Welcome back to another edition of our on-going series, The Director's Cut. Each installment features an artist breaking down their latest album, providing cliff notes and backstory on the inspirations for each of the tracks in the album. This time, we are joined by Bastinov, who's latest debut album 'All Through The Night', is labeled as his most complete and cohesive musical statement yet. The album weaves between deep and emotional techno and progressive house and tells a story of melody and spirituality.
How to listen: There are a couple of ways to proceed. First, you can listen to the whole album, which you will find below, and then read the notes. Or, read the notes as you listen to each track. This will completely change your perspective on the whole release itself and bring you closer to the artist and their work.
Words by Bastinov
This track represents my deepest thoughts and feelings. I wanted to put together soft sounds and contrasting melodies to create this soft sound, which in my opinion is the right way to open the listening of the whole album.
All Through The Night:
The title track for the album is a dark moody track with deep, rounded sounds that take you on a long journey broken up by a very powerful synth arpeggio which gives a sense of direction to the track's sound path.
Genesis is characterised by a deeper house mood. The fresh rhythms are very well connected with the various synths and arpeggios that I used which create some nice atmospheres throughout.
Rhythmic and trippy sounds sculpt the heart of ‘Eternia’. It represents the middle ‘bridging’ track that connects the calm towards the beginning of the album and the stronger and deeper tracks that are set to follow.
With ‘Hyperion’ I wanted to combine the power of the 909 drums with the melody of the bass. I made this the following morning after a night inside a club, and being in touch with the dancefloor gave me the inspiration for this track.
This track has some unique elements thanks to the constant arpeggios and the 909 drums which ensure the track remains in continuous evolution. The melody also helps the groove a lot to make this record grow more and more across its duration.
This record reminds me of a particular moment in my life. I created it after a difficult period, I wanted to express what I felt through a groove that learned toward Detroit techno and combine that with my classic journeys featuring arpeggios and synths.
With ‘Proteus’, the album starts to take a more techno direction. In addition to the melodic synths, I wanted to add some acid elements to give it a stronger tone combined with a powerful core groove.
‘Arponoid’ is the mix between the power of the groove and the addition of celestial synths accompanied by a strong bassline made with the Proteus/3.
‘Elaysia’ is a track that is based around a powerful groove tool which is also accompanied by a melodic loop. I think it's a very functional track because it doesn't have any particular rhythmic joints, as we say in these cases "less is more". :)
Der Love Train:
I let myself go here with the experimentation. The groove was created with the Roland TR8 plus some Boss GT8 distortion to give it a more industrial feel. I recorded the groove as a single track and this was the first idea I had in mind.
‘Devine’ represents a lot to me because it was also created in a difficult period where I wanted to express all the emotions of that period, and I'm very happy to have been able to work it into my album.
The Silence Of The Night:
Last but not least, ‘The Silence Of The Night’ featuring the extremely talented American singer Knowkontrol. This is the oldest record on the album, as it was made in 2014 when I met the artist, and given that I’ve now had the opportunity to release it I think it's definitely the right record to close this album.