ITALIAN techno titan Sam Paganini continues to tease his new double album Light + Shadow’ with two more new singles.
Flash and Nocturama are out now on Sam’s Jam imprint ahead of the full long player release next month.
The latest releases follows a number of other tracks, Starlight, Overdrive, Bianca and One from the forthcoming long player.
The superb new album will be presented as six daytime orientated tracks, representing Light, and six tracks designed for clubs, which represent Shadow.
The album comes after Sam’s nearly 25 years on the underground scene headlining every major club and festival in the world from Berghain in Berlin to fabric in London and releasing a slew of techno beauties on influential labels like Drumcode, Plus 8 and Cocoon Recordings.
We caught up with Sam to mark the release of the new EP and in anticipation of the new long player, he talked us through ten electronic tracks that have had a big influence on him during his career.
Listen and read what he had to say about the music he selected below.
William Orbit – Water From A Vine Leaf
William Orbit is a great musician and one of my fav producers ever. This track comes from his “Strange Cargo III” from 1993. I became a fan since his Bass-O-Matic project, then his solo albums and the incredible work he did remixing and producing artists like Madonna, All Saints and U2, just to name a few. I really love his electronic touch on pop and rock songs.
Well, this is a perfect example on how to make a great rave tune into a mainstream success. The arrangement is perfect, a great example on how to use vocal samples.
The Orb – A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld
I’m a big fan of Ambient House, this is a masterpiece from 1990. An incredible array of samples from science fiction radio plays, nature sounds, Grace Jones and Minnie Riperton. 18 Minutes trip.
Linea Alba – Space Travel
TSOB “The sound of Belgium”. Frank De Wulf and all the other great DJ’s and musicians had a great impact on my musical training.
Underworld – Cowgirl
When an electronica’s track became a perfect dance song. The live version is even better.
Dinosaur L – Go Bang
Space funk at its best, Arthur Russell and Francois Kevorkian. Legendary.
Transformer 2 – Pacific Symphony
From 1992. A magic chord melody perfectly matched with the dance beats.
Jam & Spoon – Follow Me
They really did hi-quality productions, not only the mainstream radio hit songs, I also really loved their experimental ambient side on albums like “Tripomatic Fairytales 2002”. Their music still has a great impact on me.
Laurent Garnier – Crispy Bacon
A super classic that never gets old.
Aphex Twin – Ageispolis
I’m a huge fan of his early works, when it was more melodic and ambient. The entire classic album “Selected Ambient Works” sounds incredible.