I can't say enough about Sebastien Forrester at the moment. The gorgeous 7" pictured above had sadly been sitting in front of my turntables un-played for at least two months before I pulled it out of the sleeve while preparing for a recent guest session at KXLU.
Holy Strays - Nail the Cross Mix by NO PAIN IN POP
Within seconds I was blown away.
For one, I instantly hated myself for not listening to this beautiful thing sooner. (I have been way under with life for a while. Even the miniscule effort it takes to pull a record out and put it on the record player feels like a To Do item.)
And two, Holy Strays is magnificently beautiful -- like nothing you are hearing right now. And no, it is not dubstep. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) The B-side, Phrenesia, is killing me. Shape shifting beats that escalate into unbearable intensity collide with quivering soundscapes, gorgeous vocal outcries and pulsating synths.
Just get this record at NOT NOT FUN. There you can read all about the impressive repertoire of material Sebastien worked on well before this project.
Pasted above is a mix he recently recorded for No Pain In Pop. It is unsurprisingly amazing. Nail The Cross begins with Arvo Part's 'Collage On The Theme Bach: I. Toccatta : Preciso, wanders into Demdike Stare, Sybille Baier, Grimes, Portisehead and more.