SAN010 is the long-awaited compilation of tunes from Logam’s Santoku imprint. Logam has put the album together to represent the label’s sound, which it does over the course of ten tracks. Santoku was started back in 2010, dropping its first releases in 2012. All of the tracks on Signatures – Volume One have seen the light of day previously, with a selection of them having been freshly remastered
for this release. Artists on the album include Trei, Mayhem, Equivalent, who has previously released on Mayhem's Aesthetics label, as well as Hooves and Wreckage Machinery, host of the Neurosphere podcast alongside
Proceedings kick off with Trei’s Moonshine, a shimmering, glowing start which sets the LP up perfectly. As the track progresses, so does your mind and state of being. Pure flavour for the start of a new year, here is the sound of the future. Mayhem and Logam open their account with Orion, a real builder which more than encapsulates what Santoku are all about. Feel the flow, feel the rush, take off to Orion.The aforementioned Equivalent touches down with Star Dust, alongside Logam, which is swiftly followed by Trei & Hooves’ deep, dark Body & Sole. This is a headnodding voyage into the far future, with the producers as your astronomical guides. The way in which the beats lift you skywards is nothing short of lifechanging. A true highlight, on an album full of them. The vibe continues with more contributions from Mayhem & Logam (Ouroboros, Infinity and All I Do), and Logam himself (Hypnotic and Interface, both remastered).
Closing honours on SAN010, Signatures Volume One goes to Wreckage Machinery collaboration, Waves. This gentle, flowing classic is the perfect way to bring this diverse and essential collection to an end. The beats roll around a piano sample, skittering and moving around a warming bassline, with perfect drops of vocal snatches.