Review: Sam Paganini returns to his Jam label with three tough, effective club tracks. "Viper" is based on rolling drums, intense, doubled-up claps and a frazzled electronic bass. By contrast, "Volt" is more stripped back and metallic, taking inspiration from 90s minimalism. Against this backdrop, the label boss adds in arcing acid lines and woozy synth builds. Paganini changes tact for the title track: upping the pace, he drops visceral kicks and rave-friendly siren riffs that will cause mayhem, no matter when and where this track is played. It makes for an impressive return from one of modern techno's most popular artists.
Review: After releasing music by Giacomo Renzi and Flug in 2018, Jam now provides the platform for its owner, Sam Paganini to put out new material. This release shows two quite different sides to the Italian producer's sound: "Astro" is a rolling house groove, led by deep chords, lively stabs and peppered with the kind of insistent vocal samples that were common on mid-90s New York house records. On the flip, he moves into a different territory; inspired by the early 90s hardcore and rave sound of European techno, "Pulse" features splurging acid lines, rolling snares and wild rave sirens - underpinned by the kind of juggernaut rhythm that will appeal to fans of Emanuel Top and The Mover.
Review: Despite boasting a discography that stretches all the way back to 1994, Italian techno stalwart Sam Paganini has tended to shy away from the full-length format. Zenith is only his third album to date, and his first since the Drumcode-released Satellite in 2014. While largely dancefloor-focused, it's perhaps a little more varied and far-sighted than some may expect. Thrusting but rubbery club techno workouts (see the tribal-tinged "Elevator", moody "Komet" and bombastic "Hypnotise") are joined by more cerebral cuts that variously touch on Pete Namlook style ambient ("Alone"), French Touch synth-pop ("Plastique"), dreamy broken house ("Moonless") and punchy acid-electro ('Frozen").
Review: Italian legend Sam Paganini is back with another peak time techno weapon which newly inaugurates his new JAM imprint. The first track entitled "Desire" is the kind of relentless and pummeling fury that his seen him release several times on Adam Beyer's esteemed Drumcode imprint and is even complimented with some euphoric '90's rave organs to boot. It's a much more tunneling and hypnotic affair for the late night on the adrenalised "Mercury" which will have you surrendering to the strobe lit void in no time. Trance inducing synth loops and the good ol' claps on the kick take their cues from the legendary Robert Hood: but done quite stylishly.
Review: Graham delivers his annual state of the trance nation address and it's far removed from the glowstick-led buffoonery of mainstream EDM iterations of the sound. If anything, this collection has a closer connection to techno than tie-dye melodies. Solid Stone, one of Graham's favourite acts, appear a number of times here and impress most with the billowing chords and snaking pulses of "Absolute" and the floaty, icy synths of "Blink". Elsewhere, Graham shows his progressive house roots with the excellent tough drums and insistent filters of Chicola & Sahar Z's " They Made Me Do It" and veers into tougher techno territories on the pummelling tribal rhythm of Alex Di Stefano 's "Black Panther ".
Review: While albums have never been the focus of most techno producers' careers, it's still surprising to find that Satellite is Sam Paganini's first full length. Given that veteran Italian producer released his first 12" back in 1994, it's been a long time coming. Happily, Paganini has decided to stick to what he does best, filling Satellite with the kind of throbbing, floor-friendly tackle with which he's becoming accustomed. Of course, there's plenty of variety within that, from the rave-inclined pump of the Dubfire-ish "Down" and smooth, deep house-influenced sweetness of "Silver Panorama", to the cacophonous jazz fills and thunderouds bottom end of "Lotus" and deliciously melodious "Sunflower".