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Soma Track Series Vol.4 - Slam - Clap Your Hands

Monday, 5th December 2016

Hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed album Machine Cut Noise, the duo drop another big hitter in their Soma Track Series with the infectious Clap Your Hands. A perfect follow up to their remix of the classic Jack Master track, Bang The Box, Slam's take on a ghetto classic has them merging their modern take on Techno with some vintage vocals.


Charles Fenckler - Debut Album - Diving From The Void

Monday, 28th November 2016

Soma are proud to present the debut album from one of the most exiting Techno artists to spring out of the French scene in recent years, Charles Fenckler.

A chance happening across his Soundcloud heralded some fine results for the Soma camp as back in 2014, the 20 year old Fenckler, exploded onto the label with the finely produced ‘Anklam’. Sporting such a mature sound for someone so young, his profile has been creeping up over the past 2 years, quickly gaining fans throughout the Techno community such as Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Josh Wink & Alan Fitzpatrick. His latest release in early 2016, Frozen Room saw him return to form after a short hiatus with the title track taking the scene by storm. With his debut album, Diving From The Void, Fenckler looks to continue his meteoric rise through electronic music.

Fenckler takes a heady dive straight into things as opener Voices In Your Head, with it’s droning yet uplifting quality, seeps eerily through before Immersion starts to up the pace of the album, it’s pounding kicks and percussive workouts sitting atop a glistening, acidic melody. Charles continues on an old school tip as the wild Stellar Acid comes hard and fast, complete with powerful breakdown moment. The rave inspired Frozen Room, already a massive hit from the youngster, clatters in once again as Charles then give a nod to UK-breakbeat with the contemplative Estrange. Things get back to techno business quickly as Flirting with Disaster & Subject X103 come thundering through but still, Charles brings an emotive element with both tracks laden with polished, ethereal pads. Originally released in 2015, District Two makes an appearance with its straight up, driven 909 percussive workout. The Unknown brings an air of minimalism with its sparse synths and groove laden drums whilst Anxiety’s sweeping drones and foreboding atmospheres follow before the galloping Raven closes out the album at a ferocious pace

Charles has certainly explored all facets of Techno throughout this album and for someone still with much ahead of him, the future is certainly looking bright for this talented young Frenchman.


SLAM DRAM - Soma Whisky

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Since its inception in 1991 on the streets of Glasgow, Soma Records has stood for uncompromising quality of the highest level in every area it operates. Soma has become an international brand as Slam's anthemic ‘Positive Education’ in 1994 brought about an electronic renaissance that saw the group thrust into the limelight and green lit the furious rise of the label. Soma is also famous for the discovery of French duo Daft Punk and was the home to their first and much loved early singles including 'Alive' and 'Da Funk'.

Always at the cutting edge of dance music Soma has set a standard in House, Techno and Ambient Electronica throughout its history. Now standing tall and proud at the age of 25 and with over 500 releases under its belt, Soma has without doubt stood the test of time and maintains its forward thinking vision. To celebrate Soma’s 25th Year the label has worked with Creative Whisky Co and The Good Spirits Co to release some small batch speciality spirits. The culmination of this project sees the release of the SLAM DRAM, a very special 25 year old blended Whisky which we hope will become as classic as some of our records have become.

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Envoy - Dark Manoeuvres (Soma 25 Remixes)

Monday, 7th November 2016

Soma proudly present the first in an exciting series of releases to celebrate 25 years at the top of electronic music as we turn to some of our favourite modern artists to reinvent some of the best from the back catalogue and up first is Envoy’s timeless classic, Dark Manoeuvres. Originally released as part of the “Coalition EP’ in 1996 (which also featured the classic Seawall), Hope Grant’s instantly recognisable hit is still found in nearly every Techno DJs record box and has continually served as a beacon of Soma since it’s release Four new versions are served up here as Dax J, Norman Nodge, Obscure Shape & SHDW plus Tensal all deliver fine interpretations of this Soma classic.

Dax’s furious style is the opener as he uses the original chords as they were intended but all the time firing his concussive drum patterns directly to the dance floor. Ostgut Ton’s Norman Nodge turns in a delectable dub version in only the way he can by keeping Envoy’s original muted and delivering a subtle, introverted version. The duo of Obscure Shape & SHDW are next up and delivery one epic take on Dark Manoeuvres. The pair build the tension early, teasing the strings then unleashing an onslaught, adding their own beautifully led, string section before hammering home. PoleGroup’s Tensal closes out our first Soma 25 releases, twisting and cutting the hook to suits his means as thunderous beats work away behind this solid tool.

With much more on the horizon, Soma has their gaze fixed firmly on the future of Techno.


Charles Fenckler - Stellar Acid EP (inc Francois X Remix)

Monday, 31st October 2016

Charles Fenckler delivers the first single to be taken from his debut album Diving From The Void, the furious Stellar Acid, backed by a formidable remix from fellow countryman, Francois X.

Classic rave vibes are the order of the day on Fenckler’s original track as the notorious sound of the 303 wreaks havoc, peaking and resonating intensely as straight up percussion and ominous pads provide the backbone to this dance floor burner.

Concrete resident and D3MENTED label boss Francois X steps up with a very clever remix which utilises small elements from the acid line and pads to create and entirely new monster complete with it’s own pumped up drum workout.


Slam - Machine Cut Noise LP

Friday, 28th October 2016

Techno duo Slam return once more with the album ‘Machine Cut Noise’.

With the double vinyl album, Machine Cut Noise, Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle delve into the everyday workings of what makes us human; with life, so to speak, running at the very heart of album. Much of their time is spent on the road, therefore many of the original ideas for the album were created in airports, hotels and wherever the two found themselves inspired around the world. This created a vibe that each track was born of the modern machine itself.

These concepts are quickly prevalent on the album - every track has a singular purpose or energy unique to itself. Whether it’s emotive or programmed, there is a feeling that the way it has been constructed has been paved by the machines that surround us.

Slam have spread the net in terms of production on this album, basing it around their grander tastes in electronic music with the opening pairing of Inauguration & The Afore Mentioned veering into more dystopian sounds and the likes of Viginti Quinque, Ecclesiastic & Evite providing the harder edged themes in the first half of the album. The haunting sounds of Psalm & Anagram bring tension throughout, delivering shades of the future with buzzing, sombre chords set to static interference before one more peak time burst in Corridors. This allows the duo to close out the album in an exceptionally refined way, with Obstacle curving slowly downward leaving the ethereal soundscape of Fine.

The pair have lately been on consistent form with a highly prolific run of singles and remixes including the critically acclaimed ‘Soma Track Series’, all housed on Soma Records as we currently celebrate 25 years at the cutting edge of electronic music.


Slam - Ecclesiastic EP

Friday, 7th October 2016

The first single taken from Slam’s upcoming LP sees the duo select the spiritually driven Ecclesiastic to sit alongside two brand new deeper cuts, Stigma & Thermion, showcasing the sound of Machine Cut Noise

Ecclesiastic brings looped out step sequences together with hauntingly beautiful pads to deliver a truly dystopic sound. The first of two new works from the pair, Stigma, once again shows their production power, scoring a real tension builder. A pulsating start utilises buzzing synths hooks and hovering pads yet always teeters on the edge as Slam pursue their recondite concept. Thermion closes out the EP on a real deep Techno note. Shuddering low end and tight, rhythmic percussive elements set the tone for entrancing pads to glide in effortlessly creating a warm, modulating framework for this sublimely crafted track.

Slam truly are the masters of their craft, with intelligent design always at the forefront.


Mark Henning - Jaguar EP

Monday, 3rd October 2016

The incomparable Mark Henning blasts back on Soma with yet another dose of machine funk as he drops the Jaguar EP. Mark has consistently been one of Soma’s top artists due to his amazing sound design and keen knowledge of exactly what make a top dance floor track and this latest EP really shows him operating at his highest level.

Mark doesn’t waste anytime in getting down to business with the elastic funk of title track Jaguar. Classic drums and one catchy synth hook do the damage on this opener.
Ink brings a bit of Chicago style jack to the EP, with Henning really working the percussive elements before letting loose with some screaming synth work.
On 3rd track Yes yes, Mark delivers the most melodic sounds of the EP so far, simple and effect percussion backs a extremely well crafted, bouncing hook.
Closing off the EP is Atomic and Mark really picks up the pace with this one, heading down a more Techno path. More direct and intensive drums keep the stride whilst subtle vocals, sequenced tones and a raw synth stab delivers the groove.

Henning has once again delivered a very diverse EP that straddles the boundaries between House and Techno perfectly, all brought together with his unique and altogether striking production.


04LM - Atichgate EP

Friday, 16th September 2016

Argentinian based 04LM makes a welcome return to Soma after a short hiatus with the thumping, yet emotive, Atichgate EP. Things may have been quiet on the production front but that has only strengthened the resolve of 04LM’s music as he wields these 3 new tracks with utmost supremacy.

Atich opens the EP as 04LM delves into the Deep Techno spectrum with perfectly worked subby grooves, glistening, tight percussive elements and straight up haunting pads. Atichgate ramps up the pressure a little more as elastic grooves ride across a harder set low end, yet 04LM gives depth with his subtle atmospheres. Afterbye closes out the EP on a more hypnotic tip as circling percussion swirls round sea sub aquatic bleeps. Certainly one for those after hours moments.

A subtle, beautiful EP, 04LM has certainly crafted himself a fine sound and approach to electronic music.


SLV - Satellite

Tuesday, 6th September 2016

Soma proudly present the debut solo EP from the mysterious SLV after his epic contribution to the Transmission series earlier this year.

Characterised by tough, sub heavy percussion joined by melodic elements, SLV has crafted a very unique, mature sound in a short space of time and with Satellite he further explores the realms of deep, emotive Techno.

This EP is already being played iconic dance floors such as Space Ibiza by the likes of Tale of Us.


Rebekah | Anxiety

Monday, 22nd August 2016

Title track ‘Anxiety’ has Rebekah firing on all cylinders as raucous synth sequences pulse through wild percussion, never seeming to let up and certainly taking no prisoners. ‘The Riddle’ continues with similar energy levels as Rebekah infuses pounding rhythms with straight up percussive elements, before taking a perfectly controlled dive into deeper elements - comprising short blasts of subtle pads that give a more emotive side to the track. ‘19 Grams’ rounds of the EP with a little more subdued start, but in true Rebekah fashion, the pace quickly intensifies as shattering hi hats and saw tooth sequences blast in, effortlessly held together by beautifully gliding pads that give a perfect structure. 

Rebekah delivers yet another excellently crafted EP that defines her sound as a producer and also a DJ.


Mastered by Conor Dalton @ Glowcast Mastering


Jack Master - Bang The Box (Slam Remix) STS Vol.3

Monday, 8th August 2016

Slam have remixed Richie Hawtin's Jack Master classic Bang The Box as volume 3 in their new Soma Track Series project. Already being played by the biggest names of techno at Dekmantel and Awakenings and it's also been played on Carl Cox's Radio 1 Essential mix recorded live at Space Ibiza.

RICHIE HAWTIN'S WORDS ON THE REMIX:

“Released in the early 90s, the original Jack Master EP was a pseudo-name that I used to record fun classic Chicago inspired tracks that were made for my DJ sets. SLAM’s new updated take on the original, uses the original voice sample (that’s actually mine) and reworks the track into a full throttle stomping jack track perfect for todays dance floors!”


Roberto Clementi - Hard Class EP

Thursday, 4th August 2016

Soma's favourite Italian Roberto Clementi makes a welcome return with a solid 3 track EP in 'Hardclass'. The prolific Clementi has been busy of late with some excellent productions and this EP shows quite a different side of his tracks as he brings a heavier sound, yet still remains true to his deep roots.

Title track Hardclass is a perfect example of Clementi's ability to merge his tougher drum work with dream-like synths and rattling sequences.

Venice Portrait provides a much darker edge with filtered, grungey bass lines and subtly delayed drums and percussive elements that bring out the groove. The EP closes out with Thousands, with its anthemic qualities in which Roberto makes use of twisted sequences and haunting pads to great effect.

Another action packed release from Clementi who only continues to develop his unique sound.


Slam Announces New Album

Thursday, 28th July 2016

Slam return once more in album format with ‘Machine Cut Noise’, due October 28th, 2016.

With the double vinyl album, Machine Cut Noise, Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle delve into the everyday workings of what makes us human; with life, so to speak, running at the very heart of album. Much of their time is spent on the road, therefore many of the original ideas for the album were created in airports, hotels and wherever the two found themselves inspired around the world. This created a vibe that each track was born of the modern machine itself.

These concepts are quickly prevalent on the album - every track has a singular purpose or energy unique to itself. Whether it’s emotive or programmed, there is a feeling that the way it has been constructed has been paved by the machines that surround us.

Slam have spread the net in terms of production on this album, basing it around their grander tastes in electronic music with the opening pairing of Inauguration & The Afore Mentioned veering into more dystopian sounds and the likes of Viginti Quinque, Ecclesiastic & Evite providing the harder edged themes in the first half of the album. The haunting sounds of Psalm & Anagram bring tension throughout, delivering shades of the future with buzzing, sombre chords set to static interference before one more peak time burst in Corridors. This allows the duo to close out the album in an exceptionally refined way, with Obstacle curving slowly downward leaving the ethereal soundscape of Fine.

The pair have lately been on consistent form with a highly prolific run of singles and remixes including the critically acclaimed ‘Soma Track Series’, all housed on Soma Records where we are currently celebrating 25 years at the cutting edge of electronic music.


Slam Present Transmissions: Part Three

Friday, 15th July 2016

Slam present Part 3 of their illustrious Transmissions with label debuts from Flug, AWB & Koichi. As with previous instalments, Transmissions aims to bring new faces in Techno to the forefront and the line up presented here demonstrates three artists who are really beginning to shine in their careers.

Argentinian born Flug opens the EP with the heavy hitting Insects. Whilst a hammering drum workout runs through the track, Flug manages to keep things deep as it opens up with a perfect, sweeping chord driving home the ferocious beat. Frenchman AWB takes things along the deeper end of the spectrum with The Fifth Element. His sub heavy, broken beats glide gently against an air of uplifting pads, spaced out vocal cuts and trip synths. Closing things off we have Belfast based Koichi who really dirties things up with an absolute monster of a track, Aether. Moody and hypnotic, Koichi pushes things into the future with crazy rhythms and a wicked percussive workout.


Soma Exclusive: Gin & Techno

Tuesday, 5th July 2016

As Soma continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are proud to announce the limited release of Soma Gin & Techno. A high quality London Dry Gin at 46% abv, juniper is playing a lead role in the tasting notes. The gin is also oozing with other botanicals such as soft coriander, orange peel and wild thyme.

A very limited number are available - buy online from the Good Spirits Company.


Gemini Voice Archive - Reflection on Existence

Friday, 1st July 2016

The ever consistent GVA duo are on somewhat of a roll here at Soma with yet another solid release, their 3rd of the year, with absolutely no drop in quality. The boys turn in a perfectly crafted 3 tracker with the 'Reflection On Existence EP'.

A real space age feel runs throughout this EP as GVA push the boundaries in Techno once again merging solid rhythms with mind bending sonics.


Lewis Fautzi - Disasters on the Horizon EP

Friday, 17th June 2016

The ever reliable Lewis Fautzi returns to Soma with his furious brand of deep and hypnotic Techno. We also welcome debuts on the label in the form of two stunning remixes by international Techno stars, Sleeparchive & Sigha, who both turn in very unique takes on Fautzi's work.

Fautzi's Eerie opens the EP with deep pulsating rhythms and a real tripped out feel as each element of the track synchronises to create that perfect Techno tool. Berlin's Sleeparchive delivers an immense and ferocious version of Eerie, turning the deep original into a wild, mechanical workout. The darker vibes continue as Fautzi unleashes Horizontz with its stuttered percussive workout that punctuates rasping white noise and growling synths which modulate effortlessly through the track creating the desired tension. Our Circula Sound boss Sigha debuts on Soma and his version of Horizontz takes on a whole new life as his more subtle and melodic approach feeds a powerful and carefully crafted beast. Fautzi rounds off his latest Soma EP with Mental Circuits, once again going down a deep and murky path as understated rhythms through the synth and percussive work build the pressure.

Fautzi is calmly climbing into the higher echelons of the Techno scene and with releases like this, its clear to see why.


Jeff Derringer - Radio Therapy

Monday, 6th June 2016

US artist Jeff Derringer makes a welcome return to the Soma ranks with a brand new EP backed with an absolute ripper of a remix from O/V/R. Derringer has been working hard in the studio and the Chicago native drops 3 epically produced burners on the Radio Therapy EP.

The EP opens with an almost contemplative mood as title track Radio Therapys subtle broken beats merge with dystopic pads and trippy synths. Murder Mile sees a powerful stepped up sequence rattle the heart of the track while yet more lush pads and cleverly programmed drums keep things moving. The pairing of Regis & James Ruskin are up next with their O/V/R project remix of Radio Therapy. They turn Derringer's original into a dark, stepping, buzz-fed warehouse killer. Technique closes the EP with its deceptively dark yet old school feel.

Digital out now, and available on Vinyl on the 17th of June!


Gemini Voice Archive - Encuentro EP

Tuesday, 1st March 2016

After a highly successful debut year for the GVA duo, they open up their 2016 account on Soma with 3 more blistering Techno tracks with 'Encuentro'.

This bold EP from the mysterious duo further cements their place within the new roster at Soma as their well produced sound goes up another notch and delves even darker.

Out on Soma and Beatport on Monday 7th of March, and everywhere else Friday 18th March. Available to pre-order now.


Soma Rum & Techno

Wednesday, 25th November 2015

Soma announce Rum & Techno: a limited batch run of 200 bottles of 18 year Single Cask Caroni Rum from Trinidad. Each bottle is hand numbered from 1 to 200. Buy now from The Good Spirits Company.

Click on the image to buy.


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.