Category Archives: ilya santana

Golden Girls

Featuring : ilya santana + In Flagranti

A ’70s buxom blond screams in excited wide-eyed fear as spindly treefingers claw at her already torn underwear and the bracken mixed with glitter and confetti cracks and shatters beneath her blackened bare feet. She is escaping the In Flagranti edits forest, a dense woodland full of echoing samples spun around cobwebs by spiders with disco balls for abdomens. The rhythmic thumping/pumping of the discopic orgy at the central clearing is but a vague undulating rumble now as she reaches the satin silver river with a scaled down replica of the Golden Gate bridge connecting this land to the next – a shimmering city that resembles NY circa 1977, all the road signs written in strobing liquid neon, its permanently nite-time and everyone looks like variations on Shaft and Pam Grier, and there is a Studio 54 on every street corner where all kinds of vice is mirrored in the rain soaked pavements.

In Flagranti – Brash & Vulgar

Here be the title track from the second album from In Flagranti, destined to grace shelves and internet emporiums in March. Its porn music for cyborg sexaroids getting dirty with moustachioed lotharios in plush landscapes of wicker chairs, sheep-skin rugs, brown leatherette and colour schemes ranging from lurid yellow to passive beige by way of spectral magentas and fur-coat browns.


(Sexy image-ination voyage courtesy of Duke Tommyboy del Façade)

And here be the sexy machinations of a disco prince from a far off parallel land, Ilya Santana, whom we have had discoballs in our eyes over since the heady days of “Quasar”, a track that spiraled into our our minds like a neon millipede and forever changed the italo-disco plains located off the shoulder of Orion along with “New York Story” by Lee Douglas.

Ilya Santana – Golden Days

Swedish label Rollerboys Recordings updates the Ilya Santana catalogue with the “Epic Disco Volume 1” 12″, a compilation of disco doo-wop from the year 3000, beginning with “Golden Days”, a glorious celebration of stop/start string-drenched dramatic disco, seven point five minutes of laser guided love and caring reflected in the eyes of beautiful people looking longingly over the dazzling skyline of New York from a roof terrace in Manhattan.

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We happen Saturday nite, at the ICA Bar London, be there and be square, it may well be like “Society” vs “Resistance: Fall Of Man” with the soundtrack by John Carpenter feat. Trim as remixed by Bobby Orlando.

Do Androids dream of electric Shoggoths?

Featuring : ilya santana + Lindstrom

Its an eternal question, one that will only be answered in some synthetically sanitised dystopian future, many millennia from now, directed by Ridley Scott and starring a reanimated Kurt Russell. You heard it here first.

Ilya Santana – From Uranus To Mercurius

Ilya Santana will be one of those great synthesiser composers of the classic italo-renaissance period of the early 21st Century that will be reconstructed into powerful circuitry to record the soundtrack to this sci-fi opus.

As we can see from his most recent EP, ‘Arcanus’, Ilya Santana has the true spirit of finely tailored Italian disco coursing through his central processors, by spinning together an elegant multi-layered ode to the planets and the elegant movement between them. Many melodies interlace nicely across each other with enough reverb to keep the boosters running on cruise-control so the real power can be channelled through to the lasers that pan across the blackness of space in lines of increasingly subtle structures and pastel colouring.

In Space no-one can hear you gasp at Greatness

Lindstrom’s debut album (not counting the 12″ collection, ‘Its A Feedelity Affair’) is about to hit the disco loving world in August and it does not disappoint. Packed into these 3 grand totems of awesome motorik-balearian lullabies is enough stuttering synth shimmers and driving polymorphic basslines to saturate the listener in icy discotasms, beamed through a thousand points of light from far off planets where higher consciousnesses create landscapes of thundering metropolis with only the gift of sound.

Lindstrom – Grand Ideas

Grand Ideas indeed, an idea where Jan Hammer has assimilated ‘Ghost In The Shell’-style with the sentient robot Cerrone, and that collective ‘they’ have collaborated with John Carpenter to create a bleeping soundtrack to camo-clad mercenaries fleeing the wastelands, ever vigilant that the diseased zombie hordes are fast approaching and hungry for flesh. But at the same time this scenario is reflected in the lurid purple puddles of acid rain that have collected in the craters created by the nuclear firestorm of the old days, and in this alternate plain these zombies are now jet black panther-like liquid creatures, playfully chasing the silver suited mercenaries with the singular aim to dance they’re troubles away under the irradiated green skies.

So yeah, Lindstrom goes the way of everyone’s hero Vangelis, and creates a 3 track album that is mixed, thus creating a whole new concept for alien living – and yeah, thats the next track rumbling into existence at the end of ‘Grand Ideas’ – be good and buy ‘Where You Go I Go Too’ upon its release, look, its pretty!

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If you are in Glasgow tonight you should go to this shindig our pals from Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club are putting on, we shall be hopefully coming up for something fun soon, huzzah!