As spring finally hits the shores of the UK we find ourselves wanting music that soundtracks the warmer weather vibes. The debut album from “the darlings of electro-pop” Satin Jackets, released on April 8th on Belgium imprint Eskimo Recordings, provides just that. On ‘Panorama Pacifico’ the German duo – producer Tim Bernhardt and performer Den Ishu – have managed to produce a sound synonymous with summer. It’s an album full to the brim of tropical synths and dreamy vocals, deftly weaving an infectious sound of “diva funk and smooth disco”.
Bernhardt began producing under the moniker of Satin Jackets five years ago, a name that he says is a nod to “the 80s touch to the music….it’s a reference to something fancy…I thought [it] fits the music well”. The titular track Feel Good feat. Scavenger Hunt is a re-edit of an older track, You Make Me Feel Good, which also features on the album. “There was no way we could do the new album and not have this song on there,” Tim tells us from his studio out in the West German countryside.
The producer describes making the album as “a bit of journey” as it features a string of talented guest vocalists from across the globe. Say You feat. Kids At Midnight strikes the right balance between “being pop and being smooth and emotional. You can dance to it and [also] just chill”.
As far as collaborations are concerned, Bernhardt isn’t into chasing any big names. “I try to pick out talents and work with people that I personally have a connection with…it’s more important to me than just having a big name one there.” This is true with new kid on the block IsaacO who features on Keep Moving On. Bernhardt came across the Brummy wordsmith’s music and “sent him an email and we [just] clicked”.
What’s next for Satin Jackets? “I’m going to do a video shoot in Berlin in a few days for Feel Good. There’ll be two remixes [of that track]….then there’s the big U.S tour in May. After that I guess I’ll start working on new material.”
Whilst certain labels and producers have managed to make the current “tropical house” theme a somewhat trashy trend, Satin Jackets manage to produce an authentic sound that has the right balance between pop and dance.
Keep your ears to the ground for new material here.