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Techno - Released November 30, 2018 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released April 26, 2019 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released November 30, 2018 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released March 10, 2017 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released May 13, 2016 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released October 28, 2016 | Soma Records

"[P]erfectly poised to get brainwaves firing, so that limbs will follow. Heat-seeking oscillations enable the trusted sensations of chrome-finished suspended animation and moth-like magnetism, surgical precision emitting singeing blowback."
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Techno - Released May 4, 2018 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released October 13, 2017 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released August 24, 2018 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released February 2, 2018 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released May 20, 1996 | Soma Records

Though it's missing one of their finest moments (namely "Positive Education"), Slam's LP debut is a near-perfect summation of British techno circa the midpoint of the decade. While tracks like "Emotive" and "White Shadows" capture the mood of techno's stateside progenitors (with the expected focus on driving beatwork), while still forecasting other developments in music: breakbeat techno on "Low Life" and "First Bass," more minimal output with "Free Fall," and increasingly shadowy material with "Dark Forces." ~ John Bush
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Dance - Released June 25, 2001 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released December 21, 2018 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released October 19, 2018 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released June 5, 2017 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released November 20, 2015 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released February 3, 2017 | Soma Records

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Dance - Released December 9, 2016 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released February 8, 2019 | Soma Records

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Techno - Released June 11, 2001 | Soma Records

Finally following up their debut Headstates, Slam sound surprisingly unchanged after five long years, welcome news for fans of their clean, classic sound and sleek production tastes. Despite spear-heading the movement into new territory for electronic dance -- specifically, tech-house and nu breaks -- with releases on their Soma label and frequent DJ dates, for Alien Radio the duo again looked back to the moody, evocative sound (and synthpads) of classic techno and acid house from the late '80s. And similar to Photek's reinvention of himself as a house producer on 2000's Solaris, it can only benefit from the recruitment of two house-influenced vocalists, Tyrone Palmer and Dot Allison. Palmer's two tracks, "LifeTimes" and "Eyes of Your Soul," are unapologetically dramatic, emotional tracks; as on Photek's material, though the spare beats and straightforward effects may sound rather dated, good producers (and good tracks) shine through no matter the means to their end. "Narco Tourists," another collaboration track (with James Lavelle's trip-hop project U.N.K.L.E., minus DJ Shadow), sounds practically untouched by the Mo' Wax headz, except for the barrage of beats, while Dot Allison's track "Visions" has the imperial, classicist grandeur of prime Orbital. One of the few direct missteps on Alien Radio comes when Meikle and McMillan attempt to right a wrong by including a new remix of their classic single "Positive Education"; the experiment renders the song up-to-date but lacking the spirit of the original. That's a good clue to the major problem of Alien Radio -- Slam again show themselves as great producers, but they've missed the original spirit of Headstates. ~ John Bush