Gesaffelstein premiered his debut LP, Aleph, on Bromance today, and it’s 14 dark glimpses into the mind of one of tomorrow’s top techno and beats superstars.
He changes tempo with spacious and meditative tracks like Nameless, and sexy, strutting 100-BPM in Destinations, Obsession, and the already-heard Hate or Glory. But long-time fans of the G-man aren’t to worry, there’s plenty of good, ol’ fashioned, heavy Gesaffelstein to go around in items like Duel and Pursuit.
He toys with new concepts in tracks like Hellifornia, built around a squealing West Coast synth lead, serving as a presumable tribute to the LA hip hop scene yet modified to be a bass-lover’s cruising jam.
The French techno scientist puts some extremely interesting experiments into play on Aleph, and as a whole, it’s an impressive and bold first at-bat for the budding beatsmith. Listen to the whole album here on Pitchfork, and pick it up here on iTunes.