By Madison Gould
After listening to France native Mike “Gesaffelstein” Levy’s debut album Aleph, it has become quite apparent that this 28 year old producer is here to stay. While Most DJs have chosen to take the heavier bass and Dubstep route, Gesaffelstein has taken a different path into the darker world of deep tech house. At the start of the album, you are greeted by eerie church bells, which sets the tone for a dark and obscure vibe. As the album continues to develop into this heavy and almost psychedelic voyage, Mike “Gesaffelstein” is not afraid to give you a mental push into darkness that is Aleph.
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Our beginning highlight begins with the fourth song on his album titled “Destinations,” where Gesaffelstein delivers an old school sound to listeners while putting a spin on the heavy bass that accommodated by simple percussions and deep vocals to a grimy synth; making it nearly impossible for one to be still to a song which does a great job of transitioning perfectly into the next track. Without notice, you are then taken right into the ominous sensation of “Obsession” which immediately makes it feel as if you were transported to an underground rave at an old warehouse. With its upbeat pace, creepy voices and industrial feel, I’m sure it is to be a favorite amongst many of his dark listeners.
Another song that is sure to get a lot of attention from EDM enthusiasts as well as other DJs is “Hellifornia” which is supplemented by a West coast hip hop, yet techno vibe. When first listened to, it sounds as if it should upset the audience with it high pitched squeal, but he eases it up with incredible bass that perfectly balances out.
In “Piece of Future," Gesaffelstein is building up the tension with his audience, and driving them deeper into the rabbit’s hole he has created. It almost feels as if time has slowed down once this song comes on. One cannot help but imagine the world moving in slow motion. About a minute and a half into it, the pace picks up and a bunch of thrilling sounds are layered onto it, giving the listener exactly what they needed to feel in tune with the world again.
Alpeh is a dark story that Gesaffelstein has set fourth for all his listeners. He encourages his listeners to feel it, and to not merely think of it as music, but more as an experience. With this album he is proving that an artist does not have to always create loud music in order to be a successful producer. He is willing to go back into to the roots of electronic music and create his own twisted sound that will get any crowd moving.
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