Spektre – Casting Shadows Without Light

Written by Raj Dollar

April 28, 2010 11:23 am

Spektre Album CoverSummer 2010 is looking rather good for British dance producers. Of course, old timers like Leftfield, Underworld and Way Out West will continue to pick up headlines for their returns to the festival circuit, but there’s plenty of new talent to get excited about too, and one of them is Spektre. The brainchild of “Filthy” Rich and Paul Maddox is part of a brand new breed of intelligent acts looking to explode onto the scene, and so they do with their debut album “Casting Shadows Without Light”.

The album is split into Two CDs, the first is a continuous, DJ-like mix of the tracks, whilst the second disc is copies of the tracks unmixed. Perfect for aspiring young DJs, then. Spektre’s sound is polished but powerful, and will only be done justice on better sound systems. Deep and full sound spans every track, highlights including the tech-house “Cloud Bending” which throbs with deep energy as synth rivulets run off it. Beautifully atmospheric, yet bleeding with cutting edge tech, “Casting Shadows Without Light” the albums title track, is a glorious come-together of all things weird and wonderful.

“Sek & Destroy” is a track made for underground clubs, in it’s early stages it’s eerily reminiscent of the Solaris Heights scorcher No Trace (Popof Remix) . It pulls you into its own man-made universe of audio steals and enigmatic synths before descending back down in a crescendo of synths and beats that pull all your emotions into one place before splattering them with machine gun fire.

“Quantum Note” is a bizarre ending to the CD, a liquid drum and bass track that doesn’t seem to fit in at all with the rest of the crowd. Perhaps that was deliberate, perhaps Skeptre didn’t want anyone to get too carried away, they are human and not perfect but “Casting Shadows Without Light” is arguably 2010s finest Electronica album yet. It’s polished, and beautifully made but manages to escape any sense of ¬†pretentiousness, this is sophisticated but not exclusive. Exuding warmth and beauty yet at the same time remaining energized and explosive, Casting Shadows Without Light is a brilliant album. You cannot possibly live without it.






Disc 1

  1. Static Motion
  2. Cloud Bending
  3. Descent
  4. Casting Shadows Without Light
  5. 95 Below
  6. Memory Effect
  7. Always Too Much
  8. Distant Fever
  9. Flux Aeterna
  10. Half Life
  11. Seq & Destroy
  12. Harpoon
  13. Quantum Hope

Disc 2 – Extended Mixes

  1. Cloud Bending
  2. Descent
  3. Casting Shadows Without Light
  4. Memory Effect
  5. Always Too Much
  6. Distant Fever
  7. Flux Aeterna
  8. Seq & Destroy
  9. Harpoon

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