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Also known as ‘Sonic’ and ‘Silver’, the duo was formed in early 1996 in South Manchester, England. It’s hard not to have heard of them with even a passing interest in the scene. Sonic & Silver have been everywhere – in terms of labels, and geographically speaking. From Virus to Timeless they’ve created music that defies easy category. However, they are perhaps most famous for two styles in particular – the house-influenced sound which they helped develop with J Majik in 2001, and their many dub-influenced tunes they released on labels such as Reinforced and Metalheadz.

Sonic’s background was in live music, having played in bands most of his life, whereas Silver was a soundbwoy since childhood, when his grandfather gave him his first Technics deck at the age of twelve. They met at a gig in Manchester when Sonic was actually playing live drum’n’bass, and Silver was DJ’ing. Silver really like Sonic’s production on his DAT’s they were using live, and suggested they try and make a tune together. That was their first release – and the pair knew they were onto something. Their two very different approaches somehow meant that their songs had a perfect balance of musicality, tight production and dancefloor know-how. They quickly rose the ranks after their first releases on Manchester’s Freeform Records in 1998. A close collaboration with Formation records followed and the pair released many tunes on its three imprints.

Post-formation, the Accidental Heroes entered the scene guns blazing and took almost every reputable drum’n’bass label by storm. First came work on Digital’s Timeless and L-Plates records, and the forming of their own label, Science Fiction records, which is still releasing quality, different drum’n’bass. At the same time, in full dub-swing, they hit Trouble on Vinyl, Renegade Hardware and of course the legendary Reinforced Records, and many others too, including Industry and Fuze. This work prompted none other than Goldie to come knocking at their door, and their legendary ‘On The Anson’ was added to the Metalheadz catalogue.

Not content with their place at the fore of the scene, Sonic & Silver decided to totally flip the script and began penning some tunes influenced by the house music they were listening to at the time. In a strange twist of fate, friend J Majik was getting into full-swing with a similar sound. Hitting it off so well through their shared love, the Heroes were quick to give J their first piece in the style, ‘30degrees’. The partnership went well, and Sonic & Silver decided to do an album for J Majik’s label, Infrared. It began with Sonic’s anthem, ‘Even When It Rains’ featuring Leeds vocalist, David Sackey. The ‘Super Disco Mix’ of this tune leapt into every big DJ’s box and became one of the seminal tunes of the era, along with J’s remix of Hatiras’ ‘Spaced Invaders’. The album followed with the equally big ‘Hydrophonics’ and their place in d’n’b history was assured. Sonic himself followed up with a number of colorations with J, including the anthem of 2003, ‘New Generation’ from the eponymous album, the remix of Defected Records’ ‘Monster’ by Liquid People and collaborations with Loletta Holloway and Kathy Brown in the form of ’24 Hours’ and ‘Share The Blame’ respectively.
Following this busy period, the boys perhaps reached the pinnacle of this sound in the shape of ‘Rocket Launcher / Funkstation’ on Virus Recordings. This had long been their dream – to release on the highest profile and most respected label in the business, one that was known for quality over quantity. When Ed Rush and Optical contacted they boys in search of material, they were over the moon and ploughed their excitement into this action-packed release. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for five years, you’ve heard these tunes smash up the dancefloor time and time again.

Also around this time, they produced more material for labels such as V Recordings (Sonic’s uplifting ‘Make Me Wanna’) and Marcus’ Intalex and ST Files’ Soul:R. in the shape of one of their most popular tunes, ‘Under The Sun’. Sonic then formed Space Recordings – a label that has been consistent in its high quality and individual style throughout its sixteen releases. From the soulful ‘Still Dreaming EP’ featuring Jenna G to the dark and deadly ‘Kinetic’ featuring Ed Rush, there is always a surprise awaiting when you unwrap your shiny Space vinyl. The label has done consistently well over the last few years, and has reached a profile big enough that the Heroes feel it is time to use it to push their collaborative work once more. In this period both the guys have focussed on their solo work, and Silver has started his own label, Nemesis Recordings, featuring cold and dangerous material from himself and friends such as Gridlock. Silver moved to the US, and Sonic set off on his travels in the far east, writing most of the recent Space material in a studio he set up in Vietnam. Both have had great individual success in the last couple of years, however they missed each others’ input into their work, and have begun a new master plan…

This dynamic drum’n’bass duo is set to take over the drum’n’bass scene once again with their re-forming at the start of 2006. With Sonic coming to LA, where Silver is now based, a new project has begun. The two Mancunian lads are coming back with a statement bolder than ever before: ‘The Return of Sonic & Silver EP’ series on Space Recordings. This will contain both the depth and maturity of their recent work deftly combined with some serious dancefloor sensibility. They will once again tour the world together, bringing on the sounds that only they know how.

The first EP in the series is already setting the scene alight with Silver’s massive ‘Tronik House’ and Sonic’s equally murderous ‘House Is A Way Of Life’. That house-influenced sound that Sonic & Silver are famous for is taken to all new levels of impact. Silver’s tune is low, rolling and heavy, filled with amazing effecfts, adding a new element of murky, groaning bass behind the frantic, percussive stabs. Sonic’s piece, on the other hand, is rushing and intense, leading on from where his collaboration with Ed Rush, ‘Kinetic’, left off. Moving at the speed of light, and with the boys’ trademark build-up taken to new extremes, there’s just one thing to say: "Can you feel it / Like I feel it?" Already getting massive play, expect to hear them in your local club for years to come. Also on the EP, the boys’ dub-styles are featured in the form of ‘Freedom Dub’. Ocean-deep, the kind of tune that sends shivers down your spine as the sun rises on the end of a great night out. And then there’s the neuro-esque: ‘Mutogens’. This tune will make imagine you are listening to a conversation between alien bass-machines, as the same time taking you on a journey through other worlds with it’s beautiful sci-fi atmospherics. Reminiscent of the boys’ ‘The Stars Our Destination’ LP on Infrared that shot them to stardom. As a well-known junglist recently said: "Sometimes you have to go back to go forward."




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