It is said that an artists first collection of work is a self-portrait a surreptitious sonic glimpse into their life and soul, delving deeper than even the most intimate DJ set. Current, Santes debut album, is certainly no exception, as he invites & entices the listener in to discovering what lies beneath the surface of this enigmatic and energetic DJ and producer.
As the Berlin-based maestros own persona grows in both popularity and notoriety, and his budding AVOTRE label goes from strength to strength, the timing couldnt be better for Sante to release his sophomore LP. Over 10 future-facing tracks, Sante displays a deft production skill that manages to surpass even his reputation for raising a dance floor.
The album is rich in styles and genres, from honest, melody-drenched cuts, such as title track Intimacy, to heavier club rollers like Momentary, and the decadent groove-infused Tongue. Tracks such as Turn Up, which features vocals from Russoul, show him deftly straddling the genres of jacking house and emotive melody. All are infused with a continuous and engaging sense of rhythm, which sees Sante weave a consistent, compelling narrative through the record. Sante is a team player as anyone will know who has ever caught one of his electrifying back-to-back sets with fellow AVOTRE label mate Sidney Charles. Here we see him continue to expose his chameleonic abilities as he teams up with a number of other talents for this full-length debut, including Russoul, J.U.D.G.E and Steve Smith (from Dirty Vegas).
The album wraps up with two bonus cuts of the elegiac Awake. The best music always tugs at the heartstrings, and these tracks are true examples, aligning hypnotic keys with melancholic vocals. This low-key finale personifies Santes, and Currents insistence in never compromising on quality. Not interested in hype, but in style and value. Current is a deep insight into the artistry and imagination of a talented producer, and represents an important chapter in Santes ever-growing career.