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Gesaffelstein Brings His Dance Party to Terminal 5 Tomorrow

November 5th, 2014

While much of the Paris techno scene revolves around upbeat dubstep, Mike Lévy—who records and performs under the name Gesaffelstein (a combination of Gesamtkunstwerk and Einstein)—mines a darker, more dissonant industrial territory while still driving people to the dance floor. Lévy is busy working as a DJ and producer. He’s remixed and worked with big names like Lana Del Rey and Kanye West, producing two Yeezus tracks, including its first single, “Black Skinhead.” His debut full-length, Aleph (stream it below), came out last year to plenty of love from critics and fans alike. Consequence of Sound called him “a noted producer on the frontline of reinstating the timeless techno sound.” And furthermore: “During his live sets, France’s Gesaffelstein isn’t afraid to throw down a techno banger, but across his 14-track Aleph LP, there is a steadfast focus on infusing dance-floor chaos with hushed melodies, soul-piercing vocals and isolated, minimal basslines.” And before he returns to Europe, Gesaffelstein (above, his video for “Hate or Glory”) plays Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Local duo Fixed (JDH and Dave P) open the show.