Following the noir glory of "The Lovers Night" single, Subb-an blesses Spectral Sound with another breathtaking tech-house monster. "Take You Back" wastes no time establishing itself. An uptempo, swinging bassline is soon met with claps, utterances from Beckford—the vocalist and Subb-an are already a powerful pair— metallic synth washes, snares and echo effects. And from those spare elements rise a dizzying track loaded with tension, longing and desperate hope. While "Take You Back" doesn't necessarily sound like Subb-an's Detroit forebears, but the Birmingham, England-bred prodigy summons that familiar but rare manic, paranoid energy. The flip side finds Spectral stalwart Ryan Elliott's remix subverting the sweat and sex of the original by uncoiling "Take You Back" into a minimal techno territory. Beats rush by as Beckford's once- soulful vocals are spliced and backtracked into mesmerizing, abstract tone poems. A radical but wholly satisfying counterpoint to the original.
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