Spacek (band)
Spacek is a British
United Kingdom
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 electronic music
Electronic music
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 band. Its members are Steve Spacek, Ed Spacek, and Morgan Spacek. The group released its debut album, Curvatia in 2001 (see 2001 in music
2001 in music
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), followed by 2003's Vintage Hi-Tech. Although primarily performing electronic music, the group also fuses elements of R&B, Hip hop
Hip hop music
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, Trip hop
Trip hop
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, Broken beat
Broken beat
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 and Soul
Soul music
Soul music is a music genre originating in the United States combining elements of gospel music and rhythm and blues. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of...

 into its anomalistic soundbed.


The trio was formed in the mid-90s by bassist, vocalist, and songwriter, Steve White but initially was a 5 piece that included Francis Hylton (Now in Incognito) and keyboardist Steve Morgan. Through a mutual friend, White was introduced to guitarist Edmund Cavill and with manager Jason Knight approached drummer, Morgan Zarate to the lineup to form Spacek. All three members subsequently adopted Spacek as their surnames.

By 1998, the group had obtained a record deal with British label Island Blue, and began recording in Knight's Clapham-based studio. Their first release was "Eve", which received a great underground buzz in late 1999. The hypnotic, bass-trembling song was ambiguous in nature; a feature which would become a stylistic trademark for the group. The band caught the attention of acclaimed rapper Mos Def
Mos Def
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, who subsequently contributed a verse to a re-edit of the song and the band signed an American deal with his Goodtree label (MCA/Universal). "Eve" was re-released in 2000, with a remix by producer J Dilla
J Dilla
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, and a guest appearance from Frank-N-Dank.

After an extended recording period, the group finally premiered their debut album, 2001's Curvatia, to great critical acclaim, and comparisons to artists such as Massive Attack
Massive Attack
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 and D'Angelo
Michael Eugene Archer , better known by his stage name D'Angelo, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influences,...

. Curvatia displayed the group's complex and challenging sensibilities and established them as a promising new talent in the British alternative music scene, but a change in the Island Records hierarchy meant that they were no longer a priority and it was not a strong seller. The second single was "Getaway" with "How Do I Move?" as its b-side.


The following year saw the group go through some label changes as they began recording their follow up to Curvatia. The group left Island Blue Records and were picked up by Studio !K7 records. 2003's Vintage Hi-Tech saw the group further exploring the more extreme aspects of Curvatia, such as the minimal use of standard song structures, more experimentation with lead singer White's vocals, and an even more stripped down, and disjointed instrumental sound. The album's first single was "Motion Control", followed by "Starz". Like its predecessor, Vintage Hi-Tech was embraced by critics, who called it "a downtempo musical masterpiece that draws no comparison". Style magazine even went as far as to call them "the Radiohead
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 of soul".


In 2005, lead vocalist, White, launched a solo career as Steve Spacek, and began recording Spaceshift, after signing with Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
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-based label Sound In Color. The album's lead single "Dollar", produced by J Dilla, became an unexpected moderate hit and was particularly popular in the club and among DJs. The song contained a sample of the Billy Paul
Billy Paul
Billy Paul is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, most known for his 1972 number-one single, "Me and Mrs. Jones" as well as the 1973 album and single "War of the Gods" which blends his more conventional pop, soul and funk styles with electronic and psychedelic influences...

 recording "Let the Dollar Circulate", and dealt with the pros and cons of living with or without money. Notable producer, and former Digable Planets
Digable Planets
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 member, King Britt
King Britt
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, described the song as "what Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield
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 would be doing today!" Spaceshift was also popular among mainstream critics, with Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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 magazine noting that Spacek " new meaning to the phrase space funk", and Fader magazine
The Fader
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 calling the group "the most futuristic soul group of our modern age".

The group, fronted by White, continues to tour and gig all over the world. Its members now live in Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

, Munich, and Sydney. In 2007, White appeared as a lecturer at the Red Bull Music Academy
Red Bull Music Academy
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 and also made a guest appearance on Katalyst's
Katalyst (musician)
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 album What's Happening
What's Happening (album)
What's Happening is the second album from the Australian hip hop artist, Katalyst . It is a follow up to Katalyst's award-winning debut album, Manipulating Agent. What's Happening was released by Invada Records on 25 August 2007...

. As of late 2009, White is working on a new project with Katalyst under the name "Space Invadas".

Morgan Spacek has also continued to produce music both as Morgan Spacek and Morgan Zarate, working with artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, Raphael Saadiq, Eska and Ghostface Killa.


As Spacek
  • Curvatia (2001, Island Blue)
  • Vintage Hi-Tech (2003, Studio !K7)

As Steve Spacek
  • Spaceshift (2005, Sound In Color)


As Spacek
  • "Eve" (1999/2000, Island Blue)
  • "Getaway" b/w "How Do I Move?" (2001, Island Blue)
  • "Motion Control" (2003, Studio !K7)
  • "Starz (Remix)" (2004, Studio !K7)

As Steve Spacek
  • "Dollar" (2005, Sound In Color)
  • "Baby Baby" (2006, Jazzy Sport)
  • "I Wanna Piece Of Ur Luv" (2006, Jazzy Sport)
  • "How You Gonna Feel" (Commix feat. Steve Spacek)

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