After his epic contribution to the Transmission series in spring Soma is proud to present the debut solo EP from the mysterious SLV. 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.
The sounds seem kind of familiar to me but to be honest I can’t tell who might be behind the SLV alias. But does it matter anyway as long as the sound is right?
And here it is. The album I’ve basically been waiting for since Soma hooked me up with the promo of Petrichor’s first EP called “On Tides” in early 2013. Since I closed my Facebook account around half a year ago I nearly missed the release last friday, but I’m glad there are other communication channels.
I always have problems categorizing music. I can’t even do it for my own so how am I supposed to judge other people’s work? I strongly recommend you to take some time, listen to it and decide for yourself – or just not categorise at all, what’s the point anyway?
Whatever you call it, since you’re on my website I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like it. You know when you have to high expectations after a strong first and second ep and get dissapointed in the end? I was kind of sure that this couldn’t happen in this case – and I’m happy I was right. As I am writing this I am listening to it for the second time in a row and I still don’t know what to say. Is it the organic, melancholic, crisp sound? I don’t know. It is touching me on various levels, at parts it even gives me goosebumps. My biggest respect to Simon Stokes! Albums like that are the reason why I love music. If I had a category “album of the month” this would be it – and the ones to come.
@Soma: For some reason I didn’t get this one as promo but I’m glad I bought it. In case you should be in charge of Simon’s Bookings I hope that there’s gonna be a gig over here in Germany?!
Soma mainstay Lewis Fautzi returns with a prelude to his next full length on the label with the hypnotic, drone inspired double A, ‘Elliptic/Tremors’. Lewis’ signature deep, mesmerising sounds are prevalent throughout this ep and are garnering him great support throughout the Techno world.
Exclusive to this EP is Elliptic. Fautzi uses minimalistic grooves and sparse percussion to create a narcotic atmosphere, brimming with seductive, effective synth hooks that ebb and flow, leaving you lost in the moment
Taken from the upcoming Space Exploration LP, Tremors teams with dark energy. The pulse of distant entities dominate the background as searing bass tones build and swell around you creating the most unnerving tension.
Fautzi gives us a sneak peak into a project that takes us beyond the realms of what we know as Techno.
In my opinion one of the biggest upcoming releases: 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’.
Slam step up first to provide a reinterpretation of Factory Music which sees them almost completely revamp the original. Leaning heavily on a soft synth version of the classic Roland SH101, Slam ramp up the tension in the track as driving percussion rides the tsunami provided by the 101.
More recently popping up on Soma under his Secluded guise, Hans Bouffmyhre follows up from Slam with an energetic remix of Factory music. His signature, sub heavy Techno comes out in full force as he perfectly loops out the original and balances a solid drum workout smoothly in a groove ridden, peak hour track.
The always on form Truncate brings his jacked up funk to Cirklon Bells, one of the more ambient pieces from Reverse Proceed. The mind melting synths are merged with Truncate’s stuttered, distorted percussion giving this a real Chicago flavour.
Tony Scott aka Edit Select rounds off the package on a deeper tip. More subtle drums are used, giving this remix the typical hypnotic mood found throughout his music. The ethereal atmospheres are effectively used in the backbone of the track bringing the usual Edit Select profoundness to the remix
Ukrainian duo Woo York have crafted two fine techno tools doused with their signature deep and hypnotic sound, perfect for any DJ set.
Ancient Light opens the EP with deep and powerful rhythms. Haunting synths float atop a bed of rolling analogue sub bass and a driving kick drum. Woo York create a perfect DJ tool with this as the track seamlessly flows powered by a real analogue sound.
Solar Diet ties in perfectly as yet more dystopian rhythms seep out the track. Crisp and snappy percussion back a dark and pulsing low end while a trippy synth hook flickers in and out keeping the one of this track firmly in the deep end.
Pig & Dan have delivered another great EP to sit along side their already amazing catalogue of releases on Soma, always with a fresh and unique take on dance music.
Broken Melody is a perfect, rhythmic opener for this EP. Spliced up vocals pop through an almost tribal bass line while bright percussion melds this track together nicely. Pig & Dan are masters of the solid tech house track and this slickly produced track is a great example of these guys at work.
A more melodic approach is brought in on ‘Something’s Going Down’. Short, delayed synth stabs float delicately while a deep vocal cut drops over the intro as the track builds slowly as the synth become more ethereal, with an almost Detroit influence. This track definitely screams, hands in the air, as the percussion finally drops after building the tension through the melody.
Junglism rounds off the EP with its staccato rhythms and funked up drums definitely aimed directly at the dance floor. Pig & Dan once again show their mastery of production on this one as their skillful use of FX allows this track to flow perfectly. The track bounces well from growling dance floor stomper to almost trance-like euphoria with perfectly timed drops and even better use of programming.