Headway

Headway with Levon Vincent (Novel Sound / Deconstruct Records / Underground Quality – New York, USA)

Next up we have the immensely talented, vinyl master from New York City who was voted 40th in the Resident Advisor Top DJs of 2013 Poll: Levon Vincent!

If you’ve caught Levon at Rockness, T In The Park, Pressure @ The Arches, Numbers @ The Sub Club or anywhere else recently, you’ll know that his raw house and techno sound is perfectly suited to The Reading Rooms and we can’t wait for his Dundee debut!

 

Headway
Friday 13th February 2015

featuring…

LEVON VINCENT
(Novel Sound , Deconstruct Records , Underground Quality  – New York, U.S.A)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 2.30am

 

1st release tickets on sale now for £8:

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?655750

 

We noticed a large number of people coming from out of Dundee last time. If you need somewhere cheap to stay then look no further than:

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/301/Dundee-Central-hotel

£26 for a family room that sleeps 3. Less than £9 each and walking distance to the ‘Rooms.

Or the Apex if you fancy a 4*:

http://www.apexhotels.co.uk/en/hotels/dundee/apex-city-quay-hotel/

 

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When it comes to house music there’s been something of a renaissance in New York City these past few years, and one of its main advocates is Levon Vincent. Born in Houston, Texas and raised on the East Coast; he now calls Berlin his home. As a club- goer, he cut his teeth during the pre-Giuliani New York heyday, where a vibrant scene was helping to push the elegant sound that would become known as NY house forward – and Levon witnessed it all first-hand. Working his way up through landmarks like Sugar Reef (of Sugar Babies fame) or Pat Field’s Boutique, and record stores such as Kim’s, Tower, and Music Exchange, Levon joined a long, proud lineage of fringe arts based around New York’s downtown culture. Ten years later, in 2001, he began to work at the legendary Halcyon record shop in Brooklyn. Halcyon, which doubled as a cafe?, was more than just a record store – it was a place where music aficionados could sit and exchange ideas while listening to the music they love. With a meaty sound-system and their friendly and open policy, the shop soon became a hub for NY’s most passionate dance enthusiasts. It was here that Levon met his future Deconstruct label partner Anthony Parasole, as well as DJ Jus-Ed; who subsequently went on to start the Underground Quality label – the label that has done so much to introduce their homegrown sounds to a global audience. Even artists from further a-field like Nina Kraviz or Anton Zap have UQ to thank for first promoting them.

By 2008, Levon began his own label, Novel Sound. He started with a bang: a certified hit in the form of the label’s first release, ‘These Games’ EP. It’s a 4-track EP and the release featured a song by Jus-Ed as well. Levon repaid the swap on Ed’s own label, with one of 2009’s biggest tracks, ‘Games Dub’. With his industrial clanging beats, Levon’s dubbed-out sound quickly found him supporters from scene veterans like Craig Richards and Berghain’s Marcel Dettmann. Soon after, Levon was invited to play at fabric, Rex, Berghain, and of course the infamous Underground Quality party series at the now defunct Tape Club. As a producer, his immense focus and concentration come to a head in tracks that have attained anthemic status – the Ostgut Ton release ‘Late Night Jam’, with its driving chord-stabs, sits as comfortably in a percussive UK bass set as it does in any pumping techno set – as demonstrated by Pearson Sound on last year’s massive FABRICLIVE 56. Levon also released his own Fabric 63 mix in 2012 to critical acclaim receiving 4.5 stars out of 5 on Resident Advisor with many of his own releases in the tracklist.

“In the 80s, I had some VCRs, a record player and a dual cassette deck. I had a group of friends at that time and we were really interested in DJing and making beats, we would combine various songs and recordings to make new songs and then combine those to make new mixes; stuff like, recording a spoken word track playing over Mr. Fingers or add movie dialogue to another record. We loved the dirty version of I’ll House You, ‘I’ll Hump You’. I remember us all agreeing on that record. Soul II Soul had a big impact, too. I regularly slip-up and refer to podcasts as “mix tapes”, maybe because it’s nostalgic or something. It still sounds right to me. Mix tapes are one of the very coolest things to come from Generation-X. After hearing or maybe reading about how Nitzer Ebb were doing their music I remember asking my mom to bring me to the Sam Ash store on 48th to get a sampler, not knowing the price of the things! Upwards of $10k! A few years later I did eventually get a used Ensoniq EPS-1, which was a more affordable semi-pro sampler. I think it was a popular piece of equipment, it was certainly a step up from my Casio SK-1… Many producers probably remember using the EPS-1 fondly.”

** 3.30AM LICENCE CONFIRMED! **

Robert Hood has successfully landed in Scotland and is safely on his way to Dundee!

Few tickets left at Grouchos and Resident Advisor for tonight:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?622941

Bring it on!

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/521399077961994/

Headway with Robert Hood (M-Plant / Floorplan)

Next up we have none other than Detroit techno legend Robert Hood!

Robert’s recent work as ‘Floorplan’ has really brought him to our attention again, and after witnessing him destroy the Slam Tent at T In The Park a few months ago, we knew it was the perfect time to bring him to Headway for his Dundee debut!

Headway
Friday 7th November 2014

featuring…

ROBERT HOOD
(M-Plant / Floorplan)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3.30am

Early bird and 1st release tickets sold out!

Final 2nd release tickets on sale now for £15:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?622941

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/144621

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Robert Hood needs little introduction. Founding member of the legendary group Underground Resistance as a ‘Minister Of Information’ with ‘Mad’ Mike Banks & Jeff Mills, his seminal works on Jeff Mill’s Axis and his very own M-Plant imprint paved the way for a wave of stripped-down dancefloor minimalism that directed much of techno’s path throughout the late Nineties.

Robert Hood makes Detroit techno with an emphasis on soul and experimentation over flash and popularity. Having recorded for Jaun Atkins’ Metroplex, Jeff Mills’ Axis label, as well as Patrick Pulsingers ‘Cheap’ label, Peacefrog, and more recently Music Man, Hood also owns and operates the M-Plant imprint, through which he’s released the bulk of his solo material. He has only released 2 ever CD mixes one for French label Logistic, and a mix for the club ‘Fabric’ mix series.

Last year he changed the game again, dropping his first full length album as Floorplan, (Hood’s alias for house, soul, techno and disco). The phenomenal “Paradise” LP went on to annihilate dance floors from start to finish – “Impeccable… as usual” (Juno), “4/5″ (Resident Advisor), “8/10 – completely absorbing” (XLR8R).

Now celebrating 20 years of his label M-Plant, he has always been widely credited with founding minimal techno. For all his rep as the “Godfather of Minimal”, it’s clear he draws his inspiration from soul and funk. With the return of Floorplan he is now delivering “the most enjoyable house sessions in recent memory” (FACT Magazine), counting Ben Klock, Kyle Hall, Jeff Mills and just about every other producer that matters as his friends and fans.

“Robert has always maintained what we’ve always needed in Electronic Music, a simplified and intelligent view of Future Music. He’s built an impressive career almost single-handedly” – Jeff Mills

Headway with Ame (Innervisions)

We are delighted to announce one of the founders of the incredible Innervisons label along with Dixon. Recently voted 16th in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs of 2013 poll, the amazing Ame!

After catching a DJ set at the Off-Sonar event Lost In A Moment in Barcelona this year (which sold out in less than 2 minutes), it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat on what will be Ame’s first ever Dundee appearance!

Headway
Friday 19th September 2014

featuring…

AME (DJ)
(Innervisions)

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 2.30am

Early bird tickets sold out!

1st release tickets on sale now for £12

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?598068

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/126859

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/ame.innervisions

After a long night of dancing, many night club patrons leave the venue with a certain track stuck in their heads. But for Ame, the DJ/production duo of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann, the tunes lodged in their brains are the ones they didn’t hear, ones not yet written that would fit perfectly in their sets. Since 2003, Beyer and Wiedemann have penned songs that once existed just outside club- goers’ imagination, songs that boldly combined floor-filling elements with conceptual conceits while maintaining their visceral appeal. As part of Innervisions, the collective/label they run with Dixon, Ame (pronounced “AHM”) offer glimpses of the future of electronic music through their live project, genre-melding compilations, and an independently run shop that completes the connection between artist and admirer. In a genre obsessed with reliving the past, Ame are focused on what’s still to come.

The partnership was formed in their hometown of Karlsruhe where Wiedemann first crossed paths with Beyer in 2001 at the latter’s record shop, Plattentasche. Bonding over Chicago house, Detroit techno and much else besides, the duo joined forces in 2003 to produce seminal deep house platters for Sonar Kollektiv, many of which were collected on the duo’s self-titled debut album. Intent on not repeating themselves, Ame splintered their established sound and found a more nimble, compositional approach that yielded their scene-conquering single, “Rej.” Not content to rest on their laurels as the tune made the rounds on Defected Records and many others, the pair teamed up with Dixon and Henrik Schwarz in 2006 for another instant classic, “Where We At,” featuring Derrick Carter’s stirring vocals. It would’ve been understandable if Beyer and Wiedemann had further pursued the sound which brought them such acclaim, but for Ame the appeal is in breaking down influences and songwriting habits in order to craft something new. Without attachments to particular methods and patterns, the duo was free to develop an overarching view of what dance music could be and pursue it through various moods, timbres and even genres. But if one stylistic point shines through it’s the group’s penchant for orchestral instrumentation and composition, albeit deconstructed and enmeshed in vintage synth tones and spectral vocal samples. From the waltzing proto-techno of “Fiori,” a key movement in Ostgut Ton’s ballet score, Shut Up and Dance! Updated, to the gargantuan brass tearing through the wildpitch strings of “Enoi,” their work simultaneously evokes the conceptual ardor of John Cage or Tony Conrad and the dance floor thrust of DJ Pierre or Underground Resistance.

Ame’s ability to fuse together seemingly disparate influences is greatly informed by their talents as DJs. Not given to fulfilling trends, their sets draw upon the whole of dance music’s history and keep them in great demand around the world. Their regular nights at such establishments as Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), Fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Lux (Lisbon), and Air (Tokyo) are exceeded only by their marathon sets during Innervisions nights at their beloved Panorama Bar (Berlin). Those awaiting the opportunity to experience an Ame DJ or live set have been well cared for as well, as the pair have captured their curating skills on mix CDs for Sonar Kollektiv, NRK Sound Division and Fabric, as well as the landmark survey of historical minimalism, The Grandfather Paradox compilation done in collaboration with Dixon and Schwarz. Ame are set to follow this achievement with a period-spanning mix all their own, Primary Structures.

As core members of what they refer to as the Innervisions family, the duo are deeply involved in the group’s operations. The imprint is renowned for exacting quality control, releasing only five or six titles a year encased in lavish artwork, many of which are widely tipped. With input from Wiedemann, Beyer and Dixon drive the label’s A&R direction, selecting a few artists – who have included Laurent Garnier, Chateau Flight, Stefan Goldmann and Culoe De Song – to accompany the main cohort of Henrik Schwarz, Tokyo Black Star, and themselves. Fully prepared for the 21st century, Innervisions connects to its fanbase through a thoughtfully stocked web store which sells records, fashionable clothing and books like Tobias Rapp’s Lost And Sound (which they translated into English) and its release subscription service. Ame are also crucial components of A Critical Mass, a live project that finds the pair, alongside Dixon and Schwarz, reworking the creative DNA of each other’s songs in real- time. It’s just one more facet of Ame’s artistry, further evidence of the duo’s position at the forefront of electronic music.

Headway 10th Birthday presents Exit XV Tour with Paul Woolford

It makes us immensely proud to be able to announce Headway’s 10th Birthday! I don’t think any of the 4 of us thought that we would reach such a milestone after our humble beginnings on a Wednesday night at Fat Sams in 2004!

And who better to headline than someone who was instrumental in making Headway what it is now back in 2006 for our first event at what is now our home: The Reading Rooms. He subsequently rocked it for us again in 2007 and 2008.

One of the best DJs we’ve ever had play for us, and very much now a man of the moment again with his massive summer tune last year ‘Untitled’ amongst his recent productions as alias Special Request, the brilliant PAUL WOOLFORD!

This event shall be running as part of the EXIT Festival World Tour, more info to follow…

Headway 10th Birthday presents Exit XV Tour
Saturday 10th May 2014

featuring…

PAUL WOOLFORD

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Andy Barton
Graeme Binnie
Neil Clark
Bruce Anderson

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 2.30am

Limited early bird tickets on sale now for £8:
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?572152

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With forthcoming music being released on Carl Craig’s Planet E, Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings, London’s Phonica label, Paul Woolford keeps reinventing himself and pushing the boundaries, maintaining a hectic global tour schedule playing key clubs globally such as Panorama Bar, Fabric, Warung and D Edge in Brazil, and for the 6th year, the renewal of his key We Love.. Space on
Sundays residency in Ibiza.

Initially inspired by the constant throb of the radio throughout his childhood, the seeds of Paul Woolford’s future direction were sewn by the time a record collecting addiction kicked in properly during his teenage years. This insatiable appetite for musical stimulation has driven him to explore far beyond the cutting-edge house and techno that is his stock-in-trade, and led him down more experimental paths, embracing aspects of improvised jazz through his collaborative work with Paul Hession, and taking huge inspiration from the modern composition of Steve Reich. All this is distilled within the house and techno dynamic that Woolford has made second-nature and you can clearly see these influences emerging across various productions.

Many know Paul Woolford’s name through the 2005/6 slow-burning hit “Erotic Discourse”, released on 2020 Vision, the Leeds label with which he made his name initially. The success of this proved he has the ability to create a genre defining sound and led to sales of over 15,000, capturing the imagination of DJs across the board from Ivan Smagghe to Ricardo Villalobos, The Chemical
Brothers, Richie Hawtin and DJ Hell to Francois Kevorkian, Laurent Garnier, Trevor Jackson to Erol Alkan. Indeed Erol Alkan described the track as “a modern day psyche record” and the track became a stone-cold classic.

He has since appeared across international media including the cover of DJ Mag and IDJ including a photo shoot from Tate Modern’s Doris Salcedo installation “Shibboleth” (after a personal email from Woolford, Salcedo gave her express permission). With each release Woolford is showing a level of artistry that is clearly on an ascending plane, and shows every sign of flourishing beyond.

 

 

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR FOR JACKMASTER TONIGHT!

There will be limited tickets on the door tonight from 10:30pm, please get down early!

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Headway and Reading Rooms Productions presents JACKMASTER (Numbers)

Headway & Reading Rooms Productions are happy to present JACKMASTER!

Jackmaster is consistently one of the most entertaining and dancefloor aware DJs with multi-genre sets including 80s jams alongside rare Detroit classics and straight-up house and techno; the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there!

Ranked 68th in the world according to the Resident Advisor Top DJs of 2012 poll, Jack became one of the latest additions to BBC Radio 1?s In New DJs We Trust 2013 series. Now voted 21st in the 2013 Resident Advisor poll.

After first catching Jackmaster at the Hideout Festival in Croatia 2012, then subsequently at Rockness, T In The Park and Pressure @ The Arches this year, we knew there was no better time to bring him to Headway and The Reading Rooms!

Headway & Reading Rooms Productions
Friday 21st February 2014

featuring…

JACKMASTER
(Numbers)

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Andy Barton
Neil Clark
Graeme Binnie

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 2.30am

Early bird tickets sold out!

Advanced tickets on sale now for £10

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?540947

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/97743

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.readingroomsdundee.com
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.facebook.com/djjackmaster

You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to the latest hip-hop & RnB tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate styles with each other. “I don’t do eclecticism just for eclecticism’s sake,” he states firmly.

What you are guaranteed to get is a master selector’s instinct for creating and riding the energy of a crowd: few can get a dancefloor as hyped as Jackmaster. “I don’t think about music in terms of genre, I think about it in terms of energy levels,” he says – and as his star has risen over the past few years, this has been on perfect display at parties from Glasgow to Berlin to New York, and from superclubs such as Berghain and Fabric to legendary underground warehouse raves. Throughout the first half of 2013 he will be hosting a monthly show on BBC Radio 1?s In New DJs We Trust series. He’s also proven that populist tendencies can have longevity, if done right: unbelievably, it’s now 10 years since the Numbers club night was founded, forging a tight-knit and loyal scene in which Jackmaster and like-minded Glaswegian’s could hone their skills. Now, the world can’t get enough of their sounds: the Numbers influence has spread across clubs and into the mainstream, with names such as Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Jamie xx all having released material with the label, and with Jackmaster hosting a monthly show as part of BBC Radio 1?s In New DJs We Trust 2013 series.

At the heart of Jackmaster’s wide-ranging sensibility is a fundamental honesty: he believes in neither following trends nor the concept of guilty pleasures. His commitment to both honesty and energy encapsulates what can make dance culture life-changingly thrilling: it’s about the clubber on the dancefloor reacting instantaneously and truthfully to the music. Few cater to that dancer as effectively as Jackmaster – no mere “crowd-pleaser”, but someone always guaranteed to please the crowd.

Alan Fitzpatrick tonight!

Looking like it’s gonna be some night tonight, if you haven’t managed to get a ticket in advance, there are more on the door!

https://www.facebook.com/events/150318448511806/

Headway with ALAN FITZPATRICK (Drumcode) – Friday 8th November @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee

We are very excited to announce one of our current favourite techno artists, releasing countless amazing tunes on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label over the past few years: ALAN FITZPATRICK!

If you enjoyed our Pan-Pot and Gary Beck nights then get yourself along to this for more of the same!

Buoyed by the whirlwind success he has enjoyed over the past 12 months, Alan approaches 2013 secure in the knowledge that he is on the top of his game and brimming with the confidence you would expect from a talent who is recognised globally as one of the most influential artists of the moment.

Don’t miss his Dundee debut at Headway!

Headway
Friday 8th November 2013

featuring…

ALAN FITZPATRICK
(Drumcode)
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Andy Barton
Neil Clark
Graeme Binnie

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3am (late licence confirmed)

Early bird tickets sold out!

Advance tickets available for £10:

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?522420

Online from Ticketweb (ticket to be posted)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/headway-presents-alan-fitzpatrick-drumcode-tickets/89639

Alan Fitzpatrick – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix-12/11/11
https://soundcloud.com/alanfitzpatrick/alan-fitzpatrick-bbc-radio-1

Alan Fitzpatrick @ Tresor, Berlin – 30th August 2013
https://soundcloud.com/alanfitzpatrick/alan-fitzpatrick-tresor-berlin

#SlamRadio – 053 – Alan Fitzpatrick
https://soundcloud.com/soma/slamradio-053-alan

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.facebook.com/officialalanfitzpatrick
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.readingroomsdundee.com/

Having enjoyed a rapid ascent through the ranks since his emergence as the new kid on the techno block in the latter half of 2008, Fitzpatrick now holds a high status as a universally respected and in-demand producer and DJ who has succeeded in carving out a recognizable musical niche for himself within the ever-expanding genre of techno. A seemingly unstoppable source of hit music, the momentum Fitzpatrick has generated is due in no small part to the impact his productions have had on DJs and the record buying pubic. Never was this more true than in 2012 when Alan’s studio output seemed to eclipse all those around him with his ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Skeksis’ tracks achieving the accolade of Beatport Techno number 1 sales positions, and in the process drawing high praise from his peers across the techno scene for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterize Alan Fitzpatrick tracks.

Alan’s output for Drumcode in particular has worked to grow his reputation as a maturing and dynamic producer capable of bringing stylistic variety to his productions. The release of his ‘Life Through Different Eyes’ and ‘Skeksis’ EP’s powerfully demonstrated the range of Fitzpatrick’s inventiveness in the studio and showed there is no end in sight for the insight that inspires him to create universally popular techno records that stand out from the norm. Whether he is adding diva-like vocals to cavernous beat workouts (‘Always Something For Nothing’ / ‘Skeksis’) or fusing emotive chord sequences with his trademark heavy-funk sound (‘For An Endless Night’ / ‘Prometheus’) or showcasing his sound-defining ‘Shadows In The Dark’ album or collaborating with Adam Beyer on the hugely popular ‘Human Reason’ and ‘Memesis’, there is a uniqueness to Alan Fitzpatrick productions that ensures his star remains firmly on the rise. Elsewhere, Alan’s releases for Bedrock (‘Reflections’, ‘Moon Palace’ – which was awarded a BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune) and his own 8 Sided Dice imprint have raised the UK producers profile to a level where his remix services are in high demand, being recruited by the likes of John Digweed, Adam Beyer, Slam, Ben Sims, Cari Lekebusch and Joey Beltram.

This same intuitive sense of what will move a crowd that so effectively inspires Fitzpatrick’s own productions has opened doors to Alan at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and led to a coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in November 2011 that was met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from old and new fans alike. Fans, who now can be counted in the tens of thousands, from all over the world, have witnessed Alan skills behind the decks as an increasingly busy and broad-ranging DJ diary sees Alan tour across Europe, North America, Asia and South America. 2012 brought debut tours to Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Singapore and Dubai while Alan cemented his place on the European circuit with guest appearances at headline events such as Carl Cox’s Revolution London, Global Gathering Ukraine and Hyperspace Budapest. Alan remains a core artist on Drumcode’s showcase events, including ADE and Miami conferences, where his trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats compliment the brands musical template. Away from the main room, 2013 will see Alan flex his after-hours muscles on a more regular basis via a series of shows with London’s long-established after-hours event, Jaded, where Alan will take on the role of resident, playing extended Sunday morning sets for the Jaded faithful in each quarter of 2013.

Headway with Silicone Soul (Soma / Darkroom Dubs) – Friday 20th September @ The Reading Rooms, Dundee

After a 2 year hiatus, we are happy to welcome back Silicone Soul to Headway!
From the same stable as the mighty Slam and Soma Records, 2013 is also the 10th anniversary of their excellent Darkroom Dubs label.

The guys have been consistently brilliant for us over the years, and after checking out a set at the Electric Frog Afterparty just last weekend, we know you’re in for a treat!

Check out a few videos from previous appearances at Headway below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_AK29z0_yM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5FcvRiX8hI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox6_wjLIptU

Headway
Friday 20th September 2013

featuring…

Main Room:
SILICONE SOUL
(Soma / Darkroom Dubs)
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Andy Barton
Neil Clark
Graeme Binnie

In The Bar:
Missing Persons Club, Glasgow
Simon Bryan
Julius Funkhouser
Sean Stewart
Zachary Henry

The Reading Rooms
Blackscroft
Dundee

Doors: 10.30pm – 3.30am

Early bird tickets on sale now for only £6!
Advance tickets £8

You can get them in person from Groucho’s Dundee

Online from Resident Advisor (e-ticket to be printed)
http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?513704

www.club-headway.co.uk
www.facebook.com/siliconesoul
www.facebook.com/clubheadway
www.readingroomsdundee.com/

Since first appearing on Scotland’s seminal Soma label 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 music’s 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. They’ve 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 didn’t 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 Scream’s Screamadelica and its attendant Andrew Weatherall remixes. When they heard Slam’s Orde and Stuart venting such at the first night of their Soma club at Glasgow’s 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 Soul’s 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 Poisoner’s Diary’, ‘Under A Werewolf Moon’, ‘Damascene Moments’, ‘The Pact’, ‘The Snakecharmer’, ‘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 Silicone Soul [2009].

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.

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 Darkroom Dubs 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. More recent recruits include Of Norway, Freska, Klartraum, Jairo Catelo, Antonio Olivieri, Luc Ringeisen, Edu Imbernon Terje Saether, Kiki, Robag Wruhme and Alex Niggemann.

Silicone Soul also Dj extensively, leaving indelible footprints anywhere from Murmansk to Melbourne, while holding residences at Barcelona’s La Terrrazza, Antwerp’s Café D’Anvers and Pressure, Slam’s current club at The Arches where it all began.

In 2009, they received two nominations in DJ Mag’s 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 music…not only one of Scotland’s most exciting and challenging dance acts, but Britain and beyond.’

2010 saw remix EP’s from their last Soma album and label compilation ‘Darkroom Dubs Volume 2 Complied & Mixed By Silicone Soul’, a second collection of exclusive, unreleased and favourite tracks from their label, which stands tall as one of the year’s best musical journeys. It 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…”

In 2011, while becoming a mainstay of the UK’s most influential techno label culminating in their Dj mix compilation, ‘20 Years Of Soma Records’. They celebrated the 50th Darkroom Dubs release, 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. Backed with the equally-hallucinogenic ‘Time Mariner‘s Mirrour‘.

There’s an emotional depth and subtle cinematic mischief running through Silicone Soul’s music of a sort rarely glimpsed in electronic dance music. They’ve 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 heaven’s door.

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