Ned Beckley is so talented that it's frustrating. Oh sure, he's helped score an Australian ballet. And, yes, he's worked on sound editing and soundtracking several films. But his passion truly lies with his solo effort, Lower Spectrum project—and it shows. So much so that Beckley's last EP, TRACES, and its featured track, "Khlever," managed to find a loyal and loving audience online, despite having no promotional backing or label support to speak of.
"Proxima" is Lower Spectrum's first official single, and it acts as both an introduction and a mission statement. The song is divided into two major movements: an ominously synth-and-sample-heavy sound in the first half that builds into a more rave-ready, floor-filling second half.
As Beckley told The FADER, "'Proxima' has a deep sense of buckling weight that subsequently collapses to uncover an inner symmetry of grace and poise." And it is this poise and confidence that defines Beckley's sound: it is both intricate and immediately appealing to the entirety of the dance-floor, whether the listeners want to deconstruct the details or not. Either way, that warped vocal sample gives off some serious Moby vibes for a timeless appeal that most producers strive toward without ever actually delivering. But Lower Spectrum is just different like that.
Check out "Proxima" below and don't forget to visit Lower Spectrum's Bandcamp if you want more from the talented producer.