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Scottish techno/house fusers Slam have built a reputation as one of the most dependable, invigorating sources for high-quality dancefloor gear. Bent on breaking down the boundaries that separate the last decade of U.K. dance music's two most well-known forms, Slam's Stuart MacMillan and Orde Meikle have taken the less-is-more approach, releasing records only sporadically, but which consistently rise to the top of dance music charts and DJ playlists. Prior to their celebrated 1996 full-length debut, Headstates (released, as with all their material to date, on their own Soma label), the pair released only a trio of singles -- "Positive Education," "Snapshots," and Dark Forces." But their progressive approach to the space between house and techno -- two styles which measure innovation inch by inch rather than by leaps and bounds -- has figured them (along with artists such as Motorbass and Lionrock) as one of the most important new talents in post-rave European dance music.
Mates since childhood, MacMillan and Meikle grew up with a basic love of music -- from funk, soul, and disco, to hip-hop, punk, new wave, and, of course, acid house. Both DJs of renown, the pair are more likely to reveal such disparate influences in a club setting than on plastic, but even 1998's Positive Education and tracks such as "Hybrid" and "White Shadows" from Headstates draw elements of that background -- dirty, Detroit low-end, funky electro-breaks, sparse house ambiance -- together inspired, head-twisting combinations. With a second Slam full-length nowhere to be seen three years on from the debut, the pair released an LP from their Pressure Funk alias, also on Soma. Finally, in the fall of 2000, the pair issued the mix album Past Lessons/Future Theories under the Slam name; in 2001, they returned with an album of new material, Alien Radio. Two more mix albums (Slam in America, Fabric 09) followed during the next two years, and Slam returned to the studio to record Year Zero for a 2004 release.
Slam, SLAM or SLAMS may refer to:
In computer science:Simultaneous localization and mapping, a technique used by robots and autonomous vehiclesSLAM project, a Microsoft Research projectSimultaneous localization and mapping, a concept in robotic and autonomous navigationSimulation Language for Analogue Modelling, a simulation language based on FortranSimulation Language for Alternative Modeling, a simulation language based on GASP
In fiction:S.L.A.M. (Strategic Long-Range Artillery Machine), a G.I. Joe vehicle accessorySLAMS (Space-Land-Air Missile Shield), a fictional anti-ballistic missile system featured in Tom Clancy's EndWar and briefly mentioned in other Tom Clancy's video games
In films:Slam (film), a 1998 film starring Saul Williams and Beau Sia
In music:Slam (band), a techno and electronic production/DJ duo from GlasgowSlam (Suburban Studs album), an album by Suburban StudsSlam (Big Dipper album), an album by Big DipperSlam, an album by Dan Reed NetworkSlam (Joe Lynn Turner album), an album by Joe Lynn Turner"Slam" (Onyx song), a song by Onyx from Bacdafucup"Slam", a song by Bow Wow"Slam" / "Out Here", a single by PendulumSave Live Australian Music, a rally held on 23 February 2010, in central Melbourne, Australia
In print:Slam (novel), a novel by Nick HornbySLAM Magazine, a basketball publicationSlam! Sports, a section of Canadian Online ExplorerSlam!, a novel by Walter Dean Myers about a high school basketball star from HarlemSlam, a novel by Lewis Shiner
In weaponry:Supersonic Low Altitude Missile, a cancelled U.S. Air Force nuclear-powered cruise missile project of the 1950, nicknamed the flying crowbarStandoff Land Attack Missile, an over-the-horizon, all-weather cruise missile developed in the 1970sSelectable Light-weight Attack Munition, a small United States multi-purpose landmineSubmarine Launched Airflight Missile, an experimental variant of the British Blowpipe (missile)
In other uses:Signaling lymphocytic activation molecule, a family of genesSouth London and Maudsley NHS Trust, a group of hospitalsSLAM (clothing), manufacturer of clothing, based in ItalySaint Louis Art Museum, in St. Louis MissouriGrand slam (baseball), often shortened into "slam"Slam, a high-level contract worth a bonus score in contract bridge; see Bridge scoring § bonus score