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Total (2011)

Artist: Sebastian
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Format: CD
Sku: 224171716
UPC: 825646717781
UPC 14: 00825646717781
Release Date: 10/4/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hudson River ~ SebastiAn (France)
2. Love In Motion - (featuring Mayer Hawthorne) ~ SebastiAn (France)
3. Tough Games ~ SebastiAn (France)
4. Embody ~ SebastiAn (France)
5. Ross Ross Ross ~ SebastiAn (France)
6. Fried ~ SebastiAn (France)
7. Kindercut ~ SebastiAn (France)
8. Water Games ~ SebastiAn (France)
9. Total ~ SebastiAn (France)
10. Jack Wire [Instrumental] ~ SebastiAn (France)
11. C.T.F.O. ~ SebastiAn (France)
12. Cartoon ~ SebastiAn (France)
13. Arabest ~ SebastiAn (France)
14. Prime ~ SebastiAn (France)
15. Mean Games ~ SebastiAn (France)
16. Tetra ~ SebastiAn (France)
17. Motor ~ SebastiAn (France)
18. Night ~ SebastiAn (France)
19. Yes ~ SebastiAn (France)
20. Bird Games ~ SebastiAn (France)
21. Doggg ~ SebastiAn (France)
22. Frustra ~ SebastiAn (France)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: A.S. Studio; XL Studio, London.
Muze PNote Seemingly influenced just as much by Daft Punk's work ethic as their musical M.O., the hard-partying gallic hordes at Ed Banger records may be capable of some massively adrenalized, barnstorming electro-house, but they're sure in no hurry about it. In 2011, four years after Justice's watershed debut album, a follow-up from that label flagship was only beginning to appear on the horizon (see also Germany's like-minded Digitalism); meanwhile, the shadowy SebastiAn, who'd been issuing singles (and at least one compilation's worth of remixes) on Ed Banger since 2005, was just getting around to his first full-length. At least he took the "full" part seriously enough: Total boasts a staggering 22 tracks. True, a third of them are brief, spurt-like interludes under a minute long, and SebastiAn could theoretically have crammed almost another half-hour of music on here, but anybody not ready to cry for mercy after 50 minutes is made of steely stuff indeed. The experience is a bit like somebody scanning slowly across a radio dial, catching snatches of classic rock, soul, disco, funk, punk, metal, and even classical music (check the harpsichord trills on the delectable, too-short "Tetra," produced with Justice's Gaspard Auge), all with the equalizer settings permanently stuck on hyper-compressed bombast, and occasionally lingering on the static between stations just for the sheer agony and ecstasy of it all. Especially with the interludes ensuring a total dearth of silence between tracks, Total can feel pretty monolithic, and certainly, nothing here strays too far from the sort of scuzzy, overdriven, body-slamming rock-techno that's pretty much synonymous with Ed Banger, but there are some intriguing diversions along the way. Lead single "Embody" is a smooth, strutting, electro-R&B confection boasting woozily crooned talk-box vocals, and several other stand-outs feature a similarly soulful vibe, including the atypically breezy lounge-pop cut-up "Arabest" and the swaggering paisley chug of "Love in Motion" (featuring retro-soulster Mayer Hawthorne in a vocal performance so processed and mixed-down it might as well be a sample.) Elsewhere, Total cleaves to SebastiAn's more familiar, trashy, glitch-funk maximalism, including a few retooled old singles (the name-making 2006 spazzfest "Ross Ross Ross," the petulant whine and grind of "Motor") and a few similarly styled new productions. The most brutal barrages, though, come with "Doggg"'s screamo-disco and the fairly tepid electro-punk M.I.A. collabo "C.T.F.O." ("chill the fuck out," ironically enough.) Whether you'll want to cherry-pick favorites or wade through the whole unwieldy mess may depend on context (and your personal level of tolerance), but there's no denying that, a half-decade late or not, SebastiAn has delivered. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Mayer Hawthorne
Muze Guest Artist M.I.A.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/04/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 528137
Music Label Name Label : Big Beat Records (Dance)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00825646717781

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Sebastian
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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