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SLAM


Artist Biography

Real Name: Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle
Genre: House and Techno


From here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slam_%28band%29 and here: http://www.somarecords.com/artists/slam/biography/

DJs Stuart and Orde’s first 'real' club event was a weekly Thursday night called Black Market in Glasgow club Fury Murrys. They played a mix of house, funk and rap to a keen following of Art School students and West End luminaries. Dave Clarke, a partner in Slam and Soma to this day, was their PR manager.

In early 1988 they were approached by Steven Sleepman (AKA Steven Workman), after he heard his first Acid House track on DJ Segun’s late night show on Radio Clyde. During a brief stint PRing for Club Eden, Steven secured a Saturday night at Glasgow's Tin Pan Alley which was to become the home of Slam. The club instantly became one of the UK’s biggest acid house nights with followers from Manchester to Aberdeen. The club was unique, not only in its music policy, but in its professional approach to marketing and the content of the night. Go go dancers, performance artists, one-off merchandise, free fruit, wall-to-wall banners and projections all added to the club’s reputation. Dot Allison (future musical collaborator) worked with the PR team prior to the launch of her musical career and DJ Harri was a regular guest on the turntables.

Slam then quickly launched a Friday night at the legendary Sub Club called Atlantis, riding on the success of Slam and the acid house scene. Black Market still kept its own musical identity throughout the Summer of Love playing an eclectic mix of musical genres.[1]

Shortly after, Tennent's Lager’s marketing agency (KLP Scotland) approached Slam with a sponsorship deal to tour Scotland’s upfront clubs over a period of two years. The tour ultimately led to Slam’s residency at T in the Park and increased Slam’s profile nationwide.

Slam have released numerous singles since the mid-1990s, their most known being 'Positive Education', 'Eterna' and 'Lifetimes'. The last song to be played at the very last Slam at the Arches was 'The Bells' by Jeff Mills. The second to last song was 'Positive Education' by Slam.

They co-founded Soma Quality Recordings in 1991, along with label boss Dave Clarke. More recently Slam Events was launched - a subdivision of Soma that deals mainly with the promotion of Slam and Slam nights. Slam are currently the resident DJs at Pressure, a monthly event promoted by Soma and Slam Events which occurs on the last Friday of every month at The Arches in Glasgow. They also have a residency at the Sub Club in Glasgow at another Soma and Slam Events night called Return to Mono which occurs on the second Friday of every month. They have also been resident DJs at Fabric in London. For the last 10 years Slam have curated and played in the Slam Tent, at T in the Park,[2] and they have appeared on BBC Radio 1's "Essential Mix" (30/04/1994, 09/06/1996, 19/11/2000, 03/06/2001, 05/09/2004 & 20/12/2008)

Following on from the rather massive Azure single, Slam bring you their outstanding fourth studio album HUMAN RESPONSE. Not content to stand still, this album sees Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle pick up the techno baton, twisting the genre even further still, to create a forward-thinking new sound all of their own. These are artists at their creative peak. In this technological age Slam utilise the human touch to inject a myriad of emotions into their electronic machine music. The end result is much more than a collection of tracks. HUMAN RESPONSE flows and grows and, in an era of single track downloads, Slam provide an album that you can listen to from start to finish.

HUMAN RESPONSE opens with Invisible Subject, a sublime haunting piece of introspective electronica that sets the mood for the journey ahead. “No One Left to Follow”, the first of two collaborations, follows, as My Robot Friend delivers a hypnotic vocal over an intricate dubbed-out, deep, twisted modern day work-out. “Weekday Mourning” with its poignant strings is next. A warm emotive interlude which leads on nicely to last year’s “Looking North”, (one of the highlights from Soma 200, written specifically as a taster to this album), re-edited and remixed. This is an epic, soulful, Detroit-inspired excursion that weaves a web of glistening, unfathomable melodies and intricate percussion. “Ghost Song” is a swinging, jacking spiritual anthem with syncopated sequences and spacey chord triggers, already a big favourite in Slam’s sets. Next is “We Medicate”, an unusually dark, filmic, epic slice of electronica. Add to this, the talent of long-time collaborator, Dot Allison, fresh from her tour with Massive Attack and duets with Baby Shambles singer Pete Doherty. Dot adds her own eerie enchantment to the track making it one of the albums undisputed highlights.
“Reluctant Traveller”, a beatless, high octane, synth-led expedition, spaced-out and emotional, leads perfectly into “Azure”. The first single from HUMAN RESPONSE, has already caused a stir, gaining support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Sven Vath Mandy, Radioslave, Carl Craig, Josh Wink and a whole host of others. Already huge, this tune is predicted by many to grow further and become one of this Summer’s anthems. “Staccato Rave” is 21st century twisted techno mayhem with unexpected twists and turns. During this dark experimentation the album approaches its ethereal climax before the freakish “We’re Not Here” kicks in, with its hypnotic rhythms and tripped-out sounds and percussion, it bleeds intensity from its pores. The journey ends memorably with the aptly named “Memoir”
and its dark edged beauty. Slam respond to what they see around them, releasing an album brimming with emotion and honesty, uplifting and beautiful electronic music, with that moody Slam undercurrent. The end result is a soundtrack for now and for the future.