TOTD // 17/02 // San Soda

Published: February 17, 2017, words by John Hardy

As half of FCL, and a solo artist in his own right, San Soda has had a significant impact on the house scene in the past decade. Some of his songs, such as FCL’s ‘Let’s Go‘ and his acapella remix of their hit ‘It’s You‘, enjoyed an almost ubiquitous presence during their contemporary time on the club circuit.

While these hits, alongside a solid discography, have meant that San Soda’s credentials as a producer are widely recognised, his skills as a selector are more underrated. However, as mixes such as his magnificent podcast for Dekmantel, he is an avid record collector whose dedication to digging more than matches his prowess in the studio. San Soda has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the lineage of the disco and house genres that he is famed for producing, but his interest goes further afield, with rare boogie, ambient electronica and afro-jazz among some of the other genres he takes a keen interest in.

His incredible record-collection has been endorsed by key industry figures, with cultural behemoths RBMA booking him for an eight hour back-to-back set with imperious collectors Hunee and Jeremy Underground in the past, displaying a belief that his taste and collection is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with the best of them.

His constant search for new music is ongoing, and for his Tracks Of The Day feature he decided to show us four releases from his four favourite labels at the minute, spanning from Dutch ambience to Nigerian jazz.

The Valley and The Mountain

Regeneration (Original Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

““Photic Fields is a great label from Nijmegen in Holland, I believe this is their last release and it has some really cool ambient bits on there.””
via youtube

Various

Ethiopian Hit Parade Vol. 1

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

““Heavenly Sweetness is one of my favourite reissue labels. They do such good work, especially love their Beach Diggin’ compilations too. The sound quality and dynamics of their releases is remarkable and puts many other ‘ripped from vinyl’/‘remastered’ reissues to shame. They prove it is possible to touch up/rework original recordings with great results, even if the original master tapes are not around anymore.””
via youtube

Kaap & Panenkov

Hereafter

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Yield is a great little cassette label, especially love this soundscape-y excerpt.”
via youtube

Various

Doin’ It In Lagos

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

““Can’t go wrong with Soundway, many African/boogie compilations out in the past year but this one is a real winner. And with this you don’t have to worry about scratching or losing an expensive original :-)””

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