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New Album From SLAM - Reverse Proceed

Friday, 24th October 2014

Electronic music pioneers Slam return to their home base of Soma with their brand new album, Reverse Proceed.

After tireless months in the studio, the Glaswegian duo are ready to unleash what is easily their best body of work to date. Not only does this album capture where the two are at musically at the moment but is an extension of their unending fascination with all things Electronic. Lending their 22 years of experience to this new project, Slam have delved into the past for inspiration whilst simultaneously heralding future technologies in the production process. Conceptually, Slam wanted to have the human experience in mind when recording and to base the architecture of the album around ‘the sequence’. This led them to a locally built hardware sequencer called the ‘Sequentix Cirklon’ that became the heart of the album. Allowing them to access older machines and also a modern modular synth setup simultaneously, Stuart & Orde merged live manipulation and recording techniques to full potential to bring a soul to the album.

Reverse Proceed is more than an album; it is a well-defined experience built on the principle of the sequence. Having been meticulously woven together to create a seamless listening environment, Reverse Proceed aims to capture the audience and guide them through the sonic landscape of the album. This method allowed Slam to fully explore the concept of the album being more than just a collection of tracks but rather a thoroughly immersible piece.

With this concept in mind, the album's opening drifts in over the course of several tracks as the malevolent Tokyo Subway opens what is the ambient first third of the album. Tension is built through sweeping pads and dubbed out synths leading perfectly into the more delicate Visual Capture where a sea of field recorded rain splashes over subtle bell tones and dream-state strings. Title track Reverse Proceed begins with intensity as pulsing sub bass fills the void with yet more time induced percussive fluctuations though synthesis, the haunting pads giving more depth to this deep, evolving track. The hardware at the center of the album takes hold now as Cirklon Bells brings a slight edge of melancholy to proceedings. It's natural hang-drum-esq sounds permeate as various layers are perfectly sequenced, breathing life into the track with each touch.

Heavenly pads bring Synchronicity into existence as we hear the first semblance of a 4/4 make its way out of the depths of the ambience. Stuttered percussion and fast paced, filtered synthetic tones give an almost unnatural rhythm whilst holding momentum firmly. A definite step up begins here as Ghosts Of Detroit stamps that typical Slam sound on the album. This ode to the motor city see an almighty melodic upheaval as tones begin to form complete harmonious coexistence and the album sees the shift onto a more dance floor orientated state of being, complete with blueprint style kick-sub bass conformity.

The ethereal interlude of Relevant Question proves to be little rest bite as Pattern A3 stomps in with flourishing modular based sequential tones and sparse, kicking 909 drums, the albums defining heads down Techno moment. Tweeked out, delayed and cerebral, Factory Music continues on perfectly as yet more off kilter sequences makes heads spin with it's subtle use of FX and crisp percussion. The wail of Convolute keeps things in check as discord swells enough to keep you ready for the solid and hypnotic Catacoustics. Dark and brooding it sets the tone for Irritant with its broken beat and roomy percussion riding spaced out, otherworldly forces. The easily recognisable Rotary helps see the album out with it's elastic synths and driving rhythms showing Slam's credentials as straight up dance floor killers. As we finally wind down from the journey we are brought into great depths with the sublime Resolved. A fitting title to end to what is the climax of this multi-faceted album.

Slam have always brought new meaning to the world of techno and electronic music over the years and have been instrumental in some of its defining moments over their careers. Modern Techno albums come and go but with a clear vision of what they wanted to bring to the table, the dynamic duo of Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle have once again raised the bar for the world of techno.


Soma Records @ ADE Friday, 17 October

Monday, 13th October 2014

Soma Records will be at ADE 2014 bringing you the upcoming brand new Slam album release. The album - Reverse Proceed - is due out on 27 October.

Streaming live on Be At TV, we will bring you SLAM, Rebekah, Clouds and Truncate. The party kicks off on Friday, 17 October. All information can be found here:

http://www.be-at.tv/brands/macloud-studio/ade-2014-slam-reverse-proceed-album-launch


Slam - Pattern A3

Monday, 22nd September 2014

Out now in Soma & Beatport stores and 29 September everywhere else.

The first single to be taken from Slam’s truly astounding upcoming album - Reverse Proceed - sees the hypnotic Pattern A3. Some of techno's biggest and brightest new stars also add their own takes on the track to this EP.
With the album built around the concept of varying sequences, it’s fitting that the first single be given such an apt name.


Jeff Derringer - Panic (Mike Parker Remix)

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

Jeff Derringer's debut EP on Soma is available on both digital and 12" formats.

Another new face graces the halls of Soma’s roster as American based Techno artist Jeff Derringer make a blistering debut with Panic. Jeff weighs in with 2 top-notch hypnotic Techno tracks and we also welcome a debut on Soma from the incomparable Mike Parker who whips up his usual storm of sound on his remix of title track Panic.

No time is wasted as the EP open with all guns blazing. Staccato synth hooks loop out of control as buzzing percussion fuels the fire within this track. Bent out bass and sub aquatic pings keep this track rooted in the depths of unrelenting Techno.

Fellow American Mike Parker follows up Jeff’s onslaught with his completely unique version of Techno. A solid 909 kick is warped beyond reality with looped out, frenzied synths that only Mike seems to be able to control. Percussive blips give rise to Mike’s intentions within this remix as he keeps it dark and turbulent.

Panic Attack closes the EP with a little lighter edge as big chords permeate thunderous low end and dubbed out percussion. Building slowly, Jeff creates the perfect tension needed to deliver the goods and a subtle break in the flow gives rise to a devastatingly effective deep techno track.

Soma are proud to welcome an already well established artist to the roster and one that fits perfectly with the new drive of the label


Secluded - Proceed (Samuel L Session Remix)

Monday, 28th July 2014

Out now! Secluded (aka Hans Bouffmhyre) brings his third EP to Soma. Digital only.

Glasgow’s own Hans Bouffmhyre returns for his third outing on Soma under his Secluded EP with Proceed. Aimed more at the deeper end of Techno, the young producer keeps things dark and heavy with this alias and is no stranger to top notch Techno releasing a multitude of big room numbers though his own prolific Sleaze label among others. Proceed serves up two more chord driven monsters backed with an incredible Samuel L Session remix.

Secluded’s original version of Proceed gets things moving at an incredible pace as earth shattering drums rock in but almost instantly Secluded shows the deeper side this alias is known for as space like pads bring things back down to earth with rhythmic stabs keeps everything in check. Slowly the build begins in Detroit-esq minimalistic fashion before ride cymbals crash in, taking things up a notch. Proceed retains a solid groove throughout and really opens the EP with intent.

Focus serves up yet more delectable deep Techno with more emphasis on big, powerful chords. An effective DJ tool, Secluded works in slashing percussion to great effect while the distinctive chords keep the track driving through big drops.

Masterful Swedish producer Samuel L Session, who is no stranger to Soma, turns in a suitably big remix on Proceed. Samuel’s unique production style is quick off the mark as big and bouncing low end makes way to looped out, resonating chords that gently sweep their way in allowing subtle percussion the space needed to keep thing flowing rhythmically. Samuel really makes this remix his own with his refined production and delicate builds.

Another Storming EP form the young Glasgow based producer who looks to be taking his Secluded live show on the road very soon


Roberto Clementi - Lord Pole

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Roberto Clementi just release his debut album on Soma Records. Following on from that is the Lord Pole EP. It is a digital only release and is out now.

Roberto Clementi has firmly cemented himself in the Soma hall of fame. His debut album has been doing the damage as his signature meld of deep, trippy Techno & Electronics washes over the globe he is back with yet more of his top drawer production. Clementi toughens up this time with Lordpole that gently glides between the worlds of Dub & Techno. We are also happy to see a debut on Soma from one half of Edinburgh born techno outfit Forward Strategy Group, Patrick Walker.

Title track Lordpole is a typically chord driven, sub bass monster from Clementi. His perfectly crafted stabs are overlaid with just the perfect amount of reverb and delay to bring them to life, reminiscent of early Chain Reaction dub infectious melody. Roberto keeps the momentum going through pulsing kicks and razor sharp percussion

FSG’s Patrick Walker steps up next with his interpretation of Lorpole and keeps the vibe on the up and up! Clementi’s original is given a proper Techno workout by the Edinburgh native as he produces an all out stomp. The chords become more punishing and the percussion more subtle and a rocking kick drum destroys anything in its path.

The EP is rounded off in perfect fashion as Roberto drops things down with the Dub Techno excursion of Didier. Tripped out synths and pads melt slowly around the track as pulsing sub bass round off the bottom end keeping a tightly produced deep Techno track in tow. Again, Clementi’s subtle use of percussion gives this a perfect late night or early morning vibe but this track is made by his expert use of effects on the synths. Swathes of reverb and delay produce perfect rhythmic elements in this understated EP closer

Clementi never ceases to strive for perfection in his productions and balances his love of deep, organic music with more edgy Techno elements perfectly.


Woo York - I Am Against (inc Phase remix)

Tuesday, 1st July 2014

Following their ongoing relationship with Soma Records, Ukrainian duo Woo York are set to release their new record that proves to be somewhat representative of recent dramatic events in their country. Entitled I Am Against, both the main track and the EP itself are referring to the developments that lead to revolutionary struggle of the Ukrainian people. Fighting inequality, saying what you have to say and doing what you have to do seem to be the core ideas of the record. You might have figured that out yourself by spotting a rebel protester from January’s clash with riot police depicted on the record sleeve. The EP also features a special remix from UK Techno producer, Ø [Phase].

Music-wise the EP presents the same idea: the epic energy of the title track highlights the drive that was fuelling peaceful individuals to go out onto the streets and fight for their rights. An excellent remix from Ø [Phase] follows a similar path, although in its own original way that has made the UK-based artist’s name associated with the finest techno to date. Closing the EP ‘In The End’ is a more abstract side of Woo York’s music works that reminds us once again: every single act of violence is bound to come to an end at some point.


Charles Fenckler - Program EP

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Second EP on Soma for Charles Fenckler is released
on 16 on Soma & Beatport stores and 30 June everywhere else.


Slam - Rotarty / Catacoustics

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Slam - Rotary / Catacoustics.
Coming soon on digital and vinyl...


Clouds - Boys on E. Terriers

Tuesday, 27th May 2014

Following Complete Control is the second release on Soma for Scottish duo, Clouds - Boys on E. Terriers. This three track EP is released on 26 May on Soma & Beatport stores and 9 June everywhere else.

Scottish duo Clouds return to Soma after their devastating debut on the label last year with Complete Control. Once again the youngsters have served up 3 hammering tracks as they continue their attack on the Techno world, Boys On E. Terriers shows why Clouds are consider one of the most up and coming players in electronic music.

Teenage Boy opens the EP with crunching, stomping loops which over time clunk together into a tasty broken beat loop, propelling itself with rocket powered snares and hi hats leading to one almighty synth hook. The track really goes hell bound when Clouds let rip their signature rave-esq sound with images of firefights above dystopian cities as rip roaring drums are shredded by the wild, distorted synth line.

Elevator Girl keeps things running in a similar fashion. A little more for-four than it’s predecessor but just as ferocious. Heavily distorted drums punch in, moving at lightning speed as looped out vocal cuts keep a hypnotic vibe. Pure punishment is the order of the day with Elevator Girl as clanking percussion bounces around the track while pulsing samples wail their way in the background. Not for the faint hearted.

The imaginatively titled Genista Cave 4 rounds of the EP with yet more full on abrasive sounds from Clouds. Stuttered vocal cuts sit over a thumping loop and the tracks rolls quickly into full swing dropping quickly into full on kick drum mayhem slaughtered by rattling percussion.

The two little terrors are carving their way through Techno at the moment with their cacophony of distorted beats and ferocious production skill.


Funk D'Void - Pepis

Wednesday, 21st May 2014

Funk D'Void's back on Soma with his first original material in seven years! Out now on Soma & Beatport stores and 2 June everywhere else.


Back on Soma with an almighty bang, legendary producer Funk D’Void returns with his first original, solo material in 7 years with Pepis. Forever held in the highest of regards, Lars Sandberg is one of the most influential DJs/Producers to come from the early ranks of Soma’s roster with a glowing list of past credits. With his latest offering, Pepis, FdV ups his game even more and delivers a rocking house track, soaked in his signature style. The EP is further bolstered by a jacked up remix from Boys Noize’s Strip Steve and things take a heavier edge as Miki Craven turns in a banging Techno remix.

Kicking off a straight up party vibe, Lars’ bouncing percussion keeps the groove as lazer like stabs and pads sweep though over the top of the track’s infectious, melodic lead. Going into the break, Lars uses a perfectly toned sample that gives Pepis a real summer vibe dropping the drums to devastating effect. This track is a shining example of Funk D’Void’s intimate knowledge of what will immediately funk up a dance floor.

French born, Berlin based Strip Steve steps up with his remix next and immediately hits the ground running. Picking up the pace a little compared to the original he adds a more ‘Chicago’ feel to the tracks, chopping up the lead and bringing more of a jacking feel to the percussion. Quirky breaks in the drums keep the track flowing nicely as claps and snares flourish with woodblocks giving it that old school feel.

Miki Craven polishes off the EP with a completely stripped back Techno version. Big heavy subs and kicks are the order of business here as a pretty punishing loop belts out from the beginning. Miki works some of the vocal cuts that hover around the backbone of the tracks as cutting high-end percussion keeps the track rattling. Miki lightens things momentarily as he works in the original stabs whilst keeping his version in the Techno tool division.

Nothing makes us smile more than having one of the greatest names in Soma’s history making his comeback and showing why he will always be held in hearts and dance floors across the world.


Roberto Clementi - N Lights

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Roberto Clementi's debut album on Soma is available for pre-order now and released on 26 May.


Lewis Fautzi - Range

Monday, 28th April 2014

The next EP following Lewis Fautzi's debut album on Soma is the Range EP. The EP features a remix from Glasgow producer, Deepbass.

Following on from Lewis’ storming debut album and a release that see’s Soma soar past the 400 releases mark, we proudly bring you the 2nd single Range including a sub heavy remix from Glasgow based producer Deepbass. Lewis has been on top form of late and his album has found it’s way into some of Techno’s biggest players. With its steely, uncompromising vision of Techno, the young Portuguese producer is stamping his claim to be one of the scenes brightest prospects.

Taken from the album, Range fits the definition of that perfect dance floor tool. Earth shattering drums power this behemoth of a track as metallic percussion aim to crush. The track is pinned together by a haunting, looped of melody that further adds to this tracks dominance.

Glasgow based producer Deepbass who has seen recent success through his own Informa Records takes on Range and seals it with his signature deep and pulsing sound. Rolling out the sub bass for this, the young Glaswegian goes in hard with punishing percussion form the start adding his ethereal soundscapes to the already mysterious melody of Lewis’ original idea.

The EP is rounded off by an exclusive track Astronauts and Lewis once again shows his deeper side with this pounding, dark techno offering. Noise pulsing throughout, this track pushes the boundaries as distant electronics float around in the space between.


Roberto Clementi - Marble

Tuesday, 1st April 2014

In the lead up to Roberto Clementi's debut album on Soma, comes his next single - Marble - a unique blend of techno, dub and electronics.
Available for pre-order now.

Roberto Clementi is back and the in form Italian producer is ready to rock dancefloors once again with his unique blend of Techno, Dub & Electronics in the Marble EP. Roberto’s debut album N Lights is just on the horizon and this single leads perfectly into it after Januarys epic When You [inc Par Grindvik remix].

Marble is the perfect opener to this EP. A kick heavy, grooved out number cut open with crisp hi hats and taken to another level with stunningly executed stabs. Roberto layer the track with just a hit of ethereal pads, hinting at distant plains. This is one of Roberto’s more full on tracks and he really makes it work with ease whilst retaining his style.

BYP drops things down a notch as sub heavy beats roll in to start what is another fine addition to Roberto’s repertoire. His signature grooving beats are packed by subtle changes in percussive patterns and sudden flourishes of reverb flooded synths with chopping hi hats picking the pace up toward the end. Roberto has a knack for making real end of the night Techno and this fits that bracket perfectly.

Rounding things off is the electronica driven Kermesse. Roberto delves in at the deep end again and really shows of his skills as a producer as oddly engrossing bass line and funked up beat sit atop electrified pad lines. This track steps outside the box for the Italian but shows nothing but his will and want to mix things up.
Roberto has come a long way since his debut on Soma 2 years ago and with his debut album on the way this May, he is shaping up to be one of the best Soma has to offer.


Lewis Fautzi - The Gare Album

Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Soma welcome the debut album from the ever-growing roster of youthful talent as Lewis Fautzi drops The Gare Album, named in homage to The Gare Club, Porto, where Lewis made his discovery of Techno. A bold 4 track single debut gave rise to the album process midway through 2013 and under the careful supervision of Soma, Lewis has provided a definitive peak in his sound cultivated on the back of years of studio work. A collection of deep, dark and twisted techno awaits heralding a coming of age for the Portuguese native.

A droning, industrial vibe is immediate from the outset as Signal crackles into existence giving way to the cavernous UBV-76 with its concrete swathes of noise. High intensity pings form the depths give a sense of what is to come. Intriguing, broken beats deepen proceeding as Lewis takes things to The Other Side of Reality. A momentarily respite before he begins to open things up. Blocker takes the tempo up a notch with a thumping kick and looped out chaotic synths that slowly build the tension. This brooding atmosphere is carried on into the tweeked out and mesmerizing Sick, the punishing, bleeped workout of Range and the relentless, discord of Loudness. By this point Lewis has really worked up into a frenzy. Tight percussive workouts keep this album firing on all cylinders. A short interlude is offered as Opaque drifts quickly through the chaos of this straight to the floor album. Through the darkness, a glimmer of Hope shines through, albeit a cold and fleeting techno version as Lewis leaves you bare and bleeding. Yet more dance floor action as the elasticated synths of Binary (recently remixed by Spanish techno don Oscar Mulero) tear through the backbone of the album. By far Lewis’ most destructive track. The static buzz of Psychiatric is a welcome come down from the headiness of the previous track allowing Lewis to lead us through the black hole, ending on the Other Planet. It’s swirling, vortex like pads sliced open with subtle percussive, other worldly bleeps. A fitting end to this hyperactive techno journey.

A definite maturity in production shines through on this fantastic LP from Fautzi as he creates a cold and calculating output, clearly focused on the future. The Gare Album has allowed Fautzi to express himself fully through electronic music, a task that he has taken to whole-heartedly.


Woo York - Smoke Signal

Monday, 24th February 2014

Woo York's second single will be available digitally on Soma and Beatport stores from 3 March. Also available on vinyl from 17 March.

Ukrainian based duo Woo York mark their second release on Soma with yet more deep, dark underground vibes on the Smoke Signal EP. After the huge success generated from Ancient Light earlier last year it seemed natural to keep up with the duo’s output and once again the pair have deliver two perfectly warped Techno bombs

Title track Smoke Signal is a deep, evolving monster growing from resonating sub bass and cleverly crafted percussion. Woo York strip things back for this one as dark, brooding synths ping through stuttered and looping beats. A perfect dance floor tool.

Cold Welding drops next, building from the depths out a hollowed out, distorted core leading slowly into a fierce, kicking loop. More stripped percussion keep the track flowing as ethereal atmospheres ebbs out in the background giving this track a much deeper edge than you would think.

Woo York have crafted two excellent Techno tools, born from their amazing live sets. With even more material on the way from them they are fast becoming core artists of an ever-evolving Soma.


Deepchord - Luxury

Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Deepchord follows up the Prana / Tantra EP with Luxury 1 & 2. Available digitally on 10 February and on 12" vinyl on 24 February.


Lewis Fautzi - Binary (Oscar Mulero Remix)

Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Ahead of Lewis Fautzi's vinyl album is his second single release on Soma - Binary. The release features a remix from Oscar Mulero and is available digitally on 17 February.


04LM - Tragicaller EP

Tuesday, 21st January 2014

Debut release on Soma from 04LM. The Tragicaller EP features a James Ruskin remix. It is available digitally on 3 February and 12" vinyl version is available from 17 February.


Deepchord - Prana EP

Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

Following on from our special picture disc release of De Wallen, comes another special design for Deepchord. This vinyl is clear with black and green speckles. Digital is available from 28 October and vinyl is available from 18 November. Available for pre-order.


Limited Edition Deepchord Package - 20 Electrostatic Soundfields (email claire@somarecords.com with your order number and t-shirt size)

Monday, 26th August 2013

Ltd to 100 (one per person), the package includes a CD, full length DVD and a print of an original photograph by Rod Modell, which isn't included in the limited CD on its own.
Also included is a 100% lightweight cotton t-shirt & tote bag, both of which are printed with the album artwork. Please email claire@somarecords.com with your preferred size of tshirt & order number.
Rod Modell, aka Deepchord, returns to Soma Records with his 3rd full-length, this time exploring more ambient natures as he delivers his unique and mind melting soundscapes in ’20 Electrostatic Soundfields’.
With this album, Deepchord veers even farther away from the current trends in dance music with an assemblage of conceptual audioscapes culled from video-soundtrack and installation works made between 2008 and 2012. This highly unusual collection contains immersive, introspective audio-sculptures more akin to musique concrète or electroacoustic music rather than dance, and exemplifies Modell's importance of developing a new sound in lieu of following popular trends. With some tracks clocking in at only 60-90 seconds, and practically nothing being dance-floor accessible, this album represents a truly unique electronica offering amongst the oceans of artists following a similar formulaic sound. Much of the album has an otherworldly, nocturnal feeling that would sit well in a David Lynch soundtrack. Sound collages comprised of alien-radio transmissions and Earth tones melded with lush electronic sounds and underwater atmosphere. Modell's usual arsenal of studio hardware supplies the tonal food, but much of that is further processed with granular synthesis and arranged with generative-music techniques. Pieces like "Prayer Wheel" and "Seaweed" are set into motion and left to unfold organically without interference. "De Wallen" is from the Hash Bar Loops period and is a night time soundtrack for Amsterdam's Red Light District. It audibly mimics this area's quiet uneasiness... beautiful with undercurrents of activity not visible to the casual passer through. "Trompettersteeg" is similar in feeling, with its late-night field recordings made in the streets surrounding Amsterdam's Oude Kerk. "Raval", "Barcelona",and "Rooftop" contain atmospheric recordings made around Barcelona's El Raval district (a rooftop terrace on a rainy Barcelona night, recording sounds of traffic below and raindrops on an umbrella - in "Rooftop").

The overall effect is darkly beautiful and ethereal. Metaphysical soundtracks from an alternate reality. A multifaceted listening experience that will reveal deeper layers with each subsequent pass. Soundfields that occupy a grey area where it's difficult to differentiate between electronic and organic tones. Timeless easy-listening for the techno-set, and incomparable to any other music. This is truly distinctive electronica.


Deepchord - 20 Electrostatic Soundfields Limited CD / DVD Version

Monday, 26th August 2013

Limited edition version of Deepchord's third album on Soma contains the 20 Electrostatic Soundfields album plus a full length separate DVD. Available for pre-order now and due for release on 30 September.

Rod Modell, aka Deepchord, returns to Soma Records with his 3rd full-length, this time exploring more ambient natures as he delivers his unique and mind melting soundscapes in ’20 Electrostatic Soundfields’.
With this album, Deepchord veers even farther away from the current trends in dance music with an assemblage of conceptual audioscapes culled from video-soundtrack and installation works made between 2008 and 2012. This highly unusual collection contains immersive, introspective audio-sculptures more akin to musique concrète or electroacoustic music rather than dance, and exemplifies Modell's importance of developing a new sound in lieu of following popular trends. With some tracks clocking in at only 60-90 seconds, and practically nothing being dance-floor accessible, this album represents a truly unique electronica offering amongst the oceans of artists following a similar formulaic sound. Much of the album has an otherworldly, nocturnal feeling that would sit well in a David Lynch soundtrack. Sound collages comprised of alien-radio transmissions and Earth tones melded with lush electronic sounds and underwater atmosphere. Modell's usual arsenal of studio hardware supplies the tonal food, but much of that is further processed with granular synthesis and arranged with generative-music techniques. Pieces like "Prayer Wheel" and "Seaweed" are set into motion and left to unfold organically without interference. "De Wallen" is from the Hash Bar Loops period and is a night time soundtrack for Amsterdam's Red Light District. It audibly mimics this area's quiet uneasiness... beautiful with undercurrents of activity not visible to the casual passer through. "Trompettersteeg" is similar in feeling, with its late-night field recordings made in the streets surrounding Amsterdam's Oude Kerk. "Raval", "Barcelona",and "Rooftop" contain atmospheric recordings made around Barcelona's El Raval district (a rooftop terrace on a rainy Barcelona night, recording sounds of traffic below and raindrops on an umbrella - in "Rooftop").

The overall effect is darkly beautiful and ethereal. Metaphysical soundtracks from an alternate reality. A multifaceted listening experience that will reveal deeper layers with each subsequent pass. Soundfields that occupy a grey area where it's difficult to differentiate between electronic and organic tones. Timeless easy-listening for the techno-set, and incomparable to any other music. This is truly distinctive electronica.


Deepchord - 20 Electrostatic Soundfields

Monday, 26th August 2013

Deepchord's third album release on Soma is available for pre-order now and due for release on 30 September. Also available is the limited edition package and limited edition CD / DVD.

Rod Modell, aka Deepchord, returns to Soma Records with his 3rd full-length, this time exploring more ambient natures as he delivers his unique and mind melting soundscapes in ’20 Electrostatic Soundfields’.
With this album, Deepchord veers even farther away from the current trends in dance music with an assemblage of conceptual audioscapes culled from video-soundtrack and installation works made between 2008 and 2012. This highly unusual collection contains immersive, introspective audio-sculptures more akin to musique concrète or electroacoustic music rather than dance, and exemplifies Modell's importance of developing a new sound in lieu of following popular trends. With some tracks clocking in at only 60-90 seconds, and practically nothing being dance-floor accessible, this album represents a truly unique electronica offering amongst the oceans of artists following a similar formulaic sound. Much of the album has an otherworldly, nocturnal feeling that would sit well in a David Lynch soundtrack. Sound collages comprised of alien-radio transmissions and Earth tones melded with lush electronic sounds and underwater atmosphere. Modell's usual arsenal of studio hardware supplies the tonal food, but much of that is further processed with granular synthesis and arranged with generative-music techniques. Pieces like "Prayer Wheel" and "Seaweed" are set into motion and left to unfold organically without interference. "De Wallen" is from the Hash Bar Loops period and is a night time soundtrack for Amsterdam's Red Light District. It audibly mimics this area's quiet uneasiness... beautiful with undercurrents of activity not visible to the casual passer through. "Trompettersteeg" is similar in feeling, with its late-night field recordings made in the streets surrounding Amsterdam's Oude Kerk. "Raval", "Barcelona",and "Rooftop" contain atmospheric recordings made around Barcelona's El Raval district (a rooftop terrace on a rainy Barcelona night, recording sounds of traffic below and raindrops on an umbrella - in "Rooftop").

The overall effect is darkly beautiful and ethereal. Metaphysical soundtracks from an alternate reality. A multifaceted listening experience that will reveal deeper layers with each subsequent pass. Soundfields that occupy a grey area where it's difficult to differentiate between electronic and organic tones. Timeless easy-listening for the techno-set, and incomparable to any other music. This is truly distinctive electronica.


Deepchord - De Wallen Limited Edition 12

Wednesday, 21st August 2013

Limited edition Deepchord 12" picture disc.
Available for pre-order now out 23 September.

Prior to the release of Deepchord’s 3rd full length on Soma, we are pleased to deliver yet another exclusive, limited edition picture disc in the form of 3 track ambient piece, “De Wallen”. This specially crafted EP is strictly limited to one vinyl only run and features photography by Rod Modell himself.

De Wallen's layers of deep, swirling, metaphysical atmosphere and processed recordings of the area that it is named after, provide a sonic-photograph of Amsterdam's red-light district at 3am. Possibly the only soundtrack ever composed for this area. Otherworldly, and charged with a deep frenetic energy, this music presents an inter-dimensional portal into darker realms. Electromagnetic radiation etched into a piece of vinyl for phonographic dispersion. This is a unusual piece of "sound art" rather than merely electronic music, and has little (or nothing) to do with dance music's frivolity. Side B of this release reflects De Wallen's "sound art" aesthetic. "Prayer Wheel" is a generative-music life form (inspired by the night-sky and seaside) that expands, contracts, and mutates like a living organism. "Range Lights" is a luminescent sonic artefact, recently unearthed after years of being buried. The analog warmth and imperfections inherent of the vinyl format further the surreal nature of these artworks in a way that no digital format could reproduce. A new paradigm in "sound art". Immersive, shimmering, electro-mystical atmospheres that the adventurous sonic-traveller will find themselves often revisiting.


Shoogle Studios & Soma team up to offer sound production course

Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Using Ableton Live 9, Soma artist Simon Stokes (Petrichor) provides an 8 week
course in electronic music production.
For more information and enrolment information,
visit www.somaskool.com or http://www.shooglestudios.com or click on the image above.


Soma Ltd. 12

Sunday, 8th January 2012

Regis is of Techno legend status. Working his acclaimed Downwards label and also now running the much hyped Sandwell District, Regis has stayed true to his deep, yet often tough sound. In his remodel of X-Trak 1, Regis keeps a massive kick drum rolling behind those famous stabs. Soft and subtle synths sweep through the track adding a wondrously spacey feel that brings atmosphere and class.


In Ryan Crosson's remix, Detroit’s own experimental innovator goes surgical; injecting Smoke’s track with a rippling bass line that provides the main theme for the music as it sits comfortably underneath gentle synths and Alex’s mega-morphed, ghostly vocals. A percussion transfusion sees the original, intricate and glitch percussion being carved out and replaced with a more mechanical beat that compliments the bass and supports the other musical elements. Crosson stretches the track out to nine and a half minutes and maintains the song’s ambient soul while also including a driving end section, featuring percussive aspects that suggests homage to Smoke’s original rhythms.


Slam Remixed Pt 2

Wednesday, 4th January 2012

For over 2 decades Slam, together with Soma have been pushing the envelopes of house and techno. Their constant innovation along with their independent ethos has allowed them to prosper in a constantly changing business. To celebrate their 20 years in music, Soma are releasing a selection of classic tracks from their extensive back catalogue, newly remixed by some of the best producers on the label and in the world today. September also sees the release of a special 20th anniversary 3CD compilation featuring classic tracks and 2 mixes by Silicone Soul and Slam.

The 11th single in this classics series features two remixes of Slam’s classic track Stepback. The track, which sent shockwaves through the underground in the mid-90s, encompasses the classic early Soma sound; raw and stripped techno.

Adam Beyer is no stranger to Slams work, releasing two of their EPs on his own Drumcode imprint. For this special release however, he has teamed up with his fellow countryman Jesper Dahlback to bring Stepback their Swedish shine. The pair add a new dimension to the track, making it even more brooding and atmospheric whilst retaining that driving rhythm that makes the original so prominent.

For the second remix, Soma artist Mark Henning takes Stepback in a different direction. The deep house groove blends the original track’s industrial sound with Henning’s typical off-kilter basslines


Soma 20 hits FABRIC!

Friday, 23rd September 2011

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It’s been “too long” since...

Thursday, 1st September 2011

It’s been “too long” since...


Alex Smoke - Alex Smoke Remixed

Wednesday, 10th August 2011

Alex Smoke remixed by Ryan Crosson, Sei A and Roof Light


Percy X Remixed

Wednesday, 10th August 2011

Percy X gets remixed by Joris Voorn and Regis.


Mark Henning - Cosmic Marmalade

Wednesday, 10th August 2011

Brand new Ep from Mark Henning.


Soma Records announce... Soma20 - Daft Punk – Drive Unreleased 1994

Tuesday, 2nd August 2011

Released:- 19/9/11
Album available for pre-order now:-
http://www.somarecords.com/shop/music/soma_cd95

At the tail end of 2010 we trailed boxes of DATs, pictures and god-only-knows what else to find artefacts of Soma’s early days. Imagine our surprise when we discovered a tape simply entitled ‘Daft Drive’. We hooked up the DAT machine and inserted the tape with the delicacy of a surgeon, pressing play and praying that for one, the tape contained what we hoped, and two, that it didn’t chew it like a dog chewing on a bone. In amongst the hiss and crackle, the most monstrous 909 kick drum thudded. Daft Punk’s Drive track had been rediscovered. Playing through was Live Daft Punk; freaky vocals, pounding Roland drums & synths and that archetypal DP compression. After standing in silence, witnessing this moment, the track faded off and we heard the sound of the French spoken word that the recording had been made over; the remnants of their parents audio collection. The tape had originally been sent with Rollin’ and Scratchin’ to be released as Soma25. But Soma asked these two bright-eyed and Techno-bound Frenchman, to finish and send Da Funk to accompany Rollin’ and Scratchin’ and DRIVE was shelved for a later date...

Daft Punk – Drive Unreleased 1994 is track 1 on the Soma 20 Years compilation triple CD release, and is joined by selected Soma Records classics, including tracks by Slam, Silicone Soul, The Black Dog, Funk D’Void, Samuel L Session, Percy X and Desert Storm. CD 2 is a Slam DJ mix of the back-catalogue remixes we received in our twentieth anniversary. Remixers include Adam Beyer & Jesper Dahlback, Nick Curly, Mark Broom, D’Julz, Paul Ritch, Pan-Pot, Oxia ++++ all woven together by label bosses SLAM.
CD3 is an DJ Mix from Silicone Soul, Their DJ mix is a representation of the tracks they saw from the dancefloor, be it the first record they bought; Otaku’s (Ralph Lawson, Fraser Brydson & Carl Finlow) Percussion Obsession, or DJ Q’s masterful mix of Counter Plan’s 90 Degrees. Peppered through their mix are snippets and acapellas like the beautiful keys of Daedalus or the vocals from Inspiration and Light, Tonight, and U Dig. You’ll also see Mark Henning’s Last Night, a personal favourite of the boys from the last few years of Soma stock.


Deepchord – Hash-Bar Loops LP

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

In our 20th anniversary year we count ourselves truly fortunate to be able to release music we love this much. Soma proudly welcome Deepchord to release Hash-Bar Loops on Soma Quality Recordings!

Rod Modell (a.k.a. Deepchord) is a sound-designer with 25 years involvement in electronic music and over 50 releases under various aliases and styles. Beginning with more "industrial" and "ambient" forms of sonic experimentation, he worked with Kim Cascone and his -then- record label Silent, and performed along-side notable industrial acts such as Chris & Cosey and SPK. While attending Art School for Photography, Rod lived in Detroit's Eastern-Market area, the location of the infamous "Techno Boulevard", and home to Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson during that time. Submersed in the blossoming Detroit Techno scene (early 1990's), a journey from a more experimental sound into Detroit's techno-world was inevitable. Modell then co-founded the Deepchord record label in Detroit during the mid-90's. Many consider Deepchord to be the second wave of the "Basic Channel sound", and came years before the onslaught of imitators.

After 16 releases on Deepchord, Rod went onto co-found Echospace. Echospace released two full length albums and five 12" singles on Modern Love (Boomkat), and a slew of releases on their Echospace imprint. 2007's "The Coldest Season" and 2010's "Liumin" are critically acclaimed electronic music classics, and were on top-lists of prestigious resources such as The Wire, xlr8r, and Resident Advisor (who wrote of The Coldest Season: "in terms of sheer quality, it rivals Basic Channel’s vaunted catalog. Put down that ultra-rare Basic Reshape 12” and check out what’s going on now. This album is bound to be one of the most fully realized listening experiences to grace your stereo this year, and is proof positive that DeepChord and Echospace are the rightful heirs to the dub techno legacy"). Rod also operated an audio-mastering facility in the Detroit area from 1995-2005, employing his services to many electronic record labels, including Richie Hawtin's M-NUS imprint.

Rod’s idea of an album revolves around a concept that isn’t always followed in modern day electronic long players. A chain of feelings and emotions emanate from his work and flow in a manner that has been very carefully considered. Buzzing in atmospheric warmth and layered with mesmerising rhythms, Hash-Bar Loops tells the tale of a hazy extended stay in Amsterdam, where the album was in the most part formed.

Starting from deep and dreamy soundscapes the album warms from the outset with the opener, Spirits. The underlying atmosphere is somewhat disconcerting, but balances perfectly with soft, distant chords and ever-evolving percussion. The album progresses through turbulent synths and outlying melodies in Sofitel & Merlot. On Tangier, stabs and textures melt into one another adding tension and dynamics in true Deepchord style. The swirling air of Electromagnetic then conveys a dizzying and hypnotic feel in which budding chords emerge from a white-washed DC soundscape. Balm steps into another world, with beautiful hovering chords that pulse throughout the track, forming a delicate and emotive shape. The climactic Oude Kerk sits at the peak of this album and deserves its crown. Arguably the most exposed of all tracks in the album, Oude Kerk fizzles end to end, letting the deep low frequencies and advancing percussion take over. City Centre then reels the synths back in, with contemplative pads that are underpinned with arguably the heaviest sub-bass on the album. Field recordings can once again be heard, hidden deep in the layers of sound in Crimson and Black Cavendish, where their dense sonics slowly swell behind metallic clangs. Closing the circle, Neon and Rain steps back into the deep and wistful soundscapes heard at the opening of the album where the familiar sense of unease and contemplation toy with one another.


Scott Grooves – Mothership Reconnection Remixes – Soma20 Phase 3

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

The third EP from Soma’s 20th Birthday series is a monster release. The Scott Grooves classic is reworked by a very-much on-form Claude VonStroke. Joining Claude’s remix is the legendary Daft Punk Remix that was featured on the original release back in 1998 along with Scott’s original.


Soma 20 Party @ Rockness!

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

Our stage will be the first stage to run until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Ticket info:
put in the code SOMA when you buy your tickets here
http://aegliverockness.ticketsolve....5499468/events

SOMA Quality Recordings
20 YEARS [1991 * 2011]
http://www.facebook.com/SomaRecords
http://www.soma20.tv
http://www.somarecords.com/

2011 sees Soma Recordings celebrate their 20th year of releasing
stunning and eclectic, electronic dance music from across spectrum. The label will release a series of singles throughout the year, containing remixes of the extensive catalogue , including some of their biggest hits, like Funk D'Void's Diabla, Silicone Soul's Right On, Slam's "Lifetimes" and Scott Grooves with Mothership Reconnection (featuring Parliament/ Funkadelic and famously remixed by Daft Punk).

These releases culminate in a CD box-set released in Autumn. There will be a series of birthday parties across Europe throughout the Summer.The first Scottish party will last for 3 days (of course) and is taking place on the outrageous, outdoor Afterburner stage at Rockness, featuring a host of talent including Soma artists, collaborators and supporters across the entire weekend.

This will be the biggest birthday party in Rockness history!

Friday June 10 OPEN UNTIL 3am
Erol Alkan
Paul Ritch(live)
Heidi
Ewan Pearson

Saturday June 11 OPEN UNTIL 3am
Pan-Pot
Funk D'Void
Alex Under
Gary Beck
Master H
Harvey McKay

Sunday June 12
Derrick Carter
Andrew Weatherall
Jamie Jones
Sunday Circus


Vector Lovers – Electrospective EP

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

Martin Wheeler returns to Soma Quality Recording with Electrospective, the 4th album under his Vector Lovers guise. Martin’s past long players, the self-titled Vector Lovers, Capsule For One and Afterglow, won fans the world over with his unsettlingly emotive strain of electronic funk. In Electrospective, the highlights from these three albums and corresponding singles are remastered, with 2 previously unreleased tracks joining them. Beyond going back to his original productions Electrospective album, Martin has also been working on his iPhone app, which is due for release in early 2011. Such is the quality of Vector Lovers sound that his productions have been picked up by several world-leading automotive brands, most notably BMW who jumped at Tokyo Glitterati for the soundtrack to their 3 Series ads. His futuristic take on Electronica immediately pricks the ears and burns a lasting mark in your head.

Vector Lovers’ sound emanates from the 80’s, and is influenced by Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and early synth pop. This can be most clearly seen on the fragile beauty of the opening track, Melodies & Memory, our first indication of Martin’s sublime talent for singing and songwriting. He describes where the motivation for this piece came from. “It was such a dismal night, the evening I put this together. I was up til dawn, drinking, smoking, crying. At least this track came out at the end of it. The melody came to me in a flash, just as I was opening the fridge for a beer.”

Shinjuku Girl steps into the darker, sonically mesmerizing soundscape of the Vector Lovers mind. Melancholic melody is apparent through the Electrospective album, but pierces through the dulled drones in this poignant track. City Lights From A Train is introduced with familiar percussive rhythms that could be the soundtrack to a locomotive running over railroad tracks until a distant but twinkling synth slides in. The powerful chords of Tokyo Glitterati grab a hold from the start, while a tough, broken beat drives a grit and determination home. Aggressive bass fizzles and rasps underneath the song making it one of the more assertive tracks on the album. Stranger Smiled At Me, one of the two exclusive tracks on the album, plays on a dreamier sound. Space and atmosphere bring a detached and celestial ambience to this albeit brief foray into the deep. Vector Lovers’ classic computer-funk style propels through Nightwalking Your Memory, telling a magical, broken story of Martin’s dystopian visions.

Warding back to a more optimistic way, Floating Point, the second of the exclusive tracks, is a delicate but provocative piece of music that builds harsh industrial tones and textures until a soft, gentle but still unnerving melody arrives coaxing us out. Neon Sky Rain, recently hosted of the Soma Coma 4 compilation, builds again in intensity through the course, and does so with grace and tact. Girl + Robot’s warped funk pushes to a heroic climax that falls perfectly into breakdown; bass a plenty fills the track thereafter to mighty effect. Kissed You By The Fountain stands out as the most self content piece on the album, but still retains just a note of unease through a ghostly choir that exits the track, epitomising Martin’s bittersweet form in music. Speaking of this bittersweet affair, it also applies to Vector Lovers choice in track names too. Rusting Cars And Wild Flowers tickles with elastic percussion that stretches behind soft and playful chords, and pushes memories of children playing in wasteland running sticks along fences. Metrolux Forever delves into the deep with an optimistic and inquisitive melody meandering through a hazy land of radio distortion and post-apocalyptic winds. The dreamy, electronic lullaby Lake Nocturne, taken from Vector Lovers’ debut album, brings Electrospective to a gentle close.

The increase in production values is striking when the originals and the 2011 re-masters are heard side-by-side. When you put this together with the two exclusive tracks on the album, it is apparent that this is a perfect review of the Vector Lovers sound. -Essential music.