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Maya Jane Coles, Loco Dice and Kirk Degiorgio get ready for Pressure's 15th birthday

6 Nov 2013

The club's secret? '5am finishes, three rooms, underground & credible DJs, plus people going crazy'

‘We have never looked too far into the future, just the same as we tend not to reflect much on past achievements. Certainly we wanted to build something special with Pressure and we were encouraged from the start by the people who came and made it their…

Glasgow's Independent Label Market to feature stalls from Chemikal Underground, Soma and more

25 Sep 2013

LuckyMe, Optimo, Song by Toad, Rock Action, Electric Honey and Numbers are also involved

For those of us who ogled Mute Records’ mini-synths and cupcake records from afar, who cursed the distance from Scotland to London as XL flogged a record label on a market stall in Spitalfields, and who mourned the fact they’d missed being lavished with…

Singles & EPs round up - June 2013

10 Jun 2013

Leonidas & Hobbes, Frightened Rabbit, theapplesofenergy, Harvey McKay and more reviewed

Leonidas & Hobbes Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups EP (Hobbes Music) ●●●● The debut EP from Edinburgh electronic duo Leonidas & Hobbes (the latter, Andy Richardson is a well-known promoter about town and sometime writer of this establishment) is…

Albums round-up - June 2013

10 Jun 2013

Queens of the Stone Age, Deap Vally, Jon Hopkins, The View, Austra and more reviewed

Queens of the Stone Age -... Like Clockwork (Matador Records) ●●● The follow up to 2007’s Era Vulgaris is a slight departure from their previous efforts, with a more subdued stoner vibe throughout. The album begins with the brooding intensity of…

Interview: Andrew Weatherall set for RockNess 2012

30 Mar 2012

Esteemed DJ and producer on A Love From Outer Space and festivals

Andrew Weatherall is just one of the new announcements for 2012’s RockNess line-up where he’ll be joining Soma Records who are taking control of the new Arcadia UFO. It’s a Scottish Festival exclusive as he’s joined by Sean Johnston as they present an…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 49 to 1

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

The Hot 100 is the definitive list of Scottish creative talent. From fashion designers to performance artists, everyone who has made a sizeable splash in 2011 has a place in this countdown. It’s for people who’ve created a buzz, but it’s also about…

Soma Records: 20 Years

24 Aug 20114 stars

Three CD celebration pack of hits and resurrections

(Soma) As ‘the UK’s longest-running dance label’, so they tell us and we’re inclined to believe, Soma (the releasing arm of production duo Slam, the guys who pitch that pointy blue tent at T in the Park every year) continue to occupy a place…

An open letter from Scottish record labels

19 Aug 2011

Chemikal Underground, Rock Action and Soma on the PIAS warehouse fire

As London faced its worst rioting in recent history, the repercussions resonated far and wide, a fire at the PIAS warehouse annihilating stock, and ultimately affecting some of Scotland’s most important independent labels. Here Chemikal Underground…

Crate digging: Gary Beck picks 5 great tracks

16 Aug 2011

Producer releasing on Soma, Drumcode, Minus and Bek Audio

Gary Beck is one of the younger artists signed to Soma (he also has releases on Drumcode, Minus and his own Bek Audio) and he joins Slam and Animal Farm at the Edge Festival’s annual Soma Night as part of the Glasgow label’s 20th birthday celebrations.

Interview - Slam talk us through 20 years of Soma Records

15 Mar 2011

Glasgow label that gave us Daft Punk, Ewan Pearson and Funk D’Void

To celebrate Soma’s 20th anniversary, Orde Meikle, one half of label founding fathers Slam (alongside Stuart McMillan), takes us though the history of Glasgow’s favourite electronica label.

Vector Lovers - Electrospective

1 Mar 20113 stars

Unashamedly artificial but soothing nonetheless

(Soma) A game designer in real life and a producer since 2002, Martin Wheeler here collects a bunch of the tracks he’s released on Soma into one handy compilation, even more so considered he’s remixed and remastered each one from scratch. The…

The best Christmas clubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh 2010

10 Dec 2010

Optimo, Tackno, Colours, Taste, Karnival and Madchester among Christmas and Boxing Day highlights

If staying in with the family just isn’t your thing over Christmas there’s a few options to get you out on the dancefloor. Things are a bit quieter on Christmas Day itself with a few chart and party venues opening their doors (including the North Pole…

Gary Beck to guest at Compakt

7 Sep 2010

In the oft fickle world of clubbing, even reaching your first is a bit of a milestone, so it’s great to see Compakt hitting their second, their mix of techno and tech-house proving a hit with Edinburgh’s club community. Helping them celebrate is rising…

Music festivals 2010: Ones to watch

28 May 2010

Unicorn Kid Aka Oliver Sabin – Edinburgh-based electronic wunderkind, this year playing festivals including T in the Park, Wickerman, Belladrum and Bestival Hudson Mohawke He makes super sweet futuristic jams. I loved last year’s album Butter. I…

The Black Dog - Music For Real Airports

29 Apr 20102 stars

(Soma) Stirringly pretentious ambient riposte to Brian Eno’s 1978 album Music For Airports. It perfectly captures the ennui of volcano-linked airport-delay purgatory, but who wants to relive that right now?

Various artists - Soma Compilation 2010

13 Jan 20104 stars

Soma Compilation 2010 (Soma) This latest taste-of-the-label comp demonstrates precisely who has been making waves on Slam’s Glasgow-based label over the last year. It’s very much a family affair this time out as the label’s signees and associates…

Slam set to play Return to Mono

6 Jan 2010

Way back when, Slam used to host a little acid house night called Atlantis at the Sub Club. Since then they have taken over the Arches with their own Pressure night, run perhaps the best dance tent at any mainstream festival with their constantly rammed…

The Black Dog and Mr Copy set for Soma Records Night

6 Aug 2009

It has become a bit of a mainstay at the Edge Festival and Glasgow’s premiere label, Soma Records, is back once again for its annual showcase of all that’s great and good in the world of house and techno. This year’s line-up includes seminal UK techno…

Various - Somabeta 002

22 Jan 20093 stars

ELECTRONICA Technophiles hold tight. Here come Soma with yet another mighty compilation of brand spanking new electronica talent. Right down to the artwork for this vanguard album, an innovative design plucked the Soma 2008 Artwork Competition…

Scottish DJs and Producers 2009

8 Jan 2009

House music was born in the 80s and morphed into techno under the guiding hands of the Detroit masters. More recently, drum & bass and electro-clash swept though clubland whilst grime and dubstep have are the newest configuration of dance beats, not to…

Slam and Soma issue Pressure10 documentary

11 Dec 2008

As part of their birthday celebrations for Pressure, Slam and Soma have issued Pressure10, a movie on the decade of the flagship club night, showing some of the Glasgow night’s finest hours, with appearances from Richie Hawtin, Green Velvet, Ricardo…

Various - Soma 2008

11 Dec 20084 stars

TECHNO/HOUSE The opener (an Adam Beyer remix of Slam’s ‘Staccato Rave’) is a stormer of understated techno brilliance and while at over 12 tracks this compilation loses momentum at times, the old school acid squelch of Funk d’Void & Sian, the…

Musicians' guide: Live music nights

27 Nov 2008

The Mill Launched at the end of the summer, this platform for emerging new talent hosts gigs at The Caves, Edinburgh, and Oran Mor, Glasgow. For more info, visit Born To Be Wide A night set up to make connections between…

Five questions: Marco Bernardi

21 Aug 2008

Marco Bernardi is the mild-mannered janitor behind Octogen, the jewel in Soma Records’ electronic crown. He comes to Edinburgh as part of the Edge Festival’s Soma Records Night and submits to our probing with peculiar results 5 words to describe your…

Profile - Marco Bailey & Percy X

19 Jun 2008

Names Marco Bailey & Percy X Who that? Bailey is Belgium’s premier techno DJ/producer and CEO of record label MB Selektions. Percy X is Glasgow’s own Soma stalwart, also a DJ/producer, again fronting his own label edit-select. What’s the story?