San Holo has has come quite a long way over the past four years. Having emerged onto the scene in 2014 via his debut Cosmos EP quickly followed by an explosive remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode”, the Dutch producer’s melodic trap sound immediately caught our ears and he’s been impressing us ever since. 2018 may very well be San’s best year to date though, as the bitbird boss has finally shared his highly-anticipated debut LP, album1.
“Four years ago when the melodic bass music sound was on the come up, I felt so excited. I really felt like I was doing something unique, or at least part of something bigger that was fresh and new. This feeling of doing something new and innovative is very important to me, and I kinda lost that at some point. I realized I had to reinvent my sound in order to get really excited again musically. With that in mind, I wrote album1.” – San Holo
It seems everything San has released in recent history has inevitably lead to this new direction in his sound. From emotional singles like “Light” & “I Still See Your Face” to incredible collabs with James Vincent McMorrow & Taska Black we can hear inklings of this distinctive new production style slowly bleed into one another, ultimately culminating in this beautiful new offering that is album1. As someone who studied guitar and even produced lo-fi rock under a different alias for some time, it was only a matter of time before San began to incorporate his string skills into his music and ultimately into his live performances.
“If you listen to album1 you'll probably recognize some familiar sounds, things I've kept from my past work, but for the most part album1 is new and different. I want this album to be a new kind of story, from start to finish. I want you to be able to listen to this album for yourself and create your own stories, memories and experiences linked to the music.” – San Holo
Although included on the new project are previously released singles “worthy”, “lift me from the ground”, “brighter days” “forever free”, “surface” and “voices in my head”, from soft, twinkling synth melodies, crisp warbling guitar and lush orchestral swells to wonky vocal chops and heavy 808’s, album1 is at the same time both familiar yet a completely fresh, new sound from the Dutch producer. Packed with features from frequent collaborators James Vincent McMorrow, Yvette Young, The Nicholas and many more, San Holo has gone far beyond our expectations with his new debut LP. Stream album1 in its entirety below and enjoy!