘Pursuit’ and ‘Obsession’ combining relentless pace with invention. Elsewhere singer Chloe Raunet adds texture, and the instrumentals
‘Duel’ and ‘Hellifornia’ take hip-hop beats and turn them on their head in a Hudson Mohawke and Rustie sort of way. Comfort is in short supply from Gesaffelstein, but control and class are in abundance.

David Renshaw

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Record label:EMI Music France
Release date:28 Oct, 2013