Glasgow has long been celebrated for its techno roots, and with Slam arguably the city’s biggest exports when it comes to deep, dark and driving beats, it’s unsurprising that they have been responsible for unearthing much of the city’s most promising talent. With their legendary imprint, Soma Records, Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle have signed early music by the likes of Funk D’Void, Silicone Soul and Harvey McKay, all local producers who are now globally respected.
Released last week, Slam bolstered this tradition with their new compilation ‘Transmissions: Glasgow’. Featuring 15 tracks from producers old and new, it presents the sound of the city’s techno elite, delving right into the industrial heart of the city’s pulsing underground. From long established names such as Gary Beck and Hans Bouffmyhre to burgeoning up and comers like Clouds and Quail, this is a collection for those who are locked into the scene and those who are curious to discover more.
Certainly, there is plenty here to sink your teeth into. Beginning with the ambient and eerie sounds of Edit Select and Puddledub, things pick up quickly as Complex Emotional Response and Deepbass ramp up the pressure. By the time Slam join the party, we’re into full-on taps-aff mode, recalling peak-time, ceiling banging at the Sub Club or sweat dripping at the sadly defunct Arches. Animal Farm’s Quail (who plays the first set at this year’s Slam Tent at T in the Park) unleashes the fury with his track ‘Blunt’, while the aforementioned Clouds are out to cause structural damage with ‘Duke Street Fleet’.
Of course, ‘Transmissions’ may only represent a portion of Glasgow’s electronic spectrum, but it does provide an essential guide to the darker side of the city’s dancefloor, showcasing a sound which many regard as its beating heart.
Check out the compilation sampler below, as well as Slam’s collaboration with Gary Beck, ‘Pressure Lights’: