Gesaffelstein has announced on the official track list and release date to his highly-anticipated Hyperion project, the French luminary’s debut offering on Columbia Records. Surprises include major collaborations with Pharrell Williams, HAIM, Bronwyn Griffin from Electric Youth, and The Hacker.
After teasing the new comeback album with lead single, “Reset” towards the end of 2018, another hint at the project direction was unveiled with “Lost In The Fire” featuring The Weeknd. Now, there will be eight additional new tracks to follow, landing in full on March 8, opening a new chapter in Gesaffelstein’s canon of dark, brooding techno. See the official Hyperion track list below.
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The pair last linked on two tracks from The Weeknd’sMy Dear Melancholyin early 2018, and now the R&B star and French electronic visionary are priming fans for their next collaboration, arriving today in the form of a short teaser clip. Gesaffelstein’s LP debut, Aleph, first landed back in October of 2013, and he snapped a four year hiatus in December with the release of his sophomore album’s lead single, “Reset.” Currently, there’s no official release date for “Lost In Fire,” though with the newly surfaced teaser, expect the full single to follow closely.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
The biggest news, of course, in Michel Lévy’s recent machinations was the release of “Reset” last week — his first single in years. Coming alongside a video, the eerie, broken-beat track all but confirmed the aforementioned LP rumors. After all, why would the covert Frenchman put so much effort into promoting a solitary song?
At long last, Gesaffelstein has confirmed that he does indeed have a new album on the way: Hyperion.
A mural stating “THIS IS THE COVER OF HYPERION, THE NEW ALBUM BY GESAFFELSTEIN” arose this week in Miami during their ongoing Art Basel festival. Emblazoned in a similar fashion to the famed billboards, it’s not fully clear if the announcement itself is the artwork for Hyperion or if the adjacent picture of a shattering black pane is. If the latter is the case, the LP’s packaging would be evocative of The Black Keys’ 2010 album, Brothers, which famously read, “This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers.” Suffice it to say, Gesaffelstein wouldn’t find himself in poor company with such self-evident album artwork.
No release date for Hyperion has been confirmed at press time, but at the moment, we can all take a moment to revel in finally being able to say with conviction, “Gesaffelstein has a new album on the way.”
Drezo has spent the past half decade carving out his own lane in the realm of bass-heavy, dark house music. With his spastic percussion and ominous vibe, the LA-based artist draws influences from new wave electronic music while tapping the rave sounds of the past. Now, he’s broken nearly a year of radio silence, taking on the title track of Gesaffelstein‘s seminal debut album, Aleph. Drezo flexes his production prowess with a hard-hitting remix for the French icon, reinventing the track just as Gesaffelstein’s resurgence is beginning.
Drezo begins the remix by playing up the eerie guitar found in Gesaffelstein’s original. As the track begins to build, a bass line eases in, before quickly jumping to prominence with a fierce break. Though his signature heavy low-end is present, this remix stands as a more minimal take on Drezo’s usual style in homage to Gesaffelstein’s characteristically stripped back aesthetic. With hollow synth stabs and a brooding energy, Drezo has put forth a remix fitting for the newly returned French techno luminary, alluding to his own comeback primed for 2019.
The world has been watching him since the billboards arose in late October, but the wait has been far longer, and far more arduous for a majority of his fans. Indeed, this cryptic campaign began almost five years to the date since dance music’s most sinister figure proffered his debut album, Aleph. In the years since, he’s made only intermittent appearances in the lives of his devotees, releasing no music whatsoever apart from production credits for Kanye West and The Weeknd, the score to a French thriller film, and a sole collaboration with fellow French luminary Jean-Michel Jarre.
Since he famously retired the black marble altar at Coachella 2015, audiences have sought ceaselessly to fill the void that he left. In an attempt to do so, leagues of aspiring dance music necromancers have endeavored to mold themselves in his fashion; and, while the results of such missions are often pleasurable, they will always, inevitably, be but middling simulacra in the face of the original. Thankfully, now, with “Reset,” the abyss is no more.
“Reset” might be more than the presumed lead single of an impending new album from Gesaffelstein. The track comes with a video that seems to take aim at a certain polarizing rapper, and could perhaps be the beginning of a more pointed commentary from the principal of techno and hip-hop’s intersection.
Move over Swedish House Mafia, there’s another electronic act that’s hot on the comeback trail.
Gesaffelstein‘s three year hiatus is officially coming to an end, with the French luminary recently finalizing a deal with Columbia Records for a comeback campaign due to begin any minute now.
The first sign of Mike Lévy’s potential resurfacing came with a grip of mysterious billboards that cropped up in major cities across the globe. Shortly thereafter, the news of a newly inked Columbia co-sign essentially sealed the deal. Now, we have a brief, tantalizing taste of what Gesaffelstein is working on. So far, it is unclear whether the “Control Movement” producer is gearing up to deliver a long-awaited follow up to Aleph, or if his resurgence will bring an entirely new line of work, though a video posted to Gesaffelstein’s newly revamped social media pages might give the first glimpse into what we can actually expect to hear on the fully actualized upcoming project.
The clip is short and sweet, leaving a lot of room for intrigue, though the tense, glitchy build is already enough of a hair-raiser for fans eager awaiting Gesaffelstein’s impending return. Stay tuned.
Gesaffelstein sent a hush through dance music’s darkest realm when, in late October, billboards began to emerge across the globe featuring his name emblazoned in gold upon a black backdrop. In the time since, the artist has remained characteristically silent regarding the purpose of these advertisements, acknowledging them only via changing his Facebook profile and cover photos and making his website a bare, black background (previously, it had displayed an ad for his soundtrack to the French thriller Maryland, released in 2015).
Fans of Michel Lévy have hoped with fervor that his new campaign teases an impending sophomore album — after all, it’s been five years since he released his iconic Aleph LP. Today, we have more reason to believe that than ever before, following a press release from Columbia which confirms that the label has signed Gesaffelstein. Unsurprisingly, the release was as laconic as all news surrounding Lévy’s work, stating only, “GESAFFELSTEIN SIGNS TO COLUMBIA RECORDS” alongside photographs of his recently-erected billboards.
It’s unclear when further information will be available on Gesaffelstein’s newest endeavor; indeed, it’s still uncertain if he has a new album forthcoming in the near future. However, with this new signing, it seems safe to say that there is some darkness looming — we merely have to be patient.
Dancing Astronaut has contacted Columbia Records and Gesaffelstein’s representation for comment.