L.A. Unheard: Fabian won't 'Say Goodbye' to dance music
The band: Fabian, Los Angeles native and electronic music producer Fabian Ordorica
The sound: On his recently released debut full-length, “Say Goodbye,” Fabian draws from a deep well of classic electronic sounds, with heavy doses of Gallic flavor. Tracks such as “Game Theory” evoke today’s '80s synth-revivalist Kavinsky, while “Starlight Love” clearly traces its lineage to Daft Punk’s disco and synth-pop inspired “Discovery” era. The pulsating rhythm of “Heatwave” recalls French House maestros Alan Braxe and Fred Falke.
While the influences might be easy to recall, Fabian’s deft ear for melody and attention to detail in the mastering elevate his tracks above empty dance floor calories into multiple-listen territory. And on album standout and first single “Last Flight,” Fabian melds his funkiest bass line with an inescapably catchy vocal hook to craft a shimmery jewel of a pop song -- it might not be heavy, but it shines bright.
The random: After growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Fabian moved into Hollywood in his early '20s, where he lived in an old recording studio, Hollywood Sound, and worked for Bryce Wilson of the '90s R&B duo Groove Theory.
The details: “Say Goodbye” was released on L.A.’s own Binary Records on Sept. 5, with the “Last Flight” EP released Aug. 22, with remixes from Justin Faust, Reset! and French Horn Rebellion. If you’re in Vegas, Fabian will be DJing at Pure Nightclub with fellow synthesizer enthusiast the Kids Are Radioactive on Thursday.
The music: Hear "Last Flight" below.
-- Daniel Siegal
Photo: L.A. producer Fabian explores the dance music world. Credit: Binary Records