SpectraSoul Only You EP

Marking the start of their new imprint, David Kennett and Jack Stevens serve up a varied four-tracker.
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Following its inception in 2006, London-based duo SpectraSoul—made up of David Kennett and Jack Stevens—has released music at a lightspeed rate on a multitude of labels, including Goldie's seminal Metalheadz, Critical, and dBridge's Exit Records. However, little-to-no music has arrived via any other imprint since the duo signed an exclusivity deal with Shogun Audio back in 2010. The duo’s two full-length albums, and a slew of EPs, found a natural home on the imprint—but now Kennet and Stevens will inaugurate their own label Ish Chat with their latest EP, Only You.

Positioning itself as a new platform for SpectraSoul music, namely varied styles in a shorter format, Ish Chat will allow the duo to “release music at a higher frequency and with greater variation than ever before.” Fittingly, Only You is the perfect embodiment of that ethos, presenting four highly-varied tracks that reflect SpectraSoul’s various working styles.

Opening proceedings is the chunky, vocal-heavy title cut, which picks up where the pop-tinged tracks from The Mistress—released last year via Shogun—left off. It brims with melancholic qualities, mostly due to its vocals and synth lines, and is held together by a growling, modulated bass and finely-programmed percussion.

“SM1” follows up, albeit with a more club-driven nature, rattling its way through four-and-a-half minutes with abrasive synths and fast chip-tuned vocal chops. It’s the most polarizing cut on the EP, largely due to its in-your-face, frenetic style.

The EP’s crowning track is arguably “From the Jaws,” an undeniably infectious, vocal-led outing that sits somewhere between the duo’s more pop-focused efforts and its harder-edged, dancefloor-focused tracks. With rolling breaks, sun-drenched chords, melancholic vocals, and enough sub bass to rattle any speaker, it’s hard not to imagine this being played somewhere on a beach at sunrise to rapturous response.

From there, SpectraSoul bury deeper into experimental territory for “4URGH,” the EP’s darkest cut. It’s a muscly, half-stepping monster that is driven along by a distorted, snarling bassline and neck snapping percussion to round out the EP in memorable fashion. It’s quite obvious the EP utilizes a yin-and-yang effect on each side, with a more accessible cut being paired with a heavier and decidedly darker one, which ensures there’s more than likely something for all bass persuasions.

Tracklisting; 
01. Only You
02. SM1
03. From The Jaws
04. URGH

Only You EP is scheduled for March 25 release.