Monday, September 20, 2010

Spectral Sound

Formed in 2000 as the dancefloor home of Ghostly International label since it was moving toward more experimental and pop releases. Keeping the label's dance-floor roots growing, Spectral focuses on moody, leftfield techno/house and showcases the music of area artists like Matthew Dear, Osborne, James Cotton and Hieroglyphic Being. Spectral has also worked with some of America's best producers at the remix/reconstruction level, including Germany's Reinhard Voigt (Kompakt) and Pantytec (Perlon), LA's David Alvarado, Virginia's Bryan Zentz and NYC's John Selway. With releases as diverse as acid house workouts to glitched-out dub tracks, the Spectral Sound imprint strives to find the perfect balance between retro and future, art and dance.
Benoit & Sergio - Midnight People is out on Spectral Sound Now: Benoit & Sergio excel at creating a sense of place in their music, constructing dusky, romantic spaces in which dance and pop music conspire in hushed tones. "Midnight People", the Washington, DC duo's first single on Spectral Sound, is a noir anthem for heartbroken hedonists, a tech-house ode to furtive glances and bad decisions. Handclaps and pianos, melodramatic synthesizers and wafer-thin vocal samples push the beat along, but it's the track's air of desperation and psychedelic dread that makes "Midnight People" such a reality-defying listen. The "Midnight People" 12" and digital single includes two careening techno remixes by Technasia, in which the Paris-based producer sends the track spinning into the delirious, club-amped stratosphere. "Technasia Dub 1" features a series of head-spinning climaxes; "Technasia Dub 2" specializes in shoulder-rolling syncopation. Listen/ Buy