Versatile Parisian Electronic producer and label head Kasztan released his new single, ‘Mzella’, on the 9th of December via Stemina Recordings. Notably, the single premiered on Electronic Groove. After releasing two consecutive singles, ‘Working Together’ as well as his collaboration with French producer HAELIUM titled ‘DOR’, the producer unveils his third record under the Stemina Recordings label, which he founded alongside his manager. Continuing to gain press attention, the producer has earned support from industry tastemaker publications CLASH Magazine, Stereofox, Magnetic Magazine, 6AM Group, MusicTech, Decoded Magazine, among others. Furthermore, the new single is reminiscent of Bicep, Four Tet, Floating Points, and Ross from Friends.
Kasztan describes the creation of his latest record: “Originally it was a very different track, which I totally stripped down to keep only the haunting vocal hook around which I rebuilt everything. There was such a mesmerizing, almost shamanic quality to these voices that they called for a straighter beat than what I usually make. Add the old-school piano on top, and you get a fairly timeless and unifying vibe. The name Mzella doesn’t mean anything, it’s just what you hear or hum along.”
Possessed by entrancing rhythms, Kasztan’s new single ‘Mzella’ is best described as tribal and instinctive. Pulsing with energy, the arrangement builds from a minimalistic beginning to a fervent climax, captivating the body. Driving the productions forward, a wordless vocal cries out, calling to something primal and deep, making for a potent listening experience.
Pierre-Marie, also known as Kasztan, was born and raised in Nice, France where he and his brother launched their first post-rock band A Red Season Shade. Having released two successful albums, the pair caught the attention of fellow French musician Anthony Gonzalez from M83 who subsequently asked Pierre to play guitar and keyboard as part of the live band for the Saturdays = Youth tour. Pierre-Marie signed his debut album, under the STAL alias, with Arista/Sony Music. He has also written bespoke music for commercials, signed a soundtrack for The Illusionists documentary, and won an award for his contribution to an animated short film. Pierre-Marie lists Moderat, Mogwai, and Rival Consoles as his major influences.