Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: Slam (@)
Title: Rotary/Catacoustics
Format: 12"
Label: Soma Quality Recordings (@)
Distributor: Rubadub
Rated: *****
We recently quoted the Scottish techno label Soma Quality Recordings, whose long life - it's active since 1991 - seems to mirror the science of ageing whiskey whose thorough knowledge seems to be a secret art of their nice homelanders. Soma recently reached the important milestone of its 400th release, which got signed by its co-founders Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle aka Slam, a very influential fellowship for Glasgow techno club scene since the times when Steven "Workman" Sleepman asked these lads to care Saturday night at Glasgow's Tin Pan Alley. This "celebrative" tracks come out during tha last months in their recording studio, where they penned themselves up behind fences of past and new sonic technology that they tested for Slam's upcoming album (or maybe for whipping some new storms on the dancefloors up): the opening "Rotary" got ignited by a raw analogue line and a dry kick, which get gradually rippled so that they test a transition from a minimal tune to a proper techno track; on the flipside, "Catacoustics" drag deep techno sonorities up by means of hypnotical delayed bells, sub-bass gulper's lashes and masterfuly percussive spools- Long life to Soma!