Released 24th August
Following the critically acclaimed debut album from Tensal, Soma presents a specially commissioned remix EP to compliment the album. A varied collection of artists are prominent on the release with new and established alike, each delivering their own take on Tensal's originals. UK producer Pessimist opens the EP. His unique aesthetic of Jungle / Drum & Bass - come - Techno certainly makes its presence felt on the A-Side as he delivers a monster of a remix, soaked in dark, brooding textures and broken rhythms. Another UK techno export makes his debut on Soma as Shifted lends his remix skills to the package. Pulsating and propulsive, Shifted exudes pure energy with his version of Santolaya. Prolific French producer Umwelt closes out the EP with his interpretation of Belga. An old skool, electro affair Umwelt still retains a melancholic edge to the production. Two special, digital only tracks from Shifted & Umwelt also feature in this promo.
a1. Tensal - Santolaya (Pessimist Remix)
b1. Tensal - Santolaya (Shifted Remix)
b2. Tensal - Belga (Umwelt Remix)
Release Date: 15th December 2017
Portuguese Techno star Lewis Fautzi returns to Soma with another Earth shattering release as he drops the Molecular Spasms EP. The young producer once again shows great depth and knowledge with 4 straight up dance floor killers all set together his unique, futuristic sound.
a1. Molecular Spasms
a2. Ionic Bonding
b1. Absolute Zero
b2. Covalent Bond
Release Date: 1st December 2017
Yet more blissful listening comes your way courtesy of the impeccably talented Deepchord. As we prepare for the release Auratones, the Detroit native's 5th LP for Soma, Rod delivers the calming Northern Shores EP.
Epic aural formations are always at the forefront of Deepchord productions, every minute detail is constructed perfectly as each track gives off subtle nuances that nod to each aspect of Modell's sound designer skills. The crystalline sonic formations in Cirriforms blend together effortlessly allowing you to drift beyond while the ethereal pads of Sky Maps guide you through each unending swathe of reverb, each track bonded by subtle rhythms. Crystal Horizons sees Modell delve even deeper, working more with percussive elements as his quintessential synth work seems to sit just beyond perspective, gliding in gently to remind you of an ever reaching presence. Sand And Shore has Deepchord near strip the track of any clear rhythmic structure, with only faint sub bass allowing his uniquely processed field recordings and tranquil yet fluctuating synths to enhance the flow of the track.
A producer like no other, Deepchord creates new sonic realms with each release.
a2. Sky Maps
b1. Crystal Horizons
b2. Sand and Sea
Release Date: 20th October 2017
A foray into deep, organic, cinematic dance music. Subterranean bass, intercepted alien transmissions, and stripped down dance-beats meld with sheets of sounds that roll over the listener like waves lapping up on the shore. Shimmering, watery, brain hemisphere synchronization tones caress and melt stress away. Dance floor friendly tracks that work equally well in one s private listening space. Immersive music with a distinctive aquatic quality. Inspired by Detroit & Berlin s dance genres, but tempered by more ambience / atmosphere than one would expect from those genres. Music without harshness or rough edges. Fuzzy, out-of-focus, soft-sounds that slip in and out of the listener's consciousness. Uniquely melds current dance rhythms with lushness and spirituality. Synesthetic sounds that trigger sensory experiences in cognitive pathways other than hearing smells of perfumes, thoughts of colours, and altered perception of time and space. Psychoacoustic, cerebral, electronic listening music for those wanting a different experience than the current harsher, darker dance trends are offering. Responsibly made gentle music designed from the ground-up to have a positive effect on the nervous system and leave the listener invigorated and recharged. Chi-building sonic balm. Timeless, exotic dance tracks for a new school of electronic music enthusiasts who are searching for beautiful sounds, crafted with a higher purpose in mind.
a1. Fog Hotel
a2. Moving Lights
a3. Wind In Trees
c1. Point Reyes
c2. Underwater Galaxies
d1. Devil Ray
d3. Roca 9
Release Date: 13th October 2017
The incomparable Deepchord is back on Soma and drops the first single from forthcoming album, Auratones due in October. As is expected from the Detroit based sound designer, the Campfire EP is everything we have come to know and admire about his productions; from the spaced out, ambient sound fields to classic Dub Techno.
Perfumes Of A Spring Mist delicately opens this latest EP with entrancing, processed soundscapes, beautifully haunting melody and simple rhythmic elements than seem to evolve naturally allowing you to get lost in the sea of vibrations. Xpan leans on the more classic Dub Techno sound from Deepchord of years passed. Sub heavy beats and jagged yet tranquil synths sweep across the palette as Deepchord plays with constantly fluctuating chords, bringing the quintessential 90s Deep Techno into his more modern, processed sound. Title track Campfire brings ambience to the forefront to close out the EP. Melancholic synth elements drift across an expanse of refined and uniquely crafted field recordings, offering an insight into the areas from which Deepchord draws his inspiration.
Once again Deepchord proves to be one of the most visionary artists the electronic world has seen.
a1. Perfumes Of a Spring Mist
Release Date: 29th September 2017
Prana glistens into existence as ethereal pads drift by, giving way to a subtle, almost deep house beat that pulses nicely, backed by tribal-esq percussion. A gently staccato synth pattern flutters in and out toying with the idea of techno ever so slightly yet keeping well within the realms of his usual sound. Simplicity is the key in this track and Deepchord allows it to evolve slowly and he toys with sweeps of reverb and FX giving the track a lush, organic sound.
Tantra gives off a tougher vibe than it predecessor. Gently layered, deeper, edgier synths open the track as percussive elements, swathed in FX form the basis of the groove. Bolstered by a typical Deepchord dubbed out bass line this track once again evolves perfectly almost without the listener noticing the subtle changes that give Tantra a deep and emotive flow.
Never one to sit still and be pigeon holed into a genre, Deepchord easily turns his hand once again a brings two beautifully crafted tracks in his own inimitable style.
a1. Deepchord - Prana
b1. Deepchord - Tantra
Release Date: 8th September 2017
Soma welcome back long time collaborator Tony Scott under his Edit Select alias with The Bridge. Having recorded such classics as X-Track under Percy X, Tony has since found new depths with his Edit Select moniker which has seen countless releases on his own self titled label and more. With an album currently planned for release on Soma in early 2018, Edit Select takes his first steps onto his hometown label with this new single.
Suitably deep production is always the order of the day with any Edit Select release and this one is no different. Title track, The Bridge, begins with a chugging beat before gradually undulating into epic soundscapes. Flux takes a darker turn as twisted synths resonate throughout the typical atmospheric backdrop. Tonalist creates more rhythmic scenes with intense percussive elements keeping the track moving.
a1. The Bridge
Release Date: 25th August 2017
Soma500 is a very special release that sees label heads Slam visit two memorable tracks for them over this past anniversary year. The duo of Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle rework Robert Hoods, The Bond We Formed - taken exclusively from the Soma25 compilation and a track that has featured highly in countless sets, a unique Slam rework of Carl Craig s interpretation of Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom's, Relevee.
a1. Robert Hood - The Bond We Formed (Slam Remix)
a2. Robert Hood - The Bond We Formed [Slam S25 Retro Fit] (Slam Remix)
b1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Relevee [Slam Rework] (Carl Craig Remix)
Release Date: 25th August 2017
A special vinyl release containing some of the Soma 25 project's biggest remixes. With tracks form Oscar Mulero, Antigone, Gary Beck & Tensal.
a1. Slam - Stepback (Oscar Mulero Remix)
a2. Slam - Dark Forces (Tensal Remix)
b1. Funk D'Void - Bad Coffee (Gary Beck Remix)
b2. Slam - Positive Education (Antigone Remix)
Released 28th April 2017
2x12" Vinyl. Soma are proud to present the debut album from Rebekah as she unleashes the incredible Fear Paralysis . Rebekah has consistently been one of the most ferocious and exciting Techno artists for some time and is currently riding high within the Soma ranks after debuting on the label back in 2015 with the audacious Confined Heart EP . This album has certainly been a labour of love for Rebekah as uncertain times, musically, lead her to refocusing all her time and energy into developing her sound with the aim of creating a cleaner rhetoric than she was generally known for. The culmination of this process has found Rebekah returning to a simpler time where elements from the depths are explored thoroughly within Fear Paralysis. Rebekah wastes no time in diving head first into her first full length, with even the Intro setting the dark and ominous tone of the release. Breakfast With Jeff really kicks off Fear Paralysis as Rebekah further ups the pace, unleashing a menacing yet powerful Techno workout. The feisty producer then takes things down a different path, exploring more album orientated material as 1997 Reprise, Requiem For A Dream & Breath see Rebekah explore various forms of broken beat, atmospheric and more thoughtful territories. Rebekah continues to show her versatility as a producer as the album process continues. Tell Me Your Secrets serves up a more cerebral sound whilst title track Fear Paralysis evokes a deeper more emotive side whilst remaining, ultimately, a dance floor focused track. The later half of the album sees Rebekah once again delivering on what she does best. Thirteen is a pounding and sinister affair, laden with perilous drones leading perfectly into I Died A Thousand Times. Another broken beat affair swamped in mutated sequences and murky background textures. The jacked up Code Black, a track already doing damage as the 2nd single taken from the album, powers home toward the back end of the album which allows Rebekah to bring things to a close on a more deeper tip. Again drifts gently with its staccato baseline line, wistful pads and filtered percussion with Rebekah s own vocals providing the depth. The electronica based Later That Day and the vicious Anxiety, taken from Rebekah s 2nd Soma single, bring this momentous album to an electrifying end. Rebekah easily shows off her adaptability throughout and clearly shows a very wide range of influences in each track, making Fear Paralysis the perfect listening and club use album.
a2. Breakfast With Jeff
b1. Requiem for a Dream
b2. Tell Me Your Secrets
b3. 1997 Reprise
c1. Fear Paralysis
c2. I Died a Thousand Times
d2. Code Black
d3. Later That Day
Released 7th April 2017
As we gradually build toward the release of Rebekah's debut album on Soma, the hard hitting DJ/producer drops her 3rd single in the shape of the Code Black EP. Rebekah is on somewhat of a frenzied run of form at the moment with not only an exhaustive touring schedule but a slew of releases that stand as a testament to her dedication to Techno. Title track Code Black hits the ground running with ice cold percussion and thunderous kicks running the show before a more jacking vibe is introduced backed by some seriously perilous pads. Disaster looms even more as Relapse Paradigm tears in next with clunking beats and straight percussive workouts as screeching synths and hooks give an overall foreboding atmosphere. X Confessions closes out the EP in no less vicious terms and Rebekah sets out on the warpath utilising pulsing rhythms and calamity inducing sequences to really rip into the dance floor.
a1. Code Black
b1. Relapse Paradigm
b2. X Confessions
Released 14th April 2017
Limited 5x12" Vinyl boxset. Since it's inception in 1991 on the streets of Glasgow, Soma Records has stood for uncompromising quality of the highest level in every area it operates. Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle formed Slam during the Acid House explosion in the late 80's and then together with friends Glenn Gibbons & Dave Clarke they forged one of electronic music's most widely known and well respected labels. With McMillan & Meikle as the figureheads with their Slam project and influenced by the early Detroit Techno scene, Soma quickly began to develop it's own sound and with their eyes firmly fixed on a vision of the future, the team began the quest to instill their unquenchable thirst for electronic music into the world around them. Soma quickly became an international brand as Slam's anthemic 'Positive Education' 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, also kick starting the careers of Alex Smoke, Funk D' Void, Silicone Soul, Gary Beck and many, many more who have shared in their vision. 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. Preserving a future focused outlook to electronic music in actuality can be something of a difficult task in todays over saturated market. However the Soma ethos has endured and in recent years the label has crafted a resolute and steadfast viewpoint that has seen them enhance their global popularity year in, year out. This more modern outlook has lead perfectly into the Soma25 project, the culmination of the last 25 years of a more than proactive presence in the electronic music scene, the label clearly begins to look to the next 25 years as it readies its most exciting project to date, a distinctively designed box set, packed with one of a kind music and exclusive content. Enlisting the help of such luminaries as Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Josh Wink, Steve Bicknell, Andrew Weatherall and more, these long time supporters and friends of the label have created, in their eyes, original music which instills in them the Techno vision that Soma has brought to the world. From Mills' otherworldly connections, Weatherall's future/retro acid, Wink's 9min dance floor burner to Hood's straight up, fast paced workout; they all come together to form the collective consciousness of the Soma attitude. Of course, no Soma compilation would be complete without founders Stuart McMillan & Orde Meikle aka Slam, who deliver Tempest, a track that perfectly sums up the whirlwind last few years the pair have enjoyed as they continue to head up the global Techno elite. Completing the assemblage of original tracks is Soma's own Funk D' Void, bringing his unique brand of jacked up electronics with 808 Planet. Further to these, the label has commissioned contemporary artists to remix a special set of Soma classics, creating neoteric statements that will continue the legacy that Soma has established with the distinctiveness of each artist breathing a new sense of purpose into every interpretation. Ostgut's Kobosil brings Slam's 'Visions' into the prevailing drone-ebbed world, the veiled VRIL douses the timeless X Track by Percy X in his dubbed out demeanor and Jonas Kopp's EBM workout of another Slam classic, 'Stepback' creates the standpoint for the project: always forward, never back. In accompaniment, the Soma team decided it was necessary to match the unique musical sensibilities displayed with an artistic environment that clearly juxtaposed the ideas set forth in the project. This led to a collaboration with Scottish artist Kyle Irvine who is currently studying at Dundee's school of art, DJCAD. His highly detailed, powerful yet delicate illustration style is truly unique with elements of dark Japanese manga. Each design was handpicked by the Soma team especially for the box set, which features exclusive Soma 25 Logo stickers, a poster and illustrated vinyl sleeves. Each individual sleeve has its own story line with enigmatic characters including Lantern Man and Little Bo, who live in a dimension beyond our own. Look out for Kyle's designs on the Soma25 remix singles and forthcoming, limited editions clothing lines produced in conjunction with Forty Clothing Glasgow. This is Soma's future statement: We aim to shape, not anticipate.
a1. Robert Hood - The Bond We Formed
a2. Jeff Mills - A Tale from the Parallel Universe
b1. Daft Punk - Drive (Slam Remix)
b2. Adam Beyer - Just Things
c1. Blawan - Clipper
c2. The Woodleigh Research Facility - SOMA025
d1. Josh Wink - Synodic Period
e1. Slam - Stepback (Jonas Kopp Remix)
e2. Slam - Visions (Kobosil Remix)
f1. Percy X - X-Track (VRIL Remix)
g1. Slam - Tempest
g2. Steve Bicknell - Mind Cycles
h1. Funk D'Void - 808 Planet
i1. Joe Stawartz - Cry (Deepchord Remix)
j1. Joe Stawartz - Beebear (Deepchord Remix)
Released 20th January 2017
Mark Henning opens his 2017 Soma account with the ingenious Expander Six EP furthering his hardware Techno escapades. Title track Expander Six harks back to classic 90s Techno with heavy beats, deep stabs and deeper vibes. Tides brings pure unadulterated funk as Henning drops some serious, swinging grooves. 1999 follows up perfectly with a more straight to the point club ready banger. The Dogs closes out yet another on point EP from the British producer which sees him upping the pace with some furious drum programming knitted neatly together by some superbly catchy synth work Henning excels at blurring the line between House and Techno creating space for both in all his work, this well crafted EP typifies his style consummately.
a1. Expander Six
b2. The Dogs
Released 13th January 2017
On August 22nd Rebekah returns to the fold with her second EP on Soma, following her 2015 debut 'Confined Heart'. Staying true to her UK techno roots, the Berlin based artist delivers three monster cuts that exemplify her ferocious sound. 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.
b1. The Riddle
b2. 19 Grams
Released 16th December 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.
a1. Dark Manoeuvres (Dax J Remix)
a2. Dark Manoeuvres (Norman Nodge Remix)
b1. Dark Manoeuvres (SHDW Remix)
b2. Dark Manoeuvres (Tensal Remix)
Released 28th October 2016
Techno duo Slam present a brand new artist 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 where ever 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 with every track has a singular purpose or energy unique to itself. Emotive or programmed piece, there is a feeling that the way it has been constructed has been paved by the machines which surrounds 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 dystopic 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 Corridorsallowing 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 their label Soma Records which is currently celebrating 25 years at the cutting edge of electronic music.
a2. The Afore Mentioned
a3. Viginti Quinique
Released 29th April 2016
Soma's Italian connection, Roberto Clementi, makes a welcome return opening his 2016 account with the solid, Wall of People. Including a top notch remix form Ilian Tape label heads, Marco & Dario Zenker. Robert has slowly been building his credentials in the Techno world with some fine releases and this driving number is another to add to increasing discography with Soma. The Zenker Brothers remix opens the EP as the Munich based duo lend their deep and highly refined production talents to Wall of People. Ruptured beats play havoc with a shimmering high end and rattling percussive elements all tied in with a pulsing, modulating synth hook that keep the track feeling fairly dark. Clementi's original shows a much harder edge to his previous work with big, sub heavy beats worked around a more pumped up rhythm and tearing synth line.
a1. Roberto Clementi - Wall of People (Zenker Brothers Remix)
b1. Roberto Clementi - Wall of People
Released 8th April 2016
Slam have started a sub division of their Soma Records label called Soma Track Series which see's the duo going back to their Chicago-inspired roots and to kick things off their Techno bomb 'Make You Move' and 'Take You There (feat. Mr V)' appear on the first physical release of the series.
a1. Slam - Make You Move
b1. Slam - Take Me There (feat. Mr V)
Released 25th March 2016
Atmospheric Vol 2 is the second single to be taken from Deepchord's latest full length but sees him stray from the album tracks, bringing 3 exclusive pieces to the vinyl, keeping in the same musical vein as Ultraviolet Music. Exploring the North & Pinewood Lodge see Rod Modell on more Deep Techno excursions as beautifully sweeping pads and glistening synths drift by ever evolving, perfectly processed atmospheres. Deepchord's unique use of subtle field recordings throughout give both of these tracks a real heady/druggy quality and his seamless loops allow you to drift of into his fully developed dream world. Shot Point delves into straight up ambient territory with Deepchord striking an unearthly balance between the natural and synthetic world. Yet more flawlessly collected field recordings wash away on an ocean of reverb soaked pads, drowning the listener within its mesmerising tides.
a1. Exploring the North
b1. Pinewood Lodge
b2. Shot Point