Tuesday, 2 August 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: V/A 'Soma Records - 20 Years' out 19 September on Soma

If you buy one dance album next month then make sure you hold fire until the 19th and get this one. Not only is it an outstanding achievement to still be going for 20 years but to keep churning out high grade dance tunes across genres should be shouted from the rooftops. Soma are quite rightly doing so with this ambitious double decade celebration spanning 3 discs.

Disc one is an 11 track selection of some of their finest anthemic classic moments including the masterpiece from the late 90's Scott Grooves (feat Parliament / Funkadelic) 'Mothership Reconnection' (Daft Punk Remix). This was part of the soundtrack of my life in clubs, cafes, cars and on compilations released at the time. I even had a copy on vinyl - remember that?

Discs 2 and 3 are DJ mixes from Slam and Silicone Soul. Enough said, end of review really. But, in case you are new to all this and haven't the foggiest who they or Soma are, look them up on discogs. Both mixes are epic, spanning 36 tracks between them going through all the classics and more with some nice new remixes and reworks thrown in to boot. But you can't beat the classics can you? Rejuvination's 'Requiem' make a piano-tastic appearance on Silicone Souls mix who then seamlessly drops Slam 'Positive Education' right after. Enough to whet the appetite? No, well right after that drops 'This World' (Wignomy Bros. & Robag Wruhme dub) / vocal [Silicone Soul - The Snake Charmer Edit] - a massive hands in the air moment - the pigeons on my balcony are wondering what the fuck I'm doing right now and my cats have slinked of to hide under the bed in embarrassment.

The Slam mix is equally as epic but I shan't spoil that one for you, you just have to go and get yourselves a copy - only 1 month 17 days to wait!



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