Spectral Sound is a record label that was originally an offshoot of the more cerebral Ghostly International, but has since gained similar notoriety thanks to successful records by Matthew Dear and other Techno producers.
The label began in 2000 to fulfill the more dancefloor-oriented interests of founder Samuel Valenti IV, and early singles included artists like Kenneth Graham, Osborne and James T. Cotton (aka Dabrye, Tadd Mullinix).
Spectral’s first full-length was Leave Luck to Heaven by Matthew Dear in 2003, which proved to be a seminal fusion of pop and minimal techno. Primarily propelled by 12" singles, Spectral has broadened its initial American focus to include international producers like Hakan Lidbo and Mike Shannon, and has been likened to contemporaries Kompakt and Perlon.
With diverse, genre-bending releases and a focus on moody and heavy techno and house, Spectral Sound has cultivated a diverse roster of artists, ranging from the dark atmospherics of Par Grindvik and Lawrence, to the more house-influenced stylings ofKate Simko, Daso and Sami Koivikko. Spectral's DJ roster consists of Ryan Elliott and Derek Plaslaikowho continue to push the sound globally.
Sublabel: Hecatomb EP Series.