This week we are joined by Spanish producer and DJ, Victor Santana, flying on the back of his brilliant System Restart EP, which is out now via EPM. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight presents.
Hailing from Spain’s capital city, Victor Santana is a name that has become synonymous with high-quality output. His own productions, many of which he has released via his Chaval Records imprint, maintain an energy across the board that ensures Santana has a strong back-catalog. His collaborations, via Chaval, are also impressive, as he joins forces with numerous big names, including Mark Broom, DJ Skull, and Orlando Voorn. April 26th saw the producer’s System Restart EP drop via EPM Records; a strong release that traverses the spectrum of techno.
The release kicks off with All Stereo Line; a mechanical track that progresses with clockwork precision. It is this likeness to mechanical workings that reminded us of Guillermo del Toro‘s masterpiece, Cronos; the top end skittering about the mix like the clockwork scarab of the aforementioned film, clambering around rumbling kicks and hissing symbols. The title may lend itself more to the notion of pulsating electronic signals, but the sound, we found, has a quality that certainly evoked images in the mind’s eye of wildly driving gears and cogs.
Mixolydian is a track that harks back to the roots of the minimal techno sound. Built around some devilishly funky drum programming, the track is packed with energy; as symbols crash with zeal, a pounding bottom end punches through, carrying upon it a transfixing synth line and bounding acid oscillations. It is this acid that segues us nicely into the rave-flecked (and amusingly titled) The Fucking Clown Stinks. Santana employs pitch-play as he works a cymbal into the ground, ushering in vocals that give the track a carnival quality, albeit with a darker edge.
The package closes out with a whopping big fat slice of the Motor City. Being the birthplace of techno, it should come as no surprise that Victor lays down an homage to the sound (especially given that he lists his location as ‘Madroit’). He does so with vigour, as My Siberian Husky drives along furiously. The kicks bounce rapidly towards a chord progression that is pure Detroit, and the build-up that takes us into the final third of the track is certainly one to pinch the nervous system and have you jittering fitfully.
You can grab your copy of Victor Santana‘s excellent System Restart EP, here, and we highly recommend that you do if you are a techno fan worth your salt. In the meantime, Victor has been kind enough to treat your ears to some serious gear, a mix laden with delights that span between minimal and warehouse-style techno, and featuring Robert Hood, Claude Young, and Oliver Way. Enjoy! Tracklist below.
01. Radio Slave feat. Danton Eeprom – ‘Grindhouse (Obscure Shape & SHDW Remix)’ (Rekids)
02. Johannes Heil – ‘By Night (Part Three)’ (Odd Even)
03. Johannes Heil – ‘EXILE 008’ (Exile)
04. Victor Santana – ‘All Stereo Line’ (EPMmusic)
05. Robert Hood – ‘The Bond We Formed’ (Soma)
06. Floorplan – ‘Never Grow Old (Mark Broom Dubplate Mix)’ (EPMmusic)
07. Ben Long – ‘Funk Everybody’ (Potential)
08. Floorplan – ‘So Glad’ (M-Plant)
09. Missing Channel (Robert Hood & Claude Young) – ‘Onslaught (FJAAK Remix)’ (FJAAK)
10. Oliver Way – ‘Bad Bwoy Tune’ (EPMmusic)