ARTIST: SILICONE SOUL
TITLE: ALIVE FROM THE OPIUM DEN
LABEL: DARKROOM DUBS
CAT #: DRD050
SILICONE SOUL CELEBRATE DARKROOM DUBS 50TH RELEASE
MASSIVE DJ SUPPORT from Sasha, Luciano, Seth Troxler, Davide Squillace, Joris Voorn, Nick Curly, Wally Lopez, Ellen Allien, Hot Chip, Carlo Lio, Slam, Lee Burridge, Ewan Pearson, Raresh, Manuel Tur, Sascha Dive, Konrad Black, Terry Francis, X-Press 2, Darren Emerson, Riva Starr, Tedd Patterson, Gorge, Dosem, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, SiS, Martin Landsky, Cirillo, Okain, Coyu, Danny Howells, Tiefschwarz, Hector Romero...
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SELECTED DJ FEEDBACK
Sasha – “Love all tracks on this EP from one of my favourite labels!”
Luciano - "Time Mariner's Mirrour is sounding really cool!!!"
Seth Troxler - "LOVE the Kiki mix!!!"
Davide Squillace - "Alive From The Opium Den is a really great track! Support!"
Joris Voorn - "Woohoo Silicone Soul are on a roll! Love the Opium Den!!"
Nick Curly - "Great ep from the guys.... full support on this!"
Wally Lopez - "Alive From The Opium Den is BIG!!!"
Ellen Allien - "Kiki's Darkroom Dub is coolllllllllllllllllllllll!!"
Hot Chip - "Excellent release. Love Time Mariner’s Mirrour in particular and a nice remix from Kiki, great!"
Carlo Lio - "Alive From The Opium Den is wicked. Will play!"
Lee Burridge - "Alive From The Opium Den is great fun!! Smashing it!"
Ewan Pearson - "Alive From The Opium Den is sounding great!! Many happy returns chaps!"
Nick Warren - "Congratulations guys! A wonderful label with a killer 50th release. "Alive" Is amazing work and "Time" is also a winner."
Raresh - "Alive From The Opium Den. Super nice!!! Thanks."
Manuel Tur - "Time Mariner's Mirrour is hot! Thanks & all the best for the next 50 releases."
Sascha Dive – “I like Alive From The Opium Den. Sounds like the first Darkroom Dubs!!!!”
Konrad Black – “Amazing release...Opium Den is sick and Kiki's remix is stellar. Time to head back into the den...”
Terry Francis - (Fabric London) - "Happy Birthday boys! Keep up the great work!! AFTOD my fav here!"
X-Press 2 - "Love these guys and the label. Will always support. Happy 50th SSDD!"
Darren Emerson - "Alive From The Opium Den is very cool indeed!! Big love from me!"
Orde Meikle - (Slam) - "Been hammering Alive From The Opium Den – CLASS!"
Riva Starr - "Now that's groovy! Alive From The Opium Den is my fave!"
Gorge - "Can't decide which one to play... This is a perfect EP!"
Tedd Patterson - (Cielo/ NYC) - "I love this. Every cut here gets my support. Great job. Thanks."
Dosem - "Excellent vibe... the sound of all the package is fat and elegant... full support!"
Tiefschwarz - "This is a really great package guys.. Support on all."
Rodriguez Jr - "Nice release! Happy 50th. Will play all of the tracks here!!"
Hernan Cattaneo - "Excellent, congrats on 50 quality releases!!!"
Dave Vega – (Robert Johnson) - "Great originals and an amazing remix from Kiki!!!"
Kris Needs, June 2011
Since 2003, Silicone Soul’s Darkroom Dubs imprint has co-existed in a parallel world to their more high profile work on the mighty Soma Recordings. Releases have been carefully selected, lovingly dressed and siphoned out to usually stand as brilliant monuments to house music in its deepest state. Not necessarily even the quintessential deep house stereotype of pads and finger-snapping, as blissful as that could be. Darkroom Dubs sound like the name; built for early hours moments but with a heady, sometimes hallucinogenic quality which can be re-triggered in the brain at any time. Opiated is another good term, as figuring in the title of the label’s landmark 50th release.
Having already established themselves as one of the most constantly surprising, thrilling and respected outfits in electronic dance music, Silicone Soul launched their alternative dream machine in 2003 with 'I Need To Freak' under the pseudonym of Astrocats, but also needed this extra outlet to accommodate the new unknowns regularly winging their way and deserving of exposure. After scoring success in its first years with names such as Jet Project, Martinez, The Spirals, Anthony Collins and Mirror Music, more were added to the roster in 2008, when Darkroom Dubs underwent a revamp/relaunch, including Gary Beck and Sei A. Most recent recruits include Of Norway, Freska, Klartraum, Jairo Catelo, Antonio Olivieri, Alex Niggemann, Luc Ringeisen, Edu Imbernon and Terje Saether.
2010’s superlative 'Darkroom Dubs Vol. 2 - Compiled & Mixed by Silicone Soul', was according to Craig, "A real snapshot of the label’s music, philosophy and intent." A Mixmag Compilation of the Month. Even as I said so myself in DMC Update: "Silicone Soul's Darkroom Dubs imprint has long been the ultimate bastion of the deepest electronic dance music bathed in the aural anarchy of acid house and relentlessly jaw dropping in its output…"’
Silicone Soul credit the deep musical substratas they were exploring on tracks like ’Nosferatu’ from their Soma debut album, along with their legendary Darkroom Dubs remix of Schatrax's Misspent Years. Apart from more obvious connotations, the name comes from the old photographic process and that eternal dub production style which can often make b-sides more spectacular than the original song. The proverbial quality not quantity has always been the motto.
This sneakily seismic label is celebrating reaching the big 50 [in the same year that mothership label Soma marks 20 years of electronic quality], with a string of special releases, headed by a full-pelt Silicone Soul behemoth called ‘Alive From The Opium Den‘, which could be the best excursion yet into the boys’ heliocentric world, whipping up their trademark dreamy swirl with ever-gathering sonic thunderclouds, tick tock boom groove and voices announcing the title [ending with ‘come again’ and a crashing gong]. It’s backed with the equally-hallucinogenic ‘Time Mariner‘s Mirrour‘, with sublime flamenco guitar and also a contagious, old school-flavoured remix by Bpitch Control's Kiki. Vinyl only, the record will come with full colour art; hugely commendable in this age of faceless digi-anonymity.
There’s also a limited vinyl reissue of two of Silicone Soul’s all-time favourite tunes; Frank De Wulf’s ‘People In Motion’ from 1993 and DJ HMC’s 1991 monster ‘Life Support Systems‘. As Craig explains, "Both really shaped our love and appreciation of electronic music when we first heard them at The Arches and Sub Club. It's wonderful to be able to give both tracks a fresh audience. The recent crowd reaction to both has been tremendous, everywhere from Club 69 to the Panorama Bar. "People In Motion" is a track that still gives me a special thrill every time I hear it, and it's now been lovingly re-mastered. With "Life Support Systems" the original DAT tape couldn't be located, so we had to search out a mint vinyl copy. Luckily Andy Pirie, who does the Melting Pot parties in Glasgow and is a passionate audiophile, owns a seriously high fidelity turntable and was kind enough to record it digitally for us, while our mastering engineer, Mathias 'Show-B' Schober, added that extra oomph! We both hope you enjoy the tracks as much as we do."
Friend of Darkroom Dubs, Twitch adds, "DJ HMC is one of the forgotten pioneers of techno. Before most of the world even knew what techno was, he was making records that sounded better than anything else, and in Australia to boot. 'Life Support Systems' was a bona fide classic at Pure, a club I did in Edinburgh from 1990-2000. It also became a classic at Optimo and featured on our 2nd mix CD. It will still be a classic 20 years from now. Timeless!"
The retrospective theme continues with the Darkroom Dubs Remixed series, where they ask some of their favourite producers to rework their favourites from the illustrious DRD back catalogue. Here, in something of a coup, they turn loose Robag Wruhme [of Thora Vukk album fame] on Extrawelt’s ‘Neuland’ while US techno titan John Selway supplies a stellar dub of 'The Hills’ by Filippo Mancinelli and Allen May, retaining the subterranean atmosphere while amping up the engine room.
As Silicone Soul continue to re-align the axis of electronic dance music as we know it with each release, the Darkroom Dubs vaults continue to swell with intoxicating treasures. By sharing the same thirst for new artistic blood as Soma, the label’s future is dazzlingly assured and shot with ongoing excitement that, even still, the best is yet to come...