Various Artists

Spectral Sound Vol. 2

Spectral Sound, Vol. 2 celebrates Ghostly International’s dancefloor-oriented counterpart label, charting Spectral Sound’s eight years of groundbreaking house and techno with standout tracks from each of the label’s first 50 releases. The compilation is sequenced chronologically, opening with Spectral’s first release – the razor-edged banger “Irreparably Dented” by a then-unknown DJ/producer named Matthew Dear – and progressing through James T. Cotton’s acid-house experimentation, Osborne’s smooth retro-disco, and Kate Simko’s elegant minimalism.

With its extensive tracklist, Spectral Sound, Vol. 2 paints a expansive picture of Spectral’s output over the years. Tracks like Par Grindvik’s “Continue in My Words” (from the Swedish producer’s 2007 Continuate 12”) reach for the ceiling with high-intensity swells and sunbursts of analogue synth; while lower-key numbers like Broker/Dealer’s aptly titled “After Hours” (from their 2004 “Opening Night” single) display Spectral’s contemplative side, reveling in moody atmospherics and furtive guitar arpeggios. The comp also includes “New J.,” a devastatingly funky, never-before-digitally-released track from the vinyl edition of Audion’s Suckfish LP.

Spectral Sound, Vol. 2 depicts a label ever in search of the new, constantly evolving while maintaining a darkly playful sense of humor, an embrace of sounds both beautiful and terrifying, and a willingness to test the boundaries of technology, texture, and rhythm.

  • Spectral Sound
  • SPC-50
  • formats:
  • Digital
  • release date:
  • December 16, 2008
  • artwork by:
  • Sougwen Chung
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1Matthew Dear - Irreparably Dented
2Kenneth Graham - Carrier Wave
3Matthew Dear - Stealing Moves (John Selway CSM version)
4Osborne - Bout Ready to Jak
5Osborne - Shift
6Matthew Dear - Hammers
7Matthew Dear - Pinch & Pillage
8Osborne - Hydragilm Exit
9JTC - Beat Ya!
10Matthew Dear - Dog Days (Pantytec Interpretation)
11Matthew Dear - It's Over Now
12Hieroglyphic Being - Machines for Lovers
13Matthew Dear - Future Never Again
14Osborne - Bout Ready To Jak (TNT's Acid Mix)
15Audion - Titty Fuck
16JTC - Blue Blood
17Peter Grummich - Jackmonster
18JTC - That's How I Like It (Illusions)
19Geoff White - Nintendisco
20Osborne - In Gear
21Matthew Dear - Good Girl
22The Vanisher - The Tic-Tac Tactic (Osborne's Simulacrum Mix)
23Jeff Samuel - HeB. Gbz
24Audion - The Dog
25Matthew Dear - Juice
26Broker/Dealer - After Hours
27Hieroglyphic Being - Liquid Sex (Portable Remix)
28The Mole - Date
29Geoff White - Scillecta
30Audion - Just Fucking
31Brian Aneurysm - Das Element Des Menschen
32Peter Grummich - The Roll Pts. 1 & 2
33Audion - New J.
342 AM/FM - CTB
35JTC - T-Y-O-C Painkillers (2 AM/FM Remix)
36Ellen Allien - Just a Woman (Audion Version)
37Bodycode - Bounce Back
382 AM/FM - Ace of Spades
39Audion - Hot Air
40Bodycode - Exciting Ride
41Sami Koivikko - Pientare
42Audion - Mouth to Mouth (Mantap Mix by Heartthrob)
43JTC - 2 Keys
44Audion - Noiser
45Osborne - Outta Sight
46Jonas Kopp - Androgeno
47Daso - Ideee
48Par Grindvik - Continue In My Words
49Kate Simko - Clean Living
50Rene Breitbarth - Tales from the Light Side
51Various Artists - Spectral Sound Vol. 2 Megamix (by Derek Plaslaiko)
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