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When Ghostly International spawned the Spectral Sound imprint nearly a decade ago, Sam Valenti and Matthew Dear conceived the label as the dark, dancefloor-oriented alter-ego of Ghostlys eclectic, album-based sounda home for, as Matthew Dear calls it, body music for the mind. Now run by Spectral producer/DJ Ryan Elliott alongside co-founder Dear, the label has solidified its image as Ghostlys leaner, meaner brother. Which brings us to the Elliott-curated Document compilation: Its a calling card, the Detroit-bred Berliner explains, a battle flag carried into a new decade. Document, in other words, is the ultimate Spectral Sound manifesto.

Document mingles Spectrals old guard (Audion, Hieroglyphic Being, James T. Cotton) with the new blood (Kate Simko, Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss) and a few artists who straddle both worlds (Lawrence, Bodycode). An overall aesthetic is hard to describe, but the Spectral vision lurks in the musics details: the way the bassline ricochets between the crackling snares of Lawrences Divided (Kassem Mosse Remix) like a pinball; the skyline-spanning groove of Ryan Crossons Dont Look Further; and the thoughtful organ that hums below the record-closing She Only Looks at You by newcomer Gadi Mizrahi.

Document captures Spectral Sound circa 2010, at a peak in the labels almost decade-long evolution. And although Spectral Sounds sonic footprint is forever in flux, its mission has been the same since day one: We want to provide uncompromising, forward-thinking, dancefloor-oriented music thats relevant and cutting-edge on a global scale, Elliott says, but that also reflects our Midwestern roots. As a compilation of all things Spectral, Document does just that.



  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2010-05-11
  • Label Spectral Sound
  • Catalog SPC88
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