German producer and DJ Philipp Maier, better known as Santé, has released his third EP (on yet another label) in the last two months. We’ve not yet forgotten Santé’s other recent EPs – Do You Wanna on Desolat and This is House on Lo:Rise — both stellar examples of a totally classic house sound. The Surrender EP is out this week on Audiofly’s Supernature label, and true to other releases from this camp, the EP pursues a deeper underground house sound in a subtle way.
The lead track “Surrender” — a collaboration with vocalist Ben King — weaves in and out of bouncing grooves while its dubbed counterpart replaces King’s vocals with exaggerated drum, bass, and reverb.”Think of You” (somewhat surprisingly) samples Mariah Carey’s vocals and slowly builds into an extended percussive break, continuing Santé along the path towards a perfect house track. What we probably got most excited about on this EP, however, was Fur Coat’s take on “Surrender.” The remix really highlights the sinister tone of King’s vocals and leaves the listener anxious all the way through the track. Listen and purchase after the jump.