Review: Valencia - Sam Paradise
This little surprise diddy is just one great example as to why digital digging can be so rewarding once you’ve trawled through the trash. The German born Sam Paradise is hardly a household name as of yet but some of the production flexes and feels that are evident on this EP are absolutely worth taking note of.
The Valencia EP title pays homage back to his work with Spanish label The Basement a killer “dealer of house music and good vibes” as they like to state. The Melbourne link here is solid with local purveyor of good vibes Kayroy also featuring on the label’s first compilation release “Terraza V.A. [TBX001]” as well as providing a picante guest mix at the start of the year.
Lead track Patacona quickly sets the mood for the rest of the release, you know that kind of mood that hits you when you’re in an Eastern Spanish seaside town. The energy Paradise has managed to exude from a song with such an ephemeral bass line is impressive and akin of his name. Between the undulating filter on the dreamy lead which breathes life into the lungs of the tune and the playful percussion there is an endearing simplicity which gives the listener room to move. Midnight Flow continues on this delicate deep house tip, slowly unfolding around the warmest of pads and guitar plucks over the course of 7 minutes.
The second half of the release packs a bit more punch as the kick/snare combo in Malvarrosa immediately increases the heart rate. Some extra funk is sprinkled onto the bass line in this number and it is equally matched with a smattering of pan flutes in the high end.
The Patacona remix by French groove-man LOG brings the funk by the bagful to round out the release. The breakdown in the bassline throws a spanner on the original that still exists symbiotically with the rest of the EP. A feeling achieved by the raw and organic inclusion of the fret noise which is so delicately noticeable on the original, but amplified and celebrated in this naughty variety.
Much like the comparison of different low-budget supermarket varieties of sangria in Valencia, there is a little bit of ‘same-same’ within the release. This is not to take anything away from what is a teasing demonstration of Sam Paradise’s individual sound. He emits an undeniable sense of joy and transcendent contemplation towards the sun kissed sands which have felt somewhat far from home these past few months.
Words: Jack Ball