If you’ve frequented any half-decent electro night over the last few years, odds are SebastiAn would have been played out to an already rabid, day-glowing dancefloor with the sole intent of catapulting it into a heaving, mangled mass. One part of the Ed Banger wrecking ball, his trademark gear-grinding, abrasive metal-on-metal sound tows the line between an industrial cut and thrust, and abstract flashes of classic French electro. Alongside his Gallic contemporaries, he’s been a staple of the electro resurgence and ‘Total’, as a debut album, serves as both a reflection and progression of his work to date. Cherry picking tracks from a raft of his earlier EPs, the mad science of ‘Ross Ross Ross’ is nervous and volcanic, ‘Embody’ is a guilty, unashamedly funky pleasure and the chainsaw aggression of ‘Motor’ is the touchpaper for any set. SebastiAn’s gnashing ingenuity might be overwhelming at times but it’s no less essential.

By Reef Younis

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