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.
Review: Legendary Canary Islands producer Ilya Santana recognised for his constant stream of releases on labels like Nang, Porn Wax and Eskimo returns to Astrolead Recordings for a second release in "Won't Look Back". Merging Italo and baerlic themes with a touch new wave and madchester guitars, Santana sends in a star-sailing synth progression graced by the slightest touches of a cosmic disco, slowed down, made lo-fi and chugged out New Order style by Throne Of Bloods always solid Hardway Brothers.
Review: Hailing from the Canary Islands, disco producer Ilya Santana is the owner of Astrolead Recordings. He has also released on labels as diverse as Nang, Permanent Vacation, Eskimo and even Daniel Wang's Balihu over the years. On the first edition of 'Astrolead Edits Hits' he selects his best re-rubs of disco, funk and rare groove from his back catalogue. There's a Frank Farian vibe on the sensual "Astromachine" taken from last year's Space Delights EP, a neon-lit boogie down vibe on the slo-mo groove of "Fog" and a rather familiar hook on the powerful disco inferno of "Running".