Rush Hour, Planet E and Echochord producer, Sebastien San, drops the third release on his new Ab Initio imprint this May. Entitled ‘Drumology’, the EP takes in three tracks from French-producer San (real name Sebastien Pastore) and joins the dots between house and techno aesthetics throughout.
Like many in techno of his age, New Wave and Industrial was a gateway to electronic music which provided the backbone of his musical education before the sounds of Detroit and Chicago permeated Europe in the mid-1980s. A job in a record store followed and quickly led to promoting parties and the instigation of Shield, a label that counted Fabric Lig and Kevin Saunderson as artists.
The title cut here is, as the name suggests, a drum machine workout centered around a heavily an elastic, percussive riff that tips a nod to MAW and Todd Terry of old while a distorted kick ploughs a determined path. ‘Drumology’ is classic DJ Tool work.
‘The Gauntlet’ takes off where ‘Drumology’ begins in the drum department but, here, San softens the groove with a heady, dubbed out set of floating chords that provide a compelling topline.
‘Wolfgang’ is lighter again, with airy melodies, crafty delays and spacious reverbs combining with subtle groove and melancholic bass tones to create a simple but beautiful cut.
Sebastien San’s ‘Drumology’ is released on his own Ab Initio imprint on 12” vinyl on 13th May 2013.