It is said that an artist’s 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’, Santé’s 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 maestro’s own persona grows in both popularity and notoriety, and his budding AVOTRE label goes from strength to strength, the timing couldn’t be better for Santé to release his sophomore LP. Over 10 future-facing tracks, Santé displays a deft production skill that manages to surpass even his reputation for raising a dance floor.

Santé - Current (AVOTRE)

Santé – Current (AVOTRE)

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 Santé weave a consistent, compelling narrative through the record.

Santé 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 Santé’s, and ‘Current’s 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 Santé’s ever-growing career.

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