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Belong
October Language

John Elliot's (Emeralds) always on point Spectrum Spools label give this classy album a much-needed vinyl reissue. Originally released back in 2006 on Carpark Records and later on Kranky, it's an album that truly deserves to remain in print. This fine work of Michael Jones and Turk Dietrich (Second Woman) has the sort ...view item »

Container
LP

This LP by Container is called LP and is released by Spectrum Spools, but please note that it is wholly different to the previous Container LPs released by Spectrum Spools, also called LP. This new one, recorded in 2017, is of course of a barrage of powerhouse techno with rough, grainy edges: d...view item »

Bee Mask
Elegy For Beach Friday

Chris Madak's Bee Mask project has been going on for some time, and on this release he has collected together his personal highlights from various limited cassette and CDr editions recorded between 2003 and 2010, "re-imagined, re-edited and remastered"...essentially a ...view item »

Brett Naucke
The Mansion

Brett Naucke continues on the purple patch that saw him drop a few releases in 2017 with his second LP for Editions Mego offshoot Spectrum Spools (Quicksails, Container). It features more of the hyperactive sound-craft that Naucke has become known for over the p...view item »

Brett Naucke
Seed

Those canny androids at Spectrum Spools present the debut LP from Chicago synth maestro and Catholic Tapes founder Brett Naucke. Recorded in Chicago and Miami, the album finds Naucke employing a single synth patch across its eight tracks, with surprisingly diverse results. Unusually for this type of music, it's as rhythmica...view item »

Second Woman
S/W

Joshua Eustis (ex-Nine Inch Nails, Telfon Tel Aviv) and Turk Dietrich (Belong) return to Spectrum Spools with their sophomore full length as Second Woman. Glitchy as possible before breaking out of musicality, programming through code to create ...view item »
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Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy
Sintetizzatrice

Sintetizzatrice is collaboration between eltro-man, Donato Dozzy and vocalist Anna Caragnano. The whole album is created with one instrument; the voice of Caragnano. This is then fiddled, manipulated and stretched into beautiful forms by Dozzy, creating tracks which bridge genre entirely but are...view item »
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Second Woman
Second Woman

Alums of drone contingent Belong and the somewhat legendary Telefon Tel Aviv combine to become ever stronger as Second Woman, their new project cased in as many things they know about electronic music as possible. That is to say: a ...view item »
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Prostitutes
Ghost Detergent

Prostitutes is the recording moniker of James Donadio. Ghost Detergent, released on Spectrum Spools, is his fifth full length LP and follows up his acclaimed LP Petit Cochon. The album allows sonic patterns and strident melodies to swirl around around its solid rhythmi...view item »
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Yves De Mey
Drawn With Shadow Pens

Advanced electronics from Yves De Mey, a synth-worker and engineer. Each track on Drawn With Shadow Pens is the result of a single pass through one permutation of De Mey’s studio gear: sounds like they have a pretty interesting selection of stuff, as these vivid explorations sound pretty remarkabl...view item »
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Container
LP (3)

Following extensive touring, from basements to Berghain and an impressive back catalogue of electro underground conquering releases (including two EP’s on Morphine and Liberation Technologies), Ren Schofield returns with the most powerful Container LP yet. The excellently titled ‘LP3’ is straight to business with merciless, dis...view item »
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David Borden
Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments

American Minimalist composer and electronic music pioneer David Borden originally released ‘Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments’ in 1981 on Dutch label Red Records. The album is made up of four compositions each played by three musicians, and six keyboard instruments making beautiful ambient patterns of melodic, shimmering progr...view item »
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Bee Mask
Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico

The new wave of Kosmiche electronic music is in full swing, particularly in the US underground. Here we have an LP from Chris Madak and it's a good 'un. This originally appeared on cassette last year and was recorded between 2006-2010 using synthesizers, percussion, piano, tape and voice. Swooping alien insectoid pulses and rich soundscapes conj...view item »
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Franco Falsini
Cold Nose

Franco Falsini is a Italian guitarist and composer most notable for his work with Italian space-rock pioneers Sensations' Fix who's debut 'Portable Madness' is a stone-cold classic. These guys were well tripped out and bongy, coming up with some of the wildest progressive cuts of the mid-...view item »
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Neel
Phobos

I just sent our man Phil an email: "Gonna try and remain vertical to do this Neel review. Have you heard it? Proper good Namlook/ Fax style ambient from 1/2 of Voices Of The Lake." Then thought that could be the mos...view item »
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Quicksails
Mayville Dream

I used to live on Mayville Terrace. Not the bleakest time in my life but certainly one of them. I wouldn’t describe my time there as a ‘dream’ exactly especially when I got burgled. Whether Chicago resident Ben Billington aka Quicksails had the outer recesses of Leeds 6 in his mind when ...view item »
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Prostitutes
Petit Cochon

James "Prostitutes" Donadio returns this week with a fresh new full-length on Spectrum Spools. He's been making some waves over the last couple of years but his releases have previously evaded me in favour of someone more electronically minded so this is my first go at his finely balanced and heavily rhythmic soup of relentless looping beats, ca...view item »
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Robert Turman
Flux

This is sweet! It's a double LP reissue of a cassette that was originally released in 1981 in miniscule numbers for the masses of folks who bought cassettes back in the day. Perhaps more famous for the 'Non' Project with Boyd Rice, Turman has been making industrial avant-garde music for ...view item »
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Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions

As much as I love the music that’s emanated from Detroit, Chicago, New York, Belgium and so on over the years Italian techno has always been a passion of mine since the early days of Leo Anibaldi and Lory D but I feel it never really gets the credit it deserves in the same way...view item »
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Donato Dozzy
Plays Bee Mask

Here Italian producer Donato Dozzy reworks material from Bee Mask's 'Vaporware' release for Room 40. Apparently the two met a Labyrinth which is a Japanese techno/ ...view item »
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Steve Moore
Pangaea Ultima

One of the perks of working for Norman Records is that you can discover new music that you may not know anything about and end up absolutely loving it. For me Steve Moore is exactly one of those artists. From the moment our Li’l Biz here threw some Moore onto the office gramophone I was instantly hooked....view item »
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Max Elibacher
Red Anxiety Tracers

From Baltimore comes the first long player Red Anxiety Tracers from avant-garde musician Max Eilbacher. A collection of found sounds ands synthesised noises, the album glides through a frenetic land of peculiar auditory hallucination and complex sound structures. Contemporary electronic oddness, done just right....view item »

Unicorn Hard-On
Weird Universe

I’ll be honest with you, I picked this record out of the review pile for two reasons. Firstly it’s on the ever-consistent Spectrum Spools so it’s bound to be full of high quality retro-futurist synth fun, but second and more importantly I couldn’t resist finding out what an artist cal...view item »
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Palm /|\ Highway Chase
Escape From New York

Here’s an album which was recorded in 2009, sending the Spectrum Spools chaps into a frenzy trying to locate the mysterious Palm /|\ Highway Chase and get permission for this vinyl pressing. I’m not sure where he’s from or who he is, but Palm is doing some driving car-chase synth dra...view item »
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Michael Pollard
Translations 01

Well this record is a challenge to comment about on the drab morning that is apparently the last day of Earth if those pesky old Mayans were as visionary as these internet-clogging survivalist freaks believe.Mr. Pollard is one of those people (like myself) who obviously love standi...view item »
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Three Legged Race
Persuasive Barrier

Hair Police made some good records. Are they still around? Robert Beatty from the band has been busy of late creating a ton of super nice record sleeves, some for Spectrum Spools including this one for his own Three Legged Race record. The recordings here span 2008-2012 and is actually the debut full length from Beatty’s project...view item »
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Forma
OFF / ON

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Container
LP (2)

On the whole, I’m a misery guts. Whining about this, whingeing about that and if doing neither of those things then grumbling about something completely different. Therefore I was very surprised to find myself, against convention, enjoying the opening tune on this LP. They play wha...view item »
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Bee Mask
When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

The mysterious Bee Mask always seems to make people’s ears prick up when he comes on the stereo...this one had Li’l Biz asking what it was within a couple of minutes. Mr Mask is known to his friends as Chris Madak, and on this new album h...view item »
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Gary War
Jared's Lot

Bit of a change of pace for Spectrum Spools to pick up on the new Gary War album but on listening to the first few tracks it’s not all that difficult to connect the dots, especia...view item »
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Outer Space
Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)

Synths are so hot right now that it hurts to look at them, and Emerald John Elliott is making the most of this trend with this blistering LP of twinkly pulsating soundscapes with his latest synth team Outer Space. This is, Phil...view item »
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Motion Sickness of Time Travel
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel

God I love Rachel Evans, she is one hell of a producer! In a field often dominated by blokes, her work as MSOTT is saturated with so many powerful energies and a distinct sparkling disciplined focus that so many could not begi...view item »
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Head Boggle
Headboggle

Always hoping for something peaceful and uplifting from the Spectrum Spools camp, especially when it's early in the morning and I'm feeling totally burnt out by the dull repetitive thud of work drudgery. Review this, burn that, pack this, amend that, file this, tidy that etc. As you can i...view item »
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Mist
House

Those Emeralds blokes, I'm not sure how they have time to wipe their collective arse. In fact, thats a good idea for your perma-busy rock musician - share an arse with your colleagues. I could be onto something. So this is John Elliott from said band and Sam Goldberg from Radio People using a vast army of synthesized keyboards to create a so...view item »
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No UFOs
Soft Coast

The nu-kosmische revolution continues apace with this natty little LP from No UFOs, the pseudonym of Vancouverite Konrad Jandavs. There's a newspaper clipping on the back cover in which Frank Sinatra refers sweepingly to people who play rock and roll as “cretinous goons”, whic...view item »
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Driphouse
Spectrum 008

Grrrrrrrrr  - can't find the name of band, title, label or anything on this pale washed out sleeve. What I do know is only what Phil has told me that its on a label run by someone from Emeralds and that it specialises in your retro 70's synth kosmische stuff which is pretty much what...view item »
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Hive Mind
Elemental Disgrace

Spectrum Spools has been releasing some pretty amazing material since its inception and 'Elemental Disgrace' by Hive Mind seems to be a recording they hold in very high regard. Considered to be one of the main inspirations for the formation of the label Hive Mind's work appears to be the ...view item »

Container
Container

Spectrum Spools is already on its seventh release and this one is a beauty. Not the creamy nu-kosmische I was expecting but some super slick techno. 'Application' is like something that would come out on Sandwell District or Ostgut Ton. Mid-tempo with dista...view item »
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Fabric (Matthew Mullane)
A Sort Of Radiance

This is the work of Chicago artist Matthew Mullane who has created a vibrant nine track synthesizer odyssey that'll take you away to places both unknown and familiar. It's a cerebral and colourful journey as Mullane weaves a sonic cocoon around the listener with glistening synth orchestrations. The sounds and pulses emitted have remarkable depth...view item »
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Temporal Marauder
Temporal Marauder Makes You Feel

The Spectrum Spools nu-kosmische world domination is truly upon us this week with a corking Bee Mask Album and this blinder from Temporal Marauder who consist of Jean Logarin, Hans Schule, Lissa Zukovich and Max ...view item »
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Forma
Forma

The third release on Spectrum Spools comes from the trio of Mark Dwinell, Sophie Lam and George Bennett. Mark and Sophie get busy with Roland RS-09, Roland SH-1000, Roland RE-101, Yamaha CS-15, Crumar DS-2, Oberheim ...view item »
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