2020 Nov 29     
2 Bit Thugs

Madrid's Rafa Santos drops a four-track EP on his own MATE label

Madrid house stalwart Rafa Santos launched his MATE label last year. Now, six releases in, he serves up his first full solo EP for the label – and it's a killer.

High Voltage is up first, a warm n' dreamy late-night deep houser with pads that just don't stop, micro string stabs, a bassline you could swim in and cut-up diva vox. That's followed by My Life Is A Bassline, a slightly sparser, dubbier cut sporting another female vocal, before we flip to the B where you'll find Back To The Dancefloor and Just One Way – a pair of proper deep, raw Jersey bumpers, you know, the way we used to…

If pushed then Just One Way and High Voltage nudge it for me here, but this is very classy stuff all round – go seek!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 23 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: Rafa Santos, MATE, deep house, deep garage, US garage