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 Column | posted 24.09.2021
Records Revisited
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
Music Review | posted 16.09.2021
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Le-Le
On the threshold of acid jazz, »Le-Le«, by The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble from Philadelphia, was released in 1987. Now comes a reissue.
Music News | posted 02.09.2021
Niklas Wandt
Exclusive Edition: »Solar Müsli«
After various collaborations and band projects, Cologne-based Niklas Wandt releases his first solo album »Solar Müsli" on September 17, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records there will be a Curacao Vinyl Edition.
Music Essay | posted 22.09.2021
The Beat Era in the GDR
Hostile takeover
Records from the Amiga label are widely available in Germany. In addition to pressings of international stars such as Michael Jackson, the Beatles or Bob Dylan, there was also a lot of music from the GDR itself that was released. Some of it is worth to be rediscovered.
Music Review | posted 18.09.2021
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.