Live Footage: French Producer Aalston Performs “Crystal” for Session Sauvage

Aalston is a rising French electronic music producer, who has developed and honed a unique, melodic and deeply personal take on techno music with releases through SinnersTeho’Labo TSoul Button‘s Steyoyoke — and he’s played with the likes of Extrawelt, Teho and Kiasmos

Last year, as a result of pandemic-related lockdowns, quarantines and restrictions, the rising French electronic music producer focused on writing and recording new material, which included the “Serene”/”Reverse” 7 inch and “Failure.” Building upon the buzz of those singles, Aalson’s latest single “Crystal” reveals an artist, who has been pushing his sound and approach in new directions while retaining the essential elements that have won him attention international. Centered around layers of shimmering synth arpeggios, skittering beats, the remarkably cinematic “Crystal” focuses on slowly adding texture and gradation with a deliberate and painterly quality while being completely improvised. The end result is a song that’s club friendly yet mesmerizing.

“I challenged myself with the idea of writing through jamming, improvising on my machines, without using the computer,” the rising French producer explains. “It’s a very  instinctive method that allowed me to go beyond the Ableton grid and codes. It was also the occasion for me to try out a new rhythmical structure based on the Drum & Bass genre. I actually decided to record the first take and forbade myself to ever re-record it in order to protect the spontaneity of that take. I felt so many emotions on the first record, it was quite a special moment of shivers and even tears, the experience was really powerful.”

Shot by PatandPatate, Session Sauvage finds Aalson performing the song on the cliffs of the gorgeous French coast.