Slam ‎– Snapshots

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SOMA 021, soma 021 Slam Snapshots(2x12") Soma Quality Recordings, Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 021, soma 021 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SOMA 021 Slam Snapshots(2x12", Ltd, W/Lbl) Soma Quality Recordings SOMA 021 UK 1995 Sell This Version
soma cds 021 Slam Snapshots(CD, EP) Soma Quality Recordings soma cds 021 UK 1995 Sell This Version

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dr303

dr303

March 21, 2018
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021
'Stepback' is the killer track in this double pack to my ears. A great cut that builds in suspense, with the vocal fading in and out over some sinister chords and spitting percussion.

The vocal sample on 'Stepback' was lifted from an obscure bleep & bass 12" by Aural Exciter on the Chill label out of the UK - see https://www.discogs.com/Aural-Exciter-Step-Back/release/28214. The vocal is only accapella for one refrain right at the end of the track as it fades out. It's unmistakable....
scoundrel

scoundrel

March 19, 2014
referencing Snapshots, CD, EP, soma cds 021

As one of Slam's earlier releases, you can hear the influence of early techno in SNAPSHOTS: an unrelenting beat, a deep chord hit, and a simple, filtered word repeated over and over again on "Stepback." But "Groovelock" has more of a melody, combining with the bassline for a more Detroitian journey. "Spirit" stays more upbeat too, but "Stepback 2" returns to the minimal beats. "Program" spins in place perhaps too long, but it's nice as a darker-tinged floor holder, but "Car Thief" provides that plus a little more development via car alarm. While good all-around, it's "Groovelock" that really makes this worth it.
robbiestunes

robbiestunes

March 4, 2010
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021
Great EP, groovelock has always been my choice, but all the other tracks rock too, i love program too. but like someone else said, groove lock is perfect for late night wind down vibes
DirtyDisco

DirtyDisco

November 7, 2008
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021
I first heard this 8 years ago when I was 16, when I bought it on vinyl not knowing anything about it other than these were the "Positive Education" guys. I could still not like this release more. 6 long tracks of deep tech-house better than most I had heard before hearing this and than most I've heard after. It's worth it alone for "Stepback" and "Program", some of the deepest techno you'll ever hear.
frank.schwarz

frank.schwarz

October 26, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021

Side A. Slam's hypnotic and repetitive order to "Stepback" is one of the most energy charged tracks you can spin. A techno bomb with threatening, roaring sounds and such a massive impelling ride that you better take cover....This is definitely one of my favourite tunes ever. By the way,the 2002 Smith & Selway remix could not reach a quarter of this level.
Scrape

Scrape

September 26, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021
"Groovelock" certainly one of the finest late night / back-to-mine tracks of its day; simple and long (or relentless, depending on your state of mind) - but always beautiful. Also featured is the excellent pump and grind techno of "Program".
Essential collecting for all lovers of the Slam sound...
placid

placid

January 15, 2003
referencing Snapshots, 2x12", SOMA 021, soma 021
Beutiful Chunk of deep funky tech house with the trademark slam sound...well worth picking up for 'groovelock' alone