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  • Release Date 2010-12-27
  • Label VIVa MUSiC
  • Catalog VIVA072
VIVa MUSiC are proud to welcome two Italian heavyweights to the label. Alex Dolby & Santos have been studio partners for many years, regularly working together as a duo, or assisting each other on their own personal productions.

Having been drawn to music and influenced by the sounds of Sasha, Steve Lawler, Flavio Vecchi and Ricky Montanari, Alex had soon set up his own studio and begun to work tirelessly on production. A chance meeting with Santos, saw the two team up in the studio, and this lead to huge developments in Alex's sound.

Check most DJ's playlists today, and productions from Santos are sure to feature. His brand of driving, muscle-bound and always peaktime tech-house and techno, has seen him become very much, a go-to producer and artist. His releases and remixes for the likes of Saved, Systematic, Tronic and his own Rockets & Ponies imprint (owned together with his Mutant Clan partner Timo Maas), have ruled sets of the biggest names of late.

Together, Dolby & Santos gel perfectly. Alex's brand of melodic and emotional house, matched with with the power and polish of Santos' sound and production, results in dancefloor magic. Today's double-header for VIVa is a prime example.

"Etruria" opens with its galloping beats and wonderful percussion. Its gravelly, throat-clearing vocal sample is genius, and alongside the trumpet line and perfectly places bass filtering, helps to create a blistering production. "Urban Gate" is built completely, and expertly around its huge, dubby bassline. Percussive beats, snare rolls and a twisted vocal add the backbone, to a track that is set to blow many a speaker stack.