UK-based musician Steve Spacek has given us an insight into the future of music for years now with his spacey, soulful and mesmerising albums. His second official studio album LP Natural Sci-Fi brings his sound to new heights, with deeply meditative electronic compositions, as well as tribal grooves and soulful vocal performances throughout. The interesting thing about this album is that Steve originally began working on this album back in 2005, shortly after the release of his now classic Space Shift album (which featured the Dilla collaboration “Dollar”). It was never completed, but over the last few years Steve Spacek made tweaks and changes to it, including guest vocalists Oddisee and Natalie Slade who provide such soulful and beautiful vibes to this record.
The album itself is so dense with sounds and amazing vocal performances that it is best experienced with headphones and in one sitting in my opinion. There is so much to digest and appreciate about this album that I don’t know where to start, honestly. The title track kicks off the album with a slow and incredibly spacious instrumental, which complements Steve’s iconic voice, gracing the music with such emotion. “Deep Inside” is more tribal in tone, as Steve’s vocals meander through the track’s instrumental with playful vocal performances that really capture you attention time and time again. “Take Ova” is one of my favourites on this tape, with heavy drums that are reminiscent of Dilla’s iconic production, and the sound just screams Detroit influence. “Carnival Nights” gives an acid-house vibe with its pulsating beat and synths that bring so much energy to the record. “Plain Site” with Natalie Slade is a gorgeous neo-soul track that closes the record beautifully with amazing keys, smooth synths and a beat that just hits you in the best possible way. A truly stunning ending to this album.
Overall, Steve Spacek hits it out of the park with this highly anticipated album. A display of musical excellence right here, an album that provides incredible soul and grooves upon grooves. Thank you Steve for this amazing release.
You can listen to Steve Spacek’s new album Natural Sci-Fi below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support! Released through Eglo Records, a major shoutout to Alexander Nut and the amazing support he has been giving musicians within the scene.