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Riverside Festival & Soma Records release SLAM’s Positive Education charity remixes (Paula Temple, Skream & JD Twitch)

On the weekend that would have been Glasgow’s annual Riverside Festival, the banks of the Clyde might sit in tranquility. However, the spirit of the festival carries on with Soma Records & Riverside Festival releasing an exclusive charity single combining the talents of Paula Temple, Skream and JD Twitch of Optimo. 

Scottish techno giants SLAM debuted their era-defining underground track Positive Education back in 2001. Almost two decades on and the track remains an exemplary piece of electronic music now in the interpretive hands of scene pioneers Paula Temple, Skream and JD Twitch to add their spin on the classic.

The remixes are now live and exclusive to Bandcamp with donations going to three Glasgow-based initiatives.

Tech Device Network; a campaign supporting care home residents to keep connected with family during social distancing with video call devices.

Glasgow’s Children’s Hospital, who continuously support and save young lives across Scotland.

Finally, Vise Up the emergency PPE manufacturing and distribution initiative founded by the owners of Glasgow’s acclaimed arts venue SWG3.

Paula Temple’s remix of Positve Education titled ‘MEGASHIFT’ is a full force, heavy techno take on the original mix already known for its intense beats. The remix totally encompasses the vibes of hot, sweaty raves gone by and yet to come. Paula states her inspiration for the mix:

 ‘’Nurses and doctors are working MEGASHIFTS to help sick people with the Coronavirus to survive, whilst being underfunded and under protected. So, this remix is named MEGASHIFT in honour of their extraordinary selflessness.’’

Handing over to Skream, who compliments the track’s iconic pounding rhythm and vocal catch with melodic electronic and synthesized samples building to a euphoric climax. Once well into the thick of the climax, he builds a multi-dimensional zone of faded vocals and various sound effects. Finally leading off into a jungle-esque drum beat which totally certifies Skream’s personal touch on the mix. 

Finally, Optimo’s JD Twitch puts an electronic funk on things. Leading the way with an upbeat electro sequence over thudding kicks before introducing all kinds of distorted tech samples. This is an uplifting, feel-good take on the original which no doubt would have been a hit at this year’s Riverside Festival if it had been able to go ahead.

Adding to the celebrations, Riverside Festival hosted a 9-hour live stream on Saturday 23rd May featuring the likes of IDA, Nightwave, Melting Pot and SLAM. Bringing the spirit of the much loved event into homes all across the UK.

Festival organisers and label heads SLAM commented on the live stream and release of the charity single.

“We are glad to be part of this release and live stream – spreading positive vibes and music to those in isolation while raising funds for 3 Glasgow initiatives helping those in the greatest need right now.”

Download the Riverside & Soma Records fundraising EP here via Bandcamp.

Track list:

  • Positive Education (Paula Temple’s MEGASHIFT Remix) *mastered by Conor Dalton @ Glowcast Mastering
  • Positive Education (Skream Remix)
  • Positive Education (A JD Twitch Remix)

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Jo Dargie

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