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Petrichor - Mångata

Monday, 22nd June 2015

Soma are proud to present the debut album from one of Glasgow’s newest and most exciting producers, Petrichor. The man behind the project, Simon Stokes, has been gradually working his way up the ranks in his home city’s scene and has firmly established himself within the Soma hierarchy with a hat trick of original EPs each laden with his analogue focused, dream-like sound that straddles the boundaries between electronica, house and techno.

As well as a burgeoning career in electronic music, Simon has founded his own music production school, Shoogle Studios. As the only Ableton Certified Trainer in Scotland he has taken on the mantle of running the illustrious Soma Skool, helping a new breed of producers find their footing within the realms of electronic music production. Never one to stand still and remain focused on one facet of his skills in the studio, he has also found himself working as a mastering engineer as well as with Soma founders Slam in the studio where he helped them shape their latest album, Reverse Proceed.

Simon’s tireless work in the studio on his own project has now come to fruition as he delivers the dramatic and provoking, Mångata. Amalgamating his array of impressive hardware as well as his intricate knowledge of Ableton Live, Petrichor has refined his sound and crafted an intricate, multifaceted album that draws on many spheres of influence, designed as a singular listening piece

The lush sound of this piece is apparent from the opening track as Komorebi glides innocently into existence. Subtle, field recorded rain brings an organic touch as orchestral pads ebb gently, revealing a swarm of bass tones and further processed field recordings. Resonating chords then slowly seep through the broken drum patterns and crisp percussion of Antigen which quickly becomes a bass-led, trippy excursion as warped, acid synth hooks become the heart of the track. A sharp, last gasp build, from Antigen drifts away leaving the quirky modular gyrations and thunderous percussive workout that is Amor Fati to quicken the pace of the album.

Title track Mångata is served up next with a haunting vitality to it. Phasing drums patterns bring tension as a barely audible voice seems to offer solace to the listener while a boisterous drum beat punches its way through the vigorous chords. No time is wasted as Louba’s four to the floor beat works its way in. Luscious pads are present alongside the more straight up percussive elements which gives Louba a house-flavoured tone.

The galactic Kepler 186-F rolls out in suitably ethereal fashion and takes us down a darker path. Almost broken into two parts, this track takes on an off-balance rhythm to begin with, throwing the listener off. Gradually it works its way round into a steadier pace with flashes of electrified synths giving a real menace to its core. A perfect set up for the resoundingly banging State Function (Petrichor’s recent contribution to Soma’s Transmissions Glasgow compilation).

The perfect come down from State Function sees Petrichor return to Nukumori providing the album with a special reprise version. An ideal summer, feel good track, Nukumori has been stripped of its beats and allowed to drift into its own sonic heaven. As we draw to a close, Petrichor ramps up the funk factor with Flight Behaviour. Delicate drums provide the solid background for a fantastic musical departure, defined by an overwhelmingly catchy bass line and perfectly glistening keys, truly one of Mångata’s standout pieces.

We are treated to another special rework of Petrichor’s most widely loved tracks in the form of a special album version of On Tides. The original melody is, of course, the prominent feature but the accompaniment is now more fitting of the album to which it helps bring to a close in understated yet powerful fashion.


Funk D'Void - Soul Slap

Tuesday, 16th June 2015

Legendary Soma Records artist Funk D'void is back with a fantastic EP that straddles the boundaries between House & Techno in the quality Soul Slap EP. Now is the 30th year of his career, Lars Sandberg really needs no introduction and his credentials are endless and with this modern production he shows why he is still a force to be reckoned with. Up on the flip we welcome the remix talents of Berlin based DJ/Producer, Heiko Laux.

Funk D'Void's signature big, anthemic sound is prevalent from the outset of Soul Slap as punchy chords reverberate and oscillate backed by cleverly constructed, percussive elements. Lars easily straddles the worlds of catchy, Detroit House infused melody with more modern sounds and vibes.

Heiko Laux steps up bringing his invaluable remix talents to Soul Slap. Things definitely go a little darker in Heiko's epic, 9min version as a growling bass line and think, layered kick sounds back the gradually building atmospheric elements before a perfectly sequenced synth hook takes things into the body of the track. Heiko works in the original's base hook before smashing it home with a full on percussive workout on the hi hats.

Lars has always been one to create unique and standout music, all done with a crystal clear signature sound and nods to his Detroit techno roots.


Slam & Gary Beck - Pressure Lights

Monday, 1st June 2015

As part of our upcoming Transmissions Glasgow album, we have the single from Slam & Gary Beck out now digitally. A vinyl version of this will follow, which also features an additional track from Petrichor.


Slam - Rotarty / Catacoustics

Friday, 29th May 2015

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


Slam - Interpretations Part 3 (Len Faki Remixes)

Wednesday, 27th May 2015

Out now - Len Faki remixes Slam in Interpretations Part 3!
Also available digitally.

Slam turn to long time friend and collaborator, Len Faki, to head up the third part in the series of remixes of their album Reverse Proceed and he turns in 2 fantastic versions amalgamating two of his top picks from the LP. Slam also feature in this package with a stripped back dub version of Ghosts of Detroit.

Working Cirklon Bells & Ghosts Of Detroit together to create Ghosts of Cirklon, Faki drops an epic, tripped out monster of a remix. Merging the lush pad sounds of Cirklon atop the bouncing bass line and aquatic sequence of Ghosts, Faki then adds a fantastic drum work out, complete with a fairly punishing snare, to deliver a real power house version of the two standout tracks from Slam's album.
In what feels like a natural progression from the opening track, Faki's version of Ghosts Of Detroit keeps a similar pace whilst the original synth hook now develops into a more pulsing, resonating dub variant.

Slam offer up there own dub version of Ghosts Of Detroit to close out the EP. The duo delve deep with this rendering of the project as subtle percussive elements are moulded and shaped around heavy sub bass and gaseous like pads that float gently beneath swathes of reverb soaked synth hits.


Petrichor - State Function

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

With his first release of 2015 on Soma, Petrichor returns with the two track EP, State Function.
Out on Beatport & the Soma online store on 8 April and 20 April everywhere else.


Deepbass - Moha

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

Previously featured as a remixer on Lewis Fautiz's Range EP, Deepbass is back on Soma with his very own two track EP. Available now in the Soma online store and on Beatport.


Lewis Fauzi - Space Exploration

Monday, 23rd March 2015

Lewis Fautzi returns to Soma in LP format once again with the galaxy spanning ‘Space Exploration’. A special collection of tracks created by Fautzi that focus on the more experimental side of Techno. Never one to allow his self to get caught up in one style, Fautzi set himself the challenge of creating an album with more depth and insight into his creative process, basing the focus on bringing more of his emotion to the music.

“I think an artist should explore what they feel and what they like and I made this album because it was a challenge that I had in mind.”

With ‘Space Exploration’, the young Portuguese producer intends for the listener to be taken on a journey through not only his deeper, more emotive side but also with their own sense of understanding of modern, experimental Techno.

“The biggest travel that man can do is in Space so I created that sense of travelling through vast space in music.”

Fautzi begins his voyage with ‘Tremors’. As the name suggests, a powerful rush of drone powered synths cascade over one another, slowly sweeping over the listener urging them to progress with caution. The tonal wail of title track ‘Space Exploration’ gives way to spectral pads draped in mystery and underpinned by wavering bass tones, held at bay by subtle broken percussion. No time is spared as the listener is transported to the galaxy themed ‘NGC 815’. Fautzi stays light on the percussion still, using it to only ground the listener as pulsating gravitational forces bend the auditory nerves. ‘IC 10’ takes us further into the cosmos with background, static radiation seeping through the sonic inflections, searing pads and tripped out percussive elements, leaving you unsteady in their wake.



Moving onto the second half of the album, the ‘Operating Systems’ take hold as fluctuating percussion indicates that there is something out there. Neurological stimulation is heightened by the energy oscillating from the still beating heart of the controls. Things become more muted, ‘Apocalypse 14’ signals that the end may be near. Hollow thoughts are left here as discord brings an overbearing feeling of nothingness. The spiral galaxy of ‘NGC 4826’ is the last destination, the never ending black eye from the buzzing bass tones seems to drain the energy leaving you drifting in the ethereal onslaught of the harmonious synth line. This is the event horizon, there is no going back, you must plunge head first into the unknown, with only the ’Warning Signal’ as company. It’s monotony only beckons you as you loose yourself in the swirling, crushing expanse.

Fautzi creates a mesmerising, immersive piece in just a short time frame with this album; building a journey that traverses the ambient, drone and deep Techno universes thoroughly.

“The music transmits feelings in people. And what I’ve tried to create was people to hear my album feel a trip to space.”

As an accompaniment to the album, Fautzi has collaborated with Darren Watts of Glasgow based film company, EQTV, to create the movie "Space Exploration”. This brings to life the emotional and magical feeling evoked by merging the musical and visual inspiration of space travel. A private link to this movie is included on the CD for the discerning fan of Fautzi’s music.


Secluded - Delusional / Sympathy (Lewis Fautzi Remix)

Wednesday, 25th February 2015

Out now


Roberto Clementi - Total Black

Monday, 16th February 2015

Digital only four track EP from Roberto Clementi. Out now!


Monoloc - Gipson EP

Monday, 9th February 2015

Soma welcome Techno behemoth Monoloc for his label debut with two dark, brooding Techno tracks in his inimitable style with the ‘Gipson EP’. Monoloc was born in 1980 in Frankfurt am Main. He first got in touch with the booming electronic music scene of this Techno metropolis at the age of 16 and soon bought his first set of records. Since then, his life has revolved around his ultimate goal; manifestation of his musical vision in the form of dj sets as well as his very own productions.

Title track Gipson kicks off with deep, pumping subs and kicks with a slowing evolving atmosphere creating great tension through the body of the track. Monoloc subtly pulls back the throttle only to launch back it with bold, crashing percussion. Most definitely one for the more moody dance floor.

On the flip, Cupel starts off a little lighter but defiantly delivers a punch. Muted kicks and atmosphere provide the backdrop while delayed synths trip out over the top. Monoloc picks up the pace ever so slightly as skipping hi hats given the track more urgency before ethereal pads glisten through the heart.

An exciting debut from a true master of Techno


Slam - Interpretations Part 1

Monday, 19th January 2015

First in a series of Reverse Proceed remixes comes from Planetary Assault Systems, Flug, Edit Select and Slam themselves. Digital features PAS & Flug only, while the vinyl has all four! Out now!

First in a series of Reverse Proceed remixes comes from Planetary Assault Systems, Flug, Edit Select and Slam themselves. Digital features PAS & Flug only, while the vinyl has all four! Digital is out now, vinyl out on 19 January.

In the first in a series of special EPs form Soma, UK Techno pioneer Luke Slater, under his Planetary Assault Systems guise, joins rising star Flug to provide their own interpretations of tracks taken from Slam’s amazing new LP, Reverse Proceed.

P.A.S drops his interpretation first and his unique, twisted, techno vision shines through almost immediately and thunderous drums belay a cacophony of intense, siren like synths as Luke deafens with intent with his rhythmic prowess. After this unrelenting synth workout, things get more heads down as subtle hi hats keep things on the upturn. Luke delivers a seriously monster remix, typifying the P.A.S sound

Argentinean born, Barcelona based Flug definitely hold his own as he comes crashing in with his very own monster remix of Factory Music. Using the original tracks twisted sequence, he easily makes it his own. Adding his explosive drum patterns all building towards one almighty drop allowing him to rebuild the tension that he does to great effect.

Soma brings two levels of experience to this first Interpretation package and both deliver with frenzied results.


Charles Fenckler - District EP

Monday, 19th January 2015

French wonder producer Charles Fenckler returns with his his latest offering, the ‘District EP’. For someone so young, Charles’ productions are going from strength to strength with each release as he finely tunes his sound, leaning heavily on the Detroit/Berlin axis of techno

District One kick things off as Fenckler treats us to a real percussive workout from the start, quickly working in hypnotic synth elements. A real groove laden track, Fenckler lets the drums do the talking on this one as a solid tool

Charles Fenckler's third EP on Soma is available now in our store and and Beatport. Available everywhere else on 2 February.

With District Two, Fenckler goes to the roots and whips out classic 909 drum sounds as the basis for the flip side to the ep. Gradually working in each percussive element, the track builds quickly into a real powerhouse.

Fenckler is quickly earning his stripes here at Soma as he builds his profile into one of our most profile artists.


Deepchord - Luxury Part 2 LTD Vinyl

Thursday, 18th December 2014

Luxury Part 2 officially release 26 January but will dispatch early from the Soma shop only on 22 December.


Woo York - Siberian Night

Monday, 24th November 2014

Ukrainian duo Woo York blast back to Soma with yet more hypnotic, analogue based Techno with the Siberian Night EP. The duo are on fire right now after a string of releases on their new home label of Soma and this ep is backed up with a remix from the Glasgow based Edit Select who bringing his own, unique stylings.

Siberian Night gets going in true Woo York fashion as a looped out, growling acid bass line has things moving a full pace from the get go. Vangelis-esq pads sear through the heart of this monster giving a retro feel while Woo York really work the percussive end of things to keep this tool kicking.

The broken beat Iron Curtain moves things in a lighter direction as a subtle synth line breathes soul into the big, bouncing low end. 909 drums get rings moving as subtle flicks in the filter bring the synth line to life opening slowly into the break before going back into head down - fist pumping action.

Edit Select turns up on Soma once again for remix duties and does another fantastic job of title track Siberian Night. Working on the principle of less is more, Tony keeps things minimalistic in his approach but manages to firmly stamp his authority on the track. A rolled out, hypnotic baseline leads the way as ethereal pads slowly work their way in through the spine of the remix.

Powerful techno once again from Woo York as they continue to devastate with their raw, analogue sound!


Secluded - Remember

Monday, 10th November 2014

Secluded bounds back onto Soma with another double whammy of solid big room Techno smashers. The Glasgow based producer aka Hans Bouffmyhre is really hitting home with the new alias and finding solid ground on Soma. Ukrainian duo Woo York bring their talents on the flip for a essential remix.

Remember heads things up with thunderous percussion and wave after wave of typical driving, pulsating synths from Secluded. Easily found on the biggest of dance floors with plenty of jack.

Forces Of Nature gives a more rave element to the EP. Slowly progressing saw waves seep through an evolving pad as subtle rides sit atop that perfect 909 clap and punishing low end giving the perfect Techno Tool.

Woo York round off the EP with the funked up version of Remember. The duo don't mess around and get things going straight away using fast paced drums and a more muted, dubbed synth to great effect.

Another solid package from the young Glaswegian showing why he's one of Techno's rising stars


Mark Henning - Titan

Monday, 3rd November 2014

Mark Henning returns to Soma with yet more jacked up machine funk in Titan. Mark has firmly established him self within the Soma mainstays and continues to further his sound on the label. This latest EP sees him take to the street with two energetic drum workouts laden with his unique flavour.

Title track Titan is very typical Henning, keeping the ingredients simple yet effect and created live. A solid groove from his trusty 909 that just oozes dance floor compatibility hooked up with a quirky synth stab, weird vocals and a eerie organ-like riff all rounded off with a fantastic arrangement makes for one seriously infectious track

Roots gives of a real ghetto-tech feel, as once again a 909 groove is enough to get things going while squelchy synth hits bounce of rimshots working up to a subtle rolling bass line. Mark’s skill in the arrangement process take hold as he allows the tracks to develop into a full drum workout with mutes here and there and the simple addition of more stuttering percussion help to pick up the pace.

Henning as the enviable talent of being able to create dance floor burners with the simplest of elements, a task he delivers of with blinding result on this EP


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.


Slam - Factory Music

Monday, 20th October 2014

Slam unleash their 2nd, pre album single in the form of some heavyweight versions of tracks taken from the stellar 'Reverse Proceed' dropping this October. Alongside the boys themselves, Slam have enlisted fellow Glaswegian producers Hans Bouffmyhre & Edit Select as well as Truncate to bring their own unique takes to 'Factory Music' and 'Cirklon Bells'


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.


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:
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SOMA Quality Recordings
20 YEARS [1991 * 2011]
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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.