Sébastien Léger ‎– Pluton / Saturn

Mistakes Music ‎– MIS001
Vinyl, 12"


A Pluton
B Saturn


Published by Copyright Control



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October 20, 2008
edited over 7 years ago
Like all artists eventually seem to do these days, Sebastien Leger has started his own label, aptly named "Mistakes Music". Perhaps the proliferation of small, personalised labels is what has seen the market flooded with crap in the past few years. I'm firmly of the opinion that artists, even the most accomplished, need to be told when they've done bad and consequently return to the drawing board. Owning your own label ensures that no one can just say "no", because the power is in your hands.

The A side is a stuttering bit of electro-fart with a strange, hollow bass line drenched in reverberation. In the past I've admired Leger for his stuttering, disjointed productions, his remix of "Kazane" being a good example. At the same time Leger was first using this style, Oliver Huntemann too was producing his first solo work under "H-Man", with a similar sound. Both producers were so successful with this sound that it began to appear everywhere.

"Pluton" has none of the nous of Leger's past productions. It feels strained and formulaic, and it's about as easy to dance to as the sound of a blender. I suppose what I'm getting at is that although Leger's previous productions were disjointed too, they had a discernible rhythm. In contrast, this one is sure to confuse already brainless punters who find a simple 4/4 beat hard enough. Just as cringe worthy as the sporadic electro blips is the robotic vocal "move it" repeated roughly every two seconds. If this wasn't bad enough, sounds have clearly been recycled from my favourite Leger track, "Bad Clock".

On The B Side, "Saturn" is more impressive, and a small step away from Leger's usual style. Melodic pads form the majority of the track, with a sound very reminiscent of Pryda indeed. However, it still retains that elusive Sebastien Leger element in a chunky bassline and some strange yet pleasing blips towards the start of the track, a little too risque to really be the work of Eric Prydz. This one is strangely progressive for Leger too, without the usual peaks and wild synths found in earlier work such as "Take Your Pills" or "Hit Girl".

Again, "Saturn" feels very formulaic. The breakdowns are all too expected, as are the individual sounds that make them up. I definitely think Sebastien needs to step back to the drawing board, or at least have someone say "no".