European Techno has remained incredibly resilient through the decades. It was strong when Sam Paganini first took to the decks professionally in Italy in 1994, and it’s strong now. But, what’s refreshing to see are Techno and Tech House stalwarts like Sam Paganini, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, and Marco Carola–who’s collective experience can be measured in centuries–have invented new variations on the genre, and have imprinted their unmistakeable style onto their productions and performances.
Sam Paganini’s style is especially appealing to a rapidly evolving dance music culture because of how sexy, groovy, and downright danceable his tracks and performances are. While many traditional Techno artists would opt to drive their tracks forward by injecting percussive elements into the often spartan Techno sound designs, Sam Paganini veers off onto a more bouncy and groove-laden path. His emphasis is on the multiple uses of the Bass. Deep and satisfying, Paganini maintains momentum by playing with the bass, and this translates into an irresistible urge to shake your ass.
Sam Paganini’s most recent album Satellite was released by Techno legend Adam Beyer’s prolific label, Drumcode. Amazingly, it is also his first full length album. But, you couldn’t have asked for a better product. From start to finish, it is clear that he intends to lock you into a journey. The album is expertly constructed, and is reminiscent of the electronic dance albums of the past that saw the fluidity of the whole album as one overarching creative piece rather than a simple collection of disconnected sounds put in a random order. Each track takes on a different theme, and images of light and dark present themselves in listener’s mind. For best results, listen to the whole album in one sitting.
Drumcode artists never underwhelm and always bring the heat. You will not want to miss this Techno juggernaut.
Sam Paganini plays Exchange LA Saturday, July 18th.