Satamile Records

Founded in 1995 by Andrew Price , Satamile has been the longest running Electro label out of NYC. Specializing in the sounds of Electro/Techno Bass, the label has released well known names such as Bolz Bolz, Umwelt, Roadking, Heuristic Audio, and many more.

 

Their first release was in 1995, with a release by Price himself as "Satamile", with the Aqua Blue 7 inch record "Just Say Yes". The label Followed up two years later with EMS' debut release "Exoplanet.Voice.Transistors" , which was then followed a year later with "Robotronic Rhythm", and included the songs "By Your Command", "Gemini", "Z.Train", and, "Close Encounters"; a bass heavy song with deranged synth stabs, classic vocoders, and otherworldly effects.

 

After a small hiatus during 1999 and 2000, the label returned in 2001 with an onslaught of releases, which included: “Satamile ( Untitled )”, “Bolz Bolz – Transatlantic Treasure”, Silicon Scally’s “The Silent Years”, “Airlocktronics – Try Saving A Dream”, and one of Decal’s most sought after releases, “Forget The 80’s”.

 

In 2002, the label published two iconic releases by two very iconic artists, Scape One, and Freezie Freekie. Scape One’s “Reclaim The Future” was a dark, but classic collection of sinister basslines, wicked soundscapes, and crisp 808 beats; while Freezie Freekie’s, “Data Sink”, was a retro-futuristic classic, soothing from one perspective, yet abstract and mesmerizing from another. The song, “Flow”, was later remixed and released as a remixes 12” on the label’s remix sub-label called, “SatRx”, and included works by Scape One, Bass Junkie, Transparent Sound, and üNN.

 

2003 would see the signing of two of the label’s most notable artists, Roadking, releasing the “Roadking E.P.”, and Bytecon, with “T-Wrex”. This year the label also released the “Autobot: Electro In The Future” compilation, which featured previously released tracks by the label’s artists, as well as a new unreleased song by Price under his Satamile pseudonym called, “Diamondnetta”.  The compilation also contained the song, “Burn From The Inside”, from what was Decal’s soon to follow 12” E.P. named after the song itself, and also contained the songs “Colussus”, and “Electric City”. That year there was also a new E.P. by E.M.S. called “Colonized, which featured the songs “Colonized”, “Ddddddd”, “Rythmus Machine”, and “Pit+Lounge_Eur.”.

 

Well on their way at this point to becoming one of the most successful labels in the early 2000’s  revival culture of what is commonly known as “Electro” music, Satamile returned in 2004 with what may possibly have been one of their most lucrative years, not just in terms of output, which was indeed the highest, but also in the quality of artists that would be released, and the effect that they would have on taking our music the next level.

 

Some returns to the label included Decal with, “Release Through Velocity”, a 2x12” album with 9 superb songs, varied in styles and moods; but nevertheless retaining Decal’s unique sound. Bytecon would also come back to Satamile with his 2ndrelease called “R.A.T.”, which featured “I-Worm Intruder”, “Land Of The Dark”, “Road To The Madness”, and “Tele-Remote”. Freezie Freekie brought you “Promise Of Technology”, and unfortunately, for those hardcore E.M.S. fans, there was the very last album by the artist so far called, “Synchronaut”. Another 2x12” album with boomin’ bass beats, twisted sequences, and abstract, yet often soothing melodic structures.

 

New artists to come on the scene this year through Satamile were Heuristic Audio with, “Death Of A Star”, which was an uncanny delivery of hypnotic synth lines, ranging from melancholic to brooding, even sinister sometimes; while some of the most precisely programmed beats exorcised your mind of anything that would now seem almost mediocre in comparison. Another legendary group that signed to the label that year was Sweden’s “The Blotnik Brothers”, with Pragmatic Response”, a 12” E.P. which included the songs “Uranium Angels”, “Ergo”, “Masheen Song”, and “Elapse Current Loop”. It was later followed up in that year with their infamous “Museful Revolution” E.P., which was a refined masterpiece full of crushing basslines, mesmerizing vocoders, and enigmatic synths and strings that seeped through every portion of this magnificent record. Songs like “Electro Manifesto”, and “Le Monde”, still reverberate through clubs and house parties alike, as timeless productions that never seize to amaze the mind.

 

This year as well, Metroneem, from Ireland, brought us the fantastic “Skip Code”. Records like this one unfortunately don’t come often enough, and as to why this artist never released on Satamile or any other label again after this incredible E.P. is beyond anyone’s imagination. The finely crafted arpeggios, the classic and uplifting strings, and devastating beats, made for a high-energy ride through soundscapes that in many ways seemed almost familiar, yet too unique to point a finger to any particular style or influence. Exzakt would also release his one and only E.P. for the label this year called, “The Second Wave”, which included the 3 songs: “The Second Wave”, “Sub.Sonic.Base”, and “End Of The Pain”.

 

2005 would prove to be in many ways as exciting, though there were far less releases published by Satamile that year. New artists to sign to the label were Umwelt, the famous French Techno and Electro Bass producer, with the “Post Humain E.P.”, one of Bass Junkie’s side projects with the infamous, Middle Men - “Tales From The Blobe” record, Boris Divider’s only appearance on the label with “Digital Mind”, as well as the legendary group, A1 People, with, “No One Likes A Smartarse E.P.”. Heuristic Audio also returned that year with the E.P. “Layers ( Light and Atmosphere )”, which included the songs “Realistic Tradition”, “Poetry Of Sound”, “Nocturne”, and “Artspeak”. Silicon Scally also published one of his most legendary Satamile releases with, “Dark Matter”, a 2x12” album featuring 9 songs full of Carl Finlow’s wildly imaginative vision of rich atmospheres, seductive melodic compositions, and mind-bending sound effects, that sent you to the furthest reaches of the cosmos in that graceful way that only this legendary artist can.

 

Two new artists to sign to the label in 2006 were Sir Real, with “Apocalyptica”, and “Lowfish”, the incredibly talented Canadian producer, with the “Persuasive Science E.P.”.  This funky 4-tracker was a delightful introduction to the label by this clever artist who consistently brings us some of the most positive music around. Other comebacks this year were Roadking’s “Roadking Is Back E.P.”, Umwelt with his 2x12” album “Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation”, The Blotnik Brothers with “Mizuage”; another iconic 2x12”, Bytecon’s “At The Robodock”, Heuristic Audio’s one and only album so far on the label, “Shaded Mind”, and finally, Middle Men’s fascinating “Splund Popper” E.P.; a 3 song 12” with menacing vibrations, vivacious synth lines, sinister vocal elements, and what has always been, simply put, the 110% innovative energy that this duo brings to the scene. A rare style to be sure, but an energy so refreshing and mystifying, it is not by accident that with only three releases, the Middle Men continue to be seen as an almost supernatural apparition that came and went, but not without leaving a legacy of what any and all should strive for in the production of Electronic music.

 

Unfortunately, by 2007, the decline of vinyl sales was becoming very evident in our scene, and one of the clearest signs was when the output by Satamile, by this point considered one of the strongest labels, would inevitably begin slow down as well. Not easily defeated however, the label still came back strong this year with some very fascinating releases. Most notable of these was perhaps Silicon Scally’s “Bioroid”, another 8 song album from the mastermind himself, that in many ways continued his legacy of sound, but did in fact begin to thrust things into overdrive with what was a heavier and grittier sound for the artist. Songs like "Thrusters", and "Nucleon", were darker, more metallic; borderlining on an Industrial sort of sound, while “Interflection”, and “Moment”, carried that enigmatic flavor that has made Carl Finlow so intriguing.

 

Another great return that year was Lowfish’s “BurnTheLightsOut”, which was yet another 2x12” release, with a beautiful jacket, even if simple in its design. 12 songs, 2 which were previously released on his last record, “Persuasive Science E.P.”, plus 10 newbies full of ingenuity and cleverness, ricocheting back and forth between the dark and moody, to the uplifting and groovy. It should also be noted that this year one new artist, Illektrolab, joined the label with his fierce and innovative “System Check” E.P., which featured the songs “3.Overdrive”, “6.Real Pimp”, “Internal Software”, and “Darkness Falling”.

 

2009 would only see the release of Bolz Bolz’s relentless, yet elegant album "Lift Going Up", on Satamile Records. Piercing, but punishing basslines, lush synth lines, witty vocals, and a fine blend of 4x4, and broken beats were enough to satisfy any label fan however, and was a warmly welcomed return from this great artist. Satamile finally came to its last release so far, which was an outstanding fresh new 12" by, “The Ghost That Walks”, from the UK. This menacing thriller of a record, with heavy bottom beats, and an incredibly mysterious array of melodies and atmospheric elements, gave you 6 eerie songs, with a seemingly eerie theme throughout called, “Angry Angels”, which featured the songs “The Angriest Angel”, “Deadly Sins”, Urban Jungle”, “The Machine”, ‘Night Time In Detroit”, and “Resident Evil”.

 

For the past few years, the label has also been running the Electro Downtempo label “Bot”, which has so far released three 12” E.P.’s by John Blackford, Ben Milstein, and Automaton. After having relocated from its longtime home base of NYC, Price moved headquarters to San Francisco, and has now relocated once again to Berlin, where word has it the label is planning on taking things to the next level; also getting back into putting together events, and helping to continue the legacy of influence that Satamile Records has had on the music over the years.  With some of the most cutting edge artists ever to be released having been discovered specifically by the label itself, its no wonder why to many, Satamile has been a pillar of strength in our scene, innovating and helping to propel the music and the artists to the future and beyond.

 

 

Written by: Santino Fernandez

Edition: 
December 2011