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Guest Reviewer: Spectrasoul

Reported by Sam TID on July 23, 2012

Spectrasoul have been releasing deep basslines and rolling grooves since day one. With a reputation that is second to none, this drum and bass duo from Brighton have had some of the most exciting releases in the scene exploring the boundaries of bass driven music.

'Delay No More' is their debut album which was released today Monday the 23rd of July. It is an eclectic collection of soulful but bass heavy tunes, with an unreal selection of vocalists who accompany the stunning melodies that complete their trademark sound. With the hype surrounding this incredible release TID managed to pull this extremely cool duo in for a Guest Review.....

Firstly thank you for taking the time out to speak with us. Could you tell the readers where you are in the world and what you’ve been up to over the last week?

We are in London! We have just moved into our new studio, which is great. New space to make some new noises! In the last week we have had our album launch at which we performed our first live show featuring some of the vocalists from the album. It was a fantastic night! 

So we are extremely excited about your new album ‘Delay No More’ which is out on Trackitdown on July 23rd. Can you start off by telling us a little bit about the concept for the album and did it turn out how you first imagined? We can imagine over the months of studio work these projects can take on a life of their own!?

Yeah, its been a long hard road to get to where we are now. We started writing the album about 2 years ago. However, the bulk of the work was done between September 2011 and February 2012. We certainly didn’t start off with a concept or an idea of what we wanted to create. It was a very natural process. We thought that we wanted it to be a great listening experience that could function in a number of environments and contexts; whether it be on a big system in a club, or in headphones on the way to work. Once we started writing, everything seemed to fall into place. We have a certain, audible aesthetic that we hoped would shine through and tie everything together in the end!

The artist album is an amazing platform to show your love of different sounds and influences, which is writ large here. Was it hard to cover all angles and were there some hot sounds you wish you could have covered that just didn’t work this time around?

It is a great platform to explore different territories. We tried to really push the drum and bass genre with this album. Even the more experimental tracks like ‘S.O.U.R’ and ‘Ish Chat’ are an extension of drum and bass, and they are playable in a club set because they are half-speed. In addition, we wanted to include some of the music that we had made at other tempos. We have always made music at varying tempos, but never really had the appropriate platform to release it. With this project, we really tried to be self-indulgent. The best results often occur when you are pushing the envelope, and trying new things. Most of all, we really enjoyed making the album, and we think that shows.

Vocals play a large part on the album. Who are your top 3 vocalists of all time and why?

Jack: I think I may have said this in every interview recently, but my all time favourite is D’angelo. I cant really put it into words, but he is so sleazy and soulful. Ridiculous voice. Dave isn’t such a fan!

This is your debut album together but you’ve been releasing tunes since 2006. How has your relationship developed in the studio over this time? Does one of you take control of one part of the process and the other person another or are you all hands on deck so to speak!?

We tend to just get in the studio and see what happens. We don’t really have specific roles. It’s not regimented in that sense. We do argue a lot though, but it’s all for the good of the end result.

We’re very excited about your set at Cable on the 11th of August with the Shogun Audio crew. What do you have in store for us?

We have been playing quite diverse sets recently. Anything from Om Unit through to Calibre. The one common factor is BASS.

You’ve been on Shogun Audio for 6 years now. What are your 3 best moments with the crew so far? Any embarrassing secrets from the team you can share with this? We’ll keep it a secret of course!

There are plenty of secrets. However, what happens within Shogun, stays within shogun! Seriously though, we couldn’t be happier. We have a great team behind us, and we are surrounded by like minded artists and we all drive each other on.

Shogun at the End was always memorable!

The drum and bass scene just seems to get bigger and better year after year. What is your opinion on the commercial aspect of drum and bass and do you see a split on the horizon between the deep vibes you produce and the stuff we hear on Radio One?

Not really. The mainstream is always looking to see what is cool in the underground and take it to the fore. People seem to spend so much time worrying about the relationship between the two. It’s great that drum and bass is in the mainstream, and it’s also great that there is a flourishing underground scene. They are forever tied by the genre, and one will always feed the other. Drum and bass is drum and bass at the end of the day. It’s diverse, and encompasses a lot of styles, which is the reason it’s a strong and long-lasting genre!

I’m sure all the young producers out there want to know what you guys are using to produce these deep rolling tacks with. What’s your favourite piece of kit at the moment and why?

We bought it post-completion, so it wasn’t a factor in producing the album, but we’re both hooked on Native Instruments Maschine. It’s great for getting grooves laid down quickly and toying with arrangement. While we were writing the LP, we were predominantly all in the box. That is to say that we did nearly everything in Logic. Kit isn’t really essential. It’s the ideas that matter!

Finally, Calibre and Kito have smashed it on the remix front for you guys. If you had a dream team selection of 5 remixers from any time or genre who would rework your tracks, who would it be and why?

1/ Timbaland – We love his rugged beats. Fantastic, and well respected producer. 

2/ Flying Lotus – We love his eccentricity. He music is full of character.

3/ Burial – No one has created such an iconic, British musical identity like him for some time.

4/ Quincy Jones – Quincy could probably orchestrate some kind of amazing remix of a track like ‘Light in the Dark’. We’d love to see it happen.

5/ Will-I-Am – A leftfield choice, but he has written and produced some amazing music in his time. A lot of it, people don’t know about!

Sadly that is all we have time for. A big thank you to Jack and Dave for taking the time out to speak with us. Check out their track recommendations below.

Get your tickets to see Spectrasoul performing at Cable with the Shogun Audio crew on the 11th of August here!

Spectrasoul's Track Recommendations

We have been battering this tune for a while now. Its not really drum and bass as such, but it’s the right tempo and its something a bit different to throw into a set. Big bassline!

These guys are back with a great EP. This is the pick of the bunch. Steppy, industrial sounding, and a lovely one to pick up the tempo mid-set.

Mutated Forms cant do anything wrong at the moment. Their 85bpm masterpieces have been a staple part of our sets for some months. This one is fantastic

Label: Shogun Audio
Genre: Drum and Bass (Deep, Liquid, Techstep)
Release Date: 2012-04-15
MP3 320kbs$ 1.78
WAV$ 2.12

This one works surprisingly well in a club. When we wrote this track, it was more of a home listening vibe, but the scarcity of the track translates well onto a big club system. Try it and see!

We first heard this track on 6 Music, and we were both hooked from the get-go. Great vocal backed with funky, soulful drums and pads. Winner!

Label: Shogun Audio
Genre: Dubstep
Release Date: 2012-06-17
MP3 320kbs$ 1.78
WAV$ 2.12

We’re both very proud of this track. Given that it was one of our first non-dnb tracks to get a release, we were astounded at the amount of positive feedback we have received. More to come.

Label: Shogun Audio
Genre: Drum and Bass (Deep, Liquid, Techstep)
Release Date: 2012-03-25
MP3 320kbs$ 1.78
WAV$ 2.12

DJs Supporting: 2

This is forward thinking drum and bass at its very best. Rockwell covers so many styles with his music, and this is him on top form. Essential.

Label: PMR Records Ltd
Genre: Dubstep
Release Date: 2012-07-15
MP3 320kbs$ 1.78
WAV$ 2.12

DJs Supporting: 1

We are both Two Inch Punch disciples. His R&B infused electronica is seriously rocking our boat at the moment. 

Scuba goes back to the old school with this one. Get your Moschino tracksuit and white glove out and strut your stuff to this one.

dBridge at his very best with this remix. Giving everyone a lesson in how to work a vocal dnb style!

Check out Spectrasoul's debut album 'Delay No More' below:

Label: Shogun Audio
Genre: Drum and Bass
Release Date: 2012-07-23
MP3 320kbs$ 11.93
WAV$ 13.71

Also here is their latest remix of Extra Curricular's 'Last Day':

Remixer: Spectrasoul
Label: Pigeonhole This! (ioda)
Genre: Drum and Bass (Jungle, Liquid)
Release Date: 2012-07-23
MP3 320kbs$ 1.78
WAV$ 2.12

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