Soma are releasing fresh remixes of Slam’s mid-90s techno classic Positive Education by producers including Rotterdam’s Benny Rodrigues (under his ‘Rod’ persona) and US veteran house producer Jerome Sydenham.
“As you can probably guess, I'm very honoured having these two remixes of such a huge underground hit released on this very special label,” Benny Rodrigues declared in an email announcing his new production.
“And you might even think, why remix such a perfect track at all?” he continued, “But hey, I (ROD that is) did it anyway.”
First coming out in the mid 90s, the track helped establish Slam and their independent label Soma as leading lights of global techno, a status they’ve largely maintained ever since.
Uplifting and bouncy, the track was at odds with the grim reputation for street crime their home base of Glasgow has always possessed, an attribute Slam producer Orde Meikle explicitly recognized in an interview with Skrufff some years ago.
“There are always jokes made about being a Glaswegian in New York and not having to worry at all – it’s safer in New York than it is in Glasgow,” Order admitted.
“I think most people in Glasgow have grown up being much more wary of situations, whether it be in a club or in the street.”
His assessment (made in 2005) matched the views of ex convict turned celebrated actor Paul Brannigan who chatting to the Guardian at the Cannes premier of Ken Loach’s new film The Angels’ Share earlier this month admitted he’d been ‘slashed and stabbed and shot at’ as a result of fueds in his youth.
“I'm very, very proud to be a Scotsman. But my city's an absolute disaster,” he declared, “You're scared to make eye contact with someone in case they stab you." (http://bit.ly/JZyNSO )
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