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Slam Tent @ T In The Park

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

The final line up for the Slam Tent at T In The Park 2014 has been announced.
Friday 11 July - Sunday 13 July.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1430251093859253/?fref=ts


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.


Harvey McKay - Foreshadow

Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Soma stalwart Harvey McKay is back with more big room bombs in his Foreshadow EP backed with a thumping Frankyeffe remix. 2013 was one of the biggest in the Glasgow based producers career and some massive releases have helped propel him to the top of the Beatport charts and gained him a huge following throughout the techno community. With his big abrasive kicks and perfectly tuned synths and vocal cuts, Harvey has carved out a unique sound that is instantly recognisable.

Are You Real kicks things off in true Harvey style as a big groove works its way across deep synth hooks and chopped and melodic vocals. Punishing hi-hats and rides really make this track work as Harvey’s well-crafted sequence drops and kicks at just the right moments.

Harvey keeps things deep on Creep as a sinister rolling bass line meanders in to a small break pinned together by hypnotic vocals slices and stuttering, skipping percussion. Harvey keeps things looping perfectly and allows this track to build into and absolute monster by the time he hits out with all guns blazing.

Harvey rounds up his offerings on this EP with Sargon’s Birth. Another monster bass is funked up with crystal clear grooves and straight in your face, dance floor attitude. Almighty drops are the order of the day and Harvey serves them up by the pound.

Italian producer Frankyeffe take on Sargon’s Birth and turns in a big room powerhouse of a track. Keeping in the same vein of Harvey’s thumping low end, he pulls the synths out and gives them a real Detroit feel, keeping them short and stabby. This is one for those peak time hours for sure.

Harvey continues his excellent run of form with this EP and shows why he is one of Techno’s brightest stars.


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.


John Barber - Fractal

Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Soma welcome back London based producer & label owner John Barber for another 3-track slab of finely crafted Deep House in the follow up to his debut release on Soma last year. John shows off slick production skills and a fine modern take on the Deep House genre on the Fractal EP.

Title track ‘Fractal’ starts off on an almost Detroit tip as smooth pads and organ like stabs line the back of a solid, wall-shaking groove. Crisp and cutting percussion give this track a sense or urgency keeping it firmly rooted in the dance floor.

‘Love In Life’ is up next and starts with a contemplative beat giving rise to delicate, subtle stabs that are dubbed out to perfection. More smooth pads fill out the expanse as soulful vocal cuts spill in over choppy percussion. The break beat style of the track gives it a real stand out quality and John fits every piece together with ease.

‘Shine’ closes off the EP in a more muted style. That ever-reliant House beat comes into play in the opening segment allowing the track to open smoothly with a perfectly infectious groove. John really works the percussion on this and makes it a real workout. Subtle synth hits works their way in help to keep the groove on track.

John delivers a solid follow up to last summers Days Without Freedom and embodies it with his own unique style.


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.


Roberto Clementi - When You

Thursday, 30th January 2014

Par Grindvik remix of When You on Roberto Clementi's next single on Soma. Vinyl edition available on 10 February. Digital out on 3 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.


Charles Fenckler - Anklam

Thursday, 19th December 2013

Available for pre-order is Charles Fenckler's debut EP on Soma, Anklam. Released on Soma and Beatport stores on 13 January and 27 January everywhere else.

Charles Andre aka Charles Fenckler is a young French producer and the latest in new talent to join the Soma roster. Passionate about electronic music from a young age, he has matured into a full fledged producer composing an interesting style of Techno gliding between deep and melodic dub infused Techno, integrating influences stretching between Detroit & Berlin drawing inspiration from icons as Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Shed. With such musical knowledge for someone so young, Charles Fenckler invites you to travel into his universe, filled with deep and powerful Techno.

Anklam comes straight out the block with a fast paced drum structure reminiscent of early Shed productions. The whole track is given a real Detroit feel with a perfectly designed synth stab that filters in an out perfectly as stylized 909 percussion gives this the drive of a top end modern techno production.

Block keeps the pace of the EP going as once again, Fenckler delivers a deep driving Techno track, designed for the floor. Energetic, synths with subtle delays are allowed to work this track while simple and effective percussion drop in and out making this a real groover with a late 90’s feel to it.

Fenckler ends the EP of a suitably deep note with Fabric. His rhythms are tight and another perfectly balanced synth hook keeps this track firmly rooted at the deeper end of Techno. Most certainly thought out with the dance floor in mind once again this could easily work its way into peak time or end of the night takedowns.

Fenckler shows that simplicity is the key with Techno and does so with great ease. A fantastic knowledge of rhythm and shows he is definitely one to watch in the future.


Mark Henning - Blackout

Tuesday, 26th November 2013

Mark Henning's next release is available to pre-order on both 12" vinyl and digital. Vinyl is due for release on 15 December and digitally on 20 January.


Secluded - Suffering EP

Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Secluded's second EP on Soma (digital only)
is available for pre-order now. Released 18 November
on Soma and Beatport stores and 2 December
everywhere else.


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.


Petrichor - Soma Bara

Monday, 7th October 2013

Available for pre-order in both 12 and digital format.
Out 14 October in Soma and Beatport stores digitally and 28 October on vinyl.

Glasgow based producer Petrichor (aka Simon Stokes) returns to Soma with the follow up to his excellent debut ‘On Tides’ with the deep and thoughtful ‘Some Bara EP’. Continuing in the shape of the previous release, Petrichor has crafted 3 very unique tracks that are saturated in emotion.

Soma Bara opens with a perfect melody of plucked synths working their way in over shuffling drum patterns, all taken deeper with perfect low end and sequenced with a very live feel to it. This is definitely a journey with Petrichor at the helm.

Jump Spot is the perfect follow on and bounces straight into action as a punchy kick drum rides out punctuated by light synth pulses. Petrichor drops some funk on this one when the track’s subby bass line comes in and once again his signature tweeked out synth livens the track bringing a definite happy feeling to the listener. Petrichor’s grasp of melody on this track shines through as lead synths in the background merge effortlessly together with the main theme, tied together by crisp and subtle percussion.

Red Space closes the EP on a slightly darker note and Petrichor delves head first into the realms of deep, dub Techno. Processed ambience flutters in and mind-melting synths rip through a broken beat and choppy percussion. Reverb & delay are used to perfection as wide-open stabs tear through pulsing up and down really giving this track a darker edge however Petrichor definitely pushes an air of hope into the body of this.

Yet another stunning EP from the Glasgow producer who has clearly defined his sound and path amongst the plethora of electronic music.


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

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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.