Words by Kris Needs
Silicone Soul's Craig Morrison and Graeme Reedie have lined up a succession of exciting releases and events to mark ten years since their subterranean parallel project and label, Darkroom Dubs first unleashed its uniquely idiosyncratic take on house music.
Charged with the purest distillation of the edgy early hours spirit from which house music was originally forged, Darkroom Dubs has become renowned for Silicone Soul's walks on the dark side and for showcasing likeminded producers, drawn to mining the deepest substratas with a freedom to explore in; the ultimate bastion of deep electronic dance music.
A monumental raft of forthcoming albums include a recent retrospective, 'Darkroom Dubs Vol.3 - Compiled & Mixed by Silicone Soul' [featuring tracks and remixes by Freska, Kellerkind, Tim Paris, Patlac, Alex Niggemann & Mark Poppcke, Los Suruba, Of Norway, Robag Wruhme and Silicone Soul], Moscow house maestro Freska's 'Wrong Songs', a stunning live debut by pulsating Scandinavian soul brothers, Of Norway [who've built a name through releases on Darkroom Dubs and Connaisseur]. There's also 'Lucidflow At The Controls', a Darkroom Dubs compilation mixed by Nadja Lind & Klartraum, in the spirit of their imprint of the same name. Culminating in, 'A Decade Of Darkroom Dubs' [ten exclusive new tracks from Gary Beck, Jairo Catelo, Of Norway, Ryan Crosson, Freska, Antonio Olivieri, Jozif, Simon Garcia, Uner and Silicone Soul].
The label's elevation above normal dance music concerns is personified by the fact that each release has carried Dracula author Bram Stoker's infamous words, "I am beginning to feel this nocturnal existence tell on me. It is destroying my nerve. I start at my own shadow and am full of all sorts of horrible imaginings...". A short video collage of still-startling silent movie surrealism has been produced to mark the tenth anniversary, further underlining the Darkroom Dubs ethos that the deep, the weird and the timelessly cool have been co-existing with organic ferocity over the last decade, now ready to explode into the next ten years, as a higher-profile declaration and direction for electronic dance music.
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