Founded in 1995 by Andrew Price, Satamile has been the longest running Electro label out of NYC. Specializing in the sounds of Electro Bass music, the label has released well known names such as Bolz Bolz, Umwelt, Roadking, Heuristic Audio, and many more.
Their first release was an Aqua colored 7" press by Price himself in '95 as "Satamile", with the the record "Just Say Yes". The label Followed up two years later with EMS' debut release "Exoplanet.Voice.Transistors", soon after bringing us "Robotronic Rhythm", and including the songs "By Your Command", "Gemini", "Z.Train", and, "Close Encounters".
After a small hiatus between 1999 and 2000, the label returned in 2001 with an onslaught of releases like “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 very iconic releases by two equally iconic artists, Scape One, and Freezie Freekie. Scape One’s “Reclaim The Future” on one hand was a dark, but classic collection of sinister basslines, wicked soundscapes, and crisp 808 beats; while Freezie Freekie’s “Data Sink”, delivered retro-futuristic, classic sounding, soothing, yet abstract and mesmerizing tunes. The song, “Flow”, perhaps his most well know title, 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.
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, displaying Decal’s unique sound. Bytecon would also come back to Satamile with his 2nd release called “R.A.T.”, featuring “I-Worm Intruder”, “Land Of The Dark”, “Road To The Madness”, and “Tele-Remote”. Freezie Freekie brought us “Promise Of Technology”, and unfortunately, for those hardcore E.M.S. fans out there, there was the very last album by the artist so far called, “Synchronaut”.
New artists to come on the scene this year through Satamile as well were Heuristic Audio with, “Death Of A Star”, which was an uncanny delivery of hypnotic synth lines, ranging from melancholic to brooding; even sinister at times, 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” EP which included the songs “Uranium Angels”, “Ergo”, “Masheen Song”, and “Elapse Current Loop”. It was later followed up that year with their infamous “Museful Revolution” EP, 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.
Also in 2004, "Metroneem" hailing 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 EP 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 EP for the label this year called “The Second Wave”, and included the songs: “The Second Wave”, “Sub.Sonic.Base”, and “End Of The Pain”.
Unfortunately, by the time 2007 rolled around, the decline of vinyl sales was becoming very evident in our scene, and one of the clearest signs was when 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 over the years.
By 2009, we would only see the release of Bolz Bolz’s relentless, yet elegant album "Lift Going Up". A collection of piercing, punishing basslines, lush synth lines, witty vocals, and a fine blend of 4x4, and broken beats enough to satisfy any label fan, and was a warmly welcomed return from this great artist.
Satamile Records came to its last release so far in 2012, which was an outstanding fresh new 12" by “The Ghost That Walks” from the UK. This menacing thriller of a record, with bottom-heavy beats, and an incredibly mysterious array of melodies and atmospheric elements, gave us 6 eerie songs with a seemingly eerie theme throughout called, “Angry Angels”, featuring the songs “The Angriest Angel”, “Deadly Sins”, Urban Jungle”, “The Machine”, ‘Night Time In Detroit”, and “Resident Evil”.
For the past several years, the label has also been running the Electro Downtempo label “Bot”, which has so far released 5 12” E.P.’s by John Blackford, Ben Milstein, Automaton, and Oxygenstar. Relocating from its longtime home base of NYC, Price moved headquarters to San Francisco for some time, eventually moving to Berlin, and later back to Portland, Oregon where Satamile seems to have planted deep roots since.
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 and influence in our scene, innovating and helping to propel the music and the artists to the future and beyond. Stay tuned!