Spectrum Spools (Record label)
Spectrum Spools is a Cleveland-based record label for electronic music, founded in 2010 by John Elliott. It is a sub label of Editions Mego.
Spectrum Spools in Features
Art Interview | posted 24.06.2013
Robert Beatty
Moments Between Motion
Spacey objects whizzing through hallucinatory landscapes, dominating colors, stark geometric shapes and a flair for psychedelia grounded in reality. Robert Beatty has been creating album covers for ten years mixing his strong visual language with the music of bands and musicians like Midday, Peaking Lights, Gary Way, Dracula Lewis and Idiot Glee and for his own music project Three Legged Race and Hair Police.
Spectrum Spools in Reviews
Music Review | posted 08.06.2015
Container
LP
Crackpot-polyrhythmics, hickup-groove, hip hop from hell: Container doesn’t give a damn. Hence, Ren Schofield’s third record is called »LP« once again – and it’s racy, frenetic and awesome.
Music Review | posted 16.03.2015
David Borden
Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments
With »Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments«, Spectrum Spools has dedicated itself to reissuing the majestic works of David Bordens, a wrongly neglected pioneer of electronic and minimalistic music.
Music Review | posted 09.05.2014
Prostitutes
Petit Cochon
With his project Prostitutes, James Donadio is moving along the border between techno and noise. In addition, »Petit Cochon« is somewhat tribalesque.
Music Review | posted 25.09.2013
Donato Dozzy
Plays Bee Mask
The Italian musician Donato Dozzy ventures on Bee Mask’s »Vaporware«. His variations are individual and full-fledged tracks – complex and impressive.
Music Review | posted 12.08.2013
Palm / | \ Highway Chase
Escape From New York
It’s music sounding like film scores by Harold Faltermeyer or Jan Hammer from the mid-1980s.
Music Review | posted 30.01.2013
Three Legged Race
Persuasive Barrier
First and foremost, Robert Beatty aka Three Legged Race is a designer. As a musician, he asks the the same questions a designer would. Does that work?
Music Review | posted 22.01.2013
FORMA
OFF/ON
The trio FORMA has a sixth sense for analogue synthesizers and the reproducible sound from the 1970s and early 80s. And what do they do with it? They reproduce it.
Music Review | posted 23.07.2012
Eric Lanham
The Sincere Interruption
Eric Lanham is one of the youngsters who have found a niche with their synthetic music, where they’re allowed their nerdy way of being poetic.
Music Review | posted 09.07.2012
Outer Space
Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)
»Akashic Record« belongs more to the sound-spectrum of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre than to the aspiring world of house, acid and techno.
Music Review | posted 25.06.2012
Plvs Vltra
Plvs Vltra
»Parthenon« draws the best of all conclusions from the last 30 years of pop history and interweaves samples of sounds, driving bass and melodies to a tight patchwork.
Music Review | posted 12.06.2012
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel
Rachel Evans loves Vintage. Her music is full of the sound of analogue Synthesizers. This combines to an overflowing world of sounds, which seems like a showcase.
Music Review | posted 20.03.2012
Robert Turman
Flux
The exciting debut of the American composer Robert Turman can be revisited now. »Flux« is the scoring of an infinite retarding moment.
Music Review | posted 30.01.2012
Hive Mind
Elemental Disgrace
Hive Mind fiddles with synth-buttons and serves as an excellent figurehead for a music-scene which fetishizes experimenting with electrophones.
Music Review | posted 08.11.2011
Driphouse
Spectrum 008
Darren Ho is an electronics technician of the old school – before he starts making his music, he first builds his own synthesizers. That’s what makes his sound so very special.
Music Review | posted 24.09.2011
Container
Lp
The latest release on Spectrum Spools, the label for synth-music curated by John Elliot, is an unconventional attempt in the field of minimal techno.
Music Review | posted 12.07.2011
Mist
House
News from the universe of the Emeralds: After Mark McGuire, now John Elliot presents his skills aside his band. It’s a synths-sound that’s hard to resist.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 16.02.2018
Respuesta Alternativa
Rediscovered: »Grata Compañia«
The Australian based reissue label Left Ear Records, which specializes in rediscoveries, will continue to pursue its business idea in 2018. For »Grata Compañia« they selected five pieces of the Spanish project Respuesta Alternativa.
Music Essay | posted 24.06.2019
British Jazz
On The Hot Spot
Jazz in Great Britain is in the midst of a generational shift. New talents from Manchester to London are revising gridlocked listening habits and are testing the limits of the genre. But why now?
Music Column | posted 29.06.2019
Records Revisited
Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote! (1999)
The breakthrough: »Soundpieces: Da Antidote« lifted the still young West Coast label Stones Throw from the circle of experts to the cult Olympus. Now the underground classic is 20 years old.
Music Review | posted 15.03.2018
Various Artists
Musique Experimentale
Finders Keepers releases the compilation »Musique Experimentale« from 1962 via their sublabel Cacophonic for the first time in a long time.
Music Essay | posted 01.07.2019
Women Of Jazz
We Insist Female
Women in jazz are still not a matter of course. That has to change. For in the past, female musicians have had a decisive influence on jazz and the future is also in their hands.