Craig Morrison and Graeme Reedie’s quest for absolute soul alchemy will never cease. An unquenchable thirst for that perfect sweet spot between organic and electronic, synthetic and authentic; sounds that shroud yet pound, allure yet attack, innovate yet resonate, whisk away yet keep you rooted to the ground… It’s a dichotomy that’s driven, inspired and motivated them, keeping them together – and relevant – since Silicone Soul took life as two teenage pretenders in 1998.
Enrapturing you with blues one moment, damaging you with disco the next then blindsiding you with a deep tech tease – these are the dynamics that Craig and Graeme have made their signature in everything they do. Respected studio artists who’ve honed the dark art of hypnosis and immersion, in demand DJs who can spellbind ears in all capacities from Panorama Bar to T In The Park via two Radio 1 Essential Mixes and The Boiler Room; founders of influential independent label Darkroom Dubs: However, and wherever, you encounter Silicone Soul’s operations, their kaleidoscopic electronic ethos is unfailing.
Take their productions: four critically-applauded artist albums, countless singles, remixes and counting, their sound ranges from the glistening cosmic soul of ‘When The Devil Drives’ to the palpitating hypno-squeeze of ‘Help Will Come’ and everything in between… Including, of course, their famous underground string-driven crossover ‘Right On, Right On’ which they famously refused to perform on Top Of The Pops and their seminal 8-min remix odyssey of Shatrax’s ‘Mispent Youth’ that introduced their Darkroom Dub signature… A signature that’s become a by-word for authentic and original underground house music.
Entrenched in Soma schooling, Darkroom Dubs maintains Glasgow’s record label tradition for never compromising and encouraging the most honest records from all artists who work with them. From supporting early and breakthrough cuts from the likes of Sei A, Skinnerbox, The Spirals (aka Silver City), Dubspeeka, Of Norway and Dimitri Veimar to working with innovators of all generations such as Extrawelt, Alex Niggeman and Belgian new beat godfather Frank De Wulf. Over 14 years Darkroom Dubs has amassed a rich catalogue of unique and inspiring electronic music that has breadth, soul and the subtle sense of cosmic consistency… Just like Craig and Graeme’s productions. The fact they only ever sign music they truly believe in means every Darkroom Dubs release is worth checking and their sporadic-but-always-on- point Darkroom Dubs compilations are vital for any card-carrying house lover.
Amid another year of international touring from Buenos Aires to Beirut, Craig and Graeme have just curated their fourth Darkroom Dubs compilation (released in November 2017) and more of their own unique productions including their long- awaited fifth album. Gradually grafting a climatic build-up to their landmark 20th anniversary, Silicone Soul’s quest for absolute soul alchemy will never ever cease…