After numerous EPs released under the name of Funkineven, Steven Julien decided to take a step further this year by releasing this LP under his birth name.
He is also known to be the head and founder of Apron Records where he shares his vision with established artists but also newcomers like Shanti Celeste, Brassfoot, Delroy Edwards or Greg Beato just to name a few.
The LP format is often known to be a tricky exercise for club producers who have only released short EPs focused on the dancefloor. In this case, Steven accomplished it brilliantly, switching between club tracks (Jedi, Kingdom, XL) but not only. He manages to still keep it interesting by mixing it with other of his influences.
Steven uses different technics, that are not new to his music if you are familiar with his work. We can hear some nice Rhodes chords on Chantel, while Reficul, Disciple or Marie are him jamming on his effected and distorted drum machines and synthesizer with simple but effective arrangements.
XL or Chantel proves also his ability to work with samples while creating an original MPC groove on it, adding this certain warmth.
Fallen can’t be categorized into a failed attempt for a club producer to make an album – on the opposite, it wouldn’t be surprising if you found yourself listening to it at various time of the day.
The progression settled during the whole album can be seen as a journey – just as the artwork and the feature film realized by Steven himself may suggest.