Born in Chile, now based in London via way of Bristol, Shanti Celeste has spent the past half decade becoming a staple amongst eclectic UK dance music. The recent release of her debut album, the ten track Tangerine, delivers a record that’s bursting at the seams with quality, for a Detroit meets Bristol afterparty soundtrack. Whether it’s the electro-leaning tightness of the drum production, or the dreamy ambience that comes and goes throughout the tracklist, the album is clear cut evidence
of Celeste’s progression as an artist. “When I made music for EPs, sometimes I felt restricted, I would think too much about creating the moments on the dancefloor I love, I didn’t give myself free reign to express all of myself. Writing an album made me feel free of all this.” Tempo’s range from the mids 80’s all the way through to 140bpm, there’s sampled instruments from her Father in Chile and some tracks that feature no drums at all, it really is a product of relentless experimentation and artistic freedom, the album she wanted to make, not the one the rulebook told her to.
Where to start:
‘Infinitas’ – Stiff drums and free flowing synth melodies
‘Want’ – Crunchy breaks, organ leads and a driving low end
‘Sesame’ – Deeply rhythmic, fast moving club bouncer
Previous from Shanti Celeste:
Universal Glow EP (2014, Broadwalk Records)
Soba Dance EP (2019, Peach Discs)
If you like this then check out:
DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From U (2017, Lobster Theremin)
O’Flynn – Aletheia (2019, Silver Bear Recordings)
Shanti Celeste – Tangerine is out now on Peach Discs.