Review: The Canary Islands' own disco don Ilya Santana has never been afraid of wearing his love for all things 80s on his sleeve, with this new two-tracker on his own Astrolead Recordings being but the latest example. 'Doublecross' is a reworking of the 1980 track of the same name by South African disco-rock fusionists Hot RS, who were best known for a disco cover of 'House Of The Rising Sun', while the synth-tastic, sci-fi-esque 'Underwater' originally featured on the 1979 long-player 'American Express' by German producer Harry Thumann, a contemporary of Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley... think 'Geoff Love at Studio 54' and you'll get the general idea!
Review: Stalwart of the nu-disco scene Ilya Santana is back this week with the sixth installment of his Edits series on his beloved Astrolead Recordings. It features the low slung Latin vibes of
"Yoruba" (Ilya Santana Extra instrumentation rework), some slo-mo balearica in the form of "Blackout" (Ilya Santana edit) through to a classic disco heater such as "Radiation" (Ilya Santana edit) and some Moroder-ish cosmic synth journeys like Magnifique".
Review: Canary Islands-based producer Ilya Santana released his great full-length The Retrowave Album last year on his very own Astrolead Recordings. He's back with the second part of the album now; the first track being "Love Savior" a neon-lit Italo disco number with an impassioned vocal that is pure bliss. There's also an featured instrumental and a remix comes from Jason Core (Feverball/Boite) who injects more dancefloor dynamics into the track by way of the rhythm department, yet retaining that terrific guitar solo.
Review: With releases on Balihu, Permanent Vacation, Rare Wiri, Eskimo and Nang, disco producer from the Canary Islands Ilya Santana is back on his beloved Astrolead Recordings with a scorching four set of disco heaters. Whether it's the dark and brooding Giallo energy of "Lost in Philadelphia" (Ilya Santana re-work) or the low slung classic funk attack of "Cryptonite" (Ilya Santana edit) he proves there's much within his sonic repertoire. Elsewhere, he takes you on a neon-lit night drive down the coast on the breezy "Geronimo" (extra instrumentation edit).
Review: Perhaps the best way to describe these three cuts from Spanish disco don Ilya Santana is to say that we're only about 99% certain he's actually made them - 1% of our brains insists he must have broken into an Italian TV studios, found a load of incidental music from an early 80s sci-fi series that never actually aired, and cheekily snuck the tracks out under his own name! Well, that or he's just been listening to a lot of John Carpenter lately... either way, if you're in the market for some classically-styled, authentic-sounding cosmic disco bizniss this week, then look no further.
Review: What better way to revisit the golden age of '80s action cinema that today could inspire remakes of classics like Cobra, Commando or Beverly Hills Cop than Ilya Santana's B Movie 1984! Taking in night driving titles like "Chase On Ocean Drive" to this album's kick starter, "Undercover Girl", here's an album that does away with any bells, whistles and effects by keeping it John Carpenter style with a touch of Gallo Italo through some inspired renditions of what made movies back then so good, product placement or not. Freezeframe!
Review: Sporting a history with labels like Chopshop, Editorial and About Disco, Mexican producer Levantine brings his sound to the HQ of Ilya Santana with this four-track Cosmic Sessions EP! Honing in on a neon-lit '80s sound the tracks here find themselves caught up between proto-electro, Italo disco and a touch of synth wave. At its most ghouly is the Goblin-esque arpeggios of "Forever Leather" next to the industrial wave and fetish disco of "La Disco Delle Tenebre". Get your break in the clouds through the spiralling and Rocky Horror show theamtics of "Passato Prossimo" with "Punk Love" getting a shade more hardcore with its spiraling synth and bassline to make Giorgio Moroder smile.
Review: Canary Islands disco legend Ilya Santana hooks up with the voice of a generation, Woolfy, for another pioneering release on the Spaniard's label, Astrolead Recordings. Combining an '80s electro vibe with touches of funk and cosmic Italo, the single brings with it a bonus instrumental version and classy uptempo remix for a heavier, industrial tip. Youch! This one's hot.
Review: Spanish nu-disco don Ilya Santana serves up four typically luxuriant, synth-drenched jams on his own Astrolead Recordings label. 'A. Lear_New York' is a slow-grinding shimmer-athon augmented by some plangent rock guitar in the mid-section, 'Going Home' goes full-on Italo/cosmic and gets seriously tripped-out as it progresses, 'Swing Africa' has the chanted Afro-style vocal you probably expect and jazz horns you might not, and finally 'Gone Rock' pushes into that under-explored territory where funk, rock and disco collide. 'Going Home' with its Levan-esque wonkery is the standout, but it's a strong EP all round from this master of the nu-disco game.