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 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 their four albums so far, 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 recognizing 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 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 Orde and Stuart venting such at the opening night of Slam at the Arches the potential and euphoria of electronic dance music drenched their musical ambitions, leading to them setting up their own independent record label, 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. Their 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. 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 a wild pitch style, while the sense of infinite space betrayed their fixation with Temptations producer Norman Whitfield. Having established themselves as one of the most constantly surprising, thrilling and respected outfits they continue to blaze a trail with their Darkroom Dubs label, standing as a bastion of deep electronic dance music for both the established and emerging producers of today with a back-catalogue now spanning over twelve years.
As DJs they continue to traverse the globe, leaving indelible footprints at the world's most renowned venues - such as London's Fabric, the Sub Club, Glasgow and the Panorama Bar in Berlin. With two BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes under their belts and a debut Boiler Room Berlin appearance last year, it's not hard to see why Silicone Soul have earned their place at the forefront of the scene such is their enduring vitality and passion.
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 and with a new album due for release in 2016, they're alive and kicking down house heaven's door.
"...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."
– DJ Mag UK