With soulful vocals and a thick bass line, Sphie's Limitless Extraordinaire certainly has a modern take on electric music while paying tribute to the countless dance floors that have been energized by an unrelenting tambourine track.
It's clear that Sphie's voice is deeply influenced by soulful pop predecessors. This five-song EP showcases her talent. From beginning to end, her vocals are crisp and predominant. The production, helmed by Nicholas "Mandog" Smith, does a wonderful job of framing the singer's voice, which made me think of artists like Taylor Dayne, Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse.
While the layers of synth, drum and bass are lifting up Sphie's voice, it doesn't come across as a smattering of canned "fruity loops." It's refreshing to go from song to song and get a different musical experience with her singing tying the EP together nicely. Credit producer Mandog with that.
The single "Breathe," for which Sphie recently released a video, features an industrial rhythmic foundation paired with a mellow piano part throughout the song. The track definitely has a more modern appeal with its ambient backing vocals and clever use of effects.
One of the most interesting elements is found in "Perspective." Beneath her voice, there's an intriguing string part that opens up the song. It immediately made me think of a samisen. As the track continues, I hear other textures that remind me of folk music from Japan and Korea.
Limitless Extraordinaire possesses an energy and pulse that could equally electrify a dance floor or facilitate daily meditations – fitting, as Sphie's other endeavor is as a yoga teacher.