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Headway - Fri 3rd September - SILICONE SOUL @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee

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We are very pleased to announce the return of Headway stalwarts SILICONE SOUL. The best Headway of 2009 without question was when they played last year in October and blew the roof off the place, we're very much looking forward to a night of similar quality!

Check out these videos from last year:

and from our 3rd birthday in 2007:

Also check out the full set recorded live on Friday 2nd October 2009 @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee... awesome!



Friday 3rd September 2010



(Soma, Darkroom Dubs)


Andy Barton

Neil Clark

Bruce Anderson

Graeme Binnie

The Reading Rooms



Doors: 10.30pm - 2.30am

Entry: 8 before 11pm, 10 after

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Since first appearing on Slams mighty Soma Records in 1998, DJ-production duo Craig Morrison and Graeme Reedie, aka Silicone Soul, have occupied a special place in the over-crowded field of electronic dance music, mainly through the depth and quality of their recordings plus innate understanding of musics grand heritage and its constant development.

Silicone Soul is the perfect name to describe the way they cajole then sculpt every sonic ingredient from their machines with maximum care and emotion. Theyve always turned their heads away from vacuous trends to follow their passion and instincts, famously turning down Top Of The Pops for their 2001 top ten hit Right On but happy in the knowledge that every single they release kicks off in the underground clubs; esoteric, melodically-textured and underpinned by a compulsive, euphoric throb harking back to the earliest days of disco. Over the course of four albums, the pair have turned the often tricky task of making a substantial electronic dance album into an art form, partly by remembering what made classic albums happen and last in the first place.

Craig and Graeme met at school but didnt just rise from the rave, instead cutting their musical teeth on original punk ructions by the Stooges and MC5, while recognising the groundbreaking innovations of the Rolling Stones and soul pioneers such as Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield (whose Right On For The Darkness provided a blueprint for their Right On 4 Tha Darkness). In the late 80s-early 90s the duo became justifiably addicted to the interstellar, drugged-out soul of Primal Screams Screamadelica and its attendant Andrew Weatherall remixes. When they heard Slams Orde and Stuart venting such at the first night of their Soma club at Glasgows Arches, the potential and euphoria of electronic dance music drenched their musical ambitions, leading to them setting up their own independent record label called Depth Perception in late 1996 (which included an early song called Silicone Soul). These releases caught the ears of Soma supreme Dave Clarke and Slam, who had started Soma at the start of the decade and, even then were counted among the top UK dance labels with a formidable roster. An underlying punk ethic has always been at the heart of Slam and Soma, which was enough to convince Craig and Graeme that this was the right label for them.

Silicone Souls first Soma releases were The Strip followed by All Nite Long (their love of the Stones emerging in the title of third track, Midnite Rambler) in 1998, followed by Right On 4 Tha Darkness in 1999 with further 12-inches including Nosferatu, The Answer, Seven Day Weekend, Inferno,

The Poisoners Diary, Under A Werewolf Moon, Damascene Moments, The Pact, The Snake Charmer,Bad Machines and The Pulse. Silicone Soul have released four critically acclaimed albums (All on Soma) A Soul Thing [2000], Staring into Space [2005], Save Our Souls [2006] and last years Silicone Soul.

Early on, each release became an event; guaranteed carnage at sweaty clubs and while the albums made headily compulsive home listening as panoramic visions in their own right. Their tracks could be deep and exotic or roof raising in wild pitch style, while the sense of infinite space betrayed their fixation with Temptations producer Norman Whitfield.

In keeping with Somas in-house mix swapping, Craig and Graeme have remixed several names on the roster, including Slam and starting their Darkroom Dubs imprint in 2003 to venture deeper underground with a roster including Mirror Music, Sei A and Extrawelt.

Silicone Soul have also adapted themselves to live gigs as they tour extensively; in the last year theyve left indelible footprints anywhere from Murmansk to Melbourne, while holding residences at Barcelonas La Terrrazza, Antwerps Caf DAnvers and Pressure, Slams current club at The Arches where it all began. They have also become firm favourites on the festival circuit.

Last year Silicone Soul received two nominations in DJ Mags Best Of British awards (Best Album, Best Producer). Their accompanying praise cited, a name that encapsulates the marriage of the synthetic and the sincere at the heart of their musicnot only one of Scotlands most exciting and challenging dance acts, but Britain and beyond.

2010 has already seen remix EPs from their last Soma album and label compilation Darkroom Dubs Volume II Mixed By Silicone Soul, a second collection of exclusive, unreleased and favourite tracks from their label, which stands tall as one of the years best musical journeys. Recent releases include Silicone Soul Remixed for Soma, featuring Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Prompt, Nhar & Klartraum and Time Mariners Mirrour, for Darkroom Dubs.

Theres an emotional depth and subtle cinematic mischief running through Silicone Souls music of a sort rarely glimpsed in electronic dance music. Theyve never copied the afore-mentioned musical heroes, but that same indefinable spirit which drove them seems to have taken root in their creative juice dispenser, alive and knocking on house heavens door.

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