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".
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 ".