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Techno Therapy: Sam Paganini

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Fresh off appearances at Awakenings and Guendalina in Italy, Sam Paganini will be gracing the decks with a four hour set at Exchange LA this Saturday. He’s among many artists from Italy that have developed their own signature style of groovy techno, and has developed a deep understanding of the dance floor over the years.

Throughout his career, Sam Paganini has released EP’s and albums on esteemed techno labels such as Cocoon Recordings, Drumcode, and Octopus Records, and to honor his trip to Los Angeles we’ve picked three various releases from his techno catalog.

Enjoy the mid-week grooves and make sure to catch his extended set at Exchange LA this Saturday, July 18th.

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Cocoon N

Sam Paganini – Labyrinth (Original Mix)

Labyrinth is a heady techno groover that found it’s way onto Cocoon Recording’s Compilation N. Sam Paganini elevates his creative and technical ability in Labyrinth and achieves electronic complexities that keep the mind and body locked in. The groove often associated with his Drumcode releases are the perfect compliment to the distorted chords that occupy the arrangement.

Released: September 8th, 2014
Purchase: Beatport

ChocolateSam Paganini – Chocolate (Original Mix)

In addition to being a regular on Cocoon, Sam Paganini has also found a welcoming home on Drumcode with groovy mainroom techno being his specialty. Chocolate gives us some insight into his sound as a Drumcode artist, showing his tight control over the various elements within the track. Even with a dominant groove Sam Paganini still recognizes the subtleties that make the track a cohesive arrangement.

Released: October 14th, 2013
Purchase: Beatport

OctopusSian – Famous Child Actor (Sam Paganini Remix)

Sam Paganini stepped up to the plate to deliver this remix for Octopus Records head honcho, Sian. Like he does so well, Famous Child Actor is a serious slab of groovy techno. It chugs along at a steady pace while continually layering and evolving into a mainroom weapon. Essentially…it’s the track that would be best served up on the Space Terrace during a Drumcode marathon, but hearing it on the Funktion One at Exchange LA is not a bad alternative.

Released: May 6th, 2013
Purchase: Beatport

Sven Vath 2015 Essential Mix

Sven Vath live

“When I was asked to do this Essential Mix I thought it might be something special to compile a selection of tracks from my label Cocoon Recordings. You’ll hear old stuff, current releases and some unreleased music which will be out soon.” – Sven Vath

Essential mixes for BBC are a milestone achievement in this industry, and are treated with the upmost respect. This past Fourth of July weekend, Sven Vath took to the BBC Radio 1 airwaves to deliver an essential mix encompassing the vast catalog of his label, Cocoon Recordings.

For the Cocoon edition of his Essential Mix, Papa Sven broke out tracks from artists such as Sascha Dive, Uner, Luca Ballerini, Daniel Stefanik, and even Boys Noize. The two hour essential mix is a complete testament to both Sven Vath and his beloved Cocoon Recordings, and needless to say is a musical journey that is well worth your complete and undivided attention. Techno and house at it’s absolute finest from one of the legends.

Various uploads of Sven Vath’s Essential Mix have started to surface, and can also be heard directly on the BBC Website until early August.

Sven Vath Essential Mix Tracklist

Minilouge – Atoms with Curiosity That Looks At Itself And Wonder Why It Wonders
Guido Schneider & André Galluzzi – Mario
Uner – Monamen
Dana Ruh – If You Don’t Know a Name
Sascha Dive – Werewolf
Traumer – Kiraf
Boys Noize – Adonis
Ilario Alicante – Thera (Steve Rachmad Remix)
Markus Suckut & Heil – Souls
Tom Demac – Axel Foley
Phil Kieran – Wasps Under My Toyboat (Planetary Assault System Remix)
Alex Bau – On Synth
Daniel Stefanik – Acid Track
Dast – Paranormal Effect
Alan Fitzpatrick – Truant
Gregor Tresher – About a Good Place
Sven Vath – Ritual of Life (Adam Port 108 Mix)
Luca Ballerini – Impressions of a Dawn (Alba in 4/4)
Tim Green – Eclipse